Lettuce eat lettuce

Always eat your greens!

  • 11 Posts
Joined 1 year ago
Cake day: July 12th, 2023


  • As much as I can get it, and more every year.

    All my computers run Linux exclusively. Gaming desktop, personal laptop, Steam Deck, work laptop, and all my servers in my home lab.

    Hypervisor is XCP-ng, VMs are a mix of Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and some random other Linux distros for testing and experimenting.

    My NAS is a TrueNAS Core box.

    I’m in the process of switching my router to PFSense.

    Phone is a Pixel 6a with GrapheneOS.

    Email, VPN, and cloud storage is Proton.

    Password manager is Bit Warden.

    Office docs are all Libre Office & Only Office.

    The only non-FOSS software I use constantly is Discord and Steam, and of course, most of the games I play. On my phone I have majority FOSS apps for everyday stuff, but some things are still proprietary.

  • I’ve seen the same thing. IT departments are less and less interested in building and maintaining in-house solutions.

    I get why, it requires more time, effort, money, and experienced staff to pay.

    But you gain more robust systems when it’s done well. Companies want to cut costs everywhere they can, and it’s cheaper to just pay an outside company to do XY&Z for you and just hire an MSP to manage your web portals for it, or maybe a 2-3 internal sys admins that are expected to do all that plus level 1 help desk support.

    Same thing has happened with end users. We spent so much time trying to make computers “friendly” to people, that we actually just made people computer illiterate.

    I find myself in a strange place where I am having to help Boomers, older Gen-X, and Gen-Z with incredibly basic computer functions.

    Things like:

    • Changing their passwords when the policy requires it.
    • Showing people where the Start menu is and how to search for programs there.
    • How to pin a shortcut to their task bar.
    • How to snap windows to half the screen.
    • How to un-mute their volume.
    • How to change their audio device in Teams or Zoom from their speakers to their headphones.
    • How to log out of their account and log back in.
    • How to move files between folders.
    • How to download attachments from emails.
    • How to attach files in an email.
    • How to create and organize Browser shortcuts.
    • How to open a hyperlink in a document.
    • How to play an audio or video file in an email.
    • How to expand a basic folder structure in a file tree.
    • How to press buttons on their desk phone to hear voicemails.

    It’s like only older Millennials and younger gen-X seem to have a general understanding of basic computer usage.

    Much of this stuff has been the same for literally 30+ years. The Start menu, folders, voicemail, email, hyperlinks, browser bookmarks, etc. The coat of paint changes every 5-7 years, but almost all the same principles are identical.

    Can you imagine people not knowing how to put a car in drive, turn on the windshield wipers, or fill it with petrol, just because every 5-7 years the body style changes a little?