Microsoft seems worse than ever
My workplace got a new desktop computer, and I had a hellish time trying to figure out Microsoft's numerous licensing plans for Office, then installing something, which turned out to be the wrong one as I hadn't read the fine print. The installation process itself was confusing and awful. A week or so ago, I wrote to Microsoft asking them to review our application for a non-profit license, but till now I've heard nothing back from them. The FLOSS eco-system is so much easier in comparison to this capitalist shit. I'm sorry I haven't been able to persuade my colleagues there. I myself haven't used anything except free software for years and years. Each time I check back, Microsoft seems to have added new layers of complexity and made the use of their products less convenient.
"According to projections by an international team of scientists published last year in The Lancet, 183 countries and territories — out of 195 — will have fertility rates below replacement level by 2100..."
We keep being reminded, as with the COVID-19 thing, that the future is completely unpredictable. When we feel pessimistic about the future, that's a good thing to remember.
I signed up for a subscription to The Hindu, which isn't a bad newspaper, and costs only $25 per year. That adds to my The Guardian contribution and my wife's subscription to Haaretz. I think I actually paid for more subscriptions pre-internet.