Linux For Poets

About Alembic

  • Pop OS, and Technology Contentment

    100 Days to Offload Post 8

    A couple of weeks ago I installed Pop OS 20.04 on my System 76 Gazelle laptop. I had seen a fair amount of hype about it, and decided to give it a go. I ran Pop OS for some months a year ago, and liked it, but it became a big sluggish over...

  • The Quest for Decentralized Shopping

    100 Days to Offload Post 7

    While employees of big companies are striking, and articles online are saying how you should curtail your shopping to the essentials so as not to overload those workers. It sounds like large businesses are imploring us not to buy from them, and small businesses are trying to stay afloat. So I am doing...

  • Syncing Notes

    100 Days to Offload Post 6

    I am feeling pretty happy and settled in with my new Android phone. I do not miss the iPhone, and am thrilled to be able to install from Aurora Store and FDroid, and I do not feel the lack of Google Play Store at all. One of the pieces I set up is...

  • Shotwell Photos - finally settling in

    100 Days to Offload Post 5

    I am trying to get various systems in my life, both digital and “IRL,” smoothed out and working well. I organized my desk, spiffed up my planner book. And one I’ve been working on lately, is photos. I have a mountain of photos on my main harddrive, and various messy backups on my...

  • File Duplicates: FSLint

    100 Days to Offload Post 4

    One of my ongoing quests is to get my photo library in decent shape. It is pretty messy. I have many years worth of photos, and what makes it a mess is duplicates. I’m not exactly sure how many, but I know there are times where I imported photos in to my library,...

  • Attempting to DeGoogle

    100 Days to Offload Post 3

    Update: Actually the contacts app doesn’t work right, can’t add a contact with Google Play Services turned off. Finding a non-Google contact app to use that will integrate properly with the rest of the apps is still a goal for me.

    I have disabled Google Play Services, and find that everything is fine,...

  • Adventures with Cellular Telephones: NetGuard

    100 Days to Offload Post 2

    NetGuard is a critical piece of my strategy in mitigating the evil tendencies of Google in my Android phone. I paid for the pro version, and I am very excited about it. It gets you some nifty features, and supporting good open source projects like this is a very worthy cause!

    Netguard...

  • My Opinion about Contact Tracing Apps and Privacy

    100 Days to Offload Post 1

    Note: I got all fired up writing this post. I’m calm again now. There are news articles out now about Google Play teaming up with Apple to push out a system update that builds in a contact tracing function, because of the Coronavirus pandemic. While some people seem fine with this, I consider...

  • Adventures with Cellular Telephones: The Actual Apps

    Most of the reviews and discussions about Android and iOS center on how much you like the Apple ecosystem vs the Google ecosystem. That doesn’t give folks like me any useful information at all, because I don’t want to be a part of any dang ecosystem, unless it’s a privacy-respecting open source Linux one (which doesn’t really exist yet for...

  • New Web Site Using Jekyll

    Check it out! I finally have a Jekyll web site up and running. It has taking some troubleshooting to iron out the snags, but I am pleased with the result. I will be updating the older posts and get them put in place as I go along, and fine tuning more details. (Does RSS even work? - It does now!)

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  • Adventures with Cellular Telephones, (or, Google Pixel 3a vs iPhone 7)

    I have done an Android vs iPhone experiment this last month and it has been a very silly goose chase. What started with simply getting an iPhone 7, to replace the old iPhone 5C, became a twisty episode of chasing the next problem, and wound up with me being happy to move away from Apple altogether. I will say that...

  • Thoughts on Digital Distraction

    Of course, it’s not really the computer itself that creates distraction. I heard one talk on YouTube discussing the distraction and the magnitude of our motivation to avoid discomfort. And the computer is so good at comfort, and gives so many outs when we sit down to do something productive - games, social media, email, googling random stuff, etc.,...

  • Alternatives to Amazon

    I’ve been trying, little by little, to never buy anything from Amazon again. The list of boycott-worthy companies is long, but Amazon is at the top for me personally, because they are huge and evil. I won’t go into all the reasons they are bad here - take a look at the Wikipedia Controversies section for an idea of where...

  • Linux for Busy People

    I have been a rather boring nerd lately. I am still a nerd, loving Linux, but I haven’t been doing a lot of twiddling, which doesn’t make for many exciting blog posts. But also, it’s kind of the point of an operating system: to just do your work and not have to fiddle with the OS itself. So I decided...

  • Current Favorite Software and Other Things

    Typora and Zettlr, tied, for writing articles. Also, I just discovered that Focus Writer is super cute now! It has had an update since the last time I installed it, and I like the fresh look so much! Zim Wiki (always) for notes and journaling Xournal++ for notes on PDFs. Pithos for listening to Pandora stations on Linux without ads....

  • My Computer Updates - Distro-Hopper Chronicles

    In the last year or so, I have been trying to be less distracted, and do less random stuff like internet rambles about software. But you know what? That just makes me do fewer interesting projects and experiments, which is terribly boring. I don’t want to be boring or bored. So here’s a Linux update, straight from my noggin! I’m...

  • Keyboards in 2003

    I would like to complain about modern computers for a moment. My favorite computer that I currently own is a 10 year old Dell Inspiron Mini 10V netbook with a cool 1 GB of RAM and a 1.6 GHz processor. It is beautiful. I mean, obviously, this is a crappy computer. It is small and slow, but when I put...

  • Linux Fest Northwest

    I went to Linux Fest Northwest last month. (I started writing this right after and delayed a little in posting it. Sorry.) It was a beautiful experience and I would like to talk about it a little.

    Yerba Mate at Linux Fest

    My love of Linux has gone on for some years. I heard about Linux Fest...

  • Open Source Notes and Writing on Linux

    I have a long standing addiction to note taking and writing software. It’s a chronic condition. When I used a Mac, I was fond of Ulysses as a writing program. It has a nice layout, file browser and uses Markdown, which strikes the balance of giving you formatting options (headers, lists, bold, etc.), but without too much distraction (all the...

  • Phones and Philosophy

    I got a new iPhone 5c. I also sold my iPad back to Mac of All Trades. I find now that I want to keep the little Android tablet that I bought (a Hisense Sero Pro). It’s a cute little thing, and it can do small, simple things that I want it to. I mostly want it for taking notes...

  • A note on writing space and focus

    One of the big, obvious problems with trying to get anything done, ever, on the computer is distractions. Email, social whatnot, updates on any web site ever. It’s ridiculous. So, my new trick, that’s not a trick at all!

    Make a new account on your computer, and don’t put any distracting data in it! No email passwords, logins of any...