Administrivia.

We have, as a couple, a long — really long — set of tasks to do in real life over the next three weeks. They we are on leave. So a fair amount of what I’m doing is automating tasks. The main issues I have now is to get more secure.

Firstly, I’m switching to brave or opera for browsing, with every anti tracker switched on. I only switch them off when needed. I have not quite got to the point of using Tor (which is part of the private browsing suite) to do most of my browsing. That would raise other flags… I’m pretty sure that Tor, like Parler, is compromised.

I switched off Netflix weeks ago. The TV is being disconnected. We can stream or watch old videos. No linkedin. No facebook. No twitter. No instagram. No reddit.

The only place I’m on social media is Gab. Kea and I use messenger to talk to each other and the local church.

I hope, when this is over, to rebuild the hardware we have here. Ideally, I’d wait until RISC V is robust and I can install Fedora on it (or Arch, if those guys think of maintaining multiple architectures). This means I’m using stuff that is now at least five to seven years old, and Kea is in the same boat.

Blog stuff

I’ve deleted the classic editor plug in in WordPress, but working with Gutenberg or Blocks does my head in. The good news is you can block this using the No Gutenberg plugin.

And you get the old editor, with text mode, that just works.

SEO remains off. It will remain off. In my view, good content matters more than search engines, and I don’t want the readers of this place to be a product.

The Goolag and FaceTwit

These people leverage (Apple is the worst, using BSD for their OS and RISCV for chip design) off open source, then try to ensure you use their products so your meta data can be sold. There is a pushback coming.

Jochen Eisinger from Google team mentioned in a discussion thread that they will be banning sync support system of Chromium. This lead to lot of frustration in the Linux Dev community & rage against googles sudden decision.
This Decision can kill small browser projects & lead the web to single browser monopoly i.e. Google Chrome!

As a result of the googles decision multiple distros are strictly considering removal of Chromium from their official repositories. Leading distros like Arch Linux, Fedora, Debian, Slackware & OpenSUSE have stated that if the sync support goes down from google they will definitely remove chromium from their official repositories.

In the meantime, Brave is implementing IPFS, which makes things a lot more robust, bypassing centralized DNS servers.

As someone who uses Macs, (they run Microsoft stuff which is needful at work) I have had to change to using USB-C. I like it. But Apple has decided that the old way was better so is removing them… bringing back the SD card reader and MagSafe power system. I can understand why the weasels want magsafe back: you can use generic USB chargers and breakout boxes.

But the SD card? Most people are moving to XQD cards or CompactFlash. Most of us have systems to back them up: you can even use a raspberry pi as a backup device which will fit into a small pouch.

Macs are dated. But relax. Ubuntu has been ported to their new chip already. When Apple dies, we can still use the hardware.

However, never forget last year’s tech is cheaper, does the job, and has had all its quirks sorted. Being on the bleeding edge costs twice: at your wallet and with wasted time.