I imagine this conversation took place somewhere in MS a year ago:

"Okay, nice job getting a prototype kitbashed up. Looks like you just cut a hole in the existing case and glued the new camera module on. Do we have renders of the new case design though?"

"Um, er, this _is_ the new case design..."

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The camera wart on the Surface Duo is even more of an unholy design compromise in person than it looked in the carefully composed promotional photos. Here's crossing my fingers that the functionality it delivers is worth the blemish.

TFW you are spelunking in your old code and you realize what song you were listening to when you wrote it:

Message next = queue.poll();
if (next != null) {
unready(); // lock the door
next.sendToTarget(); // let's have a kiki!

Been puzzling for the last few days on why the Preview app icon in Big Sur now has a salt shaker on it.

Today I realized it is supposed to be an eye loupe.

Early returns on Threema is that is fails by being locked to a single device, even though it tries to pretend it isn't.

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Anyone have opinions on threema.ch/?

I'm always on the lookout for a messaging system that meets the criteria of:

* Secure, Reliable, Cross-Platform
* Non-exploitive of its users
* Doesn't tie your ID to one device
* Not intimidating to a non-technical user
* Has most of the features someone coming from Messenger or iMessage would expect

I don't want much you see…

We apologize for the interruption, the scheduled decline of your civilization can now resume...

Bit the bullet and updated my work laptop to Bug Sir. Gotta say, the visual changes make me feel like I'm using a Gnome theme from 2012.

Currently stuck between instinctive revulsion to the idea of a "Road Dahl Cinematic Universe" and "Oooo... A Taika Waiti Chocolate Factory?"

Fascinated by the RFP process, which involves 40-60 pages of gibberish and meaningless clip-art generated by someone who doesn't understand what they are selling, for presentation to someone who doesn't understand what they are buying.

When I saw the teaser for Matrix 4, they were focused the new young actor playing Morpheus, and I thought we were getting a Morpheus-centered prequel, so I was all "Yes! That please!" -- but now I see it's just Neo having a mid-life crisis, and I'm much less enthused

Here's to salads that are delicious
With little salty fishes

I notice in passing that the actual meaning of the phrase "As you know..." is in practice "Here is a thing you may not know..."

“War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.”

Smedley D. Butler (1935)


Here is a list of online bookshops that sell DRM-free ebooks, digital comics, magazines, and RPGs, usually in multiple formats for any of your favourite devices.

Many are independent publishers and authors!


I’m gonna lop some heads
Got a katana in my scabbard
I’m huntin’
Looking for the quick-up
This is f**king awesome!

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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.