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I think we can say from looking at the mainstream internet that we don’t want a shift in perception. Seems to me that the moment that the mainstream finds something, they’re going to intentionally or unintentionally break it. I would choose a few million weirdos who understand why we’re all here and to a few billion normies who want to come in and break my toys any day of the week.


I’ve been finding the long criticism of linux sort of silly lately.

Linux is fine. It’s no worse than windows 10 in most respects. In a lot of respects it’s better in ways that are significant. Linux DirectX backwards compatibility through wine is so good it was ported to windows and it’s one of my first go-tos when old games don’t run on Windows 10!

Sometimes the problem with applying a critical eye to something is you’re starting with the conclusion that there’s something fundamentally wrong with it. Starting with a conclusion and working your way backwards is the definition of begging the question. Sometimes fallacious logic can act on ideas like gamma radiation acts on DNA and can cause a beneficial mutation, but often it just causes radiation burns.

That isn’t to say that any linux distro is perfect, but it’s a long walk from imperfect to terrible, and I don’t think the article makes it there.


I think it’s fair to say that a gamer should plan on running windows on their main gaming PC. OTOH, if you have other computers that are mostly for other things and a little gaming on the side, linux is a great option.

I’ve got a high test gaming laptop with an RTX graphics chip, it makes no sense to make my life harder by moving to linux on here and trying to run my applications and games on it. However, I’ve got a number of laptops with older specs that I don’t intend to fully use as gaming laptops, and gaming on linux is good enough that I can enjoy a game now and again while still getting the benefits of linux on these older systems.




Ah, you’re dead wrong then. I guess it’s my fault for not elaborating, but that’s fine.


Given that you’re suggesting that society pushes for my wife’s choice, I don’t think so. If she felt pressure to be a stay at home mom we’d be saying the same thing, but instead she feels pressure to work.


Honestly, I’d argue the opposite. My wife is a stay at home wife and a stay at home mom because it is her will to do so, but she exercises her will in defiance of overwhelming societal pressure to go out and get a career even though that isn’t what she wants to do with her life. If she’s talking to people she’s never going to meet again, she just lies or changes the subject when it comes up because it’s so uncomfortable hearing the judgmental “oh… you don’t work.”

Unfortunately, postmodern culture mistakes freedom to choose to do a thing with an obligation to do a thing, and the freedom not to do a thing with an obligation not to do a thing. The point of freedom should be that we each have the autonomy to follow our own chosen path willfully, rather than an obligation to follow whatever path has been prescribed for us. To switch one prescribed path for another isn’t freedom, it’s leading you out of one cage and into another.


Last year I wanted to have a child, write a book, attempt to self-host all the services I personally use, substantially stop using big tech sites, read more books, clean up the back yard, set up our big swimming pool, cut down our apple tree, set up a standing garden, arrange to take 3 full months off with my newborn child, get our fire pit licensed, and lose some weight.

I didn’t get a chance to get the fire pit licensed, and I didn’t lose any weight. Check out “The Graysonian Ethic: Lessons for my unborn son” on Amazon. It’s less than $10 for a hardcopy, and less than $5 for an ebook.

For this year:

I want to make sure every day to stimulate my son so he doesn’t grow up with developmental delays due to COVID (many COVID babies are suffering developmental delays to the point that the average IQ is in the high 70s instead of around 100 where it should be!)

I want to get the network routines for my newjrpg engine running and get a working demo of the game engine in action using the network routines because that’s been a stumbling block for a while and I can’t realistically move forward with the project until I’ve got the basic server and client running.

I want to spend some time and money properly getting the word out to The Graysonian Ethic, since the feedback I’ve been getting is that it’s a really good book but it isn’t selling because people aren’t aware of it

I want to pay off my line of credit

I want to stop renting my AC unit

Last year I upgraded an old electric bike to a lithium ion battery from a lead acid battery, I want to start using it for simple transportation when the weather is acceptable for it.

I want to get my asthma properly managed finally so I can move around more without struggling

I’d like to make substantial progress on writing a textbook about programming in FreeBASIC that covers all the major features of the language in a way that can help someone who doesn’t know how to program get from not knowing what FreeBASIC is to making substantial programs.

Get my motorcycle license and get my motorcycle on the road

It’s a new year’s resolution in the sense that it’s my 2022 plan, but it’s a pure accident that most of the things I wanted done in 2021 were completed by the end of the year.


