mainstream journalism (-), youtube vs fcc (coppa)
Wow, Slate really got this one wrong. The proper headline is "Youtube weaponizes content creators against the FCC using deliberate misinformation campaign."
Enh. i3 might not be for me after all. I have too much muscle memory that mostly works cross-platform. I'll give it a go for a bit, but if it keeps fighting me I'll probably just go back to Xfce4.
Finally! #AndStatus supports displaying multiple image attachments. That was my main peeve with it. It is now my first choice, given that it is the only client that supports "read everything in non-reversed chronological order".
I got a new job. It's remote, and my laptop arrives today for me to set up in advance of the on-site next week.
I'm going with some flavor of #Linux, probably something on top of #Ubuntu. I was thinking of trying i3, but the 'everything already built in' equivalent to, say, #Xubuntu, is a one-person distro called #Regolith. I think I'd rather start with a known quantity and add #i3 on top...
#andstatus is deeply confused by my having multiple accounts, and posted my last toot to the wrong one.
This thought brought to you by the many people who followed me in the last few weeks while I had my follower locking disabled (since I wanted PDXers to be able to DM me about that post back then) who have never posted, only boosted.
Seriously, say something. Hashtag it if you want to chat more on the subject. Who are you, anyway?
The #fediverse is not a spectator sport, and boosts are (generally) not participation. Sure, signal boosting is occasionally useful, but it doesn't matter anywhere near as much as it does on birdsite. #Boost things if you really feel those who follow you would like to see it; don't boost things to make numbers go up, because nobody cares.
Post your own thoughts, don't just boost. The fediverse rarely bites anywhere near as hard as birdsite, as least if you post in good faith.
There's definitely some privilege to acknowledge here, of course. I've never had this backfire, but coming from me "I don't know" has always been received as "but I can learn". The same cannot be always be said for women I've worked with, sadly. (And I don't have enough personal experience working with other minorities, but I also would not be even a little surprised if it was similar or worse.)
But again, it's generally a sign of how healthy a company or team is.
I've been looking back over my career to this point (15 years in tech), as part of interviewing at a new company. I've had the realization that the best way, at least for me, to mitigate imposter syndrome, is to own my own ignorance early and often. Saying "I don't know" and having the world not end* a few times diffuses that anxious loop.
* assuming a non-toxic work environment. Jobs where this strategy works are also much healthier places to work overall.
I guess technically my current setup is two Mini DisplayPorts, which might also be Thunderbolt? But also I can make HDMI work - I forgot I bought two HDMI -> DP adapters (the powered kind; the unpowered kind only works for downgrading DP -> HDMI) for use with my desktop but don't need them now after a video card replacement...
hardware suggestion req, employment
I'm likely to have a new job in the near future, and they'll want me to use a company laptop for work. Im done with Apple hardware and OSX. Suggestions for a laptop that:
- runs #Linux, and runs it _well_
- has two DisplayPort outputs (for use with my current KVM; a single DP might be okay if I get a new widescreen)
- reasonable battery life
- light enough to travel (don't need an Air)
- costs less than a MBP
I've settled on Gateron Brown keyswitches. Tactile feedback but no audible clicks (which on Gaterons don't exactly match actuation anyway).
I was going to 3d-print the keycaps, but the one suitable model has an angled top that ends up fairly jagged even at .08 layer height. I may still print them if the cheap set I ordered doesn't work.
Diodes, charge controller and micro (atmega 32U4 arduino clone) inbound. I'm almost certainly forgetting something.
I got my variety pack of MX clone keyswitches from China. Aside from the noisy one, I can barely tell them apart. So I guess whichever is cheapest will be fine for my pluggable cyberdeck keyboard project. They'll also work as momentary switches for other projects, like the battery lamp that needs rebuilding with a micro doing PWM.
After bouncing around on @mhoye's blarg and watching the "state of Mozilla" talk, I'm giving Firefox 70 a try. My daily driver is Waterfox, which is roughly version 56, because addons... But I'm giving it a fair shake, and so far nothing has made me outright ragequit...
Fediverse tip: want to comment on a #PeerTube video without creating yet another account? Paste the URL to the video into the search bar in Mastodon, then reply to the post that comes up. The reply will federate back to the PeerTube instance as a comment.
electronics, custom keyboard
I ordered a sampler of Gateron switches just to get a feel for their size, shape, and clickiness. I'm not married to Gateron, but I haven't touched a keyboard that actually made use of MX switches since... the early 90s? And the direct-from-China Gaterons are a dirt-cheap way to find out if MX is even feasible for what I want to do (shrink keycaps to about 90% and 3d print them myself).
electronics, custom keyboard
Ah hah! Any clone board that uses the 32U4 does USB from within the microcontroller, and doesn't have the issue most clones have where they don't have the license for the proper FTDI USB UART and have to use a cheap knockoff that can't do HID (or if it can, finding docs for it is nearly impossible).
And "Arduino Leonardo" clones are <$6 each.
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