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Bryan Lunduke

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Member since June 15, 2020
Engineer turned VP turned Marketing guy turned Journalist. Now I make comic strips, articles, and videos about nerdy things.
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What video platforms are folks using right now?

Besides YouTube and Odysee, obviously. 😉

Kinda curious what folks are using (or hoping to use).

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Community stats snapshot time!

Total Members: 3,098

Last 30 Days:
638 Posts
4,490 Comments
14,712 Likes
213 New Members

Awesome. So happy to have all you nerds around.

😎

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Doing an interview with Brave's head of Search

Got any questions you'd like to ask about Brave Search?

Drop 'em in the comments and I'll include some of 'em!

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SUSE CEO buys herself a "Woman in IT Award"

lol! They couldn't go TWO DAYS without doing something like this.

Oh, man. I really look forward to what amazing award they're going to "win" on Monday!

https://www.lunduke.com/2021/06/suse-ceo-buys-herself-a-woman-in-it-award/

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Google was looking for a Coronavirus with “Pandemic Potential”… in 2018.

I normally wouldn't cover this sort of thing directly. But it's Google.

https://www.lunduke.com/2021/06/googles-was-looking-for-a-coronavirus-with-pandemic-potential-in-2018/

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Reddit’s ex-CEO says: “Deplatforming works”, “We don’t need to protect speech”
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2 cents.
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"Modern DevOps"

The word "DevOps" was coined in 2009. If GitLab is now focusing on "modern" DevOps... does that make DevOps from, say, 2015... "Retro DevOps"?

Being as Windows 10 came out in 2015... is that now Retro as well?

... and if Windows 10 is a retro OS... does that mean I need to start liking it now? 😉

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What is the coolest laptop ever made?

Not most popular. Not most useful, or fastes, or sturdiest... but coolest.

For whatever reason.

I'm not sure. There are some truly cool laptops out there.

I'd say one contender is the Atari Stacy. An ST laptop. With a trackball. And screen adjustment knobs.

Just... darn, that's cool.

Can anyone think of ones that are even cooler? 😎

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Vaccine Passport company, “The Linux Foundation”, requires using their Vaccine Passport system for all Open Source events
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Happy Fathers Day Weekend, nerds!

Any of you dads out there have any fun plans?

We're going to be taking it kind of easy here. A chance we'll go fishing tomorrow (there's a large creek with reasonable fishing that runs through the place we're staying). Equal chance we'll just be lazy and grill something up and take a nap. 😀

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Microsoft trolls Internet with “leaked” Windows 11 … that is actually Linux + KDE
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New Lunduke.com feedback time!

https://www.lunduke.com/

Take a peek. Let me know what you think. Once enough of us like the basic design and layout I'll fill it up with the back-catalog of articles, comics and whatnot. ;)

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Wordpress site stats plugin?

Any recommendations for a Wordpress plugin that provides some basic viewer stats?

Preferably something that doesn't touch Google. 😉

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Working on setting up Lunduke.com...

... and, dagnabit, the most obvious choice for what I want to do with it is to use Wordpress (or something like it).

Grumble, grumble, grumble.

I love static sites (and things like Hugo)... but I also need a good cms type setup that I can loop multiple people into.

Not looking for solutions -- I know I should use Wordpress for this -- just felt like grumbling about it. :)

Now to find a theme that doesn't drive me crazy! Something like a news site that can handle comic strips, articles, and embedded videos. ;) (Open to suggestions on that!)

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Ooooooouuuuuuch.
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The Lunduke Journal Official Podcast - Ep 2 - Thoughts on Replacing Linux
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The Best Big Tech Replacements of 2021

Big Tech spies on you. Big Tech manipulates you. Big Tech treats you like a product instead of like a human being.

Let's face it... Big Tech sucks.

What follows are my current recommendations -- as for June, 2021 -- for replacing some of the most prominent Big Tech services and software platforms.

