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Author: Jake Bauer <jbauer@paritybit.ca>
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diff --git a/content/opinions.md b/content/opinions.md @@ -3,103 +3,19 @@ Summary: Things that I like and dislike, with reasons explaining why. # [%title] -This is my page of opinions. Here I detail what I like, what I dislike, and why. +This is where I keep and catalog all of the opinions I care to write down and +share. This is something I use both as a place to point people to when they want +to quickly find out what I think about something, as well as a personal +reference when I'm having discussions with people. -## Things I Like +Please keep in mind that the older an opinion is, the less likely may be to still +reflect my current thoughts. I do come back and re-evaluate them occasionally, +but know that I am not steadfast in all of my opinions. -These are things that I have had good experiences with, respect, donate to, or -things I think are especially important. +I have categorized my opinions to make them easier to find: -### Tech +* [Computer Components](/opinions/computer-components.md) +* [Operating Systems](/opinions/operating-systems.md) +* [Software Licensing](/opinions/software-licensing.md) +* [Miscellaneous Opinions](/opinions/miscellaneous.md) -* **Casio fx-991EX Calculator**: A fantastic, versatile, and durable calculator - with many functions inlcuding: solving integrals and derivatives, linear - systems of equations, and matrices. The visual equation display also - makes it very easy to read what's on the screen. I prefer to always have - it beside me on my desk, as I find it much nicer to use than a - calculator on my PC. - -* **Seasonic/EVGA PSUs**: Consistently high quality PSUs that are designed and - perform well. Worth every penny they cost to not have to worry about the - reliability of one of the most important components in a desktop system. - -* **Noctua Coolers/Fans**: Consistently high quality products with one of the - best mounting systems in the industry. They're a company that respects - both their customers and employees, and are also worth every penny. - -* **Logitech Mice**: I have owned a G420 and an MX Ergo, and both have been - fantastic with no issues. They are solid and reliable input devices that - have never caused me frustration. - -* **Skullcandy Earbuds**: The only pairs of earbuds that I have ever purchased - which have lasted longer than a handful of months. They are also the - ones that sit most comfortably and securely in my ears, and I like the - sound profile. - -* **ElementaryOS**: A project with design as its number one priority. They are - creating a beautiful, usable, easy-to-recommend Linux distribution. - While they aren't perfect and still have a number of issues, I think - they're an important project to keep an eye on. - -* **Fedora Linux**: The only Linux distribution I've tried which well and truly - gets out of my way, doesn't break, and doesn't require a ton of fiddling - for basic things. It's the _only_ Linux distribution I've tried which - allowed me to print _and_ scan with my hplip-supported HP printer out of - the box. - -* **OpenBSD**: I love the philosophy and development practices of the - developers. They are a model for anybody in software development because - of their focus on security, documentation, clean code, and not bending - to the will of every person who wants their special features in the OS. - They build what they want for themselves, and they do a damn good job. - -### Non-Tech - -* **Leuchtturm1917 Journals**: Consistently high quality paper, features, and - bindings with hard covers that are available in multiple colours. The - paper is also some of my favourite to write on. - -* **Copycentre/Anti-Copyright Licenses**: Licenses which are simple, easy to - understand for everyone, and don't place undue burden on developers or - users. My preferred licenses are: the Unlicense, CC0, the - ISC/MIT/BSD-2-clause Licenses, and CC-BY. - -## Things I Dislike - -These are things I have either had bad experiences with or dislike after either -doing research on them or hearing about experiences from reputable sources. - -### Tech - -* **Dell Prebuilt PCs**: In recent years, Dell has become notorious for - attempting to scam customers into various support contracts. They also - design very bad systems with proprietary components that end up as - e-waste after a few years. Avoid if you can. - -* **Busybox**: Added [awful, disgusting, abhorrent code](https://git.busybox.net/busybox/commit/?id=405095d84b1f3be17efb4e10d87d480bd054877f) - to one of their utilities all to [avoid having someone's name and - copyright](http://lists.busybox.net/pipermail/busybox/2019-April/087229.html) - associated with the project. - -### Non-Tech - -* **Copyleft Licenses**: They utterly fail at their stated goal, instead - reinforcing copyright as a tool to get one's way and protect one's - "intellectual property". This results in much more hassle for developers with - no true real-world gain compared to anti-copyright or copycentre licenses. - Read [A Critique of Free Software](/a-critique-of-free-software) and [Free - Software is an Abject Failure](/blog/free-software-is-an-abject-failure) for - more on this topic. - -* **"Ethical" Licenses**: Licenses that attempt to control how one can use - software without any real basis in law or reality. They are, practically, - just proprietary source-available licenses that don't achieve anything - meaningful. - -* **FSF/OSI**: Organizations that place themselves in the position of deciding - what is and isn't an "approved license". Not only are they run by people - famous for bikeshedding and doing next to nothing actually useful for - the industry (remember the FSF sending a hard drive to Microsoft telling - them to put the Windows 7 source code on it?), they can't even make - consistent decisions about the licenses they approve (e.g. the SSPL is - just a stronger AGPL, but they both call it "non-free"). diff --git a/content/opinions/computer-components.md b/content/opinions/computer-components.md @@ -0,0 +1,58 @@ +Title: Computer Component Opinions +Summary: A collection of my opinions about computer components and +manufacturers of them + +# [%title] + +## Seasonic/EVGA PSUs + +(Last Updated: 2022-05-03) + +Consistently high quality PSUs that are designed and perform well. Worth every +penny they cost to not have to worry about the reliability of one of the most +important components in a desktop system. + +## Noctua Coolers/Fans + +(Last Updated: 2022-05-03) + +Consistently high quality and reliable products with one of the best mounting +systems in the industry. They're a company that respects both their customers +and employees, and they make products worth every penny. + +## Logitech Mice + +(Last Updated: 2022-05-03) + +I have owned a G420 and an MX Ergo, and both have been fantastic with no issues. +They are solid and reliable input devices that have never caused me frustration. +The MX Ergo is the best mouse I have purchased and has made using a computer a +lot more comfortable. + +## ASRock Motherboards + +(Last Updated: 2022-05-03) + +For the last 5 years I have used an ASRock motherboard in my AMD system. It has +not given me any problems and the UEFI UI is clean and navigable (unlike the +annoying flashy UIs of other manufacturers). I also haven't seen or heard +anything bad about them unlike ASUS and MSI motherboards. + +## G.Skill RAM + +(Last Updated: 2022-05-03) + +I have used a few kits of G.Skill RAM (both DDR4 and DDR3) over the years and +they have been solid and reliable. They use high-quality memory dies and +controllers so I am confident that, when I buy RAM modules from them, they will +be able to reach their advertised speeds and be reliable for a long time. + +## Dell Prebuilt PCs + +(Last Updated: 2022-05-03) + +In recent years, Dell has become notorious for attempting to scam customers into +various support contracts. They also design very bad systems with proprietary +components that end up as e-waste after a few years. Avoid if at all possible. +Check out Gamer's Nexus on YouTube for their coverage of Dell prebuilt gaming +PCs. diff --git a/content/opinions/miscellaneous.md b/content/opinions/miscellaneous.md @@ -0,0 +1,41 @@ +Title: Miscellaneous Opinions +Summary: A collection of my opinions about various other topics + +# [%title] + +## Leuchtturm1917 Journals + +(Last Updated: 2022-05-03) + +Consistently high quality paper, features, and bindings with hard covers that +are available in multiple colours. The paper is also some of my favourite to +write on. + +## Casio fx-991EX Calculator + +(Last Updated: 2022-05-03) + +A fantastic, versatile, and durable calculator with many functions including: +solving integrals and derivatives, linear systems of equations, and matrices. +The visual equation display also makes it very easy to read what's on the +screen. I prefer to always have it with me wherever I am, as I find it much +nicer to use than a calculator on my PC or phone. + +## Skullcandy Earbuds + +(Last Updated: 2022-05-03) + +The only pairs of earbuds that I have ever purchased which have lasted longer +than a handful of months. They are also the ones that sit most comfortably and +securely in my ears, and I like the sound profile. I keep buying their ~$30 pair +of wired earbuds (I have only had to buy two pairs over