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commit 5f4c82d0b8bd8bf6b629736ac94073c595cb0288
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Author: Jake Bauer <jbauer@paritybit.ca>
Date:   Mon, 25 May 2020 22:53:01 -0400

Publish new blog post

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Mpages/home.md | 4++--
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diff --git a/pages/blog.md b/pages/blog.md @@ -20,6 +20,7 @@ href="https://social.paritybit.ca/@jbauer">Mastodon</a>. ### 2020 <ul> + <li>2020-05-25 <a href="blog/going-from-user-to-contributor-with-foss">Going From User to Contributor With FOSS</a></li> <li>2020-05-25 <a href="blog/paying-for-software">Paying for Software</a></li> <li>2020-05-23 <a href="blog/two-of-the-most-valuable-lessons-ive-learned">Two of the Most Valuable Lessons I've Learned</a></li> <li>2020-05-22 <a href="blog/rewriting-my-static-site-generator">Rewriting My Static Site Generator</a></li> diff --git a/pages/blog/going-from-user-to-contributor-with-foss.md b/pages/blog/going-from-user-to-contributor-with-foss.md @@ -0,0 +1,49 @@ +## Going From User to Contributor With FOSS + +[//]: # "How access to Free and Open Source Software lead to my growth as a person, and changed how I view and interact with computers." + +[//]: # "main.min.css" + +[//]: # + +<div class="byline"> +<b>Written By:</b> Jake Bauer | + <b>Posted:</b> 2020-05-25 | + <b>Last Updated:</b> 2020-05-25 +</div> + +I used to be like the majority of people when it came to using my computers. I +would log onto Windows, open Chrome, browse to YouTube and social media sites, +and generally just consume content. If I was frustrated with a piece of +software or encountered a bug, I would learn to accept it because I thought I +had no other choice if I wanted to keep using that software. That was many years +ago now and, since then, things have changed quite a bit. + +Not only did I enter into a Computer Science program at university which exposed +me to many fundamental computing concepts, I also became acquainted with the +world of Free and Open Source Software. Slowly, I learned to program and do +things for myself. Eventually, I switched to using Linux full-time and spiralled +ever further down the rabbit hole of the history and philosophies behind +computing, Free and Open Source Software, and alternative operating systems. + +I've come a long way since those days of being nothing more than a consumer of +content and I think I can attribute a lot of my growth to FOSS. Now when I +encounter a problem, instead of my first thought being, "I _need_ to find a +piece of software to solve this problem," or, "oh well, nothing I can do against +these big companies", my first thought is usually, "how can I solve this problem +myself." Now, instead of giving up when web searches yield no useful results, +I'll turn to the source code, official documentation, or specifications (most of +which are generally freely available) for answers. + +The availability of code under Free and Open Source licenses, and the ability to +freely share and collaborate online has changed the way that I view and interact +with computers. It's turned me from a simple consumer of what others create, +into someone who tries to solve problems myself if an existing solution is not +available or is unsatisfactory. + +You might even say that FOSS has empowered me, as it has many others. + +_This is my twenty-ninth post for the +[#100DaysToOffload](https://social.paritybit.ca/tags/100DaysToOffload) +challenge. You can learn more about this challenge over at +[https://100daystooffload.com](https://100daystooffload.com)._ diff --git a/pages/home.md b/pages/home.md @@ -20,6 +20,8 @@ extent)! Access through `gopher://paritybit.ca` or `gemini://paritybit.ca`. src="/img/feed-icon.png" width="15" height="15" alt="Click for RSS Feed"/> </a> </div> +2020-05-25 <a class="feed-item" href="blog/going-from-user-to-contributor-with-foss">Going From User to Contributor With FOSS</a> + 2020-05-25 <a class="feed-item" href="blog/paying-for-software">Paying for Software</a> 2020-05-23 <a class="feed-item" href="blog/two-of-the-most-valuable-lessons-ive-learned">Two of the Most Valuable Lessons I've Learned</a> @@ -39,8 +41,6 @@ extent)! Access through `gopher://paritybit.ca` or `gemini://paritybit.ca`. 