Digg Reader is shutting down.

The free Digg Reader will cease to exist

Yes, I still use an RSS reader in the year 2018. (How else does one keep up with XKCD?) My mistake, after the Google Reader shutdown, was to use a another free product. Kicking the can down the road never works out, I hear you say and rightly so.

Once upon a time, I had a hand-rolled RSS reader built on Magpie RSS. Putting aside the fact that it was PHP, it worked well enough to present the web in a chronological format. Maybe it’s time party like the 90s and roll my own reader again. I’m sure there’s an NPM library for that. (And sure enough.)

CIFS troubleshooting on Ubuntu 17.10.

After finally updating to Ubuntu 17.10, my SMB network shares couldn’t mount. The magic sudo mount -a only returned a marvelously unhelpful “mount error(95): Operation not supported” message.

Excessive Googling led me to discover that “they’ve changed the default dialect to SMB3”. Whoever “they” are, I have a small reasonable rant some feedback: This isn’t Debian Unstable, yeah? Please don’t break shit like this too often.

To fix SMB ‘dialect’ issues, you need to edit your /etc/fstab file to add vers=1.0 to the comma-delimited list of mount options. After which, sudo mount -a will restore your network shares.

On AMP, Mozilla, and ‘fixing the web’…

I have no doubt that the engineers working on AMP have the best of intentions. We are all pursuing the same ends. We all want a faster web. But we disagree on the means. If Google search results gave preferential treatment to any fast web pages, that would be fine. But by only giving preferential treatment to pages written in a format that they created, and hosted on their own servers, they are effectively forcing everyone to use AMP.

On the artisanal economy…

Traditional neoclassical economics treats work as a cost – something that people have to do in order to get money. This old-fashioned view survives in economic models, yet, as the growing appetite for artisanal work shows, it is so simplistic as to be misleading. Craft is, in general, far less well-paid than professional work. Yet the benefits it offers – the satisfaction of controlling one’s own destiny, acquiring a range of skills, creating beautiful and delicious things, forming friendships with suppliers and customers – make up for the reduced incomes and ensure that there is a small, steady migration of professionals into the craft economy.