Mike Stone

Opinions too long winded for social media

A couple years ago, I bought a Pocket C.H.I.P. to tinker around with. It was a cool little device that I didn't use to nearly it's potential. And then it went into a drawer. Recently, I've dug it back out again, and I'm seeing if there's something I can do with it.

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LibreOffice 7.0 has just been released. I've been using LibreOffice since it was called StarOffice, so of course I wanted to install it right away. Here's a quick and dirty review.

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Many of you know the story of Fosstodon, but there are many of you who don't. Now seems like an appropriate time to tell this story again.

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Tonight, United States President Donald Trump announced that the popular video app TikTok would be banned in the US. This whole torrid affair is why open source and decentralization is just plain better.

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In the early 1990s, I attended my “local” university, and majored in Computer Science. The languages that they offered were limited, both by the time and the place. Still, everybody had a language that they chose over all the rest. A “Programming Language of Choice”. Mine has changed over time.

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I’ve posted about this before, but for those of you who aren’t aware #Mycroft is currently being sued by a patent troll called Voice Tech. The courts in this case have made a highly questionable decision, so I am going to use day 73 of my #100DaysToOffload series to respond.

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Back in March, my kids were super excited for a few days off for their Spring Break. I took a week off so I could be home with them and not have to worry about work. I still haven’t been back to the office, and they haven’t been back to their school.

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I think probably everybody has played this game at one point or another in their lives. I’ve played it several times since the COVID-19 pandemic really started. I thought that it might be fun to give it a shot here on the Internet!

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On July 21st, 2012 an article written by yours truly was published on a site called RefuGeeks, which was founded by some guy I met on Google+. The title of that article was Never Enough Distributions. Now, exactly eight years later, I’m revisiting that post to see if my thoughts and feelings have changed.

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There are days when I sit down at my keyboard to write something for this blog, and the ideas just flow. I might have two or three articles going on in my head, and I only decide which one is going on what day at the very last moment. Today is not one of those days. Today, I got nothing.

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