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“My love-hate affair with technology”

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Nolan Lawson writes about his love-hate affair with technology.

One time – no joke – I had a dream that I was using some open-source alternative to a popular piece of software, and it was slow and buggy. I don’t even remember what it was, but I remember being frustrated. This is just what I’m used to nowadays – not using a technology because it’s the best-in-class or makes my life easier, but because it meets some high-minded criteria about how I think software should be: privacy-respecting, open-source, controlled by the user, etc.

I never really tried living FLOSS-only. I try to prefer open-source and privacy-friendly tools if available and if they don’t complicate the tasks I want to use them for too much.

But in the end I want technology to assist me, not the other way around.

In Nolan’s words, I’m probably a vegetarian, but not a vegan.


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