Librem AweSIM

“Major cellular providers are creating unified customer identifiers based on customer account information (name, address, billing information) and unique identifiers on your mobile devices so they can ‘identify users across multiple devices and serve them relevant advertising’. Librem AweSIM adds an extra layer of privacy to your customer data to protect you from targeted tracking. We register your phone number in our name on your behalf and keep your personal and financial data private and out of the hands of companies who would sell it to others.”

Librem AweSIM

Rad Power Bikes

Rad Power Bikes are priced at ~$1,500 and can replace an automobile in a variety of contexts. Bookmarking because I think the future will likely move to autonomous electric automobiles and some variety of electric bike, scooter, etc. for shorter distances. These may very well be where individual ownership moves, and the advantage of a bike is you’re less likely to get injured riding one than you would a scooter.

Inexpensive Landline/VoIP Service Replacement: The OBi202 Voice Adapter

Recently, I had a need for to have a plug-in, landline phone. A cell phone simply wouldn’t get the job done.

Our Internet provider was charging $50/month for VoIP, and even a VoIP specialist wanted $30/month. I wanted a less expensive VoIP option, and I thought there should be something that works with Google Voice. I found the OBi202 Voice adapter.

The OBi202 Voice adapter has two traditional telephone ports, two network ports, a USB and a port for power. This enables you to set-up a traditional telephone line and a separate line for a fax machine. Then, this plugs into the line between your router and the rest of your local network.

You pay a one-time fee for the device, between $65-100, depending on where you purchase and whether it is on sale. There’s a quick set-up process through their website. I had the whole thing up in running inside of 15 minutes. Recommended.

The tidyverse style guide

All style guides are fundamentally opinionated. Some decisions genuinely do make code easier to use (especially matching indenting to programming structure), but many decisions are arbitrary. The most important thing about a style guide is that it provides consistency, making code easier to write because you need to make fewer decisions.”

-Hadley Wickham, “The tidyverse style guide.” style.tidyverse.org

Probably the definitive guide for writing R code. See also Hadley Wickham’s Advanced R.