Over on Slashdot there is an article about an IP saga of sorts between Wix and the makers of WordPress. While the Slashdot title accuses Wix of “stealing” code, not even WordPress’s Matt Mullenweg accused him of that in the original post. What happened is pretty simple. The Wix engineers decided to wrap a WordPress rich text control so it would work well with React Native. The Wix engineers made that project under an MIT license and then dutifully used it in their proprietary iOS application. The WordPress control they wrapped was licensed under GPL, and that is where the problem is.
With the release of the latest MacBook Pro’s Apple has finally returned to some semblance of modernity with their product line in the laptop regime. They have left their desktop line to languish at least for another six months though. That makes my recent purchase of a Hackintosh Rig (that I admittedly still happily run Linux on without even considering the need to go back to OSX) seem like an even better idea. Even with my embrace of Linux I still would have kicked myself if a dream iMac came forward, but thankfully nope! Which brings me back to the latest laptops. They are obviously a welcome upgrade to a laptop line that time forgot. They have some very neat features. They have the usual Apple Tax, in this case about $400 for a comparably priced Dell and about the same dollar price for a much better System 76 laptop. But Apple has far better battery life than either of those two machines ever would.
Is it a great upgrade? Yes. Is it worth the money? Probably/maybe/depends. Is it something I’m dying to buy? No. At this point none of the Apple laptop offerings are drawing me in. My MacBook Air mostly gets the job done, even if it’s starting to show it’s five year age. But the processor isn’t the thing that’s killing me, it’s mostly the memory limit when I try to run VMs. So to spend $1500-$1800 just to fix that problem seems outrageous. At this point I’m going to go with my original plan: play around with my seven year old Dell running Linux and then give a System 76 laptop for a whirl.
Years ago I remember reading a blog article on this family that generated almost no trash. I was picturing some very granola hippy family in a house with soft lighted wooden rooms and homemade furniture; sort of a hunting log cabin meets Swiss Family Robinson. I ran across this video of the family and their actual lifestyle is not even remotely like that. Instead this family lives a very normal urban lifestyle. She doesn’t spend her time accommodating her zero waste lifestyle, it actually saves her time. It doesn’t cost a fortune to do things this way her spending is down 40% from where it was originally. As a person that generates far more waste than the average consumer and spends way too much on too much crap that I don’t need I like the idea of exploring her methodologies as a way to reduce that and maybe move towards the principles of Voluntary Simplicity that I found so intriguing years ago but that I have in recent years totally divested myself of.
I’ve been prepping for potentially jumping from iPhone to Android for my personal phone. I’m getting sick of the quality of iOS and apps going down. I’m getting sick of vendor lock. My problem with vendor lock has a lot to do with a feeling that I’m not in control of my data. Based on what I’ve been reading, and this article on TechCrunch it seems like the problem is becoming far more exacerbated on Android with the Google platform. I could already see it with the latest service offerings that Google has been pitching with the new Pixel. As I played around with the Google apps it seems they were at least as wonky if not more so and on top of that they seem to be far more invasive about how they deal with your data. They also seem to do a lot more of the insipid “opting out” versus “opting in” problem that I see on iOS. While I may be buying into a supposedly more open platform, would I be doing it at the expense of my own data control? Do I need to look further than Android to Ubuntu phones or something? SMH.
With a wedding and honeymoon now out of the way it’s time to get back to being serious about my fitness levels again. Yes, I was able to not go totally off the rails over the last few months but I had a bit of a fitness deficit to work out of to begin with. All of the excuses, legitimate or otherwise, are now gone. No, I’m not going to do an experiment. No, I’m not going to be targeting some specific weight loss, muscle increase, or performance goals. I’m instead taking the tools that I’ve applied to those sorts of expeditions and applying that to a more general concept.