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do you also spend a lot less time on Lemmy compared to Reddit?
  • Yes. Like others have said, the content hasn't quite caught up in volume or diversity.

    But I think another factor is that when I fire up Lemmy, it feels like r/all in that I'm getting everything. There seem to be quite a number of meme-themed subreddits communities that dominate my All feed. Now that I think about it, I should probably make the effort to block those; I've made that effort on kbin.

    In a way, I think it might be nice to have something equivalent to r/popular, fwiw.

    Minor nit: "community" ("magazine" on kbin) doesn't have the same 'zing' as "subreddit". We need something like "sublemmy" or "sublem".

  • Massive download crashing firefox
  • I used to use cliget some years back. Quite a bit, IIRC. Long story short: company customer support portal, downloads would sometimes time out. Installing and using cliget saved me from many fistfuls of hair ripped from my head.

  • Windows v Linux Server (So I can self host more)
  • I've got Plex running on 2 non-Windows systems: Raspberry Pi (Linux Docker container) and TrueNAS (FreeBSD jail). No issues.

    If I could suggest something....

    Try setting up a Linux VM on Windows. I'm not a Windows guy, so you might need to research how to do this. My go-to would be VirtualBox; I don't know if Hyper-V supports non-Windows VMs, and I'm not intimately familiar with setting up WSL.

    Going the VM route will let you kick the Linux tires without committing to more hardware. Or, you could get a Raspberry Pi. External USB drive optional, since you should be able to configure Windows to share your library over the network and just have your Pi mount it.

  • Windows v Linux Server (So I can self host more)
  • Running everything via docker solves both problems no matter which OS you choose since the underlying OS doesn't matter.

    Yes, but also no.

    Long story short: you can't run Windows containers on Linux. And to run Linux containers on Windows requires essentially running Linux on Windows, and then the Docker engine on Linux. (See also: running Linux containers on OS X.)

    There do exist multi-arch container images, but that's the result of proper planning. One example:

    More info:

  • When we all have pocket telephones (a 1919 comic)
  • I got to wondering what sort of social proliferation the telephone managed to achieve in England by 1919. Nothing exhaustive, but this is what I've found:

    By the 1930s, it was common for affluent homes in the UK to have their own telephones, with networks spreading far enough for calls to be made across several cities. The majority of callers continued to use local phone boxes or pay phones until the 1950s and 60s, when improvements in home phone technology made systems cheaper and more easily available.



    Leeds automatic telephone exchange was opened on 18 May in Basinghall Street - a Strowger-type manufactured and installed by the Automatic Telephone Manufacturing Company. It was the largest of its kind in Europe, equipped for 6,800 lines with an ultimate capacity of 15,000, and the first exchange in this country capable of being extended to give service to 100,000 subscribers. It was also the first in which the caller was required to dial five figures for every local call.


    So for a cartoonist to be able to imagine having a personal phone at all in 1919, let alone a portable one, is pretty interesting. Maybe missed their calling as a sci-fi writer/illustrator :)

  • Nearly all of Evernote’s remaining staff has been laid off
  • I tried Joplin for a little while, after having tried others. Found myself going back to VSC with Markdown preview.

    But once I tried Obsidian? Aww yiss.

    The first I'd heard of Obsidian was at the same time I heard about the Zettelkasten method. Which was thanks to having stumbled across this video: The FUN and EFFICIENT note-taking system I use in my PhD

    It's been a while since I watched it, so my apologies for not being able to give a TLDW summary.

    Since adopting it for myself, I've found out that an old semi-retired dev friend, as well as a younger dev that actively contributes to at least 2 projects on GitHub (both popular) are keen users of Obsidian.

  • YSK: Signal is a great secure private messenger app comparable to others on the market.
  • I've been using Signal for what seems like years now.

    I've got 4 contacts (5 if you include a martial arts school I no longer attend), and only char with 2 of them regularly: my brother and sister.

    I've downloaded and installed Briar, Session, and Simplex, and keep meaning to test them out with the help of my wife ('s phone) to see what they're like.

  • Expats ahoy!
  • It's so bizarre, isn't it? Having grown up exposed to American media (news broadcasts spilling over the border from Buffalo, as an example), I didn't expect there to be such a difference. Beyond a couple of linguistic things, eg, "zee" vs "zed", I mean. I've learned that it's best to keep some thoughts to myself, things that would have been fine to say in Canada.

    My best friend here is a big gun buff. I won't call him a fanatic, as he is extremely disciplined about it, including having been a certified instructor. His breath/depth of understanding the gun laws here is pretty wild. He's invited me to go with him to the shooting range 2-3 times over the years. He's shared a few stories, I'll say it that way.

    An old HS bud of mine ended up in Florida. His business is focused on the sale, install, maintenance, etc of software solutions for dental offices. His family was one of what I suppose I could call the "early arrivals" in the Toronto area, originally from Southeast Asia. He adopted an English first name after arriving in Florida, for obvious reasons :/

    My sister's bestie (also originally from Toronto) apparently moved to Florida. I'll spare you the details; it wasn't because of a love interest, it was because she related so hard with the MAGA culture. I think my sis is still in disbelief that someone she knew so well for decades made such a dramatic shift into the deep end. And no, I have no idea what visa she's on, if any. It sounded like she just packed up and drove/flew down.

    Also, am I the only one that gets irritated when someone says "Canadia"?

    I do have fond memories of my one trip to Florida many years ago. An old friend's parents owned a condo there; he invited me to stay with them one time back in our university years. So I wrapped up my finals, flew down and stayed for a week.

    There's no shortage of good BBQ, Mexican, Tex-Mex, Salvadoran food here. Japanese and Greek restaurants exist, but are less common. And pizza places aren't nearly as common as back home.

    I don't miss the unbroken months of snow/salt/sand/slush. Although it would be nice to not have to deal with weeks of stifling heat/humidity. Something a little more balanced would be nice, lol. I decided early on that it's better to pay someone to cut my lawn than to do it myself.

  • I made a cardboard tube sword (with dowel and foam core) to crush my nephew in our swordfights
  • Before utterly crushing him


    "To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women." - Conan the Barbarian

    Or perhaps:

    "Crush your enemies! Grind their bones into dirt! Make them regret they were ever born!" - Abraham H. Parnassus

    depending on whether you have a pesky H. R. Pickens in your life, or not.

  • Broken screw — any advice?
  • There are a few options, depending on how handy you are.

    Here's a video that lists 7 ways. I'm betting #5 will be one.of your better options here.

    In the past, I've drilled a skinny hole into what's left of the screw, then lightly tapped the short end of an Allen/hex key into it. The key here is to not make the hole so tight for the key that you'll never be able to pull it off after you've extracted it. But there are other ways of getting the junk screw off the key if it came down to it.

    Check your local hardware store or specialty auto shop (eg, AutoZone) for a screw extractor kit. Be sure the kit comes with a small enough bit that would fit into a hole you've drilled into what's left of the broken screw. (This is option #5 in the video, btw.)