Jay Little - Software Obsessionist
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So Long and Thanks For All the Fish 2020/4/17 2:45 PM
This last month has been a wild ride. It's been extremely eye opening as well. Needless to say while I'm still processing a lot of this, I have come to the decision that its time to change the nature of this website. UPDATE 5/3: I have decided to scale
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Coronavirus: Deniers, Civil Liberties and Survival of the Species 2020/4/7 3:42 PM
One debate that keeps rearing its ugly head is the one about just how far society should go to combat the Coronavirus. Practically everybody I know is debating this in some form or another and the debates are often full of vitriol and exceptionally stron
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Mongrels 2020/4/4 12:08 AM
The world outside is dark and gray Even as the sun fuels spring awakening A pandemic forced us indoors to consider Every piece of humanity we have forsaken The downtrodden poor and robber barons All keep playing the worlds zero sum game While the rest of
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Coronavirus: Dark Humor is My Anti-Depressant of Choice 2020/3/25 2:44 PM
So as I'm sure all of my readers realize, these last few weeks have been deeply depressing for everybody. I miss the days where my biggest concern for the day was what video game I was going to play / stream after I finished work. Now out of both sheer
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Coronavirus: Adapt or Die 2020/3/21 8:34 PM
The global pandemic known as the Coronavirus is moving faster than anything you or I have ever seen over the course of our lives. It's devouring every social, government and economic system it touches. By extension it is touching all of us and forcing u
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Coronavirus: Its Time to Get Real And Self Quarantine 2020/3/15 3:58 PM
As I'm sure everybody reading this knows, the Coronavirus is wrecking havoc around the globe. It doesn't matter what country you are in, what political ideology you follow or what economic class you belong to, this is a serious pandemic and it's spreadin
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No Matter How Much You Want To... You Can Never Go Back 2020/3/12 10:37 PM
I haven't posted anything here in over a month but rest assured that isn't because I don't have anything to say. It's been a chaotic, busy and unrewarding month. Ultimately I've decided to hunker down and be grateful for the things I do have at least fo
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Knowing and Living With Your Boundaries 2020/2/2 2:45 PM
Whether we like to admit it or not, we all have boundaries. Part of growing older is being able to identify and knowing how to address our boundaries. Sometimes we find ways to transcend those boundaries and other times we discover, often as part of a p
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Bah Humbug: Keeping it Real on Christmas 2019/12/25 12:57 AM
So here I am sitting in an AirBnb on Christmas Eve in North Augusta on my laptop while Annette is watches Wheel of Fortune as she likes to do on weeknights. Inside I'm trying to mentally prepare myself for a full day of Christmas related events and visits
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Why I Can't STFU And Just Code A Solution To Your Problems 2019/12/12 4:21 PM
So over the years I've had a number of people tell me that I tend to focus on the negative aspects rather than the positive aspects of situations. This feedback has been relayed to me on both professional and personal levels. Let me tell you: That this
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Paradise Reclaimed: Retro Gaming, FPGAs and the MiSTer 2019/11/16 1:49 PM
So in light of the exceptionally serious posts that have graced the front page of this site over the last month I have decided to do something a little different today. Consider this my official attempt to remind you all that I am actually capable of doi
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The Sad Saga of Purism and the Librem 5 : Part 3 2019/10/25 9:20 PM
This post marks the third in my series about the sad saga of Purism and the Librem 5. If you haven't read the first or second posts yet, I highly recommend that you click here and then click here. Give them both at least a quick skim before reading this
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The Sad Saga of Purism and the Librem 5 : Part 2 2019/10/25 9:54 AM
This post marks the second in my series about the sad saga of Purism and the Librem 5. If you haven't read the first post yet, I highly recommend that you click here. Give it at least a good skim before reading this one as it contains important backgrou
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The Sad Saga of Purism and the Librem 5 : Part 1 2019/10/23 6:25 PM
Today I'm going to tell you a sad tale of a device called the Librem 5 and the company behind it, Purism. As of right now, this story does not have a happy ending. I am writing this series of articles as a protest against the behavior of Purism, a compa
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The Modern Web Is A Quagmire, So I Embraced NoScript 2019/8/21 5:38 PM
If you are a regular visitor, you know that I normally I update my site with new content on a monthly basis. However the events of the last 24 hours have compelled me to break with tradition and reach out to the wider world as soon as possible. I already
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The Cloud, The Indoctrinated and Their Shared Folly 2019/8/15 10:20 PM
Over the past few years, I've spent a lot of time speaking to the dangers of our current blind obsession with the cloud and all it has to offer. Professionally I've experienced life on both sides of the fence: I've seen this problem from the perspective
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My Modern Gaming Escape Plan 2019/7/16 11:57 PM
Most who know me have at some time or another heard me profess my love for Retro and Indie gaming. At the heart of this love however is a growing and increasingly cancerous disdain for modern gaming that I have finally decided to no longer ignore. Now I
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Why I Push Back 2019/6/20 11:17 PM
A number of people I know have asked me why I feel so strongly about particular tech issues that I feel compelled to take action. A number of those people have also informed me that my practice of maintaining a ban list of companies and products that I r
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Google Finally Reveals Its Endgame with Chrome 2019/5/31 12:34 PM
Earlier this year in January, Google publicly toyed with making some changes to its Extension WebRequest API that would effectively kill off reputable ad-blockers. This announcement was met with much sound and fury and Google appeared to fold after a few
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How Proprietary Tech Was Used to Summarily Execute Huawei 2019/5/21 12:36 PM
So for this month's blog post, I've decided to tackle a bit of tech drama that has been brewing for awhile. In case you didn't know, the Chinese telecom/tech company Huawei has been repeatedly accused by the US government of spying on their customers at
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Reality vs Idealism Equals Burnout 2019/4/10 6:20 PM
In today's irregularly scheduled pontification, I'm going to be addressing a subject that I have been personally struggling with for the majority of my career. When it comes to expectations in software development, I have recently realized that holding o
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Privacy is Dead and Nobody Cares 2019/3/19 10:41 PM
Over the last few years I have chronicled my struggle to maintain my privacy while maintaining an effective online presence. If you are an avid reader, you know that I believe that I am fighting a losing battle. Today marks the beginning of a new chapte
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Grappling with Anti-Intellectualism and Tribalism, a Deadly Cocktail 2019/2/21 10:28 PM
One of the more disturbing trends I have been forced to grapple with over the course of my life is the trend of anti-intellectualism. Over the last few decades being characterized as intelligent or an intellectual has fallen out of vogue. This trend has
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Alex Jones, Patreon and the Technocrats of Silicon Valley 2018/12/24 1:46 AM
In an effort to be stunningly clear, I'm going to iterate my three major points up front. I want to ensure that the signal does not get lost within the noise. First off, I despise Alex Jones and virtually every single opinion the man has. Secondly, fre
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Titles, Bureaucracy and Devaluing Everything that Matters 2018/12/6 7:40 PM
Recently a few colleagues whom I used to work with, all of which work for the same company, began complaining and/or commenting on a new initiative they were grappling with. Prior to this point, most of the Software Engineers in the company had the job t
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