Note: I know there are others. These are the ones I recommend. And I recommend each for their own, individual reasons. Feel free to disagree with my list. That's your freedom.

YouTube Replacement

There are a few "YouTube Alternative" video sharing platforms out there. Some have good qualities. But only one of them hits all the right marks for me: Odysee.

Odysee is built on top of the LBRY network. And LBRY, itself, is a blockchain-y, Crypto-y, uncensor-y platform for sharing all sorts of content. Videos, blogs, images, and the like.

I publish nearly all of my content to Odysee (and, hence, LBRY) and it works like a charm. Lots of open source. Doesn't treat users like cattle. Can't go wrong.

GMail Replacement

Lots of email services out there. The one I have enjoyed using the most is, without question, Kolab Now.

It's a paid email service. Doesn't advertise to you or sell your data. Built on open source parts. Easy to back up and self-host (if you should want to).

I find paying a small fee for a high quality email service that doesn't spy on me to be well worth it.

Google Search Replacement

My current favorite search engine is Startpage. With DuckDuckGo right behind it.

But I'm also hearing great things about the upcoming Brave Search. Once that gets out of Beta I'm eager to see how well it'll work for me as my primary search engine.

Twitter / Facebook Replacement

Sure, you can replace Facebook or Twitter with an open, federated system like Mastodon (and "The Fediverse" )... but... why? It's almost as bad. Worse in some ways.

I say nuke the entire idea of a network like Twitter from orbit. We, as humans, were not meant to communicate with 5 Million strangers -- with 99.9999% not knowing or caring who you are -- at all times. It just doesn't work.

If you need a social network -- and there's nothing wrong with that -- I recommend smaller, focused groups. Locals-based social networks are the way to go.

Patreon Replacement

Patreon has some funky policies. And they've censored some people in seriously uncool ways. But the core idea is a good one: subscribe to and support independent creators. Podcasts, authors, artists, developers. This is good stuff! If only Patreon weren't so stinkin' yucky.

Locals. Locals is the way to go here, too. Lots of community options, no crazy censorship.

Dropbox / Google Drive Replacement

Dropbox. Google Drive. Microsoft One Driveinator (or whatever it's called). And there's Apple's thing. Used to be called iDrive (part of their .Mac / iTools suite).

Anyway, all of them are owned by Big Tech and have funky policies.

If you have data to store, you deserve to have control over that data. Keep away prying eyes... and make you responsible for, well, your own stuff.

Nextcloud -- preferably self-hosted -- is the way to go. Though there are some great Nextcloud hosting options out there as well. While those don't give you as much control as self-hosting... they're also a lot easier. And, honestly, are wildly more powerful and private than the Big Tech online storage options.

Microsoft Office Replacement

Don't use Microsoft Office. I used to work on Microsoft Office. And, let me tell ya, it's not what it used to be.

Need spreadsheets and presentation tools? The answer is simple.

LibreOffice. Just use LibreOffice.

Windows / MacOS Replacement

Looking to replace Windows or macOS? If you'd asked me two years ago, I would have said "Use Linux."

Nowadays? In 2021? There are some concerns there.

But Linux is still a better way to go. Regardless of which Linux distribution you choose. Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Arch, PCLinuxOS... all great.

I replaced all of those! Now what?

Rejoice! Pat yourself on the back! You are now quite a bit more private, your data quite a bit more secure. There are now less companies treating you like cattle. Your humanity, at least partially, restored!

But aren't there more problematic Big Tech services and whatnot?

You bet! Tons of 'em!

But, think of it like this...

You don't need to eat 100% healthy for every meal... in order to get the benefits of eating a few veggies at dinner.

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An overwhelming number of you would prefer...

... to have articles and comics posted right here on Locals, rather than have them posted over on Odysee.

...

Works for me!

Starting with the next one, I'll publish the full thing right here. Ask and ye shall receive!

Maybe I'll post little teasers on Odysee or something. Link people here for the full length versions. ;) (Ain't I a stinker?)

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Is "Google Chat" the third... "Google Chat"?

