Tuesday 2019-04-09

The Uses This interview with Mike Hoye is the best in a while.

I spend a lot of time thinking about durable design, personal agency, the idea of resilient individuality and the right to repair. Utility and flexibility are at top of my list of concerns; I try to meet them without falling into the creeping 'tactical' fetishism that seems to be the preferred way to sell power-fantasy junk to this generation's lost boys, and that means spending a lot of time thinking critically about who I want to be and why. Through that lens, the ability to fix your tools at all - the right to, the ability to, the access to - is tightly bound to ideas of customization and personalization, of being able to tailor things to your needs instead of tailoring yourself to somebody else's. Your tools can't be an extension of yourself and your values unless you taken the time to understand both.
But to my ongoing surprise, this machine is kind of great. It took a few tries and bit of getting used to but somehow, now that I've spun up the Windows Subsystem for Linux and tweaked a few settings, this laptop - that I say again, was manufactured by Microsoft and runs Windows 10 and here we all are in the upside-down - is somehow the best unixy laptop I've ever used.

I was going to say "Linux laptop", but the prospect of obligating someone to say "actually you mean GNU/ntoskrnl.exe" through gritted teeth is too much even for me.