FOSS Music Setup

I don’t use Spotify, Apple Music, et al. DRM’d content is a big no-no. I don’t consume any kind of DRM these days. Most likely, like you — I have a ~/Music folder on my laptop. I like to keep my music collection offline - available any day I want. I keep music cached on my disk as long as I need it. Songs get archived periodically every few months, if I have a change of taste....

Completely Switching to RSS Feeds

The news you consume isn’t going to affect you in any way. You’ve probably forgotten what you read last week. I’ve blogged about it a few months ago ~ You are What You Eat Today, the only way I get updates is via RSS feeds Really Simple Syndication - portable, extensible, light on network resources. Also, I’ve blocked the regular HTML+JS sites in my browser - more on that later....

Trying Void

From Arch to Void GNU/Linux After months of running Arch. I have finally decided to distrohop again. This time I’m trying Void Linux - an interesting, indie distro that my friend recommended to try. Unlike the majority of distros - which blatantly skin Ubuntu / fork Debian. Void is built independently, so it has it’s own package manager. The XBPS package ecosystem. Also - the lack of support for systemd rejoice systemd haters!...

Hackers

What do you understand when you hear the word hack? Scary people? Nerds in hoodies who live in shady places? Mashing fancy green text into terminals? Thanks to movies, the attention economy & large scale coverage by the media - hacking in the modern sense means security breaking. > I bet you’ve often heard catchhrases like - ‘Keep your data safe from hackers’ ~ le VPN shilling youtubers ‘Hackers breach confidential - Government documents’ ‘Hacking?...

Merry Christmas '21

Remember 2021? or Should I say 2020? I guess nothing much has changed in the world. The world battles the pandemic. Although people aren’t panicking this year compared to last year. Our dependence on proprietary software still disgusts me. Our attention spans have reduced, that being said I made better use of my time in 2021 than in 2020. Remember that blog post I penned a year ago? Time to reflect I’m pretty satisfied with the goals I challenged myself with that post....

minimalism

Things that add value to your life It’s an aesthetic, a vibe, a mindset that I swear by. The rule - seemingly simple; the comprehension? There are ’n’ number of ways that you & can add value to your life, buying everything you need, in the hope that one day it might be useful to you. Refuel on caffeine, energy drinks staying up late night. Start fasting for days, weeks give up, get back to the same old binging habits & then call it ‘minimalism’....

You are What You Eat

The saying is true, you are what you eat, consume, live to die for To put things into perspective, in today’s world you are what you scroll through on your daily news feed, Instagram stories, RSS feeds, blog roll, TV, Netflix, Spotify so on & so forth. In Elizabethan times people believed That the human body contains blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile Health is the state in which these constituent substances are in the correct proportion Pain occurs when one of the substances presents either a deficiency or an excess, or is separated in the body and not mixed with others....

Is Brave Really brave?

Brave is a web browser based on the Chromium web-engine influenced by Google The Brave browser is Free/Libre licensed under the same Mozilla Public license as Firefox Before you @ me, this is not like the many, many one sided posts about Brave with a mountain load of FUD. If you’ve been living under a rock - Brave Software (the company behind the browser) take vanilla Chromium, add their many patches, privacy-protections and a coat of their branding....

Free & Libre Software 🗽

Free Software is software that respects the user’s freedom 0$ 🤔 To someone who is not a programmer, this sounds totally absurd. What the heck is freedom? that these people keep talking about? I thought it meant software - that was free of charge 💰 Respects the user from what? Bullying? Ads? Time? I have no clue what you’re talking about. But to a programmer this perfectly makes sense 👨‍💻 Huh?...

How I Got my Username

It all started from Scratch. Pun intended! The humble beginnings of scratch.mit.edu my first social network! 2016 - 5 years ago I decided to sign up for a scratch account to share the programs I made locally using ‘Scratch 2.0’ iirc - an Adobe AIR app built in flash in those days. I recall the easy - drag and drop interface to build programs with jittery animations and SVG sprites. Sometimes lengthy codeblocks would crash my computer and the JavaScript engine in Chrome (while working with cloud variables) on a 2 Megabytes/s internet plan....



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