Ch ch changes and admin mail.

The first change this week is that I have changed Mormon as a category to Mormonish, after a very polite note from Bruce Charlton, who is not a member off the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, but says his theology is close to Mormon. I take his point.

To clarify, those who are under "Papists" are not all necessarily part of the Roman Catholic Church Vatican II style. A fair number would be sedevacantists, and see that church in heresy. But their thinking is Catholic. Ditto for the Protestants -- that group has for centuries been diverse and fractured. I hope that clarifies things.

The next thing is that feedburner is going to die. From an email from Google.

Hi,
FeedBurner has been a part of Google for almost 14 years, and we're making several upcoming changes to support the product's next chapter. Here’s what you can expect to change and what you can do now to ensure you’re prepared.
Starting in July, we are transitioning FeedBurner onto a more stable, modern infrastructure. This will keep the product up and running for all users, but it also means that we will be turning down most non-core feed management features, including email subscriptions, at that time.
For those who use FeedBurner email subscriptions, we recommend downloading your email subscribers so that you can migrate to a new email subscription service.
For many users, no action is required. All existing feeds will continue to serve uninterrupted, and you can continue to create new accounts and burn new feeds. Core feed management functionality will continue to be supported, such as the ability to change the URL, source feed, title, and podcast metadata of your feed, along with basic analytics.
Thank you,
The FeedBurner team

I mistrust google. Kea every month has a feeling of disquiet when the bloody google maps people email her telling her where she has been.

I'm not that keen on Automattic, who make WordPress and Jetpack, and Tumblr. Please note that I'm not using Jetpack on this site and it is self hosted using wordpress. I used to, hence this.

Hi there,
The Jetpack Premium upgrade added to your site "darkbrightness.nz" will renew automatically in 14 days. You don't have to do anything — this is just a reminder.
You will be charged $99 for this renewal on April 27, 2021. This price does not include any applicable taxes which will vary based on your billing address.
See all your purchases and manage them under your account.
Happy WordPressing!

Let's say that I'd rather spend that money on plugins that work for me: cleantalk and Updraft Plus. Every time this happens I'm tempted to migrate this to ghost, which manages everything and uses the same ISP as I do.

With a fair bit of effort including switching two level authentication off, changing passwords, and then generally getting things sorted... able to unsubscribe from jetpack. WordPress then wants to know why.

Being woke is not one of the options.

Hardware.

There is progress on the desktop replacement. In the end, we have gone with Intel 11th generation chips and a microATX board. We are recyling the power supply I upgraded the old machine with, because sourcing parts has been a real challenge, even using someone who builds boards all the time.

The machine needs some modification, but I've been starting to work on it. The first thing to do was reinstall manjaro, so that the second drive in it was for data and the first drive for programs. This is the first machine that I have that uses EULA and GPT booting not the old way of MBR, but Manjaro made that fairly pain free.

There will be a fair number of modifications over the next few days and weeks.

Pinebook, as a consequence of the current electronics crunch, does not want their products going to anyone but the FOSS developer group. This is honest, but not profitable.

This is limited quantity production due to a severe global electronic components shortage. Please do not order the Pinebook Pro is you’re seeking a substitute for your X86 laptop, or are just curious and you’re ordering it with an intent to file a return/refund return request. These pre-orders are meant for enthusiasts familiar with the Arm architecture and interested in the PineBook Pro for this specific reason. Thank you.

I would fall into the seeking a substitute for my x86 laptop group, so am not ordering right now. The ARM world is moving very fast: I hope my current laptops can limp on for a while longer. And yes, I'm still using them for lectionary posts etc.

The one other note I would make is that using a streaming camera for web conferences makes a significant difference in the quality of the video available to you. Kea approval for video quality is important, and she noticed a marked improvement. Admittedly, my one runs on USB-C only.. Another (belated) reason for a new desktop.