the thing about software is that we do have a lot of curmudgeons whining about how much better things were in the good old days

it's just that they're all, like, 24

things have devolved so much in 10 years that people who were using Linux as teenagers got to glimpse a future that is now, entirely and deeply, shut to us. and we HATE IT

when i was 15 years old i had chat accounts on four services which i interacted with entirely through Pidgin and that's how I talked to all my friends.

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and others looked the future of user-centric, high-choice, high-freedom software in the face and decided to kill it. That's unforgivable.

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changes in the Internet since 2008 

@tindall Maciej Ceglowski talks about how much the US Internet since 2008 is driven by people with too much money looking for something to invest in, and con artists finding ways to wheedle it out of them by launching a new heavily subsidized and surveiled service which draws creators onto it (or companies like Google buying up or bankrupting competitors with their unemployed cash reserves)

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