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Did you know that "toot" sounds just like Russian word for "here"?

I'm Alexander Batischev a.k.a. Minoru; you might've seen me on GitHub: I've been dabbling in functional programming for 7 years now. Mostly Haskell, but interested to learn from other languages as well. Hobbies for when I'm AFK: reading, cycling, pretending to learn how to draw.


TIL that *can* display diffs for force-pushes: I just need to click the "force-pushed" in "@nickname force-pushed the feature/example branch from d34dbeef to 0a0b0c0d".

Kudos to Dennis van der Schagt who taught me that:

(As is usual with un-inspired games, I died shortly after that encounter with a nymph. C'est la vie dans Nethack.)

This was my first encounter with a nymph. I'm now missing half my arsenal, a wand, and some miscellanea. What a cursed level!

I have to track her down and get my stuff back.

There was a light on the far end of the corridor, and it was moving. A flying light. These like to float towards you and explode in a blinding flash. I quickly put on a blindfold, and marched forward.

I couldn't find it. I didn't hear it explode, either. Did it miss me? Did it give up? Oh Hachi, if only you were here to comfort me...

"I'm here, sweetheart. It's hard for you. I understand. Take some rest. Doff this heavy mail, relax a bit..."

By now, it was a matter of habit to check if a dead end is *really* a dead end. As I was feeling along the stone wall, some noises from behind made me turn, just in time to see a Mordor orc shoving his scimitar through Hachi.

I barely remember the rest. I think there was more enemies, three or four of them, all orcs, one invisible. In my rage, I slain them without even noticing. These bastards killed my dog, my last companion in this dreaded place!

Oh Hachi, why we even went into this dungeon?

The hunger got me to a point where three dog food rations started to look like a viable option. Eating one of them was a mistake.

Light-headed from the nausea, I stumbled into a small room, and something glanced off my helmet. I thought it might be a boulder, but it was a rock piercer. These creatures aren't too dangerous, as I heard, but in my current state...

And then I vomited. The piercer stood back in disgust, giving me a few moments to breathe.

Then Hachi arrived, and we won the battle.

(Ready for more? I'm about to start! Follow instructions from OP to view the game live.)

Адски ржачная вещь:

Для завтравки:

> Если [проблемы] остались, напишите в Службу Техничного Упора Microsoft, и вашим случаем займется Особый Отдел.

Сегодня слушал отличный подкаст, там буквально за час отлично объяснили, что такое 5G, в чём отличия поколений сетей, какое у 5G место в эволюции, и чем примерно занимаются операторы связи: Если интересно, что такое 5G — очень рекомендую.

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So I was recently asked why I prefer to use free and open source software over more conventional and popular proprietary software and services.

A few years ago I was an avid Google user. I was deeply embedded in the Google ecosystem and used their products everywhere. I used Gmail for email, Google Calendar and Contacts for PIM, YouTube for entertainment, Google Newsstand for news, Android for mobile, and Chrome as my web browser.

I would upload all of my family photos to Google Photos and all of my personal documents to Google Drive (which were all in Google Docs format). I used Google Domains to register my domain names for websites where I would keep track of my users using Google Analytics and monetize them using Google AdSense.

I used Google Hangouts (one of Google’s previous messaging plays) to communicate with friends and family and Google Wallet (with debit card) to buy things online and in-store.

My home is covered with Google Homes (1 in my office, 1 in my bedroom, 1 in the main living area) which I would use to play music on my Google Play Music subscription and podcasts from Google Podcasts.

I have easily invested thousands of dollars into my Google account to buy movies, TV shows, apps, and Google hardware devices. This was truly the Google life.

Then one day, I received an email from Google that changed everything.

“Your account has been suspended”

Just the thing you want to wake up to in the morning. An email from Google saying that your account has been suspended due to a perceived Terms of Use violation. No prior warning. No appeals process. No number to call. Trying to sign in to your Google account yields an error and all of your connected devices are signed out. All of your Google data, your photos, emails, contacts, calendars, purchased movies and TV shows. All gone.

I nearly had a heart attack, until I saw that the Google account that had been suspended was in fact not my main personal Google account, but a throwaway Gmail account that I created years prior for a project. I hadn’t touched the other account since creation and forgot it existed. Apparently my personal Gmail was listed as the recovery address for the throwaway account and that’s why I received the termination email.

Although I was able to breathe a sigh of relief this time, the email was wake up call. I was forced to critically reevaluate my dependence on a single company for all the tech products and services in my life.

I found myself to be a frog in a heating pot of water and I made the decision that I was going to jump out.

Leaving Google

Today there are plenty of lists on the internet providing alternatives to Google services such as this and this. Although the “DeGoogle” movement was still in its infancy when I was making the move.

The first Google service I decided to drop was Gmail, the heart of my online identity. I migrated to Fastmail with my own domain in case I needed to move again (hint: glad I did, now I self host my email). Fastmail also provided calendar and contacts solutions so that took care of leaving Google Calendar and Contacts.

