Hey folks! I am a nerd all about tech, linux, board games, video games, and weird medical knowledge. I worked in DevOps for a while, but now I'm very happily on a red team.
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In perhaps my least savvy business deal yet, I bid on and won the Christmas tree my wife made and donated to the auction. It’s for a good cause and her tree is amazing.
How many of you are "burn a CD old"? 🤔
Just a reminder that private American citizens can now sponsor refugees for resettlement:
Not everyone has the means, but if you do, it might be worth thinking about.
how does this site still not have quote tweeting
Larry Lessig should really stop speaking to the press. He routinely says things as bafflingly ridiculous as this. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2023/10/09/they-studied-dishonesty-was-their-work-a-lie “Trust me” is one of the biggest red flags you can ever utter.
Pixel Pals 2.0.6 is now available with a fully transparent widgets option (as well as lots of other background customization 🥳)
Transparent home screen widgets are really fun, can show just about anything too. Weather, storage, battery, calendar, time, date, quotes
iPhone home screen video where you can see a device stats widget with a transparent background (the background is a red sky, Japanese-style landscape) and then a weather widget is configured with a transparent background
my perpetual advice to new university students: go the fuck to class and go the fuck to bed. almost all student crises stem from not doing those two things
I just released Pixel Pals 2! 🎉 With iOS 17 you now have a FULL virtual pets experience where you can add and battle friends, and play full games, like PixelQuest, 2048, and Eternal Stroll, all right on your literal home screen! (Plus fidget spinners, mech keyboards, and more!)
Giant bean bag was a great investment
This year consider not “migrating” settings and apps to your new phone. Weird ghosts in the machine you have no ability to inspect can be in the configuration files. I had a mail syncing bug move between three iPhones where I had to sometimes exit and enter a mailbox for refresh.
Why doesn't Apple make a TV? They would own that space. Half the people I know would happily buy one, if it meant no spyware, user choice, and never buying another "smart" TV again. Even if the cost was 2x normal smart tv.
I'm so confused when people try to get me to invest in their generative AI company. Like, the entire concept of generative AI does not work on the most basic fundamental level. The whole appeal is that it's cheaper than paying an actual human to do it. But, to even be mediocre at any given task the model must be train on millions of data points from people who are actually good at said task. It works (temporarily) because the internet has been free and open for all of its existence, providing these companies with infinite training data at zero cost. But why would researchers and creators continue publishing their work on the open internet under a licensing model that allows someone else to profit while directly undermining their career? ChatGPT has already started to degrade as a result of being given internet access. What do we think happens when all the high quality data points start getting paywalled or licensed out of reach?
Reposting via @lippard w/ more context. Verizon says more than 80 percent of email-to-text messages are identified as spam.
Even so, Verizon doesn't block this functionality by default. Instead, you have to text "OFF" to the short number 4040 to turn off email-to-text.
Any Verizon users worried about stalkers or crazies should definitely text this number OFF.
I released the final update to Apollo for Reddit! It tidies up things for the closure later today, adds some really cool easter eggs, and lets you migrate your pixel pals from Apollo to the separate Pixel Pals app, which also unlocks an Apollo Pixel Pal so he can live on ❤️
I just released a really important Apollo update that adds the ability for users with remaining subscription time left to decline an automatic refund. Devs pay refunds out of pocket, and this will be about $250K, so I thank you for your consideration. ❤️
Also, this update includes an amazing "Goodbye Apollo Wallpaper Set” for your phone, tablet, or desktop, created by outrageously talented Apollo icon designers. You can unlock the pack with a donation that helps with refund costs. 🙂
I have a fun idea to commission some of the artists who did Apollo icons to create some really cool final Apollo wallpapers to remember the app by. Is this something you'd pay a few bucks for, where the proceeds would go toward Apollo's refund fees?