That Yearly Wikipedia Donation
It's that time of the year again! The time of the year when you can contribute just a little and feel like you're helping keep the wealth of all human knowledge alive, online, and available. it's a good feeling.
You really don't need to chip in much. It's a small portion of users that do, but I'm being cheap and donating like I believed at least a tenth of the userbase with the financial means to do so would chip in the same. Wikipedia would be expanding like shit. I mean they'd be everywhere - and I'm sure a better simile would convey that visualization an even better way.
That said I'm pretty sure the mere 1% of the visitors they claim donate is still a lot of visitors.
There is plenty of controversy regarding who edits what, and the discriminatory downsides of contributive Wikipedia culture, but there's still a shitton of useful information there, isn't there? It's still one of those places you wouldn't be able to (or at least not want to) live without. Right now. In a world where freedom of speech is continually and systematically shackled, and people oppressed for both their color and their commercial interest (or lack thereof). Nothing's really free anymore. Not even water's free anymore. Especially not at airports - except for Arlanda where they actually recently added water fountains where you can fill your bottles.
It feels like even with all these dark and dystopian commercial; controlling movements around us, the little things will still amount, and make the world a better place for all. Minuscule but so very appreciative additions - like those water fountains at Arlanda. Or my tiny donation above.
This time of year just gets me so inspired too. Spring! You timed it right, Wikimedia. If you can manage to not get carried away now (WTH though it's your money) this is the place to shed some coin.
Also don't forget to save the Internet! Have a good day now.
This really reminds me of this one post I planned on writing last year btw... same title and everything. Minus the Internet part. Finally got around to it.
Pet Peeves For Patreon
I just noticed a highly aggravating thing about Patreon. Ever noticed how when you start typing a long comment, and reach a certain length, the visible area keeps jumping up above the area where you're writing? That's pretty aggravating.
Even more aggravating, though, is how if you accidentally delete your comment whilst in the process of writing said comment... you can't get it back! CTRL + Z won't do a thing.
It is however possible that, in conjunction with the grievance above, this only happens if you've actually typed up a comment longer than the allowed comment length, which you wouldn't have been able to post had you finished it and tried to, and if you ever tried to copy and paste such a comment into the comment area it just wouldn't work, or get cut off. Which leads me to my next grievance: that you can type more than the allowed comment length into the comments box.
That's just asking for trouble.
Either way this is all really pretty aggravating. Reminds me of the old days with Word and no auto-save. Little limitations of not-that-far-away days we forget quick in the haze of technical improvement
I rewrote the comment, but of course it didn't turn out quite that long the second time around. So that's that. Write on.
Don't Wreck The Net!
The EU Copyright Directive threatens to undermine fundamental concepts of how the internet works.
Read on to learn how Articles 11 and 13 are bad for users, creators, publishers, and online platforms!
I just copied that text from the site linked to above, but really, this is the type of reform that could drastically change the Internet landscape for us. All community-driven websites would need to manually supervise the influx of all content... and that just wouldn't work now, would it?
And that's not all. The link tax, the meme ban... they call it many things. Ultimately: Internet wouldn't be free anymore.
I'm growing so tired of these commercial crusades... but when you start ogling the Google results for article 13 you'll realize people aren't so discrepant after all. Not most of them. There's a large train underway to stop this thing, and it's been going a while now! Do jump on it.
The Patreon Pledge Anomaly
Just noticed this thing in my notifications hmm. For this one month only. Hope it's only a visual anomaly...
I have no idea what this is, but it seems interesting! Something about storage. Possibly not for the normal individual at all. Possibly only for companies, or for those with paid plans (those with paid Google Drive upgrades will apparently be getting upgraded early).
I stumbled upon this today while browsing through Google's ever-expanding array of often useful and so very functional products.
You can sign up for early updates right here if you like.
UPD: Some more info here, though it seems to still be a work in progress... basically: a little bit more of everything. A bit cheaper. A bit better. A bit more of an incentive-based Google experience.