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An old (May 2007) MacBook 2,1 and a Dell Inspiron 1525 are posted for sale. Are they worth $40 apiece, the MacBook for libreboot experience and the other for general use?

Mozilla keep trumpeting about how much work went into making fast again, when all they really had to do was disable reader view. Seriously, anyone else try disabling this? What was your experience?

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What I'm saying is that we should focus on extending the useful life of our technology.

We have companies actively fighting against this. The companies that make are things make them to fail.

The companies that make our web services make them to require newer faster computers.

I spent half an hour today tooling around with the same Galaxy sIII and a google cardboard kit.

It was fun! There were some great games! I enjoyed it.

That's a 6 year old phone, $2 in cardboard, and $2 in plastic

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Ultimately, Google Cardboard will never be more than a simple toy, in a tech space full of $3-5k hardware.

But without that simple toy, who would be taking the $4k hardware?

Would anyone care, if they didn't have this $15 gateway?

We have a bunch of old phones, and old computers, and old tablets and laptops sitting in drawers and closets and basements.

This phone from 2012 could still make magic in 2015. Can still make magic in 2018. But it's sitting unused.

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Eventually, we'll get in to what is represented by Virtual Reality as a medium, because I have Thoughts.

But right now, I want to focus on the fact that old tech and cheap tech and low-tech is valuable, viable, valid, and other v-words.

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I didn't talk about this earlier, when I shared this image, so I'ma share it again and talk about it.

retro.social/media/IdmtAQCJKDC

This is my friend Jon experiencing virtual reality for the first time. This photo was taken in my record store in 2015 or so.

He's using a $5 hunk of cardboard and plastic that I bought from a blisterpack at the corner store, and a Galaxy S3, which was already old enough that people were throwing them away (this was my step fathers.)

There's some stuff to unpack.

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Interesting... several functionalities of separate privacy extensions, packed into one, plus website rating.

spreadprivacy.com/privacy-simp

Would like to hear some opinions about this and if it is worth the change.

#privacy

My son, the expert grazer, finishes 1/3 slice of pizza and declares “My tummy says it’s happy and I ate a LOT of pizza!”

On a Mac, what are some good browsers out there not named Safari, not forked from Firefox and not forked from (or a wrapper for) Chromium/Electron?

I attempted installing LineageOS on an older LG phone. ~3 hours later and nothing to show for it. Did I even successfully root it? Was I using adb correctly?

I definitely don't think this is in the realm of the impossible, but simpler (and ready-out-of-the-box) alternatives are desperately needed if we want to combat Google/Apple/etc. and their stranglehold on mobile computing.

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Alright folks!

It's the holidays.

I'm going to celebrate the holidays with my friends and family. I'm going to take some time to enjoy the company of the people I care about.

And then we're going to tear it all down.

We will organize. We will create. We will assert control.

(thread, because of course. CW'd because I'm salty.)

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"Maintaining An Independent Browser Is Incredibly Expensive" by Robert O'Callahan: robert.ocallahan.org/2017/12/m

Mozilla is the last organization building their own browser engine who isn't also a big tech company (Google, Microsoft, Apple). The work they're doing is incredibly important for maintaining a diverse and vendor-agnostic web.

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@kelbot Baby steps ;)

Microsoft captures the market early with their tentacles into schools. In college, all the business courses practically make it mandatory. That has to change like yesterday. We have to get leaders of tomorrow accustomed to alternatives both in school and at home. Work will follow suit

Good news is that new fields are popping up where software prerequisites aren't defined yet. But Open Source really needs usability experts to make sure the opportunity isn't lost

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@cypnk @EuphoriaLavender
Yes, I know these roadblocks to Linux adoption. My point is that they could. They could absolutely do everything they normally do without windows. It's unfortunate that the non technical people are railroaded into it basically from multiple sides. Schools and jobs being the main ones.

It takes a perfect storm of a user that is slightly technical and curious and with just enough frustration with windows to seek an alternative.

Shout out to the awesome @hugo for getting this (my personal instance) off the ground!

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