To me, self-hosted and federated (so you can self-host and others can self-host and it seamlessly works across instances) is the way of the future. There might be criticisms of xmpp or matrix, but to me the moment you’re no longer looking at a single point of failure like with big tech services (or aspiring big tech services like this) you’re much more secure because your data isn’t in one centralized spot with everyone else’s data to get picked up in one big hack.


I mean, there are standardized tools. X has been around since 1984, and alsa has been around since 1998, pulseaudio since 2004.

“but I don’t like those tools, I want to use these other ones instead!” – Exactly. The point of the bazaar is to pick and choose what tools to use, and the may the best one win until it dies or we find something better.

Does that make things more complicated? Well, it can. OTOH, I’ve got a pretty complicated multi-server setup running right now, and a shocking number of problems are solved by going “$Problem on Ubuntu 20.04”, whereupon someone has already laid out the exact commands to run to solve your problem.

It isn’t like windows is standardized. To set the IP address properly, I can’t use the settings app because it’s been broken for years. I instead need to go to the windows 2000 version of the network adapter settings using a constantly changing maze of button clicks.


My intuition based on the error log is that a good place to start is SSL. It looks like it’s failing to establish the ssl link. Maybe in your nginx configuration start off by trying to connect using http on port 80, and if you can get that to work it means you’ve got something going on with your ssl. If it doesn’t work, then you can move on to the link between nginx and lemmy. I suspect you should be able to use links or lynx to access http://localhost:21560 on the server node to see if it is accessible. (If it isn’t accessible, then your next step is trying to figure out why you can’t even find lemmy on the local node using a web browser)

I use apache as my reverse proxy (and I don’t run lemmy, but I run a number of other services), and usually the first step is to get the service running and try to connect to it locally, and once you’ve successfully set it up so you can connect locally it becomes relatively easy to set up the reverse proxy, first using port 80, then on 443 (and disabling port 80).


Absolutely not.

As a single guy, you can cut a lot of corners and find your life acceptable. I was making one of the higher wages in the city I was living in (it was a small city in the middle of nowhere so that doesn’t mean much) and happily renting a room in an old lady’s basement and that was fine by me. I didn’t need anything fancy to eat, and I could happily just chill out on my computer for a few days if I didn’t want to spend any money. Moreover, you can set a budget and stick to the budget and the only person you need to keep disciplined is yourself.

Once you get a woman into the mix, you can’t cut those corners anymore. You’re going to rent a whole space (we moved into a house). You’re going to be getting real groceries. You’re going to be funding real stuff to do. If she wants to spend a bit more money, she’s going to spend a bit more money.

She filled a hole in my heart and I’m so glad we found each other, it’s made my life better and after 10 years of marriage we just had our first son which filled another hole in my heart I never knew was there, but under no circumstances whatsoever can I say it made my financial situation better.


I think the famous phrase “It’s not a bug, it’s a feature” applies.

I’ve been using linux since the 90s. Over the decades, the distribution people generally use has changed, as well as the specific tools within each distribution.

If open source was a cathedral like closed source, the market dynamic would be gone. Nobody would have moved from redhat to mandrake, from mandrake to ubuntu, from ubuntu to the latest distributions. Nobody would move between different desktop environments or window managers. Nobody would choose between different APIs to select the best ones for them.

The thing is, that cathedral often leads to stagnation. Sure, there’s only one choice so it’s straightforward, but there’s only one choice so if they don’t do the things you want or try new things then you’re stuck with what they gave you. That’s the Internet Explorer 6 problem.


Haiku has a ways to go, but I’m always excited to see progress. I still have a copy of BeOS 5 from back in the day, it was really something special.


No dark mode! Only black mode!

(He says from his custom network of websites universally carrying a black and red theme)



It’s a neat idea, but I see a new simple vector for viruses you can’t get rid of by swapping out a hard disk.


One thing to note, the South China Morning Post is a Hong Kong based newspaper owned by the Alibaba group.

I didn’t see any sort of disclosure on the article.


I think that federation is the answer, it’s just an answer over a long time rather than an immediate catastrophic paradigm shift.

It might not have taken off yet for message boards, but it’s the only way to allow diversity and self-reliance while also allowing a common community and an aggregated large user base.

That’s the USP of big tech: Go on facebook or reddit and you can join multiple different communities from one place, whereas it’s a unique commitment to be on even a few standalone forums since you routinely have to go to each one. Federate and suddenly you can be in multiple communities that have nothing to do with each other from whichever site you like the design of.