Don't get me wrong, computers can absolutely help us regain our environmental efficiency. They just *aren't*.
Not as long as we're:
* constantly syncing everything to the cloud,
* expecting same-hour delivery,
* funding our clickbait via surveillance advertising,
* buying a new phone every year,
* using AIs because they're cool rather than useful,
* running bloated software & webpages,
* buying into "big data"
Computing is environmentally cheap, but it rapidly adds up!
My first computer was a Commodore C16 in 1986, followed by a C128D in 1987, on which I ran the included CP/M 3.0 and wrote my first Turbo pascal programs on it.
1991, I got my first MS-DOS-based PC with a real screen reader, HAL v4.5 by @yourdolphin.
But if you’re blind how do you type?! 👩🏼🦯🤳🏻
Blind people online have to answer these kind of questions constantly.
So help raise some awareness & share this…
work, self care, therapy
Back then, I felt I couldn't take off because if I did, I wasn't "always there", which lead me to work with the stomach flu, a stitched up foot, and during a snowstorm.
I'm glad my partner, my current role, and my therapy work has helped me grow into caring about myself more.
Idk, just putting thoughts into words.
work, self care, therapy
I took today off of work because of a huge snowstorm that happened last night.
I'm reflecting on how I wouldn't have done that a year ago, back before I made the switch to IT and was working in Operations. It really was an unhealthy relationship with work that I had back then…
#bash tip: use ^foo to say run the last command, but remove the string “foo”. ^foo^bar means “replace “foo” with “bar” in the last command.
even though i'm not sure it's necessarily the best mindset for approaching creative work, i don't want to discourage anyone working on a game or anything else creative.
a lot of creative work is aspirational and creating something for yourself/a younger version of yourself is totally ok.
If you make a piece of software, and people are required to use that piece of software in order to, say, pay for their housing or groceries or pay back a loan, you are on the hook to make sure that software works for _every single person_ who needs to use it.
All of them.
Every screen reader user. Every person with muscle issues who can't use a mouse. Everyone who doesn't speak English. Everyone with three first names, or no last name. Everyone who is Irish or Jewish and has a ' in their name. Everyone with slow internet.
"Oh we don't have the resources to do that!" Great. Then you don't have the resources to make and sell that kind of software. Pack up and go home.
Late night sighs from a 30ish, nerdacious, obsessive alien plant.
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