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technology, education, other sundries

A Month In The Fediverse

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Just over a month ago, I joined the Fediverse. Wait, stop. What? Since I am sharing this with people outside of the Fediverse, a brief explanation is needed. Let’s begin with that. What is the Fediverse? Wikipedia knows this one! The Fediverse is an ensemble of federated servers that are used for web publishing and file hosting, but which, while independently hosted, can communicate with each other. Read more...

Goals Update

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On 27 January I wrote about my goals for the year. It is time to see how things are going. Here were the six goals I gave myself for 2021: Self-host something I will consider this goal as complete. I am using an extra Raspberry Pi to host this blog (Hugo+Nginx) and a Gemini capsule (Agate). Finish converting and organising my presentations to Beamer slides 67% Complete Quit Goodreads and find a replacement that is far away from Amazon. Read more...

How I Watch YouTube on my Pi

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(originally posted on github) Are you a YouTube surfer or do you only watch a few different YouTubers? I am the latter. If you like to browse and discover new videos then you can stop reading. This little guide will not be of interest to you. Requirements something that can play videos, I use mpv, if you use VLC you will have to modify the steps by yourself newsboat recent version of youtube-dl (optional) a terminal web browser like lynx, elinks, links2 or w3m a little patience READ THROUGH ALL OF THE STEPS BEFORE YOU BEGIN Read more...

On Browsers and Tournaments

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Over the course of the past few weeks I have been spamming Mastodon with a thing called the #TournamentOfBrowsers2021. You probably didn’t see it and that is OK. It was just for fun. It has ended, and now I want to talk about it. How it came about I was waiting for my students to show up for class. It was an oral evaluation day and I had my trusty notepad out. Read more...

Listicle: Documentaries, Films, And Series About Information Technology And Its Influence On Humanity

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Below is a list of documentaries, films, and series that have a point in common: They all, in one way or another, address our relationship with technology. In some cases, the the link is not as direct or as obvious as in other cases, but the link is there. Documentaries make up the better part of this list but there are also some fictional examples that make for decent watching. Regarding the series, you will notice some comedies that play on the tropes surrounding Silicon Valley and the people that work in IT. Read more...

Listicle: An Annotated List of Science-Fiction Books

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Where do innovators get those ideas? Sometimes it almost seems like a work of science-fiction. Sometimes that is the case. If you are in an entrepreneurial spirit and you are looking for inspiration, here are 10 of my favourites. “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley (1931) Themes: Concept of companies that have political sway, complicated entertainment machines that generate both harmless leisure and the high levels of consumption and production, power maintained through technological interventions. Read more...

Why I Use Linux and other Free Open-Source Software

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Yes, yes, GNU/Linux. We know… I don’t program. I don’t “hack” or “crack”. I don’t administer a network. I am not a “power-user”. I am a professor. How did I end up with Linux as my main desktop OS? Well, it is a short story. It goes like this. Once upon a time, I was a perfectly content Windows user without a care in the world. My job only required a minimal set of IT tools that could all be acquired for free, like OpenOffice. Read more...

Thoughts On Technology (February 2021)

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The Internet has been buzzing with some wonderful buzzwords lately. Of particular interest to me are some of the words associated with technology and social networks. I do not work in any technological field, and most of my students will not either, but as a professor who teaches (mostly) French students in English I need to point out these words at different times to make sure they understand. Two of these words can be found in a single article, “WhatsApp and the domestication of users” by Rohan Kumar [1]. Read more...

Tips for Students 1. The Browser

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Hello Internets. This is a guide for the average student, particularly students in the first year of post-secondary education. If you are a power user or generally geeky person, nothing here will be of particular interest to you. 0. Introduction Good day all, My name is at the top of this blog, but that does not tell you who I am. I am a professor at a business school in France. Read more...

Goals

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The list of things I plan to do this year is short. Before I get around to listing those goals, I need to talk about some of my current unhealthy obsessions. “Unhealthy” is a strong word. As I am typing right now I realise that what I have are fixations. I have a problem with computers. When I get in front of a computer, or even a phone, I like to: Read more...
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