Monday Technical stuff (hardware breaking down)

I have spent most of the afternoon trying to get photos downloaded from the camera for the other site. This was a longer job than one would think.

  1. I have a copy of lightroom. Paid for. In 2014. This does not, repeat not, understand modern raw files (I shoot in raw. For reasons around having to fix them). I was able to upload the new firmware for the camera onto the chip, but that was it
  2. Ironically, my very standard version of KDE plasma plays nicely with digikam, which is able to import almost anything, and (moreover) can read the files. They do come out fairly flat. However, that is where the fun started.
  3. The desktop is old and has small SSD cards in it — one of which is the home drive
  4. It’s full
  5. So I had to back up about 6 GB of previous work onto a USB drive to make room
  6. In the process I had to get some documents ready for Kea to print — and that went backwards

In short, frustrating.

I can’t replace this gear… yet. What I am thinking about is how to do this using small systems, used optimally. I’m not sure what it will look like, but the idea of using a Rock64 to build a NAS, something akin to a Pine64 pro for portable stuff and a raspberry pi. However, for my needs (photography and analysis) I may need something more like this. More research is required, including costings, but trying to do what I need to do as cheap as possible is good.

But next year. The supply chain for anything here is crufty. Deliveries take too long, and often the stores are waiting for any stock beyond the display models. There are some disadvantages of living at the end of a logistics chain.

On the website, nothing particularly new this week. I have stopped paying WordPress for anything: the two services I pay for are backup (Updraft Plus really works well) and spam (Cleantalk).

Onto other things.

  • Avoid Social Media. This is difficult, I know. Too many friends have facebook. I have a wife, who tells me what is on Facebook. Your employer may require that you have accounts at various places. But keep your profile either nil or horizontal. Social media thinks that they are the new social media, and are screwing the scrum.

    The nation’s technology industry has begun taking a harder line against hate speech, misinformation and posts that potentially incite violence when made by President Donald Trump and some of his most extreme supporters after years of treating such issues gingerly amid fear of triggering the wrath of the nation’s most powerful politician.

    The moves, such as labeling false posts by Trump and banishing forums devoted to supporting him after years of policy violations, have taken place across the industry in recent weeks, with actions by Twitter, Reddit, Snapchat, YouTube and the live-streaming platform Twitch.

    Facebook and the other companies still are stopping well short of establishing the guard rails advocated by Democrats, civil rights groups and independent researchers who study online hate speech and misinformation. Twitter’s recent refusal to impose sanctions against Trump for posting a video in which a supporter shouted “white power” underscores the awkward balancing act underway at many technology companies. Trump deleted the post after several hours and pleas from his senior staff. A source familiar with the discussion who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the topic said Twitter did not ask the White House to delete the Tweet.

    But the newfound aggressiveness in tackling such issues, however belated and partial, may create a social media landscape ahead of the November election that is less freewheeling – and less open to abusive language and false claims – than four years ago. It comes at a time that Trump’s standing in the polls is slipping.

    This will end up with them being considered publishers and having to defend anything offensive on their sites. It will not end well. More importantly, they are filtering what you see.

  • Mistrust search engines. The technical ones — google scholar, for instance, are still fairly good once papers have been published, but I find it is now taking two or three screens to find what I’m looking for. I don’t find Bing much better. What does seem to work is DuckDuckGo or Yippy I’ve modified my browsers to start with DuckDuckGo at present.
  • I don’t use Windows, because I don’t do CAD and I can turn out word compatable docs. If I have to, I use a mac. Yes, you can do everything in Linux. But as the OS has become useful, the corporate activists have come in and are starting to ruin it. Didact got this completely right.

    If you’re tired of dealing with the awful, bloated, stupid, endlessly crashy and buggy and glitchy and annoying Microsoft platform, then Linux might just sound like a great way to go. And it is.

    Except for one huge problem – and I’m not talking about lack of hardware compatibility or device driver issues or inability to run like-for-like software.

    I’m talking about the fact that Linux is going to become rapidly SJW-converged over the coming years.

    We’re already seeing this. The Linux Kernel Development team has adopted “Cancer” Coraline’s “Code of Conduct”, and it is already having an impact on their software development cycle and methods.

    This is a disaster for those of us who love free software and high-quality product. It also spells disaster for the various distributions that base their code around the Linux Kernel. That kernel is central to the entire operating system; if it becomes unreliable and useless, which is ABSOLUTELY GUARANTEED when you have SJWs in the mix and quelling any and all constructive feedback, then the power, stability, and flexibility of systems like Fedora, CentOS, SuSE, Ubuntu, and Linux Mint will all suffer badly.

    That’s not to say that Microsoft is much of an alternative. The ONLY real reason to use Microsoft on desktop these days is… well, because everyone else uses Microsoft. For about 70% of users, equivalent Linux applications can do the same job as easily as the paid versions, and sometimes better.

    Another 10%-20 consists of super-users doing CAD, working with graphic design through Photoshop and other advanced editing tools, and serious video editors. For those users, either they have to stick with Windows, or they use Macs.

    What will happen is that the UI (KDE, Xfce, Gnome — the latter seems to influencing Mac at present) can and will be moved to another Kernel. I’ve used BSDs — don’t right now — and I can set them up to run basically the same as a linux box. Admittedly, I use lightweight distros for Linux.

That’s enough for this week. Things are being announced, but at this time, until you can physically pick it up or download it and run it on a test machine, it does not exist.