Translation: PG&E has neglected maintenance and upgrades for so long that even with the spotlight on them it's going to take a *decade* to catch up.
"California Can Expect Blackouts For A Decade, Says PG&E CEO" n.pr/31oc020

@kyle I was surprised to find out the number of middle schoolers at my son's school who are using VPNs to get access to Instagram. Priorities.

Holy smokes.

LibreOffice runs on the Librem 5!

AND IT WORKS.

Saving files, opening files, typing... the UI is a bit cramped (it's a desktop app on a phone)... but hot-diggity! It works!

I've said it before and I'll say it again: the most persistent, resourceful and difficult adversaries to secure against are kids behind parental/school controls and employees behind corporate firewalls: washingtonpost.com/technology/

Giving users the power to moderate their own feeds is the key. Centralized moderation will always be flawed--a company can never represent your sensitivities as well as you and your peers (and will likely bow to outside pressure to censor, whether it's China or groups of users).
vice.com/en_us/article/a35yke/

This is among the reasons I never post pictures of my son. I understand and accept risks to my own identity, but I don't own his online identity--I'm merely a steward of it until he's an adult. I hope at that point I can hand it off to him untarnished and unexploited.
nytimes.com/interactive/2019/1

Step 1: Get in da choppah
Step 2: Get over da volcano
There is no step 3!

The very rare Goth sea turtle only visits beaches as black as its soul.

Yes, we know you're excited; Yes, you can see the anodized chassis we got into this Aspen batch; Yes, we are asking you to be patient as we incrementally ship through tens of thousands of Librem 5 phones over the next handful of months; Yes, you will get yours. Yes, you will be impressed. @purism

It's called because it's finally cold enough to walk around in a black hoodie.

An amazing fact about this calculator: not only does it work without batteries, it works without access to my address book, location, and photo album! They were advanced in the olden days.

Today's antique store find: an Addiator Duplex mechanical computer!

They were made in Germany from 1920 to the 1980s (obsoleted by electronic calculators). This one is from the '50s or later, due to "West Germany" reference in the instructions.

My run through of the Librem 5 privacy and security-focussed mobile phone... What a joy to finally have it in my hands! My congratulations to the extraordinary team at Purism.
invidio.us/watch?v=Gvnt78mK-Ac

My son successfully navigated my "MacGuyver obstacle course" featuring a lockpick set high out of reach, bomb-diffusing clues inside a padlocked bag, and a snap circuits "bomb" behind a locked bathroom door.

Sure, Spot is creepy, but on the plus side I'd be one step closer to owning my own "Rat Thing" and turning my van into Ng's "wheelchair" from Snow Crash! youtube.com/watch?v=wlkCQXHEgj

Beat SMB1 in front of my family and almost beat it second time through in crazy fast beetle mode (died at 8-4).

The first Librem 5 smartphones are shipping puri.sm/posts/first-librem-5-s “This is a big moment, not just for us as a company, but for everyone concerned about issues of privacy, security, and user freedom. The Librem 5 represents years of work, building the software and hardware required to make this phone a reality.” - Todd Weaver, founder and CEO of

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