For one brief shining moment in the 1980s-1990s, it seemed like we the people would own and control our own computing infrastructure.

That we wouldn't ever after need permission from opaque central authorities to process data, send messages, create devices, teach machines ideas. No corporations or governments could put themselves between us and the data bits in our machines. We would be free to think.

That moment is rapidly slipping into a history that feels ridiculously over-optimistic.

We can now stream all the music we want, read all the books we want, binge-watch all the TV we want, host all the servers we want.

As long as we let the Corporations track every byte of our dataflow, and report us if we ever do [REDACTED] or [REDACTED] to or with or about [REDACTED].

This sure ain't what I signed up for on the Commodore 64.

@natecull One thing about the C64... you can store stuff locally and in perpetuity.

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