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Author: Jake Bauer <jbauer@paritybit.ca>
Date:   Mon,  2 May 2022 13:16:49 -0400

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diff --git a/content/+-.md b/content/+-.md @@ -1,105 +0,0 @@ -Title: Likes and Dislikes -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. - -## Things I Like - -These are things that I have had good experiences with, respect, donate to, or -things I think are especially important. - -### Tech - -* **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.md b/content/opinions.md @@ -0,0 +1,105 @@ +Title: Opinions +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. + +## Things I Like + +These are things that I have had good experiences with, respect, donate to, or +things I think are especially important. + +### Tech + +* **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/uses.md b/content/uses.md @@ -5,8 +5,7 @@ Summary: The programs and equipment I use to get work done. It is inspired by us This page is for those who are curious about the programs and equipment I use to get work done. It is inspired by [uses.tech](https://uses.tech/). You can also -check out [how I name my computers](/hostnames), and the -[things I like and dislike](/+-). +check out [how I name my computers](/hostnames). ## Software diff --git a/templates/header.html b/templates/header.html @@ -17,6 +17,7 @@ <a href="/links">Links</a> <a href="/projects">Projects</a> <a href="/wiki">Wiki</a> + <a href="/opinions">Opinions</a> <a href="/finger">Finger</a> <a href="/uses">Uses</a> <a href="/now">Now</a>