Well on xenocara src the copyright is X Consortium but thanks to openbsd maintainers for keeping it working
I spent hours creating a comprehensive Raspberry Pi Samba video series consisting of 9 episodes over 90 min long and they didn't get 1K views altogether.
Then I literally spent 5 min showing how to connect to WiFi on #Arch #Linux installer in an 85-second video (literally reading the installer message) and got over 9K views til now.
The world is a weird place 😕
And no, I'm NOT proud of myself.
#programming is a skill like playing a sport.
To be a competent #coder all you have to do is to go through the cycle of learning concepts/basics, code, and reviewing others' code on iteration. You don't need a mentor or anything like that.
The best devs I've seen in my life are self-thought yet very dedicated.
There's no cheat code or shortcut to becoming one.
Practice makes perfect.
On using #GoogleAds **part-4**:
#GoogleAds don’t make me rich, I don't earn anything from it (not even a beer cost), and calculating past expenses, plus the effort and time I put into writing an (arguably mediocre) article is still net negative by a large margin.
So yeah I also hate running #GoogleAds or any ads but I have no choice as of now.
On using #GoogleAds **part-3**:
Even now I don't expect anything in return. And if one happens to use Adblocker more power to them. I'm not mad at them. And my website doesn't require them to disable it to see the content.
About the earnings from ads, let me tell you it's just enough to pay the shared hosting cost, domain renewal, and save up a bit to upgrade to a better hosting (hopefully in the future).
On using #GoogleAds **part-2**:
Until last year, I had to choose between shutting down or putting ads. In most of those seven years, there was a "donate" link that no one clicked and I'm not a person to go overtly and ask people to donate. Or put it everywhere at the expense of ruining the user experience. So I opted for #GoogleAds.
On using #GoogleAds **part-1**:
A common question I get is why I'm running #GoogleAds on my website when I'm clearly and openly NOT in favor of big tech companies.
Isn't it hypocrisy?
In a sense, YES it's just let me explain something.
I've been running my site for over eight years. For the first seven years, I didn't put up a single ad. I Borne all the costs. Wrote 400+ articles (each on average took 4 hours).
Glad to see more discussions about #opensource are popping up and people are defending open source developers.
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