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Just letting everyone know I'm a professional musician specializing in the ukulele. I play technically crafted instrumental renditions of well known songs in multiple genres. I'm into libre/ free technologies, studio Ghibli anime and similar, I'm studying Japanese and live in Australia.

When you scratch below the surface you can sometimes find some interesting stuff, even on a derelict wall in a run down neighbourhood.

I have to apologise for deleting the last post. I had some information wrong and it was pointed out to me. Esp regarding FSF. And I'd like to apologise to Qt and Manjaro if my post sounded negative. It was not my intention. I guess I wanted to express that I think its important where we accept our funding esp if we know that the organisations providing funding have questionable practices that is the source of their revenue. Majaro and QT have nothing to do with that. My bad.

Hey everyone. I thought I better make myself a bit more clear with my post. Usually I don't get anyone listening to what I say so I wasn't really expecting such a response. And I apologise if I said anything that put these companies in a bad light. The open source companies I mentioned do great work. I do use most of their products and I do donate where I can. If I stand to be corrected I will take down the post and try to rephrase my concerns in a better way. I believe in being constructive xx

Now that Ubuntu 19.xx is reaching its end I'm thinking of removing it from the laptop. I'm not too sure about snap packs. Are they any good? Seems like Ubuntu's new direction may keep me stuck if I try to leave in the future as Snaps are not universal across all distros (from my knowledge?) I've decided to go totally libre again, this time with GUIX linux. Pronounced 'geeks'.

A great new project for encrypted, and fork of Signal with all the 'bad' bits taken out. Completely sourced, cross platform, and .

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Remember when the protagonist of King's Quest looked like this?
(From the manual of the original 1984 IBM PCjr version)

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If electric cars are the future does anyone know if any of them will be able to disconnect from the internet? I'd rather not be open to IOT attacks while driving, nor do I want my car to stop if the network goes down, nor do I want to pay for an intenet connection just to drive. Any insight appreciated. I'm just wondering if we need to start thinking about this issue before its too late...

Does anyone know of any good green/ renewable energy hosting companies that will host addresses? Not ones that offer 'offsets'. Carbon offsets are like payng for the right to pollute which I don't want to do... Cheers :)

Just letting people know if you use Privacy Badger on Firefox you can get the actual addresses of the trackers on each webpage. Then on Linux you can edit the '/etc/hosts' file to block your network from reaching those addresses. This may 'break' sone websites. But I figure if a site breaks because it needs trackers then its probably not worth visiting.

Seems like a lot of 'Linux' podcasts these days seem to talk more and more about windos and goog. Thinking about MS and Linux it occurred to me that trust is earned, not given. Years of corporate abuse doesn't just simply vanish over night. Not just abuse of Linux but other entities. And it doesn't really matter that the head of a company changes, it has inherited the past of the company and has to deal with it. My concern is the trend to put proprietary into Linux is getting deeper and deeper

Enjoying some great tracks from: Kyle Drake from Neocities has developed an app to stream music from an archive of rescued music from Myspace. Most songs were lost apparently but these survived. Some great music on it. For music lovers...

Opensource app.

Melbourne, Vic. Usually this is the hottest time of the year. The city is covered in smoke haze last few days from some of the worst bush fires ever. Today it feels like winter! Can't help but scratch my head!

Its hard to change people's behaviour if we want to make a better world and healthier environment. It's hard to change political/ corporate behaviour. Sometimes I feel it best to do something small like choose to buy something 2nd hand instead of something new. That helps the environment and not capitalism. If everyone does something small it will add up to a great amount. Your spirit will feel good. Vote with your feet and your wallet one decision at a time. And bless those doing the good fight

I just wanna send some love to one of my fav DEs that I feel is seriously overlooked. LXDE! In all my years of experience I have not found a DE that can beat the speed and simplicity of LXDE. Sure, its not the prettiest but for some of my older or low powered devices it gives me a 1st class experience. LXQT comes close and looks better but gives me a few more headaches. And I know technically LXDE is not a 'true' desktop but apps running on top of openbox, but it is a complete desktop experience

Northern Territory bus service recommends to plan your bus journey on Google maps. They did not have their own journey planner. I politely complained to having my information harvested on international private servers. I know it won't make a change but enough of these constructive suggestions may one day make a real change... can only hope. Better than not doing anything and being stuck with such an oppresive technological way of life... A good use of feedback forms.

noob Linux tip: Trying to find out why a program's not working? Execute it in the terminal and see what the error is that crashes the app. Then type that error message into duckduckgo and see how others have solved it... Eg. if Firefox isn't working type 'firefox' in a terminal and watch the output. If you need to know what the command to run the app is try right clicking on it's icon or menu entry and see if you can get the information that way....

For the most part doing business with large corporations is often akin to doing business with the mafia/ drug dealers. They try get you hooked on their product, they offer sweet deals. Once it becomes too difficult to stop using their product and the competition is gone they start playing harder and asking for more. They call this good business. Taking away freedoms so they can get rich. We all see this time and time again yet we continue to do business with these folks. Why?

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