Apr. 5th, 2016

starseerdrgn: Koboldrone (Default)

Social media annoys me these days.

It's not the social justice zealots. It's not the political nature of damn-near everything that the people I follow retweet. It's not even the silicone stupidity of those in the tech industry tweeting about things that they have no knowledge of.

It's the fact that social media feels more like a chore and addiction.

  • I don't have fun with Twitter, and I've completely left Facebook.
  • *diaspora and GNU Social are rather politically charged, and there's rarely anything interesting on them for my tastes.
  • reddit has become the next digg, with people who simply want to cause hell for everyone else. It's not a fun site.
  • GitHub has gone from "location for code" to "let's make coding social!" The problem is that the attitudes of people on the site make me uncomfortable even looking at it these days, and that makes it more of a chore.

The social web just feels like it's too much now. I miss the smaller communities of the forums I used to go to, and of sites like Hatena Haiku! (which is sadly discontinued due to spammers) and FriendFeed (Gone due to being acquired by Facebook). Even Google Buzz! and Yahoo! 360 didn't feel this bad.

Perhaps it's the communities in question, but I believe it's also one other piece that most of the sites share: the forced socialization aspect.

  • Twitter constantly bugs you about following others and seeing tweets you don't necessarily care about.
  • Twitter's "Quote Retweets" can't be turned off, therefore giving people the ability to bombard their followers without having to worry about the "Turn Off Retweets" option that people have had for a while.
  • Facebook constantly has a "People You May Know" area to try that you can't always dismiss.
  • GitHub has effectively turned git commits and issue reporting into a social activity with their profile feeds.
  • reddit is all about "anonymous socialization" with the news.

I don't know for sure, though. Maybe I'm just becoming more introverted. That's always been a possibility…

starseerdrgn: Koboldrone (Default)

I'm using my MacBook Air and Mac Mini once again. Microsoft under Satya Nadella is proving to be more untrustworthy than it ever was under Steve Ballmer, with the company going in three different paths at the same time: open-sourcing some things, clamping down on others, and rendering their Windows project a mess. Windows 10 is trying to be an evergreen OS, much like the many web browsers out there.

The problem is that, like many people, I prefer some actual stability with my work environment, and Apple doesn't make drastic changes on OS X nearly as often as Microsoft does with Windows. For the most part, Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan) looks and acts like Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion), and even 10.4 (Tiger). There are always new features and apps (iCloud, Messages.app, etc…), but they don't change the entire OS to the point that you would need to train yourself again.

Apple keeps it simple, and that's a plus for someone like me.

Yes, I'm well aware that the hardware is more expensive, but at the same time, is that really a bad thing? If the hardware doesn't break for long periods (5 years or more), then I'm only having to pay for it occasionally. And it's not like I'll have to worry about the SSD in my MacBook, since I can boot from a USB 3 drive and continue like normal.

And of course, people will likely point out the massive failures from Apple (like the current "trash can" Mac Pro), but no good company is without its failures. It's what they do with those failures that determines how good they are.

Microsoft did good things under Ballmer, and often learned from their mistakes. I don't see that happening under Nadella, and I don't really see that happening in the FOSS world.

Plus, for people who take the piss out of me for going Mac instead of Linux, all I can say to that is this: "At least us Gentoo users can get things done, instead of fighting a losing war against piss-poor package managers. 🙃"

September 2017

S M T W T F S
     12
345 6789
10111213141516
17 181920212223
24252627282930

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Sep. 22nd, 2017 03:17 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios