I made a rookie mistake on Twitter: I had a controversial opinion and shared it there. Which is ok, but Twitter is just not a place where real conversations can be had. It is the quarrel zone and that is all it ever accomplishes. Not sure Mastodon is all that better though.

The Reform and the Penkesu. Surprisingly more alike than you might imagine.

Here is my Penkesu. I wanna thank Penk Chen of the Cutiepi Tablet fame for creating this and making possible for others to build. I am still working on a few things for it, but I am VERY impressed with just how capable the Pi Zero 2w is. I currently have the following things configured and usable:
Dino, MS Code, VNC Viewer, Evolution, Dosbox, and Libre Office. The built in Chromium browser can handle Rocket Chat instances and most websites. Very happy with it!

It is so annoying how often the Signal desktop client updates. I mean it feels like it is sometimes every few hours. I mean, why not roll it out once a week or something?

If my first experience with Linux would have been using Sway with Wayland, and someone was there to kind of quickly explain how to use it, I would have probably switched from Windows immediately. Tiling managers are the bomb. Windows can do most of it with snap mannerism, but also through using the power tools fancy zones program. It can't however stack or tab running programs. When switching to Sway from Gnome on Ubuntu 20.04 I'm seeing almost a 2 hour increase in battery life. Sway FTW!!

An important principle to having more piece in life that I constantly am struggling to remember:

Anybody on Mastodon NOT use Linux?

I did it. Wiped Windows from the Framework Laptop and put Ubuntu 21.04 on it. Working perfectly. Already have a Windows dev VM in place. Steam and a near full catalog of games installed. Very happy! Thanks Ubuntu team for the quality enabling developers everywhere to focus on work and not on getting Linux working!

When my Librem 13 screen works the laptop is brilliant. Ubuntu 20.04 with Wayland is just super rock solid, ESPECIALLY when combining it with Crossover. It quite literally is the best of both worlds then.

The 1 Netbook Onemix 3pt is such an amazing little laptop. While the weaker plain 3 model has seen reviews, I feel like a lot is being missed by not having a 3pt variant model review. So I am considering this my next spare-time hobby. I feel like the work going on here is next level and needs to be shared.

Will gnome extensions work with Pop OS'es Cosmic desktop environment? Is this a design goal of theirs? (To not break compatibility with Gnome.)

Apple announcement summarized: Hey, you can now use the M1 to run the same wimpy iOS apps that you were running with the A13 before, but now you can do it faster. Nevermind that we could have let you do that with Mac OS and full desktop class applications since the two architectures are the same, but nevermind that. No file system and self contained island apps are just way more fun.
It is almost like Apple is afraid to truly innovate.

I am of the opinion that American schools need to take the teaching of other languages in school way more seriously. Most of the world can speak an additional language. The studies have shown that it is beneficial not only in communication but helps the brain to form new pathways and makes it possible for the brain to even think in different ways. This is an advantage many are getting that we in the States should be taking note of.

@elementary Hello Elementary! I was wondering if there was a way to autohide or merge the status bar with the dock?

I'd love to setup a Matrix server, however the last time I tried it was pretty difficult and the instructions rather sparse. Now I see that there is a lot of work going into a native server, that will improve the memory and cpu footprint of the software. So I'm wondering should I wait for that to be released, or plunge in now?

I can't remember if I shared it here or not, but I started a new website. It is just a place where I can share my experiences in software development and hardware and software reviews. I find that getting really honest reviews and comments on the internet's tech sites isn't all that easy. This is my attempt at putting some good content out there with no strings attached. Not much on there now, but I plan on getting a bunch more up steadily over time.

XMPP is really a fantastic chat solution provided everyone you are chatting with uses Android, or desktop OSes. If any are on Apple devices, you are forced to roll into their push server, and the hassle begins. Still work by Daniel Glutsch on Conversations really do show how XMPP, while old in the tooth, is still excellent and venerable even today. He proves that the standard should live on far beyond all the other competing standards die out.

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