What hardware and software do you use for digitizing your documents?
I'm looking for solutions to digitize hundreds of paper documents, ideally the end result will be searchable with OCR and I won't be locked into any proprietary software / services. Any workflow tips?
I'm not opposed to using a scanning app on my phone, but so far the ones I have tried are fairly slow, and require manually identifying the corners on nearly every page.
EDIT: I ultimately chose Nextcloud and my phone to scan documents. Nextcloud includes an excellent document-scanning feature in the app.
I'm looking to switch credit unions, but I'm finding the process dispiriting. There is no shortage of competing financial institutions in my part of the United States, but no institutions open to the public seem to be doing anything exciting, progressive, or seriously systemically beneficial to their local communities.
I'm curious where members of Lemmy choose to park their money, and why you chose that financial institution.
There is [a top-down movement to reintroduce public postal banking](https://www.marketplace.org/2021/10/15/usps-pilots-a-public-banking-program/) in the US, and I'm very excited about this, but I'm curious which banks and credit unions you've chosen, and additionally how your chosen institutions benefit your community.
I was thinking this morning of when I first became class conscious.
For several weeks I volunteered to serve meals to people experiencing homelessness. Afterwards, I volunteered at a charity dinner soliciting donations from wealthy patrons where the level of opulence and disconnect was staggering to me.
The dinner was hosted at a private estate where they owned more than a dozen cars and 5 houses for a family of 7. This was fewer than 5 miles outside of a city with overflowing shelters and people freezing to death. Here was all the wealth needed to provide homes to every person presently surviving in a shelter, and it was squandered in the hands of people entirely detached and unaware of the scope of the problem. In their minds, through petty charity they could live with a clean conscious believing they'd done their part.
The egregiousness of the disparity, the obliviousness of our guests, and their astonishing reluctance to donate left me furious for days. My own hypocrisy left me feeling crushed and crumpled inside for much longer.
There are libraries full of books written about hierarchical business methods, practices, and models. I'm curious to learn more about the practical application of alternative business models.
I'm looking for history books that showcase the good, the bad, and the ugly of collaborative business models. When, where, and how did some succeed? When, where, and how did some fail?
I'm looking for analysis that compare and contrast hierarchical and non-hierarchical businesses directly via metrics like failure rate, employee turnover, community impact, annualized growth, etc. and indirectly by investigating challenges and trade-offs unique to different organizational structures.
Does anyone know any good books about cooperatives?
Democratic Socialists of America is the largest socialist organization in the United States. DSA is a big-tent organization that represents beliefs across the entire leftist spectrum.
This issue of the Democratic Left is extra special because it contains a recap of the bi-annual DSA national convention which took place in August.
The Social Dilemma is a documentary created by the non-profit Center for Humane Technology. The movie contains many interviews with engineers & designers from the tech giants who explain the individual and societal harms of social media platforms.
This movie is a great starting point for anyone wanting to learn how Youtube, Reddit, Facebook, Google, et al. manipulate their users with outrage inducing content.
Share the movie with anyone who might be interested! It's important that people understand the harms of these platforms so they can protect themselves and choose healthier alternatives.
Resonate is a really cool co-op and they could really use some volunteers & users.
I've been looking for a more ethical music streaming service since I discovered [Spotify and other streaming platforms are terrible for small artists](https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2021/03/18/spotify-artist-earnings-figures/). Only the top 3% of artists make $1000/yr and only the top 1% make more than $5000/yr. You'd have to be in the top 0.2% to actually earn a living of $50,000/yr on Spotify.
Resonate is the only platform I've found that's doing something radically different. They have a stream to own model in which listeners pay artists directly about 1/4 of one cent for their first stream then the price increases exponentially with each stream until the 9th stream at which point the listener has paid ~$1.50usd. At that point the user can download the song for offline listening and never has to pay to stream that song again.
Perhaps the coolest part is they are a co-op, 45% of governance weight is reserved for artist shares, 35% for listener shares, and only 20% for staff.
Resonate is a small project that could use all the help it can get. If anyone knows of any other cool music platforms, I'd love to know about them, too!
The World Community Grid is a BOINC project that enables anyone with a computer to contribute to cancer research, find treatments for COVID, improve weather forecasts for African agriculture, and many other humanitarian efforts. All research done through WCG is published in the public domain free of charge.
On 13Sep2021 World Community Grid announced that ownership of the project is being transfered to Krembil Research Institute. The project is in talks with new sources for funding.
IBM was previously the sole source of funding and the [#1 contributor](https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/stat/viewMemberInfo.do?userName=IBM) of computing resources to the World Community Grid. There is a lot of uncertainty within the community regarding this move, because it is likely to limit the scope of research conducted through WCG.
I recently got an email notifying me that my ISP has implemented data caps on all plans, and since I routinely exceed my new data cap of 1024GB/mo they will be charging me $10/50GB overage starting next month.
I think this is outrageous, so I'm shopping around for a new ISP, but there are only 2 or 3 that offer service to my house, and at least one of them is twice the price of my current ISP. I'm curious how everyone here is treated by their ISPs?
I'm paying $55/mo for 100Mbps down (actually get ~45mbps max), and I'm capped at 1024GB/mo. The next best ISP without a data cap is a maximum of 20Mbps down, for $60/mo.
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The US Federal Highway Administration is revising their Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways(MUTCD). Basically, it's a long technical document that American engineers follow when designing every single road in the country.
Bike / pedestrian infrastructure is totally non-existent in much of the US, everything was built to be 100% car-centric. This is a chance to change that; the Green New Deal will bring massive infrastructure reform, and the MUTCD is going to influence how every road in the country is constructed / renovated. If enough people speak up we can make pedestrian / bike infrastructure a written priority!
My credit union recently shut down their in-house personal finance management site because it was too much work to maintain and they don't see it as competitive with freely available sites like mint.com.
Now, I'm looking for something to switch to and I'm curious what software the community here uses to manage their personal finances.
Many businesses, non-profits, and local government offices where I live use Facebook as their primary, or exclusive, online presence. I don't want to make a Facebook account, but I would like to be able to see some of the content that is posted there; are there any alternative front-ends that won't abuse me with trackers? So far I've only been able to find dead-links that are years old.
e.g. For Reddit there is teddit and libreddit, For youtube there is invidious, twitter has nitter, etc.