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Favorite Twitter App for Linux

↳ Posted on January 26th, 2014 by Ben Spera

hototFor far too long I’ve settled with Twitter’s website when I was using my desktop computer. This is because the universal social programs for linux (e.g. Gwibber and Pidgin) always looked sloppy and cluttered to me. I put effort into maintaining a certain chi on my desktop and I wanted something that matched my theme. Eventually, I opted for Tweet Deck, which had more features and a clean look but it required me to use the Chrome web browser and to have Chrome open in order to access Twitter. I prefer to use the open-source Firefox browser. Read more…

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

↳ Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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Gnome 3 Native Theme for Firefox

↳ Posted on January 7th, 2014 by Ben Spera

gnome-ffThese quick tweaks will give Firefox a nice facelift, making it look completely native to your GNOME 3 desktop. These tweaks are said to also work if you’re using GNOME 3’s ‘Global Dark Theme’ option found in Gnome Tweak, but I haven’t tested that claim.

This not only makes Firefox a little easier on the eyes, but it also reclaims some priceless real estate from Firefox’s toolbar and status bar. Many of the GUI design features that have kept me clinging onto Chrome have been relieved with these tweaks, allowing me to finally leave the botnet-infested Chrome for a real open-source browser. Read more…

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A Few Good Podcasts

↳ Posted on January 2nd, 2014 by Ben Spera

podcastI have a few really good podcasts that I listen to regularly and wanted to share them if anyone is interested. All of these guys put out a quality product and I want to give credit where credit is due.

I actually only got into podcasts fairly recently. Some days you’re pounding away on the keyboard and you’re just not in the mood for your regular tunes. Podcasts are a good way to get some good info and news on whatever your respective interests are while still being productive. Read more…

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anony14largepopupWhen the federal government didn’t like the information that the non-profit Wikileaks was releasing, they leaned on PayPal with all the weight of the federal government. Almost instantly, PayPal caved to the pressure and joined Visa and MasterCard in refusing to process donations for Wikileaks. Wikileaks did little to deserve this other than to embarrass politicians in Washington. However there are few crimes which are taken more seriously than that. Read more…

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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Chuck Norris’ Action Jeans

Posted on June 14th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Take a moment and ask yourself, “Do my jeans make me feel safe?” Unless they’re action jeans, the answer is “NO.”

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