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clicking on a post that says "cw: medusa, ec" and immediately turning into stone

A personal email appliance seems like such a cool idea!

Until you realize that convincing gmail you’re not an email spammer essentially requires renting an IP address from the very big tech companies the marketing copy for this device scares you about.

Which means any products in this space are necessarily priced via subscription, and therefore a non-starter for the independent digital homesteaders targeted by the marketing.

Email is so broken.

thehelm.com/

HAHAHA!! And *right* as I post this, my home timeline shows me this absolute legend:

markosaric.com/linux/

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The fix for the main issue ended up being some ridiculous garbage.

Apparently default behavior on Macs is for the OS to silently prevent part of the app from working. Not all of it, just part of it. Just enough so the app gives you ridiculous errors that tell you nothing about the true cause of the error.

And then you just have to know where to look in the OS settings menu if you want to find silently disabled things so you can enable them. Because there’s no notifications or warnings of any kind.

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Wow. Installing and using Docker on a Mac is a Huge pain in the butt! Especially if you actually want the docker daemon to run even when you’re not logged in.

Normally, I wouldn’t even bother with Macs, but alas, the service host at work is an iMac. And a rather beefy one at that. Shame to have it sitting there idle all the time.

Reason number 4196 why I like my laptop:

The expansion card system is somewhat open-source and *of course* someone designed a snack drawer!

Just fixed an aging (<2 yrs old, ha!) system in production by *once again* applying enough hacks to work around a bug where the OS updater regularly uninstalls critical packages we need due to a package conflict.

Damn, I'm good at my job! 🤩

But it's Friday night. Time for a beer. 🍻

Holy crap! If Python, HTML, CSS, and javascript had a baby:

imba.io/

This web-oriented language looks pretty interesting, to say the least.

I actually have this problem at work. We need to list huge directories quickly. This solution is better than mine too. =)

be-n.com/spw/you-can-list-a-mi

Also, I still believe the only useful purpose for Microsoft Edge is to download Firefox.

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Wow, I haven’t done a clean Windows install in a while now. I hadn’t realized how bad it’s gotten.

The *OS ITSELF* now has a privacy policy? And dark patterns to trick users into signing in with a online account which apparently tries to “personalize” your ad experience?

Hard nope.

Thanks goodness there are still hacks to avoid this crap. I’m lucky I only need to use windows for games. How does everyone else put up with this stuff?

Volkswagen detects when your tests are being run in a CI server, and makes them pass.

github.com/auchenberg/volkswag

I really want to love Thunderbird, but... part 2.

Simple features are just totally lacking. Getting my contacts' birthdays to show up on my calendar took about an hour and fiddling around with two different addons.

Contact birthdays is just table stakes for any modern calendar software that wants to be taken seriously.

Not to mention that even getting my CardDav contacts to show up at all takes another addon.

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