I remember the first "Google Chat". Think it was Jabber based, if memory serves.

And I vaguely recall a second "Google Chat" a few years after that. But don't think I ever used that one... or even if that was just a code name... or a hallucination. ;)

Now we have "Google Chat" again.

Wonder how many "Google Chat"'s we'll get before Google is through...

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Not currently a full Supporter here at Lunduke.Locals.com? Today's the day!

We're nearing 3,000 total Members (including free accounts) here at Lunduke.Locals.com. Which is amazing!

And, with the recent instability of the Crypto markets (including BTC and LBC), I need to increase the paying Supporter numbers here on Locals by about 15% to make up the difference.

Luckily, that's pretty doable!

So, if you currently have a free account here... now's the time to plop down a couple bucks and join the nerdy party! :)

I'm now doing exclusive podcasts (just for the full Supporters) -- and looking at increasing the number of exclusives over the coming weeks. One of those is going to be live, virtual hangouts. Because us nerds need to socialize, too. ;)

Anyway, huge thanks to all of you who are already full Supporters here! You are amazing and lovely and smell nice!

The rest of ya... chop chop! :)

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Eurythmics with a TRS-80 Model 200
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So torn. So torn!

Feeling sick. Nothing serious. Think it's a combination of heat-sick and an actual cold. Yay! lol.

Anyway, about to get into jammies and tuck myself into bed. And really in the mood to do a stupid 30 day computing challenge. I get such a kick out of those. And I can kinda putz with them while sick.

But I just can't decide which one of these to choose. Help me decide. I may or may not go with what most people vote for. ;p

Part of me thinks it would be torturous -- in kind of a fun way -- to try to use an iPhone as my only computer for a month. I've got a keyboard and mouse I can hook up. And DOSbox! And a USB mic that'll work. So... maybe doable? Maybe I'd keep my sanity?

OpenBSD might be fun, though! Maybe evaluate it as a Desktop Linux replacement option.

Or, or, Haiku! Beta 3 is about to hit. So good timing! And it's such a fun system!

But what if... what if I can keep using Linux on my laptop. But only in 800 x 600 resolution. And only at 256 color. Why? Dunno. Maybe to make some sort of point about how that's plenty. ;p

They all sound kinda funky and fun in their own way!

Vote on, ye nerds!

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Feeling like doing a 30 day computing challenge.

Something ridiculous.

Like... Only use an iPhone for 30 days. Or something equally silly.

I'm sitting here in the AC, trying to recover from getting myself all heat sick, and feeling like being goofy with my computers.

Any ideas? 😀

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Heads up: Lunduke.com offline for a bit.

The BBS (bbs.lunduke.com) is unaffected. This is just the lunduke.com web server that is down.

Because I did something dumb. lol.

Be back soon. I might take the opportunity of me being stupid to move to a different host. ðŸĪŠ

For the moment lunduke.com is just forwarding over to the Odysee channel.

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YES! 1,000 times, yes!

One of the best moves Apple ever made was their strategy with K-12 education.

One of the best moves Microsoft ever made was to copy Apple's strategy with K-12 education.

If only LINUX... had some sort of FOUNDATION... that could do this... ðŸĪŠ

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On daily/weekly round-up articles

I was pondering on the best possible way to promote this amazingly nerdy little community of ours... a way to show the public what a great little place like this is really like... while encouraging the right kind of people (read: friendly nerds) to join in the fun.

And I wanted to run an idea by all of you.

What if I rounded up the "best" (totally subjective) posts on any given day... and posted them, with links, in an article. That article getting posted over on Odysee and can be shared around.

I'm not under any illusion that such articles would be super viral or anything like that... but it might be helpful for spreading the word. And could be kinda handy for folks to get a sort of daily "digest" version of the nerdy stuff that goes on here every day.

Not really sold on the idea. Suppose we could try it and see if it's fun / useful / annoying or not. ;)

Thoughts?

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How do you most like to read my articles and comics?

