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Music lover and English teacher with an interest in slightly geeky things

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An old friend of mine that I’ve lost touch with is Chinese. They lived in Europe for a number of years. When they couldn’t get a new job their visa ran out and the went back home.

No problem getting a job. They had a place to live. Things were good.

But… When they left Europe they basically told their roommate, a student who was about 10 years their younger, that they were leaving and that’s it. They abandoned the apartment. This left not only rent up to the student, but also the €300 fee of changing the name on the rental contract.

If a police investigation is launched against someone in China, you can be damned sure they will turn up something. If this influencer ever saw a doobie they will find out, and if they never did drugs they will find an acquaintance who did.

I say this because one day when my friend left work there was a car waiting. It was the father of her roommate. Turns out he was a “special” police officer. He told them to get in and gave her a folder. The folder had photos of them, their friends, even me. There were notes on the friends, SMS and social media exchanges. This included references to drugs. He took them to a bank, told them to take out the equivalent of €900 (he had their bank statements already) or their family would hear about this…and then he left them there on the street.

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Yup

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There are solutions that work. Like you, I would enjoy a simple app that allows for subscriptions and playlists without tracking or using an account. I mostly use RSS feeds (newsboat) and watch the videos through mpv.

And yt-fzf is great too. It uses invidious instances instead of YouTube links.

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I don’t feel like my system is bloated.

It probably isn’t bloated.

I guess it’s subjective, but when do you consider a system to be bloated?

If someone is testing out several different DEs or WMs and installing meta-packages, then I suppose I might say that things are bloated because they could end up having multiple apps to control the same preferences along with different libraries, etc., and then when they decide to update it takes ages. That would be bloated for me. I have tried the minimal stuff before. Like you said, hundreds of packages, not thousands. But, I didn’t install any manpages. So when I decided I wanted those manpages the number of packages ballooned. Nothing was really bloated, just a number on neofetch going up.

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Strawberry Music Player has smart and dynamic playlist generators. I cannot say how well they work.

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The package manager for Alpine is…so fast. The community (IRC/Gitlab) is responsive and helpful.

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So many to choose from. If I close my eyes I can practically stream certain episodes of the The Simpsons and King of the Hill. Other series have had such touching scenes they can still bring a tear to my eye 30 years after originally airing.

But, today I’m thinking about the perfect episode of a series about absolutely awful people… Seinfeld.

I understand why today someone wouldn’t watch that show (2 of those mains really showed their true colours and the main jas somehow avoided some deserved scrutiny), but when it was airing on my channels it was the thing to watch and talk about. Stupid Friends was just something to watch to make sure you didn’t miss the start of Seinfeld.

One amazing episode, The Marine Biologist, ended with a scene at Monk’s diner as George recounted his adventure.

That episode managed to have multiple arcs with a unique denouement and simple gag at the end.

The next day at school we couldn’t shut up about it.

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Username checks out

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Ebook reader for me too. It would be hard not to bring my DAP, but that only has a 13 hours battery. My old Kobo, though, has hundreds of books plus some games like solitaire, sudoku and boggle.

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J’ai déjà mangé des insectes. C’est une étudiante qui a apporté en cours un jour.

J’en ai vu dans quelques magasins bio mais je trouve ça cher.

Mais, le jour où je peux en acheter je le fais. Pour la planète, bien sûr, mais aussi pour embêter ma belle mère qui croit dans les théories du complot autour de ce sujet.

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Oui. J’en avais mais avec mon frère nous les avons perdues… Et je les ai revues en Espagne il y a quelques années chez la belle famille

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Before you delete your comments and reviews change them to something very basic and neutral?

File manager for Android with Dual Applications

My Android Phone allows you to run two separate copies of installed applications and a second space where you can run a different profile for apps (Think a Personal or work persona). The stock file manager clearly captures a range of personal and usage data and information for ad targeting. I’m therefore looking for an...

Android phone saving metadata for screenshots (i.ibb.co)

I always remove this data from my screenshots before sharing, but is there any way to prevent this from happening in the first place? I’ve searched and searched, but all I can find is information about how to remove the data after the fact, which I already know how to do, but it would sure be nice if it never got added in the...

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What app are you using to see the exif data? Perhaps my screenshot has this info as well but the different apps I use to view exif data do not show it.

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Ok, yes, my phone (which is not a Samsung) also includes some info in screenshots.

https://beehaw.org/pictrs/image/ce7588f5-03dc-4925-b2e9-de69827c399e.webp

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Nah. Not an issue really for me.

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The convo on HN about this article is worth a quick scroll.

The first comment (news.ycombinator.com/item?id=39570137) launches a discussion about freedom filled with anecdotes. There are even more anecdotes (news.ycombinator.com/item?id=39570364). And even some praise (news.ycombinator.com/item?id=39570484).

I am not a dev. I don’t rice, I don’t game. I’m a FOSS user and have been for years. If I run into a problem, there is no way I will be creating an account on Discord to get help. It might not be worth the time and effort. A searchable forum is good enough. IRC logs are good enough. Email lists are good enough. But, also, some open source software makes onboarding seem more cumbersome than it actually is. Getting on Matrix is easy, but in he eyes of a new user it comes off as Herculean. And when a dev decides to use Discord we shake our fists instead of proposing a solution like operating the bridge for them.

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Step in the right direction, which is appreciated…

But: fosstodon.org/

Server can look up account identifier (username) and also phone number by username.

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Relevant info about the username/accountid implementation: fosstodon.org/

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An animated series is also in the works, so there is also that to look forward to.

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My current personal laptop is a ThinkPad 13 2nd Gen. I believe it was released in 2017. It was my work laptop for 4 years and was gifted to me by the employer. During those 4 years as a work laptop it proved its worth—9 hours of teaching per day plugged into a projector. Once it was mine I slapped Linux on it. Today, the battery still lasts 10 hours.

So, definitely look into getting something used. You probably don’t need the best of the best. If I had to choose right now I would rank my needs and try to get something close enough.

An i3 or equivalent might be fine, and i7 might be overkill. Something with an i5, perhaps? Lots of people say 8GB is the minimum for RAM, my computer has 6GB and works. But, if I were going to buy today I might take 16GB just as future-proofing. I would also need that USB-C.

Browse around sites like linux-hardware.org before purchasing to make sure you don’t get any surprises.

Speaking of surprises, I would take anything with Nvidia just in case, and whatever model I take would need to be reparable or upgradable.

If you decide on buying new, you might as well take a look at the vendors mentioned by other users. System76, Slimbook, Framework, StarBook, and so on will hurt your wallet a bit, but at least you know the hardware won’t result in time lost troubleshooting.

is there a foss project to automatically sort files

do you know that minecraft mod that autosorts your inventory? is there are project that can autosort a messy file system and put all of your files of a similar nature into a well organised, well named order. obviously this would require ai that could do image, language, and audio recognition but is there anything in the works? i...

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Partitions.

Many distros will partition your disk as /, /home, and swap.

If you want to, when installing a different distro, you can manually format and install the system to / and not format /home but flag it to be mounted as home.

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Oh it certainly can! I haven’t done it like this in a long time. My hopping days are all but over and the main things I need to backup are music, photos, and books. As long as I have them on some external drive I just wipe it all and start over. Still, though, the option is there.

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