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I agree. I wish there was something like a Chromebook without the Google though.

I actually learned web development on a Chromebook running Linux in a tab via Crouton

I know, and I’ve tried to go vegetarian but it’s challenging being the only one in the family, and I have never been able to get over cravings for meat.

I can’t eat octopus anymore because I feel too guilty. They’re way too smart.


Greyhound don’t typically get displasia. They can have injuries from racing careers, but rarely do they have naturally bad hips like other large breeds


By the time you get a raging greyhound they are often not fit to run anymore, but they are amazing dogs and well suited to apartment life.

Greyhounds sleep most of the day with a couple of spurts of energy lasting 3-4 minutes. They are not typically used for intense work and walking / running human distances at human paces is hard for them compared to other breeds.


Many big breeds require less exercise than small dogs. Our greyhound needs a couple of short walks most days and sleeps for the rest of the day.

Chromebooks have typically allowed alternative OS installs. I bought a Chromebook 6 years ago to learn web development on. I installed Ubuntu and all was good. What difficulties have you had?

A lot of Reddit clients have a feature that lets your hide, or at least deemphasize posts you’ve clicked already. It would be nice to have something like that to keep my front page a little fresher. Just a dream.

Aside from the /b/ routing, can’t you just start your own sublemmy?

I don’t think everybody took it as a joke. Elon Musk is a shit human, the scion of a wealthy Apartheid family who left SA pretty much as soon as Apartheid ended. He is filth, but he’s rich filth, and a lot neoliberals make excuses for him.

Big surprise, when you put yourself in a position where people care about what you say, they care about what you say. Maybe you don’t like that people are held accountable for their words, but by the time RMS got cancelled, it shoudn’t have been a surprise to anybody that this would happen, let alone him. Stallman, of all people, should have assumed that anything he says in emails to the team will get leaked, and kept work emails focused on work. Why would he possibly comment about pedophilia in that context?

his staffers were also concerned about the lobby’s opinion, and all people have to say about the founder of GNU and free software movement today is about that one single opinion

THAT is the reason he had to be removed. Because having someone like him at the helm taints the movement. I’m grateful for RMS’s contribution, but putting someone in charge of the FSF who isn’t so… problematic and letting the movement continue is the right move.

The original subreddit was ostensibly about a podcast, but only in name. It was one of the biggest leftist subs, and literally the most inclusive space on Reddit. Most of what they post is memes and inside jokes, but it’s good irreverent lefty fun.

Stallman is such a pickle. Great ideas about free software, garbage takes on most other things.

Burr grind light roasted beans, aeropress. Pour over ice with a splash of oat milk

Privacy.com is awesome. You can create throwaway credit cards for every site you pay on, and you can set whatever limits you want on those cards. You can sign up for an online service or free trial without having to worry about dark patterns. If I feel like I want 3 months of a service, I could make a credit card with the exact amount available to pay for 3 months and nothing more.

The payments are not anonymous, but they do protect you in other ways. Besides the limits, each virtual CC can be used on only one website or business. During the height of Covid here in Boston we were doing a lot of curbside pickup. Local shops would ask you for your credit card number over the phone which always makes me nervous because I know they’re just writing it down on a piece of paper. It feels so much safer to give them a throwaway virtual credit card, knowing that the number is pretty much useless to anybody who finds that piece of paper.

Get a VOIP number and use that. Skype, Google Voice, etc.

I assume you’ll be able to ban entire instances from interacting with your instance, right? It would be helpful to have information about where votes are coming from. If this was available to the instance’s admins or better yet, it’s userbase, I think brigading wouldn’t be as much of a problem at all.

My wife always wanted children, but I didn’t. Then we met, and I wanted to have children with her. I can’t promise my kids won’t suffer, but they sure as hell aren’t suffering now.

My hometown is famous for having a midget village. The rumors are false because I actually grew up in the exact neighborhood the rumors were about. I’m not a midget (6’6"). Neither is Geraldo Rivera who moved there in the 90s.