Let's assume that you do actually like to read my articles and comics. ;)

Where is most convenient or enjoyable for you to do so?

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Oh, man. Think the heat has officially gotten to me. Spent too much time in the sun the last few days.

Gone and got myself heat sick.

Yuuuuuck.

Time to crank the AC, and sit inside for a while. Maybe turn on the Muppet Show to watch with the kiddos....

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Putting together a little article...

talking about what makes this place (Lunduke.Locals.com) -- and others like it -- so great.

Might be fun to include some quotes and thoughts from some of you crazy cats.

So if anyone has any quotes they'd like to propose for inclusion -- about what they like about places like this -- just drop 'em in the comments.

Zero pressure. ;)

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[PROJECT NAME] IRC Channel leaves Freenode. Outrageous!

Saw some news about another project channel leaving Freenode. This was all I could force myself to write about it. :)

https://odysee.com/@Lunduke:e/FreenodeDrama:b

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Well. At least the humidity is kinda low!
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The Lunduke Journal Podcast - Ep 1 - The Linux Foundation has lost its way
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Any iPhone users in here?

I could use some advice.

I am -- probably obviously -- not an expert iOS guy. But I do have this iPhone XR here that I'm looking to find some good ways to use it.

Looking for a good graphics editing tool. Something with layers and text. Bonus points if it can do pixel art (real bitmap tools). That would let me make thumbails for articles and videos on iOS. And maybe even do comics.

Been looking, but surprisingly I haven't found a single bitmap graphics editor that has layers and multi-line text tools. Seems like something iOS would have. Am I missing something obvious?

Also looking for a good text editor that I can use to sync with nextcloud (or some other file sync tool).

If I can find that stuff... I might be able to get some actual use out of this thing! 😉

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Time's up. Let's do this.
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What Tech news outlets do all of you follow?

Are there any Tech (Linux or otherwise) news publications (of any kind) that you make a point of reading regularly?

I have grown highly dissatisfied with nearly every tech publication (one side effect of "seeing how the sausage is made" I suppose) and am looking around to see if there's some out there that I've missed.

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EA hackers obtain 780 GB of source code and game assets
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Full disclosure: now doing a little work for LBRY

I've been a big fan of LBRY (and Odysee) for a very long time. Heck, I joined so early I was either the number one or two channel for a while (still not sure which).

One of the things I think is super cool is the ability to build applications on top of the LBRY network. Just needs some help getting people started on doing that.

After talking with the LBRY crew... we decided to put me to work (on a very part time basis, so I can keep making my regular content) helping to push exactly that. Basically writing tutorials, helping devs get started, that sort of thing. Sort of a combination between a Technical/ Dev Community Manager and a Tech Writer.

Anyway, I think it's great that I get to help foster something I think is rad without needing to give up any of the content or communities I already work on. Super sweet.

This really just happened.

Wanted to tell all of you... full disclosure and all that. ;)

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GNOME 40.2 improves Flatpak, 5G, screencasting support
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KDE Plasma 5.22 adds (checks notes) "pleasurability"
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Vivaldi 4.0 adds Translation, Mail, Calendar, & Feed Reader to web browser
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After my family gets tully settled... I'm thinking it'll be time for a new laptop. (Moving is expensive! hehe)

Thinking maybe a Powerbook Duo 280c. Trackball. Runs OS 8. Late gen 68k cpu. Could make for a great writing rig. Maybe replace the hard drive with a flash adapter. Give it a little speed, silence, and storage boost.

Ooooh. Like this bad boy. Yeah. That's the ticket!

Now to finish the move then convince the wife! ðŸĪĢ

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-Macintosh-PowerBook-Duo-280c-68LC040-32MB-RAM-320MB-HD-Mac-OS-8-1-Vintage-/323481694297?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286

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Feeling nostalgic today! :)

Was just thinking about how lucky I was to get to chat with Stewart Cheifet some years back.

