Time to blow this popsicle stand.

Giving pleroma a shot. I’ll be hanging-out here until something goes wrong:

@jbob

@cstanhope that’s a good point about the number pad (especially because I don’t really use it).

Bought a trackball to see if it could help with some elbow/shoulder problems I’ve been having and so far I like it.

Wish I would have tried this sooner...

@kelbot thanks for looking, I didn’t do a good job of making the cut-over from the other site, but I really wanted to get away from Wordpress.

@kelbot yeah I have a couple solar-oriented projects that got hung-up on the solar part, so I’ve been looking for something off-the-shelf like this.

It’s a bit more than I need, but it’s well made and I’ve been a fan of their other gear so I thought it was worth a shot.

@sajith thanks for passing these along.

Yeah, he seems to have this “short circuit” I’ve seen from other old guys (maybe I have it too) where they “get it” deeply in some ways but then are really oblivious to stuff that you’d expect them to not be.

@sajith thanks for passing these along.

Yeah, he seems to have this “short circuit” I’ve seen from other old guys (maybe I have it too) where they “get it” deeply in some ways but then are really oblivious to stuff that you’d expect them to not be.

@sajith I hear you there.

There’s a few things in the book that seem weird to me at first (solutions focused on capitalism/commerce type stuff) but when you consider the culture he comes from his take makes more sense (even if I don’t always agree). Also, I think this makes the book more accessible to “squares” (perhaps that’s the intent?)

That said the treatment of the primary subject outweighs the parts that didn’t click with me.

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@jjg I found it hard to agree with that part of the book. Lanier is assigning blame on FOSS for problems created by an entirely different group of people with entirely different set of values.

@socalledunitedstates you bet.

I share your feelings about most companies like this, but I’ve been following this one since inception, and they’ve managed to stay cool.

They also channel a lot of resources into developing countries which helps me feel good about giving them money. 😁

Second post in a series on the 620:

jasongullickson.com/posts/sola

Next post will probably involve screwdrivers... 😇 🛠️

(you can find the entire series here: jasongullickson.com/tags/solar)

Reading Lanier’s book (“10 Arguments...”) had the less-obvious effect of making me think hard about the free-as-in-beer aspect of (most) .

The claim he makes that this was a mistake, or more specifically that the way they “solved for free” (advertising) paved the way for exploitation of users, warrants considerable thought.

Until we smash capitalism, people who make free-as-in-speech things need money to survive,;using ads for this was a mistake.

What to do next...🤔

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I rly like being able to interact online with ppl who are varied in age and life experience, it's Good, makes me feel grounded as a human in this crazy thing we call Life

@mntmn That's good to hear, I'm hoping to keep things simple.

One of the hardest parts to me is balancing the desire to make the machine open with the practicality of getting something done.

@mntmn Cool.

I'm reading about beta-1 on your website now, thank-you for documenting the experience!

Any advice for someone considering this path?

@mntmn Are you building Reform on your own, or are you building a team?

I've flirted with the idea of bringing a machine of my own "to market" but I'm not sure if it's realistic to do it alone.

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Babies, if your client (a company) is in a hurry (because they delayed the project too much) remember to charge them with a higher price. Why?

- The project is going to drain your energy -> remember, they want it for yesterday
- They are irresponsible -> remember they delayed the project too much
- They need you *right now* so they will pay for it.

What if they don't want to accept that price?

That's even better because you'll lose a project which looks like a real problem.

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