Did you know, that if you make a software product in the United States of America, and it uses any form of encryption, even just HTTPS requests, and even if you're using the built-in libraries of an operating system, you have to submit an Export Administration Regulations Annual Self Report to both the BIS and the NSA? No, I didn't either.
And Apple points this out to everyone who submits apps to them from the US.
Conveniently, it involves sending a CSV form to two email addresses. Both email addresses are supplied as a slightly blurry image, I guess to prevent the addresses from being scraped. Hurray for macOS Monterey's built-in OCR.
I keep little "what i've done" text file attestations of my troubleshooting process and nothing hurts more than following one of those verbatim and getting a different result.
For example, I installed alpine 3.16 on a computer, then installed gnome and flatpak. Normally flatpak on alpine is point and shoot, but this time its nonfunctional if certain environment variables are not unset & many user mode commands are now inaccessible to a user in the flatpak group.
I'm sure there's trivial fixes for these but instead I cooked some food and otherwise stalled an entire day to avoid going further
I'm pretty conflict averse, so now I hit the pillow after years spent watching simple computer problems exponentially unfold into waves of knowledge checks
i'll never cleanly sink a ball into the pocket
I'm not ashamed of the preference in itself, but there's only so much you can squeeze a lemon right?
So-and-so probably just made a social media profile, or lost their personal website access, or left the participatory internet altogether.
So I'm left in a weird position of emotional whiplash where I remember the works of my favorite artists that have sence gone inactive, but the time gap feels so protracted that I instinctively fear for the worst even though it hasn't been that long.
For whatever reason, I don't deal with the passage of time very well. Some isolated memories might remain, but within just a few years my background context of a time span vanishes.
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