Atheist, technopagan and vegan.

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Paul

I have no clue about Linux so I have to stick with Windows.

Tux. The Linux mascotte. I saw this a while ago: No, you don't. Why not? The short version: get a clue about Linux. Of course, this is very short. Allow me to dispel a few myths about Linux. Linux is difficult. You have to be a tech geek who can type in all those things like "ls -1 | grep *#@) | awk -F\ '{print $5}' > /dev/null" and understand what it means. Yes, absolutely true some…

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And so it happened.

I got a new laptop last year September. It contained windows 8. Not the easiest thing to get around in when you're used to Linux and already managed moderate success with windows 7. Slightly annoying. Then came windows 8.1. Same thing as above, only more annoying as I still had to look up via Google how to do certain things. Windows 8.1 is probably fabulous, but not very intuitive for me. Well, I can always…

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Wearable tech

I love gadgets. I have lots of them and they love me: I don't have to buy them, they follow me home. But... I don't like the mass of wearable things that are popping up now, especially the ones that can track every little thing you do. Your smartphone is already a walking, talking unit that betrays every move you make. (Cell phone towers that know where you are simply because your phone is on,…

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What is life?

Maybe a silly question. An online search says: I wonder about the second one. Oh, not in a physiological sense, but in a humane sense. It's the second one, the one that doctors have to abide by through their Hippocratic Oath. (Link to PDF.) They basically promise to sustain the human machine (body) and do what they can to keep it going for as long as possible. But... Is that what we want? I'm convinced that…

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Pictures from along the road

Early February 2014, and gorgeous weather, and no work to go to. A reason to grab the camera, the bike and a good coat (sunshine but +5C / 38F). After a bike ride along this path I reached a small creek/brook called "Lage Raam" This is the Lage Raam. Translated it's nonsense: low window. The creek is a typical low land creek, that's why there is 'low' in its name. Onwards towards this little place…

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Synology

Yes, I went for the real thing. I bought a Synology NAS (model DS 214). It's a brilliant thing, with a very powerful yet simple management interface called Disk Station Manager (DSM). The unit is very easy to assemble (adding the 2 disks didn't even require a screwdriver), runs flawlessly and is very quiet. Access goes through a UTP cable to the router and after setting up the volume/shares and privileges it's immediately recognised by…

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That gun thing again

Everywhere in the United States people get shot by other people who have some score to settle. Like in December 2013, when in Colorado someone shot a group of people because he'd been in a dispute with a librarian and was disciplined. Really, that is the reason to shoot people these days. As I read that, it occurred to me that this seems to go further and further. The Land of the Free luckily does…

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Timothy Leary-developed video games found in New York Public Library archive

By Timothy J. Seppala posted Sep 30th, 2013 at 3:05 / Via Engadget The New York Public Library recently discovered a treasure trove of video games in its archives created by psychedelic evangelist Timothy Leary. Over 375 floppies(talk about flashbacks) containing a "dozen or so" games developed by the LSD-advocate in the '80s -- some are playable via emulation -- are now on display in the library's rare books and manuscripts division, according to The New York Times. The good doctor's…

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21st century gypsies

The Daily Mail (UK) posted a very interesting article on a new book by Iain McKell about the new gypsies: Follow this link for the full story and many wonderful images.

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