Current News Review 10

I can’t point to any articles for this one; the issue is too subtle for that. Then again, maybe you’ve already seen it for yourself.

I’ve often said that Biblical Law supports decentralization. More to the point, God blesses efforts at DIY and keeping things small. This includes information technology and hosting. That is the general trend of things regardless of context.

However, I must warn you prophetically that in our current context today, it’s going to be exceedingly difficult to DIY and decentralize, particularly in terms of various services on the Net. This is a bad time to try hosting your own email service, unless you have lots of resources to devote to keeping your domain and IP address out of the blocklists. This is not a good time to run your email from a vanity domain name.

And it’s the same with a lot of other things related to Internet Technology. I’m not saying don’t do it; I’m saying it will get very expensive and time consuming. There is a current trend almost hidden from sight with governments and Big Tech clamping down on independent services. Some of it isn’t really an evil and oppressive intent. It’s more like a side effect of other oppressive decisions.

I’ve already warned that Linux development is being converged under the SJW onslaught. There is a lot of political turmoil in many of the bigger projects. Meanwhile, the parts of Linux development that don’t see too much of this nonsense are those parts controlled by Big Tech companies, such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux. In other words, the most successful and stable development will be slanted away from the individual user and freedom and DIY, and it has already shifted toward corporate server and workstation stuff, all locked down against personalization. The mainstream of Linux availability won’t be that much different from Windows.

So while I would never counsel anyone to snuggle up with Big Tech services, what I will suggest is that you need to choose carefully what you can tolerate and still make your mission. Personally, I recommend using what Microsoft offers over Google and their ilk. At the same time, it’s nearly impossible to escape Google. Go with Apple if you can afford it and don’t mind the peculiarities, but keep your eye on how Apple’s corporate debt is soaring, making it vulnerable to some threats. Apple has been neglecting their user base a lot lately.

This will all blow over in the years ahead. There will be a series of crises, and then things will shake out. Until then, it’s quite an ugly storm. Stay focused on your mission, whichever way you go.

About Ed Hurst

Avid cyclist, Disabled Veteran, Bible History teacher, and wannabe writer; retired.
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2 Responses to Current News Review 10

  1. Jay DiNitto says:

    It’s all a balancing act. A lot of things come to my attention regarding this, partially because it’s an aspect of my day job, but also because of the extra-curricula web stuff. I take some of the DIY stuff and leave some of it, based on what I can do and where my interests are.

    Coming from a punk rock background, the DIY ethic is pretty well ingrained in me.

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  2. Ed Hurst says:

    Exactly. The technology itself is the point here, not the righteous drive to decentralization in information.

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