Vs the Brad Gabriel Iglesias sitcom

Vs the shlad Adult Swim

Imo, it’s inappropriate to verbally ask people not to crosspost too much. Maybe you can prevent multiple posts like this serverside or at least make it an official rule of the site.

www.kickscondor.com is no longer available due to a copyright claim by The Walt Disney Company. Unauthorized use of the KICKS CONDOR trademark is blocked in your country. Title 17 U.S.C. 504 contains provisions allowing copyright holders to recover lost damages on infringing material.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’m somewhere else.


It works!

POST: Don’t Use Frameworks vs A New Framework Every Week
As a frontend developer, I primarily use JavaScript. It's the language I know best, although I've dabbled in others. Anybody who spends enough time hanging around [The Orange Site](https://news.ycombinator.com/) will hear the same two tropes about JavaScript repeated over and over again. 1) JavaScript frameworks (especially React) are bad, because they are too heavy. Just build HTML sites with a little JS for interactivity! 2) The JavaScript ecosystem is bad because there is a new framework every week! I can't argue that React isn't heavy, because it definitely is. When building smaller personal projects, I challenge myself to avoid using a framework, and this is totally fine for a project that I plan on finishing in a weekend. I can be virtually guaranteed that my dependency-free `vanilla JS™` will run just fine without maintenance until the internet stops being built out of HTML and JavaScript. I do take umbrage with the second point. There have essentially only been 3 actual players for several years: React, Angular, Vue. Ember is also used professionally, but less so. Part of why this issue is so muddy is because of the two kinds of a front-end developer. The internet used to be made out of documents, and some of those documents had a little interactivity. This is the first type of developer, a person who has never had a problem just listening for a click on a DOM element and calling a function. These are usually the loudest voices against frameworks. What these voices often fail to recognize is that their sites involve updating the DOM in a handful of places, and this is a fundamentally different thing than a full-featured SPA with lots of routes. They don't need to reuse logic in different parts of the app the way React encourages. Yeah, man. I wouldn't use React just to put an image carousel on a webpage either. Any effort to create a complex single-page application without a framework is likely either going to be messy as hell or result in a unique framework. And that unique framework might be something you are proud of and decide to show the world, and there's trope #2 staring you right in the face. This is without even taking into account the other benefits that come from learning a popular framework. Startup jobs (with startup money) are plentiful and most of them use popular technologies. That's part of the fun of working at a startup. If you want to break into that sector, your chances are greatly improved by knowing a modern framework, especially React. When I took my current job, onboarding was significantly shorter because they were using the same tooling that we used at my previous job. It's better for the company, but it's also better for me. I get to make more money and have an easier time at work. Cool. So how does one navigate the quagmire of "a new framework every week"? The big three took center stage because their approaches were *radically different* than the old jQuery way. You should know enough about their differences to be able to talk intelligently about them (which is where a lot of projects that "don't need a framework" come from, but that's another post). When a new framework comes along, you'll be able to tell right away, does this represent a new paradigm or is it just more of the same? If it seems different enough to mess around with, mess around with it if you have time. If it does end up becoming the next big thing, you're an early adopter, and if not, there may be ideas or patterns that improve the code you write every day.

If you have a microcenter near you, they have the best prices on flash memory around, including SD cards. It’s still a chain, but a smaller one with a little more geek cred

Thanks for the feedback. Curious as to why you think it’s not a good fit for a blog.

I feel like even without the setup I’m working on, it’s still essentially feed-based content. I could even see myself hosting my own instance eventually with “communities” for each topic I write about.

This is the first of hopefully many posts on the idea of using federated social media as a backend. Blogging is hard. Social media posting is easy. So maybe the blog can be built from the social media? Think about it, you get so much out of the box using someone else's site as your CMS. Lemmy takes markdown, and turns it into server-generated HTML which it serves up via RSS. It includes comments, and when Lemmy federates, those comments could come from members of any other Lemmy instance, offering users a low-overhead to commenting. Lemmy even includes image hosting! ![An image hosted on dev.lemmy.ml](https://dev.lemmy.ml/pictrs/image/rHfsOXoc02.jpg) It's currently running in a very barebones manner at [https://festive-euclid-26b79e.netlify.app/](https://festive-euclid-26b79e.netlify.app/)

Couldn’t someone just change the code in their Lemmy instance?

