Tech in the Trenches

Carl T. Holscher fights for the customers.

On Thanksgiving, I commend you

For all of you who have to go to Thanksgiving day, I commend you.

For all of you who have to deal with family who don’t raise you up and celebrate you for who you are and what you’ve done, I commend you.

For all of you who wake up in the morning filled with dread, whether you’re getting into a car getting on a plane or simply opening your bedroom door and traversing the stairs into the din of Thanksgiving preparation, I commend you.

For those of you that today is the day of morning and loss for the family used to have, I commend you.

For those of you who are filled with excitement and jubilation at seeing the family, you have either by birth, or by choice, I command you.

For those of you who are waking up today and it’s a Thursday, I commend you.

Lips & Pencil Tips

Thoughts disentangle themselves through lips and pencil tips.
Journaling & Focus

One of the most eloquent way I’ve heard “get thoughts out of your head” stated.

It *should* just work

Steam Deck OLED review: better, not faster – The Verge

Still not a stable platform for the “it should just work” crowd

I was interested in the Steam Deck but this is precisely why I prefer console gaming after playing on PC in the 90s and earlier 2000s.

I compute for work. I want to play games, not troubleshoot them.

Self-hosted Streaming Service

🔗 Disney and Hulu Merging Into Single App, Beta Coming in December – Initial Charge

If you’re still paying for subscriptions like this, I’d suggest setting up a Plex server and spending the equivalent of a streaming subscription each month on purchased media — be it DVDs and Blu-rays to rip or digital downloads that you can strip the DRM from.

Start building up a library of content that you own to eventually opt out of this whole subscription nonsense.

I’ve been building a small movie collection of films I love enough to not rely on licensing deals to be able to watch. Recently, as we’ve been thrifting, I will gaze along the movie shelves, as I did at the long-forgotten Video Den of my youth, for DVDs and Blu-Rays to purchase for pennies and add to my own streaming service.

I own my own streaming service. I can watch what I want when I see something interesting I can buy, it’s a simple download away then it’s available from own media empire. I don’t need to worry about who bought the rights or if removing mountains of movies will make the stock price rise.

I own my media and it’s not locked behind DRM. It cannot be taken away unless I delete it or lose it. But it’s on me to keep and to manage. And I trust myself more than I trust any business.

Just Clap Harder

Why can’t our tech billionaires learn anything new?

The most powerful people in the world are technological optimists. They asked for our trust in the 90s, the 00s, and the 10s. They insisted that all we needed to do was clap louder. We clapped. They failed. We grew less trustful.

Excellent post shared by @baldur.

I have the same question as the author Dave Karpf.

Who is lying to us, Marc? You serve on the boards of trillion-dollar companies. A few of your peers own media companies. A few others have chosen to bankrupt media companies that write mean things about them. You have been celebrated for thirty years as the genius-inventors-of-the-future. If the public is turning against you, who ought to be held responsible for such a change in the public mood?

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