Likes and Dislikes
This is my page of opinions. Here I detail what I like, what I dislike, and why.
Things I Like
These are things that I have had good experiences with, respect, donate to, or things I think are especially important.
Casio fx-991EX Calculator: A fantastic, versatile, and durable calculator with many functions inlcuding: solving integrals and derivatives, linear systems of equations, and matrices. The visual equation display also makes it very easy to read what’s on the screen. I prefer to always have it beside me on my desk, as I find it much nicer to use than a calculator on my PC.
Seasonic/EVGA PSUs: Consistently high quality PSUs that are designed and perform well. Worth every penny they cost to not have to worry about the reliability of one of the most important components in a desktop system.
Noctua Coolers/Fans: Consistently high quality products with one of the best mounting systems in the industry. They’re a company that respects both their customers and employees, and are also worth every penny.
Logitech Mice: I have owned a G420 and an MX Ergo, and both have been fantastic with no issues. They are solid and reliable input devices that have never caused me frustration.
Skullcandy Earbuds: The only pairs of earbuds that I have ever purchased which have lasted longer than a handful of months. They are also the ones that sit most comfortably and securely in my ears, and I like the sound profile.
ElementaryOS: A project with design as its number one priority. They are creating a beautiful, usable, easy-to-recommend Linux distribution. While they aren’t perfect and still have a number of issues, I think they’re an important project to keep an eye on.
Fedora Linux: The only Linux distribution I’ve tried which well and truly gets out of my way, doesn’t break, and doesn’t require a ton of fiddling for basic things. It’s the only Linux distribution I’ve tried which allowed me to print and scan with my hplip-supported HP printer out of the box.
OpenBSD: I love the philosophy and development practices of the developers. They are a model for anybody in software development because of their focus on security, documentation, clean code, and not bending to the will of every person who wants their special features in the OS. They build what they want for themselves, and they do a damn good job.
Leuchtturm1917 Journals: Consistently high quality paper, features, and bindings with hard covers that are available in multiple colours. The paper is also some of my favourite to write on.
Copycentre/Anti-Copyright Licenses: Licenses which are simple, easy to understand for everyone, and don’t place undue burden on developers or users. My preferred licenses are: the Unlicense, CC0, the ISC/MIT/BSD-2-clause Licenses, and CC-BY.
Things I Dislike
These are things I have either had bad experiences with or dislike after either doing research on them or hearing about experiences from reputable sources.
Dell Prebuilt PCs: In recent years, Dell has become notorious for attempting to scam customers into various support contracts. They also design very bad systems with proprietary components that end up as e-waste after a few years. Avoid if you can.
Copyleft Licenses: They utterly fail at their stated goal, instead reinforcing copyright as a tool to get one’s way and protect one’s “intellectual property”. This results in much more hassle for developers with no true real-world gain compared to anti-copyright or copycentre licenses. Read A Critique of Free Software and Free Software is an Abject Failure for more on this topic.
“Ethical” Licenses: Licenses that attempt to control how one can use software without any real basis in law or reality. They are, practically, just proprietary source-available licenses that don’t achieve anything meaningful.
FSF/OSI: Organizations that place themselves in the position of deciding what is and isn’t an “approved license”. Not only are they run by people famous for bikeshedding and doing next to nothing actually useful for the industry (remember the FSF sending a hard drive to Microsoft telling them to put the Windows 7 source code on it?), they can’t even make consistent decisions about the licenses they approve (e.g. the SSPL is just a stronger AGPL, but they both call it “non-free”).