2020-05-15 <a class="feed-item" href="blog/preparing-to-self-host-email">Preparing to Self-Host Email</a> -2020-05-13 <a class="feed-item" href="blog/diving-deeper-into-the-small-internet">Diving Deeper Into the Small Internet</a> - ### What is a Parity Bit? It is a bit (in the 1's and 0's sense) used in checking for errors in digital diff --git a/public/feeds/sitewide-feed.xml b/public/feeds/sitewide-feed.xml @@ -7,6 +7,22 @@ <description>The feed that covers all notable additions, updates, announcements, and other changes for the entire paritybit.ca website.</description> <item> + <title>Going From User to Contributor With FOSS</title> + <link>https://www.paritybit.ca/blog/going-from-user-to-contributor-with-foss</link> + <guid>https://www.paritybit.ca/blog/going-from-user-to-contributor-with-foss</guid> + <pubDate>Mon, 25 May 2020 22:52:24 -0400</pubDate> +<description><![CDATA[<h2 id="going-from-user-to-contributor-with-foss">Going From User to Contributor With FOSS</h2> +<div class="byline"> +<p><b>Written By:</b> Jake Bauer | <b>Posted:</b> 2020-05-25 | <b>Last Updated:</b> 2020-05-25</p> +</div> +<p>I used to be like the majority of people when it came to using my computers. I would log onto Windows, open Chrome, browse to YouTube and social media sites, and generally just consume content. If I was frustrated with a piece of software or encountered a bug, I would learn to accept it because I thought I had no other choice if I wanted to keep using that software. That was many years ago now and, since then, things have changed quite a bit.</p> +<p>Not only did I enter into a Computer Science program at university which exposed me to many fundamental computing concepts, I also became acquainted with the world of Free and Open Source Software. Slowly, I learned to program and do things for myself. Eventually, I switched to using Linux full-time and spiralled ever further down the rabbit hole of the history and philosophies behind computing, Free and Open Source Software, and alternative operating systems.</p> +<p>I’ve come a long way since those days of being nothing more than a consumer of content and I think I can attribute a lot of my growth to FOSS. Now when I encounter a problem, instead of my first thought being, “I <em>need</em> to find a piece of software to solve this problem,” or, “oh well, nothing I can do against these big companies”, my first thought is usually, “how can I solve this problem myself.” Now, instead of giving up when web searches yield no useful results, I’ll turn to the source code, official documentation, or specifications (most of which are generally freely available) for answers.</p> +<p>The availability of code under Free and Open Source licenses, and the ability to freely share and collaborate online has changed the way that I view and interact with computers. It’s turned me from a simple consumer of what others create, into someone who tries to solve problems myself if an existing solution is not available or is unsatisfactory.</p> +<p>You might even say that FOSS has empowered me, as it has many others.</p> +<p><em>This is my twenty-ninth post for the <a href="https://social.paritybit.ca/tags/100DaysToOffload">#100DaysToOffload</a> challenge. You can learn more about this challenge over at <a href="https://100daystooffload.com" class="uri">https://100daystooffload.com</a>.</em></p>]]></description> +</item> +<item> <title>Paying for Software</title> <link>https://www.paritybit.ca/blog/paying-for-software</link> <guid>https://www.paritybit.ca/blog/paying-for-software</guid> diff --git a/public/sitemap.xml b/public/sitemap.xml @@ -3,6 +3,7 @@ <url><loc>https://www.paritybit.ca</loc></url> <url><loc>https://www.paritybit.ca/home</loc></url> <url><loc>https://www.paritybit.ca/blog</loc></url> + <url><loc>https://www.paritybit.ca/blog/going-from-user-to-contributor-with-foss</loc></url> <url><loc>https://www.paritybit.ca/blog/paying-for-software</loc></url> <url><loc>https://www.paritybit.ca/blog/two-of-the-most-valuable-lessons-ive-learned</loc></url> <url><loc>https://www.paritybit.ca/blog/rewriting-my-static-site-generator</loc></url>