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Ug the acer ferrari, it was accidentally like a real ferrari:

Acer was probably the worst manufacturer at that time and needed to put a desktop CPU in. They didn't put any hardware/firmware throttle in so they would overheat and trigger the CPU thermal limit if you could not install an OS fast enough.

When our procurement office let us choose them as one of the few options, I assumed it meant someone in procurement was having a midlife crisis.

Why not just put stickers on a run-of-the-mill look laptop to personalize it? Having some different colors within the same model might be a slight improvement in cheerful looking meetings, but procurement generally can't be bothered with extra constraints like making sure the right computer goes to the right person.


This seems like an install/setup guide for an alternate package manager that installs an almost normal webserver?

I don't really get what yunohost is supposed to be providing AFA simplifying the experience, given it is apparently not it's own bootable image of a distribution.

I think most existing distributions have a webserver that comes up and serves a directory in /var and they don't serve any PHP. Unless you know php or want to do click and pray with wordpress, I would consider no PHP/etc and no enabled modules the right config to start a home blog.

As such, I think this is really too advanced for the stated audience and more of a description of a possible later option.


The condenast cookie settings has an interesting anti-pattern. A left/right toggle where some direction must mean off.


I think the little Arm boards are good enough now for surfing, etc.. But for a desktop with lots of RAM and cores an AMD Ryzen would be good.

The only use I really have for a lot of cores is compiling the software I am using on the machine, which seems like circular reasoning for consumption, particularly since browsers and such things with long compile times are things I least want to contribute to.


I find this article a bit disappointing compare to earlier ones from the same blog.

To summarize my dislike, I find the premise that:

1. Trying to get free as in beer CPanel style service while using Tor for your own privacy and wanting family to accept unsigned certificates as a sign of trust in you. The innapropriate trust is in a hosting company with an unclear business model which can include relying on grey areas to sell MITM access to a 3rd party for injection of spyware downloads.

I find this markedly worse than the pre-existing standard:

2. Forcing friends and family to accept your preferred large provider for file sharing or photos that is probably giving you several gb for free and has some reputation to maintain for their freemium upsell.

I would have preferred:

3. Using classic shell access ~/public_html from some small UNIX community or other non commercial site.

4. Using more unusual setups to introduce friends and family to p2p networks, filesystems and similar.


Good stuff, I also find Arch Linux's documentation fun and absorbing (and quite often a sufficient overview when looking into configuration) even though I've never really used Arch.

One thing I find interesting is older/slower recycled hardware and configuring/compiling everything yourself hit the same kind of yankee conservativism for me, but don't work so well together unless you go to pretty extreme minimalism, such as never using the large evergreen browsers (which can take a week to build on older hardware) or fancy compilers.

In the distant past, I used gentoo and treated a constant build cycle as its own sort of meditation. More recently, I moved to nixos and accepting it's defaults builds (and therefore cached builds) as a sort of bug oriented version of Occam's razor. The least changed system is the least likely to exhibit an unreported problem.. But it is hard to resist the pull of testing builds which brings in the draw of the best tools which is sadly still the newest instead of quality tools that last in a more traditional trade.


On the netbook theme, it was originally Microsoft that used licensing to limit the amount of RAM they could ship with (1gb?) and support(2gb). This made it impractical to sell anything in the low end on screen size, etc, but above their limit on RAM. It was already impractical to sell anything but windows unless you sold no Windows or AMD if you sold any Intel.. So Microsoft/Intel licensing and illegal behaviors kept a gap in every vendors product line between terrible and medium range for as long as they could.

I think in the next phase, the factor was Intel, older Celerons support more RAM, but Intel realized cpu constraints were no longer as significant as memory constraints, so maxing out RAM on an economy system was outperforming their middle range.

The vendors themselves are IMO far too disorganized to be behind these factors, the death of the desktop/pc is largely about consumers avoiding the results of tactics organized by Intel and Microsoft to maximize their own slices that the vendors got no piece of. The only real exception is clutterware, but even that was probably tolerated and maybe encouraged by Microsoft. They had an interest in obfuscating sources of clean media aside from paying them directly at the time and it also let them claim vendors had sources of income to seek out and later to redirect blame.


Tough to say, I kind of like what shows up here about half the time, which is a higher percentage than other sites but still an article every few weeks?

I'd say things that don't fit on lobsters due to site policy and are a bit more eclectic than hackernews.. I.e. no commercial potential computing.. maybe some other STEM topics?

I'm interested in peripheraly following what's going on with guix, *bsds, gopher,, etc, but not enough to seek out and evaluate summaries, blogs, etc. Similarly for topics like hobby languages and compilers, embedded, etc.


Do you find any of that here?


2 points by posix on Sept 14, 2020

Not really, I find enough compatible with those themes in things like cheapskate guide.

I took your question of what I would like to see to mean what nitches could laarc become known for given what the larger sites cover. If it sails along as is, I also don't see much point.


The question was intended as "what should I be looking to post", since very, very few of my posts seem to get any responses. But with your list of things you're interested in, it seemed clear that very little of it turns up here.

There's very little traffic, and I'm wondering what the few people here are interested in. The lack of traffic is ... troubling. I'm not finding much of interest, and I'm thinking about giving up, but unwilling to do so without giving it a "proper go".


2 points by posix on Sept 16, 2020

My perspective is that the volume is low enough that one reposter or even one blogger greatly influences the average direction of the site.

In that sense, I think someone going in a niche direction with posts could give a niche that interests them (and is not the main perspective of some larger site) a try on this site and have a slight headstart on bringing that niche to the larger sites..

The opposite direction for this site, would be if everything on HN were reposted here or with equal chance.. Then the site/community has no specific direction of its own, and why make comments here that could be made in the larger community with the same general focus?


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