Mike Stone

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Day 42 of the #100DaysToOffload Series:

When the Brave browser was first released four years ago, I gave it a try. It was OK, but not something I'd use on a regular basis. I quickly went back to my old browser. Now, there are other reasons I don't use Brave.

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Day 41 of the #100DaysToOffload Series:

Forty-one days ago, I started the #100DaysToOffload challenge. Kev made the challenge, and I had serious doubts I was going to complete it. I'm not one hundred percent confident now, and I'm forty-one days in. There has been one thing about it that I didn't expect.

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Day 40 of the #100DaysToOffload Series:

A recent artcile by Joey Sneddon on omg! ubuntu! detailed a new product coming out called the NexDock Touch. I love this idea, but I've seen it before, and the implementation never quite lives up.

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Day 39 of the #100DaysToOffload Series:

Everybody has their way of working on their desktop. Personally, I use plank to add a panel down at the bottom. Pretty much everything I use is there.

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Day 38 of the #100DaysToOffload Series:

My kids have gotten off school for the summer, which means the time they used to spend doing homework they are now spending playing video games and watching videos. They've got summer stuff starting next week, but for now they're gaming it up. They're wanting me to play with them, but sometimes their choices of games leave more than a little to be desired.

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Day 37 of the #100DaysToOffload Series:

My wife was trolling the Internet a few nights ago, and she ran across a list of possible blogging topics. One of the topics on the list was something about your favorite retro device. I don't remember the exact wording, and I kind of wrote it off at the time. I think I was already writing something about #Mycroft, but it reminded me of a device I had a long time ago that I felt (at least then) was way ahead of it's time.

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Day 36 of the #100DaysToOffload Series:

For the trifecta, I was going through the community forums on the #Mycroft site and I ran across something I'd somehow managed to miss for the better part of two years. MycroftOS.

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Day 35 of the #100DaysToOffload Series:

Anybody who follows this blog know what I write about #Mycroft and #AI quite a bit. It’s something I have a lot of interest in, and I thought it might be a good idea to explain why as best I can.

In yesterday’s post about Mycroft’s newest core release, I said, “I can't wait to spend more time with this release.” Neil Darlow jokingly replied, “You can't wait to spend more time with an AI. I know the real world is pretty screwed-up at the moment but... this? 🤣. I know Neil was joking, but there are some very real reasons I’m interested in AI.

This post is going to get a little bit more personal than usual, so if you’re not up for that, now would be a good time to close this tab.

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Day 34 of the #100DaysToOffload Series:

Eighteen hours ago, Kris Gesling announced to the world the release of Mycroft Core version 20.2.4. This version has a couple interesting additions that we can go over quickly.

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Day 33 of the #100DaysToOffload Series:

A few days ago, a comment went by in my timeline saying something to the effect of, “How have I not known about watch for this long?” That's not an exactly quote, but I didn't write it down at the time. Just in case there are other people out there who haven't heard of watch, let's look at it quickly.

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