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

Mar 27th, 2019 - permalink

I think buying a personal domain name is a worthwhile investment for anyone. There is just so much you can do with them for only $10/year.

You can:

Mar 26th, 2019 - permalink

Well looks like the European copyright reform passed. It seems to me that this is only going to limit the EU's ability to compete with the rest of the world (specifically the United States and China) in the information technology sector.

Mar 24th, 2019 - permalink

Something that I'd really like is to have a "hub" for all the various online media services I use. For example, I could connect my Netflix, Spotify, YouTube, etc. to it and see everything in one interface.

Right now AFAIK the only way to do this is using something like Plex which requires you to purchases all the files yourself.

Mar 21st, 2019 - permalink

NextDock 2 is a cool project being crowdfunded right now. Basically it is a laptop with no onboard CPU, memory, or disk but it can be connected to any device that offers HDMI out to be used as a monitor (Android Phone, Raspberry Pi, Chromecast, etc.).

If you've ever wanted a portable monitor with built in keyboard and a huge battery then you might wanna check this out.

Mar 19th, 2019 - permalink

I have to say that I am seriously impressed with the F-Droid Repomaker utility. It's well-designed and easy to use.

Mar 18th, 2019 - permalink

I recently found out about "Participatory budgeting" which is a democratic way of creating a national budget. Basically, each year when you pay your tax bill you decide how much money you personally will allocate to various government programs. For example, if you pay $100 in taxes you could choose to spend $15 on Military, $30 on Social Security, $20 paying down the national debt, etc.

Mar 18th, 2019 - permalink

I wonder if it would be too harsh to require users to not use passwords seen on the Have I Been Pwned password database. I'm sure it would be pretty effective at making people add a few extra numbers to the end of their password.

Mar 17th, 2019 - permalink

Well today was my first time trying the Uber PWA instead of the full Android app. The map was a little laggy and only updated about one every 30 second, but other than that I found it a perfectly acceptable experience. For now, I think I'm going to continue using it.

Mar 17th, 2019 - permalink

I've decided to switch over to FastMail since GSuite is raising their prices next month.

Their SMTP migration tool worked well for moving all of my emails, and I was able to import my Google Calendars/Contacts.

Everything is set up and seems to be working with my email client (Mailspring) and Kontact for CalDav/CardDav. I also got myself DAVx⁵ for my Android phone, which works nicely.

Mar 12th, 2019 - permalink

I've been trying to get progressive web apps to work on my phone. Have got to say Chrome is way ahead of Firefox in this department.

The Firefox PWA implementation is just full of bugs. For example, I'm trying to use the Google Maps PWA but it won't load unless I also open the full Google Maps website in Firefox at the same time. I was also trying to use the Uber PWA but it can't access location services even if I grant it the permission.

All of this works fine in the Chrome implementation.

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