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Happy 2019!!

If you're cozied up with your laptop today, maybe take a read through my new "Digital Security Guide for Friends and Loved Ones"

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Random reminder to use a password manager if you aren't already! It'll help you stay safe online by using long, unique passwords for each service you use.

While LastPass or 1Password are great choices, I prefer KeePassXC

Official site:

Official quick-start guide:

My getting-started guide:

What's your favorite Ursula K. Le Guin book?!?!

Apple's "product launch pageant has become a parody. Time to call it quits." write Charlie Warzel for NYTimes Opinion:

"The entire event is at odds with our current moment — one in which inequality, economic precarity and populist frustration have infiltrated our politics and reshaped our relationships with once-adored tech companies… Serving journalists pastries topped with gold leaf doesn’t do much to help either."

on my iPhone, I have a single alarm set for a specific time to go off every weekday. It works great, EXCEPT when on day 1 I wake up a bit before my alarm and want to get in the shower. I figure the alarm will go off during the shower, so I disable the alarm. Then, the next morning (day 2) I accidentally sleep in cuz I forget to turn the alarm back on.

Is there a solution to this I don't know about? Setting an individual alarm for each weekday isn't ideal

"In an attempt to dispel the idea that if you have to google stuff you’re not a proper engineer, this is a list of nearly everything I googled in a week at work, where I’m a software engineer with several years’ experience."

"As well as its meandering narrative, a carrier bag story also contains no heroes. There are, instead, many different protagonists with equal importance to the plot. This is a very difficult way to tell a story, fictional or otherwise. While, in reality, most meaningful social change is the result of collective action, we aren’t very good at recounting such a diffusely distributed account"

OK, today's question:

let todays_date = Local::today();

println!("Today is {}", todays_date.format("%B %d, %Y");

gives "September 02, 2019".

But what if I want it without the leading zero ("September 2, 2019")?

At this point it’s just interesting how I can be so bad at something that’s not physical at all

"Today’s open source communities have the potential to serve as gateways to a more radical politics, one that pushes for the decommodification of not just information but also the material resources needed to sustain the production of information."

Really strong essay about the state of open-source/free software as a philosophy

missed this a few weeks back, but @elementary moved their blog from Medium to Jekyll/Github (yay!)

help! (personal website security) 

help! (personal website security) 

TIL something cool about 's Cargo tool:

"If you call cargo with -v, it will show you the corresponding rustc and test binary command lines. Copy those and you can issue them manually."

Interesting piece on internet moderation

"Could Restorative Justice Fix the Internet? Perhaps. But it relies on people being capable of shame, so …" via NYTimes Opinion

Curious how admins/other feel about moderation on Mastodon/the Fediverse generally

anyway, try the new Taylor Swift album; it's nice

This video from a boat sailing through a field of floating pumice rock is pretty soothing!

more info: "A giant raft of rock floating in the Pacific could help heal Australia's Great Barrier Reef"

one time I was at a wedding with bunch of college of bros and the DJ pulled my buddy aside and was like, "So what's the deal with all your bros requesting Taylor Swift?" and he was just like "We just like Taylor Swift, man."

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Octodon is a nice general purpose instance. more