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Suggestions for digitizing documents?

What hardware and software do you use for digitizing your documents? …

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This is exactly the type of info I was hoping to find, thank you!

I found only one Low-Income Designated CDFI in my area. I think there’s a real void here. I need to find a volunteer opportunity or another way to connect with financial leaders in my area to learn more about my local credit unions and maybe help direct more funds towards serving the community.

It’s kind of disappointing that there aren’t better options in my area, but it is also reassuring to know I’m not just cynical! Thank you!


Which bank or credit union do you use and why did you choose them?

I’m looking to switch credit unions, but I’m finding the process dispiriting. There is no shortage of competing financial institutions in my part of the United States, but no institutions open to the public seem to be doing anything exciting, progressive, or seriously systemically beneficial to thei…

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I am not aware of any crypto consensus algorithm that is not regressive. This is an argument against all cryptocurrencies and blockchains, not just Proof of Stake.

What has proven far more equitable than any decentralized consensus algorithm is a fiat currency issued and controlled by an institution accountable to a democratic constituency.


Proof of stake is fundamentally regressive. Literally, whomever has the most tokens also has the most governance weight. It is basically “1 dollar, 1 vote” rather than “1 person, 1 vote”.


There’s https://www.mercuryos.com/

Mercury OS is a speculative vision designed to question the paradigms governing human-computer interaction today.


If you’re wanting to self-host a cloud service, then Nextcloud is second to none. You can use NextCloud together with Cryptomator for easy client-side encryption, but If you need automatic syncing look into rclone instead.

If you are planning to use this for backups, check out borg backup and vorta(easy to use GUI for borg).


At least in my circles and where I live it’s pretty normal to shit on mainstream apps. Most people still use them, but if my opinion of those platforms comes up I never feel judged. In fact, since the social dilemma came out and after Facebook’s most recent controversies and name change I’ve heard more and more people speaking poorly of social-media, smart phones, and algorithms in general.

In my experience it’s almost as if using social-media is perceived the same as smoking was in the 80s-90s: everyone knows it’s terrible for you, but it’s normal. Now, in conversation there’s almost a prestige in saying “I don’t use Facebook” that causes people who do use Facebook to immediately justify using it by saying things like “Yeah, I only use it to keep in touch with family”, or “I don’t check it very often”.

Many of my friends and family half-joke about their addiction to their phones and apps, it seems pretty widely recognized now.

I don’t believe alternative apps, services, and platforms are necessarily better, so if I bring up the fediverse it’s usually in the context of me advocating for government forcing interoperability between social media sites to weaken the tech-giant oligopoly. Most people’s response is basically “huh, I didn’t even know that was possible”.

For using Linux I used to catch flak from my friends when trying to play games with them, but we don’t play games nearly as often anymore and anything we do play generally works on Linux now, so I don’t get teased anymore. Amongst every single non-techie friend I have they could not possible care less that I use Linux.


How did you become class conscious?

I was thinking this morning of when I first became class conscious. …

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My understanding is that voice interfacing is already the most common way to interact with a smartphone in China. Chinese (and other non-alphabetic languages) are notoriously tedious to type, and all sorts of keyboards have been invented to make it easier, but they all have a learning curve. Instead, it is far simpler to simply use voice recognition. Over the last decade many companies have pivoted their focus towards the Chinese economy, so a lot of the voice assistants, customer service platforms, and other software innovations we enjoy in the west are the direct result of companies trying to break into Chinese markets (and other emerging markets) with voice-driven designs that are accessible to billions of people for whom typing is an insurmountable friction.

Cliff Kuang and Robert Fabricant’s User Friendly is a really good book for learning about state of the art UI / UX design and the current trends that are likely to determine what our computer interfaces will look like in 2025 - 2030.

https://fuchsia.googlesource.com/ , Fuchsia - Wikipedia - Another really interesting project. This is Google’s new operating system they are building from scratch to replace Android, ChromeOS, Windows, and perhaps even server Linux. Fuchsia is being built from the ground up to replace the traditional desktop metaphor with a conversational or “story driven” metaphor instead. The ultimate goal is to be able to tell your computer in human language what you want it to do and have the computer do it. e.g. “Ok Google, open the survey results Sarah emailed to me. Ok, now plot a histogram with markings at each standard deviation, oh and a pie chart too. Great, save that and email it to Kyle.”

I’m not aware of what Microsoft, Apple, or any other tech giants might be working on, but Fuchsia is at least currently open source under BSD, MIT, and Apache 2.0 licenses.


I was looking into getting an eink display for my rasperberry pi so that I could have a minimalist terminal only computer similar to the light phone. Now, I’m really looking forward to getting a PineNote, loading a compatible distro on it, and avoiding having to build my own case!


