Starting to use Mastodon! Let's see how this goes; here's a quick intro: I am a #programmer, #linux user, #opensource advocate, #nlp data scientist, #language enthusiast (aka #polyglot), #dutch and #gay. I'm also into #privacy and #security. But if I don't have anything interesting to say I'll probably just post pictures of my #dog and #cat here ;)
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Why is a user's `$HOME` directory shortened to "~"? Because "~" and "Home" shared the same key on an ADM-3A keyboard. Also influencing vi/vim: H/J/K/L double as the arrows and the colon doesn't need SHIFT, making it more convenient.
For the holidays, you could say thank you to some of the people who write free software you use, especially software that isn't hugely popular.
Those of us who write little-known software may go for months without hearing from a user, and it can be a little de-motivating.
Hearing from someone who actually uses one's software gives an energising jolt that can carry one through several weeks of darkness and cold and wet.
Very attentive #puppies
Facebook is the least trusted tech company, for handling personal data: http://fortune.com/2018/11/08/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-reputation/
I have been wondering: how quickly could a site like Facebook die? I think it could happen very quickly, if there were an alternative platform. Once the network effect shifts from Facebook to something else, it's basically Myspace city. The challenge is establishing that network effect somewhere else.
Language lover, polyglot, linux fanboy, open-source advocate, programmer (Python/c++), NLP data scientist, amateur pianist, gay
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