Cantina needs a rewrite


So, my Cantina script is bloated. That's a fact. I started working on it some time ago: since I was, and still am, learning programming, I decided to ask my friend to "generate" a random word for me, and the word he "generated" was the italian word "Cantina". Now, Cantina means like "basement" or "cellar", and I had, for quite some time, no idea on how to create a program based on it - until I came up with some sort of idea: a program that lets the user create and manage compressed archives to put old stuff in. It might not be very useful, but I started working on it anyways and imposed myself a SLOC limit, that got more and more permissive over time.

If I'm not wrong, this simple script has now reached more than 420 lines of code, and that is not good and suckless, at all.

Today, I'm a bit better at programming and I thought I should rewrite it from scratch, since it's become an alpha, not working bloated mess.
I was wondering, could you (yes you!) help me out? I'd be glad if you sent me a pull request over on Cantina's GitLab repo. Thank you if you do so.

Even if you can't help me out, stay tuned for more info on the project! Have a nice one, and stay safe!

Fri, 22 Oct 2021 18:30:55 +0200

Why "BuT aLl mY fRiEnDs UsE iT" is actually a valid argument


As we chill in our heavily patched Suckless DWM build, or QTile, or whatever, with a nice anime girl wallpaper and some r/unixporn-style transparency effects, gaps between windows and neofetches, there's plenty of people out there shouting at their phones because Spotify is playing an ad once again, and complaining to their friends about it on the ProtzApp.

These people need to be helped, but where could we start? Well, first things first we have to have some quick way of communicating with this people.
Since normies don't understand these kinda things, IRC might not be a good option. Maybe we should make them install Signal, Element or something? Of course, since we're trying to convert them to the Man of Culture Cult, next thing we're gonna do is tell them that things like the Instapound and the Snapcrap aren't good.

Now, I am 100% sure that you, Redditor, Discord Mod, GNU/Linux/FOSS Enthusiast or /g/entooman, that are reading this, have experienced such a situation, and Normie's answer was something like "WeLl, bUt wHy cAn'T i UsE the WhAtzApp?" (2 to 4 seconds pause) "AlL mY fRiEnDs UsE iT! Ow'd I cHat wiTh ThEm?".

This excuse is ridiculous, because Normie can just make his friends can over to Signal as well, right? Well, it's not that easy.

I've been through all of this in first person, and trust me, it's really not.
When I was trying to make my friends switch to another messaging apps, I often didn't know how to convince them: it's really a mess. Commonly, people do not understand the concept behind Free Software and Open Sauce, unless you literally spend hours trying to explain those things to them. And even then, you'll hear things like "But if I publish free software I won't be able to make money!", or "But won't open sourcing my program make it more vulnerable?".
As you and me already know, both of these statements are incorrect and false, because it really doesn't work like that. That's what people, mostly boomers, don't get. It's not always like they think it is.

So yeah, people who say "BuT aLl mY fRIeNdS uSe It" really got a point, and I understand them. The solution? Make them privacy-caring and Free and Open Source Software enthusiast.
I'm sorry, but that's really the only way. You can force them as much as you want to uninstall WhatsApp, but that won't work. You have to inspire Normie, and, although it's really not tough, it is not impossible.
This really is the only way to make them understand that what they are using is defective by design and insecure, all all of their private conversations are not private at all.
This is the only way to get them to use more privacy-friendly software and make them, in turn, convert their friends, too.

To make the long story short, I think that "But all my friends use it" is really not an excuse if said by a normie when trying to make them use some better, healthier, FOSSer and privacy-friendlier alternative to some app they use.

I understand people who say this, since, if people use some app, they will be convinced that they can't use anything else or even get rid of that proprietary software, because then they would be unable to communicate with the world.
So, my advice, is to try and explain people why they should use an app rather than another one. You always should try to explain the philosophy behind something and try to get the interlocutor passionate about what you love, in this case, Element or Signal, or really anything but ProtzApp (possibly open).

That really, in my opinion, the only way to make the normie make The Switch, which is very important.
You know what else is important? The sponsor of this article: my GitLab. Visit and send a pull request for 50 social credit.

Bye now, have a great one!

Mon, 18 Oct 2021 22:51:00 +0200

Why you should have a blog in 2021


In 2021, one might think that RSS feeds and personal blogs are cringe, 2004-style stuff. That is actually wrong, let me explain.
But before we proceed, a word to our sponsor, Raid: Shadow Legends. Just kidding lol.

So, as you probably already know, I created a personal website this year. Who would've guessed it? If I didn't, you probably could not be reading this article right now. It's got a blog section, as well as a full-featured RSS feed.
But isn't it weird to have a blog in 2021? Isn't that cringe and boomer-ish?

With the advent of social networks, stuff like Instagram and Snapchat, that zoomers (I am a zoomer, BTW) use all the time, communication methods on the World Wide Web and the Internet in general have changed drastically.
Instead of writing long, boring e-mails, people have started using instant chat applications such as the ProtzApp and the legendary Buttbook Messenger. Which, in a way, is actually better, because now, if I'm stuck in the washing machine, I can just send a quick text to the Police telling them to come and save me.
But, if we think about it, it's even worse now, because our phone nowadays is always playing the Samsung Whistle sound non-stop because of messages from the Official™ School™ Group™™™ on ProtzApp. Also, the Zucc, which basically has a monopoly over the mobile instant messaging apps, basically controls the world and its interpersonal communication, selling some good ol' data to advertising companies and tha Alphabet Boys™.
So I thought it would be cool to try and set up my own website, complete with its blog and RSS feed (I really need to thank Luke Smith for his amazing work on the "lb" shell script, which basically allows you to create your blog and RSS feed in 6.9 mins). I really wanted a method to communicate to the world in general, and share with you guys what I am passioned about and what I am working on at the moment. Best way to do it in my opinion? A nice, based, 2004-style RSS feed + blog, not cringe zoomer tier social media.

Here, on my very own blog, I can talk about (almost) whatever I want, no restrictions (well, some, but not as many as there are in social networks such as Twitter.) I can write long articles without a char limit and I could make my friends write some articles as well if they wanted to (and with "make them ... if they want to" I mean "force them").
Having your own blog means real freedom of expression, and if you have your own domain and webserver, that freedom is even bigger.
So this is why, in my opinion, having a blog is still cool kids' stuff in 2021.

That was it for this article, I'll see you in the next one. Take care!

Sat, 16 Oct 2021 17:44:52 +0200