New blog post: "Advice for new bicycle commuters" https://nolanlawson.com/2019/06/17/advice-for-new-bicycle-commuters/
Just some stuff I've learned about bike commuting over the past year or so.
@Jami Recently tried the iOS app of Jami. I created new accounts on separate devices (without registration). Each encouraged creating a display name. When adding the devices to each other's contact list, the only identifier shown in conversation view was the full jami ID. Is this the intended behavior or should the chosen display name appear?
I'm looking for suggestions for standing up a website that are simple...basically managed for me and I post the content, add/remove pages, etc. but that is NOT managed Wordpress. It's for a small non-profit and I have full-time job...not to mention not much experience in web admin stuff so running the server myself isn't a good option.
The need for the grid, however, does not go away. In fact, it must become more robust/reliable. What are some ways this is being accomplished today, that you know of? Are there utility companies focusing more on the transport of electricity rather than generation? Are there companies going to homeowners/businesses and requesting to install solar panels on rooftops?
If we do this right, we could reduce or eliminate the need for centralized power generation, instead relying on the efficient utilization of locally produced power. I love the idea of getting most electricity through solar, wind, etc. What I don't want to see (and what unfortunately seems to be our reality today) is enormous chunks of land devoted to solar electric generation. Acres and acres of mirrors or solar panels spread across the landscape.
We need more of this. More individuals choosing to implement renewable energy production methods at home. More effort to reduce energy use where we can, and maximize efficiency when energy is necessary. One home with solar panels could generate electricity for 1+ homes in many locations. Entire neighborhoods could in some circumstances be powered when only a fraction of homes install electric generation capacity.
It's a 6.6 kW system with 22 panels, estimated to produce 7,850 kWh annually in our location. Electric bills for each of the first two months in our home were less than the estimated value of what our system can produce monthly. This means we will likely have eliminated our electric costs with room to spare. Hooray!
4g LTE internet uses as much as 23x the energy of WiFi. Do you really need all your apps to check for content updates in the background on cellular? Do your apps need to update themselves automatically on cellular? Do you need videos to play automatically?
Caution: Zines ahead
Saw this today and of course I immediately thought “I wonder if @ajroach42 is planning on going?”
#DeleteFacebook: Perspective from a platform that doesn’t put democracy in peril
rant re: Facebook
Facebook could face fines “into the millions of dollars” if found to have violated a 2011 consent decree.
According to its own reporting, Facebook had $4,268,000,000 of net income in the 4th quarter of 2017. Does anyone think a fine “into the millions” is a big enough stick here?
So PIA has decided to release all their source. Interesting- https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2018/03/private-internet-access-goes-open-source/
An instance of one.