Category: tech related

  • The Curse of the Summer Music Festival

    The Curse of the Summer Music Festival

    Reading Time: 3 minutes In the good old days noisy music festivals made sense, because technology was not what it is today. There was no choice but to build huge speaker stacks with huge amounts of power, to deafen an entire crowd of festival goers. It was also a different age, where attitudes to noise…

  • Thoughts on the Casio A168 Watch Type

    Thoughts on the Casio A168 Watch Type

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Recently I decided to re-explore Casio watches like the ones I had as a child. In the process I found that they’re minimalist, but great. They tell you the time. They beep every hour if you want them to. They wake you up if you set the alarm at the desired time.…

  • The Fediverse is Dead to Me

    The Fediverse is Dead to Me

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Yesterday I defederated my blog from the fediverse, and I removed the plugin from my blog this morning. I will probably never return to the Fediverse, whether Mastodon or other, for the forseeable future. ## The Hostile Response The reason for this is the following. A person asked a question. I…

  • The Never Ending Troll and Flame Wars

    The Never Ending Troll and Flame Wars

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Almost every day, whether on Facebook open groups, or Fediverse instances I post something, and someone feels the urge to say “You’re wrong” and if I answe a stream of trolls and flamers will pile in. Yesterday someone asked “How do I do A on site B” and I gave two links…

  • Four Reading Tracking Apps

    Four Reading Tracking Apps

    Reading Time: 4 minutes For years I have been tracking my reading, whether by Goodreads or Audible but more recently, within the last four months, or so, I also started using Bookmory, booktracker and a fourth one but I don’t remember the name. The one whose name I forgot was abandonned because it forgot my…

  • Anti Social Media, Youth, And Feature Phones

    Anti Social Media, Youth, And Feature Phones

    Reading Time: 6 minutes A year or two I read about how young people were switching to feature phones from smart phones and I thought it was about nostalgia and fashion. As a person who grew up with “feature phones” as they improved and evolved, and as a person who was either trapped at a…

  • Recycled Computers and RAM

    Recycled Computers and RAM

    Reading Time: < 1 minute I don’t like to go recycling for two reasons. I usually end my daily walk just at the time when the recycling centre opens during week days so I don’t want to go back and spend time that I could invest in other chores in something as relaxed as recycling.…

  • Which Hike to Do

    Which Hike to Do

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Now that the hiking season has started again it isn’t rare for me to have to choose between two or three activities on a Sunday. Do I do the mountain hike from Villars Sur Ollon or the historical one to Romainmôtier? This is what I was thinking about last night. Should…

  • CoffeeB – No Plastic, No Aluminium

    CoffeeB – No Plastic, No Aluminium

    Reading Time: 3 minutes I have played with Dolce Gusto machines and Nespresso machines and both of them have the same flaw. They’re quick and convenient when you’re preparing coffee but less convenient when you need to get rid of the capsules. With Nespresso getting rid of the aluminium capsules is easy, once you have…

  • From Windows to Ubuntu

    From Windows to Ubuntu

    Reading Time: 2 minutes For a while I was thinking of moving from MacOS on the MacBook Pro to Ubuntu on the MacBook Pro and I prepared a remote boot option for this to be possible. Eventually I changed my mind and finally installed Ubuntu on the Windows HP machine. There are two reasons for…