Linux For Poets

Linux For Poets

My thoughts and experiences with open source software

  • 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....