The comments…

I don’t have much traffic, and I have few comments. To the point that almost every one of the comments has been read and approved by me. Five minutes a day. Not big.

But on large sites, this is a problem. Since Vox Popoli has been on there have been no comments, and not reading them saves me time.

They may not come back.

First, I have made it perfectly clear since 2003 that I don’t care about the comments. I permitted them as a courtesy, nothing more.
Second, it is a distinct pleasure to no longer have to spend any time moderating the hundreds of spam and troll and wise and insightful comments. I had no idea how much time I was wasting on it until I suddenly didn’t have to think about it anymore.
Third, why was it my responsibility to preserve the comments of those unusually wise and insightful individuals? I arranged to back up my posts, so why weren’t they wise enough, or insightful enough, to preserve their own comments? It’s precisely because I didn’t regard their comments as mine, or think their comments were all about me, that I did not consider myself to be responsible for them.
Fourth, we’ve already been through this. Literally no one cared that all the Co-Comment comments were lost. Comments are intrinsically ephemeral, and while they are not entirely devoid of value, they are seldom worth the effort that is required to police them. And furthermore, despite what certain wise, insightful, and totally disinterested parties insist, literally no one reads any site for the comments. As has been repeatedly confirmed on this blog, and numerous other sites, getting rid of the comments doesn’t reduce the site traffic at all.
And fifth, we have SocialGalactic.

The main reason I went back to WordPress from Ghost is so I can have comments integrated. This does cost me: I pay CleanTalk to get rid of the trash, and stop DDoS attacks.

Besides, I like commenting elsewhere, if only to say that a brother is supported. Yes, I know it is a bad habit, but social media is worse.

No real changes here. The big issue was that one of the kids Thinkpad T40 had a faulty chip for the firewire/USB C port which has munted the mother board and bricked the computer. No one local can solder the chip on, even if we can get hold of it.

The sons are telling me to not upgrade to Windows 11 when it comes out. it would drive me nuts. This is from a Linux user trying it out.

Running Windows 11 for the past week has been a rollercoaster of a ride. Installation was simple and I was up-and-running fairly quickly. There’s lots of updates received during the week which required a lot of reboots; far more than I experience with Linux distros including rolling distros.

Day-to-day experience was better than I expected. While there are lots more builtin-software and processes running in the background under Windows 11, they didn’t massively impact on my productivity. Some reduction in productivity was, in part, inevitable changing operating system, but it helped me appreciate why moving the other way (from Windows to Linux) is also a big step.
The Antimalware Service Executable (Windows Defender’s background process of its built-in antivirus) didn’t appear to cause any problems although having lots of cores on my machine helps. Running without a built-in antivirus under Windows would, of course, be utter folly. Windows is a prime target for cybercriminals.
While there are some enhancements in security, Windows 11 falls far short of being a safe platform when compared to Linux. While fewer viruses target Linux machines, that doesn’t mean that there are none. But I stick to recommended repositories and have never run into any security issues.
In Windows 11, everything is geared up to selling you unnecessary proprietary software. For example, one of the default pinned apps is Microsoft 365, a software suite that’s overburdened with features that 99% of users never use or even know exists. You get a 1 month trial for this subscription service providing you have a credit card to activate the trial. Definitely not tempting to me; LibreOffice meets all my requirements. Even Microsoft Solitaire Collection is commercialized.
There’s a good range of open source software available for Windows. While I had less choice available, I really missed the rich ecosystem of Linux.
There’s so many things I missed without my Linux boxes. For example, while PowerShell offers an interactive and scriptable command line environment it’s a pale imitation compared to the power of a good Linux shell. The terminal is where I’m happiest. By using the terminal, automation becomes a game changer.

Libreoffice on a Mac does not play nicely with Zotero, so I’m using Word for most productive work simply for the reference manager.

I would add that doing the blog is harder on Windwos than MacOS or Linux. Things such as screenshots, links are harder… and I use the markdown web interface all the time.

Much better to stick to Manjaro. Only issue this week is that when Proton VPN is up you can’t get onto the internet without ensuring it is activated. This is a good thing.

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5 months ago

Comments are why the old TC went down. And although the conversations were glorious, they were taking the ladies who ran it (I just hung out) a couple of hours per day to moderate.