I mostly make front-end only projects, which means I can host them for free with Nelify

This is the first of hopefully many posts on the idea of using federated social media as a backend. Blogging is hard. Social media posting is easy. So maybe the blog can be built from the social media? Think about it, you get so much out of the box using someone else's site as your CMS. Lemmy takes markdown, and turns it into server-generated HTML which it serves up via RSS. It includes comments, and when Lemmy federates, those comments could come from members of any other Lemmy instance, offering users a low-overhead to commenting. Lemmy even includes image hosting! ![An image hosted on dev.lemmy.ml](https://dev.lemmy.ml/pictrs/image/rHfsOXoc02.jpg) It's currently running in a very barebones manner at [https://festive-euclid-26b79e.netlify.app/](https://festive-euclid-26b79e.netlify.app/)

POST: The Last Good Device I Ever Bought
In the late 2000s I didn't have a smartphone yet. Most of us didn't. My first smartphone was an iPhone 3 back in the days when Apple was still making good products. It was obvious even then that phones would replace 'unitaskers'. While that has been an obvious benefit in some ways, it has actively made certain things worse. The last really good device I ever bought was a Flip Video camera. It is better at what it does in most respects than a smartphone, and while it does have some limitations, in some ways those limitations are benefits. And while you can buy unitasking video cameras today, most don't offer the same benefits as the Flip. ![](https://dev.lemmy.ml/pictrs/image/GwmPw9LAEO.jpg) __Replaceable Batteries:__ We all have them at home. Rechargables are cheap enough to have a large supply at home, and you can buy disposable batteries anywhere if you run out while on the go. At the time, this didn't seem like a big deal, but here, 15 years later, it's a very big deal. The problem with non-replaceable rechargable batteries is that they have a limited lifespan. It's hard to imagine any modern device still turning on after a decade in a cupboard, but with a fresh set of AAs, my Flip did exactly that. __It's Dumb:__ Any device that requires a server somewhere or an app on your phone to operate is almost certainly collecting your data, but more than that, it stops working when those servers shut down. If Google stops supporting Google Home, your Google Home stops working. If Wyze closes, maybe your Wyze Cam still works, but without updates, the App will eventually stop being supported. Flip stores your videos in .mp4 format. These are widely supported today. It allows you to transfer those files directly to your computer over USB without any proprietary software, or even a cable. You just pop out the male USB connector that gives the device its name and plug it in, at which point your computer recognizes it like any other USB drive. There's no need to worry that your network is going to get hacked or your data compromised through the device because it has no access to the internet. __Limited Storage:__ I use an Android phone, which comes with Google Photos integrated on the device. My pictures and videos are automatically backed up to the cloud, and the phone notifies me that they've been stored and I can clear them from local storage with a single button click. It's a tremendous convenience that almost certainly comes at a price of having every single bit of data about me and my children collected. But privacy aside, the unexpected consequence of seamless unlimited storage in the cloud is that photos and videos disappear into the ether. I have so many pictures of my kids that the idea of going through them and printing some out is overwhelming, and if I don't print them, eventually I'll lose access. The Flip only stores an hour of video, which was more than enough for my purposes (recording myself in shows). The upside is that you have to deal with the videos quickly or you won't have space for more. When I used the Flip a lot, transferring the videos to the computer was an obvious time to burn them to a DVD for backup. Now I'd dump them straight away to an external storage drive or upload them to a personal cloud server... Or maybe just burn a DVD. Well, I know what you're thinking: show us the goods! How do the videos look? [This video was recorded in 2009 with my flip](https://youtu.be/XhL9VcgfbyM). It's not the impeccable quality we get in modern phones, but the audio isn't bad for what it is.

I’ve been downloading mp3s from YouTube using youtube-DL. Works a treat

I'm fascinated by the idea of creating my own programming language.

One of the simplest ways is to import and re-export the modules from a shared index file, as described here https://www.reddit.com/r/javascript/comments/7rv221/to_indexjs_or_not_to_indexjs/

Vs the lad cat with a piece of buttered toast stuck to it’s back

For autorefresh you could combine your server of choice with ENTR. Entr watches the files and reruns the command if anything changes.