Idle Words on privacy

If you haven't already had the pleasure, I can recommend reading any and all of Maciej Cegłowski's Idle Words

He had gone a while without very many additions but has made several new entries recently, including this one, about the radically shifted privacy landscape we live in today:

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Thunderbird-Nextcloud sync error

I'm on another try to use cloud calendar synchronization, across my desktop, laptop, and at least one (to start) handheld mobile device.

The cloud side is a community-run Nextcloud instance.

On the laptop and desktop, I'm trying to use Thunderbird, but it was silently failing to sync.

I had to …

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Dispatch from the editor wars

So, I finally have hit upon a keybinding conflict that bugs me.

Before I mention exactly what it is, I should probably say first that I am not much of one to customize my command line tools. Or, at least, I should say that I'm resistant to doing so. You …

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Leadership in controversy

(I wrote this when the particular leadership controversy in question, the details of which are mostly mentioned in passing rather than described, was current. Bigger leadership controversies in FOSS have come to the fore since, but these questions remain.)

The title for this file is intentionally ambiguous, meant to evoke …

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dmesg UX

In this case, "-ux" isn't meant to refer to these dmesg(1) options

   -u, --userspace
          Print userspace messages.


   -x, --decode
          Decode  facility  and level (priority) numbers to human-readable
          prefixes.

but rather to a recent User eXperience epiphany I had using dmesg.

Most of the time using dmesg, my concerns are …

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Deconstructing GitLab

(OK, so I want to do several things with this, but to dive right now into the meta of all of them is going to work against some of my purpose, so I'll try to come back to that exposition.)

For now, there's an essential point I want to get …

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Domains

OK, so ... I hate domain squatting. I'm not sure anyone likes to get a faceful of spam when they think they're going to one site but end up at another site, put up by a subsequent owner of the domain and usually just spam. The whole process seems wrong, but …

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