The Need for a Return to the Desktop Computer

Friday December 4, 2020 — oldfolio

Some reflections on the future of computing at the Miscellaneous Stuff blog:

The future of personal computing looks rather bleak to me... They are making it harder and harder for us to do what we want with our computers. They are successfully taking away our general-purpose computers and replacing them with little more than Internet appliances...

I am not looking forward to a near-term future in which my operating system is so locked down that I cannot install the software I want. Many have already reached this future.

Tags: tech-trends Site Colophon

Wednesday November 11, 2020 — oldfolio

From Carl Svensson:

Too many pages rely far too heavily on a presumptive user having the latest browser, fastest computer and highest bandwidth.

The whole article is worth a read -- as are Svensson's other musings.

Tags: tech-trends


Friday November 6, 2020 — oldfolio

Over at Old Vintage Computing Research, Cameron Kaiser offers a nice comparative analysis of Gopher and the new Gemini protocal. As Kaiser puts it, "Gemini isn't going to displace Gopher — though in fairness nor does it try — because it just simply doesn't scratch the same itches." The whole article is well worth a read.

Tags: gopher

The Original Bashblog

Thursday July 9, 2020 — oldfolio

One more change to the blog: I originally started this blog simply in order to experiment with David Wallin’s revision of Carlos Fenollosa’s bashblog script. Wallin had wanted to add more features without undermining the simplicity of Fenollos’a original script. Both scripts are actively maintained, and both are great tools for creating simple, static blogs. I do not really need the extra features that Wallin wanted to introduce, and since I am always trying to “simplify, simplify” I decided to switch from using Wallin’s script to using Fenollosa’s script to generate this blog. At this point, though, there is not much difference. Fenollosa’s script is 1194 lines where Wallin’s is 1267 lines.

Tags: blog-platforms

Moving the Blog to Github

Friday July 3, 2020 — oldfolio

Cam’s $2.00 a year NAT VPSs are great. So, moving my blog from the VPS I am leasing from Cam to Github is not about any problem with Cam’s services. Instead, I am trying to wean myself off of Cloudflare services. Serving the blog from a NAT VPS requires using a service like Cloudflare’s IPv6 proxy feature which allows you to serve IPv6-only sites to IPv4-only clients. Moving to Github is a step toward eliminating my use of Cloudflare. Moving to Github also means that I can continue to manage the blog from home and push any updates I make from home to the Git repository.

Tags: site-hosting