Friendly reminder to do as much of your online shopping as you can somewhere other than Amazon, but when you do use Amazon, start at and they'll donate a small portion of the proceeds to the charity of your choice.

My Amazon Smile charity is Yet Another Society, a.k.a. The Perl Foundation, which supports the Perl & Raku programming languages and community.

And they've gotten about $15 from me this way, which is peanuts. But it's more than $0.

More news about the dairy industry fighting over the word "milk".

I don't recall similar wars with the makers of peanut or apple butters, so I have some opinions about their real motives....

Honestly, it seems strange now that my generation grew up drinking cow's milk every day and thought it was normal. I've switched to oat milk for non-baking use (and some baking too), and have no complaints. They may get the rights to the word, but they can't get my custom back.

One of my pet peeves is the widespread misuse, in my opinion, of the word "my".

Say I'm logged in to an insurance company's web site and there's a link that says "My Claims". To me, that means "the company's claims" or "the web site's claims". Claims belonging to me, the user, should be labelled "Your Claims". The web site is the speaker, the one using this pronoun. *I* didn't write it.

Better to use another wording. But this counterintuitive use of "my" seems quite common.

@tripu This wouldn't even be hard for them to fix: just silently waive that rule if the username is shorter than, say, four characters.

#Microsoft, #Skype: this is very stupid.

What comes before the @ in my email address is… a single character. You’re banning a letter of the alphabet for me.

You’re preventing me from using a very robust, completely new password — so now I have to make some contortions (and most importantly, remember those contortions) to adapt my usual password strategy to this silly requirement.

#UX #UI #web

I worked at my college's tech help desk for a couple of years. At the time, they had printers that could be administered remotely (via a web browser) and had neglected to put a password on them.

For unclear reasons, the bottom paper tray of one of the help desk's printers was always left ajar. This caused the status message on its LCD to cycle between "Ready" and "Tray 3 open".

I logged in and changed the Ready message to "Tray 3 closed".

I still think it's hilarious.

I say this without having seen any data, but the idea that < 5% of accounts are bots seems absurdly low -- I would have guessed 30 or 40%.

But then, what counts as a "bot" here? Not everything that posts spam is a bot, and vice versa.

I have a Twitter account that I use solely to transfer Playstation/Switch screenshots -- using Twitter like a bad Dropbox. Is it a bot? Probably nobody cares about banning it, but it's not an engaged audience member.

I've published another round of updates to my DIE Combat Assistant, which helps Gamesmasters run combat while playing the DIE .

In addition to some interface improvements, the most notable change is that the site now automatically saves and reloads your data in case your computer crashes or something.

Coincidentally, a DIE Kickstarter will be going live this Thursday. (I'm not affiliated; just a fan.)

@Heurism Veteran of IRC and telnet talkers before that; I remember using a semicolon for the same thing.

This was happening in the dream I woke up from this morning:

A shopkeeper had a pet dragon (looked like a half-length crocodile) and, though this was clearly a low-tech fantasy setting, loved to use Linux. But some software that he needed to run his shop was not available for Linux.

A destitute patron needed a favor from the shopkeeper, and had a magical scroll that would grant him one wish.

So the patron wished for a second dragon, that liked to use Windows, and gifted it to the shopkeeper.

@peterainbow No, they were pretty vague. Got me wondering which other companies have been "deleting" my accounts but still retaining data (thereby leaving me exposed to future data breaches).

I've been working on deleting accounts for services I don't use anymore.

Some companies have a "delete my account" link right on the web site. Some require you to e-mail or chat with customer support.

Norton actually told me "your account is not eligible for deletion at this time ... regulations allow businesses to retain information when there is another legal obligation that necessitates keeping the data."

I kept at it and eventually the chat agent said they could "disable" the account.

Me when the web site that I just changed my password on sends me an e-mail to tell me that I just changed my password:

The greatest innovation in the history of computer science was the ability to tolerate a trailing comma after the last item in a list.

$groceries = [
"bread", // this comma right here

Finally got a perfect score (125) and almost didn't notice I'd done it.

The game got an update a couple of days ago -- sound and some bug fixes.

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Finally published some long-overdue changes to bring my DIE Combat Assistant site in line with the game's version 1.3 manual (from December 2020). Summary of changes: fixed how initiative works, added stats for the new monster/character templates, upgraded the jQuery library, made a few quality-of-life improvements.

After the Winter Olympics I resumed playing Steep, Ubisoft's "action sports" video game. These days it's rare for me to ever return to a game after once putting it down.

Not that I'm opposed to violence in video games, but it's nice to play a game that, at its heart, is just about hanging out on mountains and doing cool stuff.

I suspect the day is not too far off when the servers will be shut down. But I didn't want to wait until Steep was dead to eulogize it.

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