So the response to potential monopoly issues with your competitor is to... firm up your own monopoly? ft.com/content/fd311801-e863-4

What I do wish is that there could be a viable alternative as far as the completeness of the ecosystem. Google is, frankly, close (and arguable has much better services) but the issues that come along with putting my data in Google just aren't worth it to me.

Today I have a mash of tools that really work, at least so far. I worry if it will all work when I start traveling again but that's a bridge I can cross when I get there.

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My final straw was when I needed the 4th keyboard replacement on my top-of-the-line 15" 2016 MBP in 2 years. That was beyond unacceptable. Add in things like a useless touchbar and bugs galore such as losing synced notes, reminders and more and I don't regret leaving apple

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I stumbled on this this morning and it describes, almost to the letter, my own experience with Apple and why I left its ecosystem.

TL;DR: They don't build 'em like they used to (though they still charge as if they do).

zdnet.com/article/why-i-may-du

Not sure if people heard about the vote in Chile to completely rewrite the Pinochet-era constitution. It is very exciting. This is a good listen about the campaign that lead up to the historic vote soundcloud.com/miradaspodcast/

"Chile, which was the laboratory for neoliberalism, needs to be the laboratory for democracy... In order for the people to have real power/the system to be accountable...people need to be organized--not just vote the preference....move from expression to decision."

About that water they found on the moon 

Something I just learned:in 1976 the Soviet Union returned regolith from the moon and found they contained water in roughly the same concentrations as revealed yesterday.

They published their finding in 1978 but scientists in the West either didn’t know about it or dismissed the findings as contaminated samples.

phys.org/news/2012-06-soviet-m

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Programming in 2020:

Can't wait to boot up my APPLE to open up my MICROSOFT text editor and GOOGLE for solutions to FACEBOOK's technical debt in my MICROSOFT repository so I can deploy to AMAZON and I'll pay GOOGLE and FACEBOOK for the privilege of getting site traffic to show my visitors ads.

@baturkey I can't speak to Emacs but I was quite happy with Hugo and it's syntax highlighting

Another order shipped to me via DHL means more time spent dealing with their support as I'll never get it.

@person @gray I wasn't familiar with that one. I'll take a look. Thanks

@gray I tried an Amazfit a few months back... Sent it back quickly for more reasons than I can fit in here. I'm really thinking Garmin might be my next option, one of their simpler bands that is. We'll see.

@sean But now you'll have a great "back in my day" story to pull out in 20 years

I switched auto-delete services on Twitter before I started my Twitter break on the 14th. Realized it was still logged in on one machine this morning and there were a few DMs. I wonder how many I missed that the new service already nuked?

@brainblasted @jk Oh nice! Here's to hoping I get a shipping notice on mine soon as well!

So, the #RIAA 'case' against #youtubedl seems to be based on not understanding how developers work when they test their code. Le Sigh. But also #WhereIsMySurprisedFace

Big fat thank you to @janoszen@twitter.com
for all the work here.

gist.github.com/janoszen/d5d1a

@gray We're at the same point, after just about as long, with Fitbit. Add to that the Google buyout and I don't know where to go next. As it's the one device that has helped me get moving more, though, I know I want to get something.

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