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"i use linux as my operating system," i state proudly to the unkempt, bearded man. he swivels around in his desk chair with a devilish gleam in his eyes, ready to mansplain with extreme precision.
"actually," he says with a grin, "linux is just the kernel. you use GNU+linux."
i don't miss a beat and reply with a smirk, "i use alpine, a distro that doesn't include the GNU coreutils, or any other GNU code. it's linux, but it's not GNU+linux."

the smile quickly drops from the man's face. his body begins convulsing and he foams at the mouth as he drop to the floor with a sickly thud. as he writhes around he screams "I-IT WAS COMPILED WITH GCC! THAT MEANS IT'S STILL GNU!"
coolly, i reply "if windows was compiled with gcc, would that make it GNU?" i interrupt his response with "and work is being made on the kernel to make it more compiler-agnostic. even if you were correct, you won't be for long."

with a sickly wheeze, the last of the man's life is ejected from his body. he lies on the floor, cold and limp. i've womansplained him to death.

the local hospital where I used to work has the worst IT deptartment.

I was noticing certificate errors over a year ago, I gave as detailed a report as I could.

Eventually they closed the ticket, saying that they run their own certificate servers and that would not be fixed. This was with public certificates from godaddy? and I just tried to check my corp email, certificate error hole of death. can't get in.. wtg

why is software so bad?

chromium ships their own python3 binary with their tool set, and has you add the depot_tools tree to your path which breaks other python things.

You know what would be cool? Free time

Me: I'm kinda hungry, but there's nothing to eat cause I'm lazy.

Amazon Delivery:

Trying to get this cute little ESP32 module to work with this cute 2.2" SPI TFT LCD

But the ESP is cursed, and the LCD is cursed too.

The processor has 512 kB internal PSRAM but we can't get micropython to see more than 73 k, and we have absolutely no idea where that RAM is. Compiled firmware like 30 times with every possible permutation of the relevant config options...


anti-capitalist PSA 

Did you know: Most modern corporate websites tell companies which links to their content get clicks, and where.

"If you remove all the UTM variables, you still arrive at the same page. The only difference is that they won’t know where you’re coming from."

Contrary to the opinion expressed in that piece? Companies don't *need* to know fucking anything about you, not even where you found their content - they *want* to, so they can profit off your data.

Most APIs and architecture come together by accident and devs seem often unwilling or unable to write good docs.

Maybe there is business in documenting software?

oh dang oh dang! my cyberdeck writeup got featured on courtesy of @mavica

been a big fan of that site for years!

Oh wow, GitHub just invited me to be part of the GitHub Sponsors program!

That means you can now support my projects and open-source work directly through GitHub.

For the first year of the program GitHub will even match each of your donations. So if you always wanted to stick it to GitHub, now's the time 😂

Support me here:


#Medium now fully completed their paywalling efforts. The public page's now completely inaccessible without logging in.

Unsuspecting visitors to Medium's #articles now can't #read them unless they lock themselves into the platform.

The ability to search for new #content written by independent creators? Gone! The goal's to usurp content created by others free of charge to make you pay the centralized platform to access it.

#Plume exists to combat this, using the power of the #fediverse.

current status:

fetching chromium source tree

60% complete

This repo is huge!

ever tried to send mail, using `mail` for the first time, when the remote you're connected to doesn't support your terminal and all your arrows/backspace etc are out of whack?

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