Things I want to highlight that aren't important enough to be put on the main blog.

Oct 4th, 2019 - permalink

I must say that I much prefer the Pamac CLI package manager to Pacman. It's much more intuitive and I'm glad that Manjaro includes it by default.

Sep 4th, 2019 - permalink

I've decided to set up a monthly donation to the Signal Foundation. I'm not the biggest fan of Signal and I've been critical of the fact that it relies on central servers that can be shut off at any time.

But none of the peer-to-peer apps I've tried (such as Tox) seem competitive in this space. I need something I can give a non-technical friend and not have them feel like its a downgrade from WhatsApp.

For now I'm going to stick with Signal but I'll keep an eye on some other promising projects like Matrix.

Aug 21st, 2019 - permalink

Found this neat interview with Rick Ferri about index investing.

Aug 18th, 2019 - permalink

I've been using GIMP for the last couple of years, but since I'm on KDE Plasma I decided to give Krita a try.

It's actually very capable and I'm going to try using it in lieu of GIMP for a little while.

Aug 18th, 2019 - permalink

There seems to have been lots of talk of an impending stock market crash recently. Some people seem to be absolutely certain of it for reasons such as the inverted yield curve, high PE multiples, and the trade war with China. I've even heard people talk about the "2020 recession" as if it has already happened.

Personally, I'm skeptical. I don't think there is any greater risk of a market downturn today then there was 5 years ago. Everyone knows that the yield curve has inverted and that inversions have historically preceded recessions in the United States. But the expectation of an upcoming recession is already priced into the market.

Similarly, the risks associated with the Chinese trade war have also been priced in.

Now I'm not saying that there won't be a market crash, but I am saying that if there is one the cause will be something that is not currently priced into the market (in other words, something that isn't receiving 24/7 news coverage).

Jul 6th, 2019 - permalink

Debian 10 "buster" is released!

Jun 12th, 2019 - permalink

I always appreciate Charlie Munger's bluntness in his interviews. It's quite the contrast to Warren.

Jun 6th, 2019 - permalink

So it's been a while since I last purchased something using Bitcoin and I wanted to see if the process had become any less painful today. I decided that I was going to purchase a $10 item at a shop that accepted Bitcoin.

I head on over to my Coinbase account and purchase $10 of Bitcoin. Due to fees the amount I actually got was only worth $8. Okay, I buy some more to make it $10, then I try to send the money to the address I was given by the shop. Turns out that Coinbase doesn't actually let you send Bitcoin to non-Coinbase users anymore unless you wait 12 days after you purchase it. Even if I could send the money, the estimated fee was over $3 (30% of the transaction).

I ended up paying with PayPal and have asked Coinbase for a refund on my Bitcoin purchases.

May 28th, 2019 - permalink

I recently learned about a new messaging app called Delta chat. It is based on top of SMTP/IMAP and works with an existing email account so you can chat with anyone who has email already (everyone?) regardless of if they have Delta chat.

Basically, it is an email client that uses a UI similar to most chat apps. I think this is better than something like a Jabber client because nobody actually has Jabber accounts anymore, but email is still ubiquitous.

There are some problems I foresee:

This isn't the first version of this idea that I've seen. There are other apps like MailTime but Delta chat is open-source at least and has mobile and desktop clients.

May 28th, 2019 - permalink

I am skeptical of all of these cloud bookmarking services that have started popping up. Some examples are Pocket, Wallabag, and Instapaper.

It seems to me that if you use these services as advertised (bookmarking articles you don't have time to read at the moment) then you are going to end up with a library large enough that you will never have enough time to read it all. Additionally, most news content is only relevant for a couple of days or less, so I suspect it would just end up sitting in your bookmarks never getting read.

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