An E-book reader.
Because this is my first e-reader, I can't judge it against it's peers. It works well.
It is spectacular hardware-wise. Its software works, but it is sometimes obviously or even critically lacking. It lacking a file browser and respecting directories is bad enough that I can't really use it for its intended purpose, and almost regret buying it.
todo - there are more notes to be added, I've just been busy/lazy.
This is a low-end low-cost laptop. It was on extreme sale, and as it has USB 3.1 it'll do fine.
Very highly recommended: This thing is awesome in every way. Exception: It's childishly-glossy.
Hardware > Android >
A mobile phone NFC device which provides buttons for macros.
Hardware > Phones >
A very inexpensive yet capable phone.
At a glance, it seems okay. Android and every app I've seen have many UI flaws, but that's not the X20's fault.
After a week of use, I have to say this is a fantastic phone. It's the perfect beginner's smartphone and there's nothing I've done that's been limited in any way whatsoever by its specifications. I have not run out of storage or memory.. not even close. Do note that I haven't played any games, and I probably never will.
I am really ticked that it doesn't have OTG support, so I can't use the microSD for anything but charging. Powering off, pulling my charging dongle out, removing the half-case, removing the battery cover, removing the battery and moving the CD card back and forth is an awful, awful, way for me to edit files.
TODO - import more of its archived text
This is on my list of books to re-read.
Entertainment > Reading >
A book on the history of the demoscene.
This is on history and itself has become a collectable piece of it. I bought and read this years ago.. probably in 2007 or thereabouts.
- aka Freax volume 1. - A brief history of the computer demoscene
- by by Tamas Polgar, aka Tomkatz / Madwizards
- Copyright and published by CWS Verlag
- ISBN (blank)
Available as an e-book.
The show was cancelled after two seasons, at which time I stopped caring enough that when I learned it had been un-cancelled I continued to not care.
Entertainment > Television >
A psychologically-disturbed young man's fantasies spiral out of control as he pursues a lunatic's dream for economic anarchy.
Fast and loose. This is one of those shows which tries to cash in on this generation's theme of general discontent. It generally fails. More-or-less entertaining.
For everyday people this is somewhat recommended. For fans of psychological stuff, and anti-corporatism, this is somewhat recommended. For people who know enough about computers but don't like psychological stuff or anti-corporatism, I do not recommend this.
Security > Computer security > The Chain of Trust >
Various notes on using passwords and passphrases.
Random notes regarding real-world security
This is yet another article that sat around as a draft for far too long. I'm pushing it out, it seems alright to me.
The problem with big guys picking on little guys is that the little ones play by different rules.
When reacting, the little guy has no choice but to go straight to asymmetric warfare. In the case of anti-culture corporate actions, by far the most effective tool has been the Streisand effect.
So when an individual's specific action is threatened, that action is given over to the swarm. The threat turns the snake into a hydra.