As a programmer it's been really hard to wean myself off of thinking in terms of global solutions. This, in comparison to building local or community technology.

Thinking this way can make things harder (now your tech needs need to scale to the world) and not useful (different people in different places have different needs).

This kind of blew my mind: like, you can just go and build a piece of tech and only give it to your friends & the immediate people it's helpful for. You don't *need* to design for The World. I think this kind of thinking is really important for breaking away from capitalistic modes of thinking.

@tty Oh yeah big time. I'm so glad to hear people say that. People are always like, why are you making bulletin board for your local area network so you can talk with your neighbors? And using scheme? haha

@pizza_pal Yeah! I wish more people talked about their hacky local solutions to their problems. It's easy to only see corporate stuff & think that that's the Only Way.

@pizza_pal we're so fucking used to corporate enclosure that we reproduce it unconsciously

@tty I'm not really a programmer, I'm a librarian, but at my job I do a lot of python and they have pycharm pro licenses for everyone, so they encouraged me to use pycharm. Prior to this, basically all the programming I have done has been on emacs. It has so pretty nice features, but personally I like emacs better because you can just do all this crazy text editing, like all the elisp, and rectangles, and cursors.


@pizza_pal @tty You can just create all this absurdly specific shit, which you don't have the freedom to create with a corporate product.

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