Here are some other alternatives that I moved to:

Gmail → Fastmail → Self-hosted (via Cloudron)
Google Contacts → FastmailNextcloud Contacts
Google Calendar → FastmailNextcloud Calendar
Google Search → BingDuckDuckGo
Google Maps → Bing MapsOpenStreetMaps and OsmAnd
Google Analytics → Matomo Analytics
Google Drive → Nextcloud Files
Google Photos → Nextcloud Files/Gallery
Google Docs → Collabora Office (Nextcloud integration) and LibreOffice
Google Play Music → Spotify / PlexSpotify / Jellyfin
Google Play Movies/TV → PlexJellyfin
Google Play Audiobooks/Books → Audible/Kindle
Google Play Store (apps) → F-Droid / Aurora Store
Google Android → Lineage OSUbuntu Touch on PinePhone (coming soon?)
Google’s Android Apps → Simple Mobile Tools
Google Chrome → Mozilla Firefox
Google Domains → Hover
Google Hangouts → Matrix and Nextcloud Talk
Google Allo → Signal
Google Podcasts → PocketCastsAntennaPod
Google Newsstand → RSS
Google Wallet → PayPal and Cash App
Google Voice →Ting Mobile

Migrating away from Google was not a fast or easy process. It took years to get where I am now and there are still several Google services that I depend on: YouTube and Google Home.

Eventually, my Google Home’s will grow old and become unsupported at which point hopefully the Mycroft devices have matured and become available for purchase. YouTube may never be replaced (although I do hope for projects like PeerTube to succeed) but I find the compromise of using only one or two Google services to be acceptable.

At this point losing my Google account due to a mistake in their machine learning would largely be inconsequential and my focus has shifted to leaving Amazon which I use for most of my shopping and cloud services.

The reason that I moved to mostly FOSS applications is that it seems to be the only software ecosystem where everything works seamlessly together and I don’t have to cede control to any single company. Alternatively I could have simply split my service usage up evenly across Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple but I don’t feel that they would have worked as nicely together.

Overall I’m very happy with the open source ecosystem. I use Ubuntu with KDE on all of my computers and Android (no GApps) on my mobile phone. I’ve ordered the PinePhone “Brave Heart” and hope to one day be able to use it or one of its successors as a daily driver with Ubuntu Touch or Plasma Mobile.

I don’t want to give the impression that I exclusively use open source software either, I do use a number of proprietary apps including: Sublime Text, Typora, and Cloudron.

Bujold's "Vorkosigan Saga" is getting better with each book. I'm lucky I was gifted a tome with the first four novels—otherwise I would've dropped the series after the first one.

In other news, CRS112-8G-4S-IN is such a lovely device. That's the most high-end piece of networking equipment I ever owned, and oh my! How it blinks! I'd buy it for LEDs alone. (Seriously.)

And to finish convincing you that I'm an idiot: I do NAT on that switch. 23% CPU load with saturated 60 Mbps link isn't that bad, eh?

(I do plan to move NAT onto hEX, and play with queues and shaping.)

Just realized I can use albums for . An association with work immediately puts me into productive mood, and I can chill out to the tunes when I get tired, and I don't have to glance at the timer to see how long till the break. Not sure how sustainable this could be, though. I'll look into conceptual albums now, because "Atom Heart Mother" and "Dethalbum" won't last me for long.

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TIL you can get your public IP by querying OpenDNS server:

`$ dig ANY +short`

(Author's note: that's all for this session, folks. This is going far slower than I anticipated, but I plan to skip more and more uninteresting details as I go, so should pick up some pace over the next few instalments. Not sure when I will play next, but stay tuned to this thread for updates.)

I grabbed all the chocolate, paid, and leave. I was growing uneasy around this shopkeeper guy. Couldn't explain why, but I just *felt* that he's not really cheering for me.

My spirits lifted again when I saw a small figure in the middle of the corridor. I just killed a sewer rat and was wiping my katana, when the boy came up to me and asked if I knew anything about The Ring. I said no, and tried to change the subject, but the guy wasn't interested. I simply left.

"Irasshaimase, Minoru! Welcome to Hebiwerie's general store!"

Another living soul! Not a monster, not an animal—a breathing, living man. How nice it was to finally meet someone out here! (Again, it didn't occur to me that only a total lunatic would live down here, let alone keep a store.)

The shop was pretty barren. A few scrolls, a potion, and a few bars of chocolate. Plus a lichen right beside me. It wasn't threatening me, though, so I left it be. Heroes do this, you know.

The vision of that rat still bothered me. Distracted, I stepped into something, and it clicked.

* * *

I came back to my senses because of Hachi licking my face. Right next to me lay some sort of a trap. Sleeping gas of some sort? Anyways, it's safe now. I deactivated it. Kinda.

With a headache splitting my brain in half, I went on.

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