The Computer Chronicles was such a huge part of my childhood. Influenced so much of both my hobbies and my careers.

Such a nice, warm, good dude.

https://odysee.com/@Lunduke:e/ld-PXCwjoPLU4c:5

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MAN. I miss in-person, live shows. There's nothing quite as awesome as being heckled during a show.

I miss it.

"Programmers are Evil()" was one of my favorite shows in this regard. The audience near the end was just so much fun. One day this will happen again.

One day.

https://odysee.com/@Lunduke:e/programmers-are-evil-live-at-linuxfest:4

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What do tou guys think...

What are the odds this thing turns out to be from another planet and will kill us all?

Based in my 1980s/90s movie knowledge... nearly 100%.

https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/science/tiny-worm-comes-back-life-after-24000-years-siberian-deep-freeze-2021-06-09/

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Canonical: "Ubuntu is 1" ... that's a lie.

This is totally a little thing.

But having worked in Linux marketing for so long... it bugged me. ;)

Note: This doesn't make Ubuntu bad. Just means they made a false statement in their marketing. hehe

https://odysee.com/@Lunduke:e/UbuntuNotNumberOne:f

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Trying to settle on a good service to use for a virtual meetup...

Haven't been super thrilled with any option so far. Open to suggestions!

We'll need a service that:

  • Handles large numbers of simultaneous participants (over 50)
  • Works well
  • Doesn't require custom branded hardware (like Facetime)
  • Preferably doesn't require Google, Facebook, Apple, etc. accounts
  • Preferably open source... but, let's be honest, that's a long shot
  • Doesn't cost and arm and a leg for me. ;p

Ideas?

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Tech Thingie I am Thankful For - Day 2 - Palm OS
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(Let's Throw Gentoo in a) Burning Pit of Fire - Song parody of "Ring of Fire"
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Nudging people off YouTube...

In my never-ending quest to get folks to stop using YouTube... I've started uploading just a handful of my bigger shows to YouTube.

But with a minute and a half long clip at the start of each -- done in Star Wars scroll style -- encouraging them to stop using YouTube. hehe

Will it prove to be successful at all? Who knows! But it's not like I'm using my YouTube channel anyway. So, why not, right? :)

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Tech Thingie I am Thankful For - Day 1 - The Fax Machine
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The Best Command-Line-Only Video Games
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The Lunduke family now is officially moving to Texas.

That is all. :)

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Multiplan. In my pocket.

The future is now.

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Stupid Hulu

Now that we have solid unlimited cell data, was thinking of using Hulu to watch TCM (we like the old movies).

Well, works great on all the laptops and mobile devices. But Hulu restricts it on the nvidia shield (android tv). Has to be on a non-cellular ip.

Tried a few vpns... hulu detects them and refuses to play.

Mega lame-o.

Suppose I could set up my own vpn server. But... ugh.

So much hassle to watch classic movies. hehe

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You wouldn't think I would be excited about this...

... but, boy howdy, am I ever!

This is with Visible wireless. Full on fully unlimited (supposedly). Seems capped around 5mb/s when connected via hotspot (getting around 100mb/s on the device itself).

Using my old, unloved iPhone for this. Set it up as a dedicated hotspot.

Finding actually unlimited hotspot is so surprisingly hard. Really hoping the quality of this connection holds. It'll let me stream video and whatnot again. Plus do more reliable live shows. Fingers crossed.

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Dangit, hackers.

Stop hackin' our cows!

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Any web devs interested in doing a little work for LBRY? (Paid freelance work.)

Toss me an email or a private message and I can connect ya. ;)

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Did a fun q & a with a school club...

The other day a Linux computer club asked me to join them for a Q&A at their end of year party. Hey, can't turn the kiddos down!

Also... love what Stu is doing for those kids. So impressed.

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"Super Space Tux" - the Gameboy game
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10 More Pointless (but awesome) Linux Terminal Tricks
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Anyone use Visible wireless?

