Microsoft Buys GitHub

For me, it’s a yeah-boo. Microsoft seems to do well with their acquisitions, staying true to founder DNA, just as quietly having converted to the evangel of Open Source as the Hippies quietly put on their shirts and ties in the 1970s and slipped out the back door to work. It’s a welcome change.

Microsoft would have my support if Windows became a fully-open Linux-ready, robust platform, supporting both Debian and RPM install packages. If “cloud as a service” is the monetizable future as much as purported by the roadmap form the closet Microsoft cult members leading FaithLife (owners of the good old classic Logos Bible software)—well, then Microsoft should go fully Open Source anyway.

I still hold a grudge against Microsoft for Bill Gates’ dream of a population reduced by billions of people, not to mention how Gates killed IBM’s robust OS/2—along with many great software startups—with his lies about the Windows 3 release timeline. Gates has a two-word legacy: deception and murder.

Then, there’s the whole manual updates on Windows 10. Apparently Microsoft developers never fly on airplanes where computers need to be shut off when the captain wants them off, not when Windows Update decides to allow.

Others feel the same way. But hey, nobody’s perfect. Let’s think happy thoughts so no one accuses us of being “negative”.

I hope and pray the best for GitHub, the latest acquisition of Microsoft and all it stands for. It will need all the prayer it can get. My projects will continue on GitHub until something better comes along. GitHub has been really good to me and I truly believe Microsoft will continue that and only help. It’s not Microsoft’s roadmap for GitHub that concerns me, but Bill Gate’s roadmap for the world. With all the “friends” Gates is so good at alienating, GitHub could see a new rival immanently. With the right UI, Fossil could become the next widely-used platform. But, I don’t plan to jump ship anytime soon.

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Net Neutrality: A Letter to Congress

This is my letter to Congressman John Mooleanaar, May 17, 2018

Congressman Mooleanaar,

I am writing about the recent “Net Neutrality” issue. I believe that some aspects of this issue should be bipartisan, including a Conservative flavor. I myself am a Conservative in every way I imagine.

The Declaration of Independence references “Laws the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good”. I believe that this includes preventing monopolies and de facto utilities, such as many Internet giant companies have become, including ISP and Social Media giants like Google and Facebook. The Constitution protects the people, from government by creating checks and balances, and from fascism (private wealth and corporate money) by creating a government to prevent monopoly. It is freedom of the people to grant final consent for governance of their own freedoms, not “all powers surrendered to the private sector”, that makes one a Conservative.

So, Conservative ideology, as I just described it, must defend the Net Neutrality issue.  · · · →

After Ubuntu 18.04

Ubuntu 18.04 is great! I’ve beta tested it, tweaked Vrk (my desktop quick setup app at http://verb.ink) to recognize the new desktop features, and it all just works! Bravo Mark, loved Unity with certain desktop setting tweaks from Vrk, but it’s great that GNOME has been “Unity-ized” for more of what everyone wants and one less desktop environment for me to support for Vrk.

Now, can we all please take a break from this “perfect desktop push”?

Don’t get me wrong, I want to come back to desktop and I even have a few priorities I’ll describe here. But, there are other issues with Linux on desktop computing, mainly more external hard disk support and printing.

Linux started as terminal work, just like DOS back in the early 90s. OS2 was a dream that should have been, Windows 95 broke the mold, which even Linux desktop systems still use (the ‘Start’ menu as a one-for-all resource and right-click context menus).  · · · →

Why Some Conservatives Hate Trump

I wrote this after thinking about Rush’s second hour on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. He discussed a survey question by Axios/SurveyMonkey, “Do you want another Republican to challenge President Trump for the party’s nomination in 2020?” reported in the Axios article Younger Republicans want an alternative to Trump and asked: Why Do Millennial Republicans Despise Trump?

The Conservative “never-Trumpers” are easy to understand when we consider leaders like John Sculley of Apple and Roger Smith of General Motors.

Sometimes, they are all “team-shmeam”: Go-along to get-along, be “diplomatic” until/so-that the cows come home, compromise on your values until the other guy “understands” you, and never take a stand for what you believe because that would alienate the people you want to convert.

Other times, they are well-read, engaging in deep discussion, hyper-analytical, love public-funding (even as Republicans or ‘Conservative’ Democrats), and often achieve some very remarkable things we respect them for.  · · · →