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Computers are Bullshit

Ryan Rix

I'm Ryan Rix, engineer at Uber, computer infrastructure wonk, public infrastructure wonk-wannabe, community engineer and breaker of hardware living in the gray bay area.

I build infrastructure in my free time, as well as hackerspaces I build and fly RC planes and multicopters. I take public transit. I computer :(. Some may say that I open source, too. I buy stupid domains and use them for bad jokes. My dirty secret is that all of my other jokes are based on old Liam Lynch videos.

In past lives, I've been a storer of stories hackerspace board member, javascript nerd and 3D printer botmaster. I am still some of these things.


Are computers really bullshit?

Not really, no. Computers are exciting, liberating technology that are doing wonderful things in the world. I'm a technologist who is saddened by the state of computing, the things we've given up in an effort to digitize the world. We've given up privacy for the ability to show people what we're eating, we've traded the ability to live without needing corporate overlords for the ability to always know if someone at work needs to get a hold of us. Technologists can be more closed minded and insular than anyone else while claiming to be liberal and open-minded. Tech culture and Silicon Valley culture make me sad.

These are among the reasons computers are bullshit. I don't want them to continue being that way, and this blog serves as a reminder to that.

What the hell is with your site? Is the CSS broken?

No, the CSS works just fine, it's just a better motherfucking website. There's a bit of CSS, just enough to needle things out and fix some weird defaults.

Want a different font? Pick whatever you like.

Don't like the colors? Change them.

Why doesn't this blog have comments?

A few reasons:

  • Blog comments aren't terribly useful. My email address and twitter handles are both openly available, and forcing people to go through an extra step has, in my experience made the comments much more insightful and thought out.
  • My site is statically generated. Yes, I could use disqus or something like that, most of the generator frameworks I've used support it out of the box, but my URL formats change often enough that I'd rather not do that, and I'd rather not have a third party in charge of that data, especially when they pull crap like this.