the past three years). + +## Busybox + +(Last Updated: 2022-05-03) + +Added [awful, disgusting quality +code](https://git.busybox.net/busybox/commit/?id=405095d84b1f3be17efb4e10d87d480bd054877f) +to one of their utilities all to [avoid having someone's name and +copyright](http://lists.busybox.net/pipermail/busybox/2019-April/087229.html) +associated with the project. diff --git a/content/opinions/operating-systems.md b/content/opinions/operating-systems.md @@ -0,0 +1,55 @@ +Title: Operating System Opinions +Summary: A collection of my opinions about operating systems + +# [%title] + +## ElementaryOS + +(Last Updated: 2022-05-03) + +A project with design as its number one priority. They are creating a beautiful, +usable, easy-to-recommend Linux distribution. While they aren't perfect and +still have a number of issues, I think they're an important project to keep an +eye on. + +## Fedora Linux + +(Last Updated: 2022-05-03) + +One of the only Linux distributions I've tried which well and truly gets out of +my way, doesn't break, and doesn't require a ton of fiddling for basic things. +It's the _only_ Linux distribution I've tried which allowed me to print _and_ +scan with my hplip-supported HP printer out of the box. + +## OpenSUSE Tumbleweed Linux + +(Last Updated: 2022-05-03) + +I have pretty much the same thoughts about OpenSUSE Tumbleweed as I do about +Fedora, with a couple of exceptions. OpenSUSE does take more effort to set up +than Fedora, though not by much (mostly adding some repos for the software I +want) and I did have to manually install printer drivers to get my printer and +scanner to work, but it did work without issue. OpenSUSE has a slight advantage +in that Tumbleweed is a rolling release distribution unlike Fedora's 6-month +regular release schedule, and OpenSUSE does full disk encryption properly +because it encrypts not only your root file system, but also the boot partition +so you have to enter a password in GRUB to start booting unlike almost every +other Linux distribution. + +## OpenBSD + +(Last Updated: 2022-05-03) + +I love the philosophy and development practices of the developers. They are a +model for anybody in software development because of their focus on security, +documentation, clean code, and not bending to the will of every person who wants +their special features in the OS. They build what they want for themselves, and +they do a damn good job. + +OpenBSD ships with a useful set of server software containing only needed +functionality with little to no extraneous components or features. They have a +very tight security footprint, as they prioritize security above all else. Their +operating system is very easy to use, very well documented (to the point where +you find your answers on the OS in the manpages instead of in half-assed +SEO-optimized blogs that are years old), and very reliable and easy to +administrate. diff --git a/content/opinions/software-licensing.md b/content/opinions/software-licensing.md @@ -0,0 +1,44 @@ +Title: Software Licensing Opinions +Summary: A collection of my opinions about software licensing practices and +organizations + +# [%title] + +## Copycentre/Anti-Copyright Licenses + +(Last Updated: 2022-05-03) + +Licenses which are simple, easy to understand for everyone, and don't place +undue burden on developers or users. My preferred licenses are: the Unlicense, +CC0, the ISC/MIT/BSD-2-clause Licenses, and CC-BY. + +## Copyleft Licenses + +(Last Updated: 2022-05-03) + +They utterly fail at their stated goal, instead reinforcing copyright as a tool +to get one's way and protect one's "intellectual property". This results in much +more hassle for developers with no true real-world gain compared to +anti-copyright or copycentre licenses. Read [A Critique of Free +Software](/a-critique-of-free-software) and [Free Software is an Abject +Failure](/blog/free-software-is-an-abject-failure) for more on this topic. + +## "Ethical" Licenses + +(Last Updated: 2022-05-03) + +Licenses that attempt to control how one can use software without any real basis +in law or reality. They are, practically, just proprietary source-available +licenses that don't achieve anything meaningful. + +## FSF/OSI + +(Last Updated: 2022-05-03) + +Organizations that place themselves in the position of deciding what is and +isn't an "approved license". Not only are they run by people famous for +bikeshedding and doing next to nothing actually useful for the industry +(remember the FSF sending a hard drive to Microsoft telling them to put the +Windows 7 source code on it?), they can't even make consistent decisions about +the licenses they approve (e.g. the SSPL is just a stronger AGPL, but they both +call it "non-free").