I had never heard of Darebee before reading your comment. +1 for Darebee, I’ve had success with similar resources before, and I’m having fun starting Darebee thanks to you!


Thanks for the suggestion! On the surface it looks like such a cool organization, I picked up a copy of William & Kathleen Whyte’s Making Mondragon, I’m looking forward to reading it after the holidays.


Anyone know any good books about cooperatives & other collaborative business models?

There are libraries full of books written about hierarchical business methods, practices, and models. I’m curious to learn more about the practical application of alternative business models. …

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I first learned of Lenna from reading Emily Chang’s Brotopia. I highly recommend the book to anyone interested in understanding systems of oppression and how the tech ecosystem became how it is.


Audius currently does not compensate artists at all, paying artists isn’t implemented yet. It also facilitates piracy by not verifying artists and allowing anyone to upload copyrighted content, if illegal content is posted there is supposed to be an arbitration system, but that also isn’t implemented yet. What is implemented is their VIP tier scheme where you can show off how much disposable income you have by buying Audio tokens. It’s clear where their priorities lie!

An unfinished product not ready for prime time is fine, but the problem I have with Audius is their product is not at all minimally viable, but they’re rolling it out anyway. Artists are not compensated, there is no accountability for posting copyrighted material, and they are trying to entice users to buy into their currently useless audio token.


For <$200 I set up a Rpi4 with case and 1TB SSD as a nextcloudpi server, I love it. System load is almost always <0.50 even with multiple users, but the Rpi4 IO speed is definitely a bottle neck. Really curious how much better the IO speed is using the compute module; $450 is a little pricey for a Rpi and 2TB of SSDs, but definitely a cool project!


Alternatively, there was a company that dropped Linux support because Linux users were only ~1% of the playerbase yet they made up ~40% of bug reports. I think that article was posted on Lemmy last week?

It’s interesting how the same trend can cause totally different reactions.


They’ve likely been laying the groundwork for years, but the timing is certain to meet the expectations of cynics - after all, changing the company name after a scandal is the oldest trick in the book.

This simple rebranding will likely ease a lot of the public pressure on Facebook.


There’s no way to make a meme against a group or in support of an ideology without stripping away all the nuance and dehumanizing people. Many of the articles that are posted here are misleading and in some cases entirely untrue.

Yesterday, I down voted an article claiming “AP confirms no Uyghur genocide”. I read the cited AP article and found the post’s click bait title was completely false. The post’s author is pointing at a report that contradicts his beliefs and claiming that his beliefs are therefore correct because the article is lieing. It is fine to refute an article, but to twist an article’s words and then claim that the source says something it clearly doesn’t is just dishonest.

I believe misleading and dehumanizing posts should be downvoted in order to promote a space where diverse peoples can all feel welcome.


Seeing Crunch Bang in there I got excited that they may have restarted the distro, but it’s still dead unless you count bunsen labs.


Any cloud-based calendar is what you’re looking for. ProtonCalendar is a good one assuming you care about open-source. If you want something open and self-hosted check out Nextcloud / NextcloudPi (run server on a Raspberry pi). Next cloud has a calendar along with a bunch of other useful tools, and it’s pretty trivial to get set up for in-home use.


Just search “install steam Fedora” and the first result is https://itsfoss.com/install-steam-fedora/

In that guide it has the correct instructions to enable the RPMFusion repos, then install steam. It even the necessary terminal commands:

sudo dnf install https://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm https://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

sudo dnf install steam

Never mind that Linus could tweet “how do I install steam on Fedora?” or ask his live stream, he’d be flooded with the correct answer in like 3 seconds.


Kinda disappointed they shot down Fedora so quickly, that’s my favorite distro! I don’t think I’ve ever used a distro that “just worked” better than Fedora. I love that it does not adulterate packages with distro-specific theming, presets, or libraries / dependencies (eg. Livav), etc. that is relatively common practice on ubuntu-based distros. I’m going to change the default theme and settings anyway, so I’d rather use software untouched from upstream as much as possible to enjoy better stability and compatibility. Fedora packages are pretty much untouched from upstream and between rpmfusion, copr, and flatpak I have never encountered a third-party package that wasn’t easy to find and install.

If there’s a bug or incompatibility RedHat / Fedora is better about committing fixes upstream for all to benefit. This is opposed to Ubuntu who are infamous for having a very “fuck everyone else, we’re doing things our own way” attitude towards upstream, downstream, and the wider community (e.g. Mir).

Fedora is also the testing ground for RedHat / CentOS / RockyLinux which are the big enterprise Linux distros. Support and stability are paramount for RedHat, so in my experience it was always easy to find well-written documentation, and software compatibility with RedHat distros is really really good. Plus, the man, myth, and legend himself is a long-time Fedora user.