#DeleteFacebook and FOSTA/SESTA
posted March 28, 2018
We, each and every one of us, need to make the decision to move to free, open source, and decentralized online services.
It will be painful. It will be difficult. It may mean giving up some comforts, like sending money instantly to friends without fees.
It is also the only way to prevent some seriously bad things from happening.
Inciting Events In recent weeks, two major things happened:
Facebook’s business model - gathering as much information about you as possible, then selling it - was used in a totally predictable way that, nonetheless, nobody seemed prepared for.
U2F Zero in Firefox
posted March 26, 2018
I recently got a U2F Zero, a tiny (about 2 inches long) and cheap (about 8 dollars) device implementing the FIDO Universal Second Factor protocol. It’s open source, too, which is awesome.
I primarily use Firefox. Unfortunately, Firefox doesn’t support U2F out of the box; you have to enable security.webauth.u2f in about:config.
Once enabled, I tried to register it with GitHub. Unfortunately, it kept on failing, despite the little green light on the U2F Zero going blue.
A Methodology for Fontconfig Editing
posted March 07, 2018
One of the hardest parts about building beautiful Linux systems is fonts. Fonts on Linux are generally handled with fontconfig. Unfortunately, fontconfig has no real GUI editors or usable interactive configuration tools, so users are expected to manually edit XML configuration files.
As with most Unix styling topics, Eevee has a great piece on fontconfig’s complexities. She digs into how to disable and re-configure fonts, how to set fallbacks, and how to verify that the correct resolution order is set.
Modding, Vim, i3, and Efficiency
posted March 06, 2018
I spend a great deal of time modding my Linux machine. Practiced by many Linux users, modding is the process of making a Linux installation pretty, by changing the color schemes, fonts and font sizes, icons, default applications, and the desktop background. As a noun, a mod is the final product of that process: a computer system which looks pretty while remaining functional. For example, here are screenshots of my two most recent mods.
BattleDome VR, a Review
posted June 16, 2017
I hadn’t really decided whether or not I liked Battle Dome until I punched a wall with my Vive wand while trying to poke my rifle out from behind cover to distract the sniper that was killing all my teammates. Then I decided I liked it very, very much.
Battle Dome, available on Steam, is a 5v5 first person shooter that manages to combine all the best elements of VR with a solid core of multiplayer shooter gameply.