Earlier today, Flipboard announced a $3/month subscription (coming soon) to curate public video into a single feed. What I really want is a way to easily consolidate YouTube, feeds, newsletters, and podcasts into a single source. Unfortunately, this Flipboard subscription is a good idea, too lost in its own ego, justifying the “algorithm” over allowing indie curators and creators to build their own audiences.

The sad truth is that this could have been a reality, if RSS was treated as an important feature of the open web. Instead, modern content is all about the platform, not content.

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Earlier this week Sony announced Playstation Vue will reach end of life on January 30 of next year. I posted a long tweet thread about finding an alternative, services that help you find your favorite shows while also saving a few bucks. However, over the last week I’ve been thinking more about entertainment consumption for those where cost is vitally important.

The internet is afire with complaints about too many streaming services and the complexity of modern life. One of the costs that is rarely talked about with streaming services is the cost of just being able to get them…


With the release of Ubuntu 19.10, with other freedom-hating operating systems getting updates like MacOS Catalina and Android 10, open versus closed-source has been top of mind. Increasingly, the attack on user choice has come under attack. However I don’t think its as nefarious as it sounds. I truly think these are a by-product of the chase for the elusive “average user” and in their pandering they’re eliminating choice, freedom and the overall ownership of technology just to reduce the amount of tech support calls.

This has been going on for a long time and has even infected many Linux…


For some time, I’ve been fixated on finding the right mobile device for me. A device that’s curated just for my use case, not a black slab of glass that is just a notification vehicle. In my heart I thought this was a device with a physical keyboard. Thinking of this I fondly remember my days as a Blackberry Curve user and how much I loved that phone. But now, I’m not so sure if I wanted it for getting more work done, or if my rose-colored nostalgia for the early days of smartphones.

A messaging phone

Up until the iPhone 3GS…


The changes happening all over streaming media is fascinating, even for someone like me who barely watches TV. A while back I wrote about my decision to disable and remove my Plex server simply to switch to Kodi and supplement with other free services. That list of free services continues to grow and even more intriguing, they’re adding always-on channels. This trend is one I whole-heartedly support.

On Thursday Plex announced a partnership with Warner Media to include free, ad-supported content on the Plex platform. …


The fact that lite apps are not available in all markets is a major problem. This is true for mainline apps from Facebook or Google and then unfortunately for apps from surprising sources like Mozilla. As your Android device ages these apps are lifelines to keeping functionality of older devices that are still perfectly fine to use, but modern apps are so bloated they run terribly on anything but recent flagships.

One of the biggest benefits of Android is that you can make your hardware last longer. If you choose the right device, you can perform your own repairs, replace…


In a blog post yesterday iFixIt noted a new sneaky way Apple is preventing iPhone owners from replacing their battery either themselves or through a 3rd. party repair shop. Although any new battery will function, the phone will display a service message in the battery health feature in settings. IFixIt write up is very well put together and highlights completely how this is a user hostile choice. Since I like to focus on the wallet impact of tech. Increasingly, tech has become extremely user hostile… To a specific set of users. As brands attempt to curate a specific lifestyle around…


Over the weekend I set up a TVheadend server to connect my OTA antenna in my house and server over my local network. Here in Phoenix we have amazing OTA coverage. Something that I’ve been trying to focus on is anytime I set up a new service or a new server I asked myself, “Can a Raspberry Pi do this?” I have a few of them that are hanging around and for such little power usage, running on a RPI instead of on a desktop or virtual machine in my home lab is a no-brainer.

One of the things that…


Let’s get real. How long did everyone expect commercial-free, unlimited streaming of any and all movies and TV shows would be the cheapest option? For years cord-cutting has been the future. Stop paying for what you don’t watch, pay to get full seasons without ads and binge-watch the best TV for pennies. Its been a fun ride, I hope you got in on it while you could.

No matter what other people say streaming costs, its still the golden era of streaming options and if you’re really trying to save money over cable you still have a plethora of options…


Between the studies of smartphone access and privacy invading social media articles many people have in some way attempted to reduce their reliance on the small computer in their pocket. Often, the goal is to reduce the “addiction”. The correlation is simple, if we all reduce the amount of time we spend on social media and swiping mindlessly on our phones we’ll be happier, be more productive and in general, be a better person. Overlooked in this lifestyle are the people who can’t afford to be addicted to a premium high-end handset and live the feature phone life everyday.

I’ve…

Dominic Corriveau

Frugal technologist, opinionated & confused by life. General life evaluations through the lens of the open-source community.

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