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On 01/25/2014 05:46 PM, Girvin Herr wrote:

I have been working with general purpose computers since the mid 70s and
made a pretty good career out of it until I retired 10 years ago.  I
don't do facebook because it violates my computer security rules and I
strongly disagree with facebook's data-mining business model.

In my view, the reason email, BBs, and forums like this one seem to be
out of favor is that general purpose computers are becoming dinosaurs in
favor of mainstream ipads and smart phones.  Last year I upgraded my
10-year-old desktop computer and discovered new components are becoming
difficult to find.  This may be the last time I can upgrade it, since I
suspect in 10 years, the desktop computer will not be available.  That
gives me a warm fuzzy, but then in 10 years I may not care.

I keep hearing this, and it is quite true that many people, your average
consumer whatever, are using their smartphones and tablets more to access internet stuff.
But, there's a whole lot of things I do with a computer that are simply
not practically or ergonomically appropriate for a tablet or phone.
I'm certainly not going to hack on a phone, or work on a tablet.
I am a professional translator, hobby web/software developer.
I type thousands of words/day for my work, and need a real keyboard,
not some 5inch touchpad on a phone.

I mean, are people going to write their thesis on a tablet?
Write a novel on a phone?
And that's just writing stuff...what about all the complex
mathematical stuff done in the sciences...
I don't think astronomers are going to be crunching Hubble data on an iPhone.

The way I see it, if someone only allows responses from me via facebook
and/or twitter, then they don't get a response, which effectively
self-limits their help.

With this, I wholeheartedly agree.
I do not use FB, G+, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, SnapChat, WhatsApp, or any other corporate fascist owned "social network" (corporate feedlot).

I DO use forums, friendica, redmatrix, libertree, pumpio, statusnet,
and other free/open source, decentralized, federated networking platforms, however.

No borrowed "cloud" storage, either. I will host and control my own data, thank you. These corporate fascists want to own all your data, not only to have full access to it, but also so you are dependent upon them.
We're all smart enough to see the evils in vendor lock-in, monopolies,
and corporate manipulation, or we wouldn't be using LibreOffice;
we'd be using MSOrifice.
So why would we be on Facebook?
We need fewer corporate fascist monopolies, more freedom and self-determination.

but this is all largely OT...sorry


translations, localization,
multilingual web development

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