Suppoedly true unlimited data (including unlimited hotspot) for $25 a month. Tempted to give it a try.

https://www.visible.com/shop/bring-your-own-device

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11 Pointless (but awesome) Terminal Tricks
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Study: Android Users Are The Most Unhappy
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The CIA, NSA, and Pokémon Go - Revisited

Re-publishing a few of my older articles over on Odysee for the sake of preservation.

This particular article caused a lot of very funky things to happen in my life. ;)

https://odysee.com/@Lunduke:e/NSACIAPokemon:e

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When you need to get a little writing done... but you're laying in bed, holding a sleeping toddler, only have one hand free... and the only device in reach is an iPhone.

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The Complete History of Linux (abridged)

Because sometimes we all need a history lesson. ;)

https://odysee.com/@Lunduke:e/the-complete-history-of-linux-abridged:f

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Let's do a virtual meetup!

Sure. Virtual is not as good as in person. Can't deny that!

But this weeks Big Texas Meetup was just so much fun. I absolutely love hanging out with all of you amazing nerds! And, obviously, we can't all get together in person. ;)

So... virtual meetup it is!

Questions:

  • Video or Audio?

  • What service should we use?

  • What days/time ranges (in UTC) work for folks?

  • Saturday at 8pm UTC, perhaps?

I'm pretty flexible. So let's try to pick something that works for the majority of folks!

This'll be only for full Members here on Lunduke.Locals.com. So if you're a free subscriber... time to join up, me hearties! (You know you wanted to anyway.) 😉

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I've hit the "so tired my own code looks like a foreign language" point. ðŸ˜ī

That's a sign! G'night all!

Off to dream about why my custom ANSI rendering code is not working as expected.

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Lunduke.Locals.com stats snapshot!

As of earlier today:

2,895 members
475 posts
4,183 comments
13,182 likes

Good steady growth!

And not ONE person has needed to be banned or censored. Everyone has just been... cool. 😎

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Voting Machines Should Be Open Source
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We Just Held The Biggest In-Person Linux Event of the Last Year!

My thoughts on yesterday's "Big Texas Meetup". So much fun. So much joy.

https://odysee.com/@Lunduke:e/BiggestLinuxEvent:1

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ConservativeNerds.Locals.com is officially launched!

What this means for Lunduke.Locals.com:

Absolutely nothing. :)

Other than let's all try really super duper hard to keep all political content out of Lunduke.Locals.com. Let's keep it non-Politically-Nerdy here. We all need a safe-haven from politics. And this is that!

If you want to chat politics (from a certain perspective) head over to the new community too. There's already a really fun crew forming. :)

https://odysee.com/@LundukeOnPolitics:f/ConservativeNerds:f

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The Texas Meetup was a success!

First picture shows the early arrivals. Had a super fun crew (ended up pulling together another table to fit us all). I think the final count was 16.

Which, I'm pretty sure, makes this the largest in-person Linux event to happen in North America... in over a year. ;)

Oh and check out those awesome old-school software boxes! Huge thanks for bringing them in, my dude! They'll have a place of honor in the new Lunduke studio when it gets set up in a few months. :)

Was so much fun to hang out with some nerds! This community is the best!

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First post-lockdown meetup tomorrow!

So excited to finally get to hang out with a bunch of you awesome nerds! Been way, way too long since there have been in-person nerd gatherings!

We will do more of these. Already trying to coordinate with some other folks to do joint meetups in the coming months in other states. Stay tuned for that.

But tomorrow is all about you, Texas nerds! :)

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I was trying to think of an unpopular opinion...

... something good and nerdy that I haven't already shared.

lol. Can't think of any! I tend to publish my unpopular opinions pretty widely! lol!

Wait! Wait! I've got one!

Totoro? Not that great! ;)

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Soft Launch ;)

Still setting things up -- will be doing the official launch of "Conservative Nerds" later today.

Aka "Pardon The Dust."

Think this is going to be a lot fun, and a good thing for Lunduke.Locals too.

https://conservativenerds.locals.com/