When I made the decision to remove Facebook from my life, I did more than delete my Facebook and Instagram accounts. I also deleted WhatsApp.
When I deleted Facebook and Instagram, the impact on my lines of communication with friends and family were definitely impacted. However, after the initial shock, I was neither reminded of nor missed those accounts. Sure, there was some level of online discourse I missed and friends I lost contact with, but I was never tempted to re-open those accounts.
In my return to writing for this blog, I'd like to talk about my journey working with older pieces of tech in my day-to-day life.
As I've probably mentioned in previous posts, I'm not a very tech-savvy person. I only recently started using Linux and I work in the terminal where I can. I'm still learning the Linux ins-and-outs, but for over a year now I've been almost exclusively using Linux as my primary operating system. It's been a game changer and the biggest driving force in my pursuit of increasing the longevity of the technology I use.
I'm often engaged in discussions about bitcoin with people in my social circle. Most of the time they just want to understand what it is and how it works. There are times, however, when I'm having a discussion with someone who has a basic understanding of bitcoin and we have differing opinions about its various properties.
Over the past few months I've taken to scavenging through drawers and boxes at my parents' home to unearth old and forgotten electronics and “reviving” them in some shape or form. I've found multiple iPod touches, an iPod nano, an iPod shuffle, a few macbooks, a couple of old phones and a tablet. Most of these devices I simply charged and updated, specifically the iPods. I also plan on putting a Linux operating system on at least one of my older macbooks. After personally fixing the screen on an old Oneplus 3, I've run into significant roadblocks when I attempt to flash LineageOS onto it, and I am at the point of calling it a lost cause (though I learned a lot from replacing the screen myself). Another old Samsung phone seems to be heading towards the same fate, though I might spend some more time trying to break through. This just left me with my 2011 Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9.
At the time of writing, news just broke that Amazon is acquiring MGM for almost 9 billion dollars. This news has prompted me to finish writing this post that has been sitting in my drafts for far too long. The initial motivation for this piece came from my disdain for the entertainment monolith that is Disney. That sentiment remains, and is now accompanied by the news of this acquisition among many others. But enough preamble, what I really want to talk about is Dropout.tv, and why you should absolutely subscribe to their service.
Over the last few months, I've been really disheartened by the dialogue bitcoiners are having about bitcoin. Almost every notable voice in the bitcoin community has focused their entire attention on the increasing fiat value of bitcoin and obsessing over the notion of “number go up”. While I understand the enthusiasm and “I told you so” attitudes some of them have, I believe this discourse is counterproductive, if not destructive, to bitcoin's true growth and adoption.
I installed my first ever Linux operating system in January. I chose to install Linux Mint because I heard it was beginner friendly. The computer I chose to install it on was an cheap Acer laptop we bought last year as a gift for a family friend's daughter. With COVID, we were unable to give the laptop and I decided I would use it for my foray into Linux.
During this pandemic, I set a goal for myself to start a blog. I am proud to say that I achieved this goal. As I continue to develop content for my primary blog, I started this personal blog to continue practicing. Beyond just practice, I feel another benefit of a blog is the sense of ownership over my more fleeting words and thoughts.
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I remember when HGC was cancelled back in 2018 and I felt a real loss. High level Heroes of the Storm was truly a joy to watch. The great production, incredible analysts and casters, and the extremely high level of play made for exciting weekends of games. I personally felt that after the cancellation and the near abandonment of Heroes of the Storm by Blizzard, professional Heroes of the Storm at that scale was not long for this world. Oh how glad I am to be proven wrong.