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Getting Off The Upgrade Treadmill

It occurred to me this morning that I don’t have any pressing need to upgrade to macOS Catalina, with the upheaval that would entail. My current setup with Mojave is working just fine, and just about all of my most-used apps are ready for Catalina.

A few things won’t work when I do upgrade. My old printer definitely won’t work, but that is approaching the end of its useful life after over a decade of service, so I’ll look to replace that with an AirPrint-compatible model in the New Year.

The other sticking point has been games, primarily those in my Steam library. Most of those will stop working on Catalina, but then again, many more of the Steam games I own won’t run on Mac at all, period. I’ve looked into running them through the copy of Windows 10 that I’ve got installed using Parallels Desktop, but so far it has been hit-or-miss whether they work. I’m seriously considering trying to get them running on Linux, as it appears that compatibility is greatly improved nowadays.

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Today is a day for opening MindNode and doing a serious brain dump.

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Early Morning Political Thoughts

I think I know now why Theresa May is still trying to get her Brexit Withdrawal Deal accepted. It’ll hamstring Jeremy Corbyn’s ability to deliver on his manifesto pledge to renationalise public utilities like the NHS. They know Labour will be in government sooner rather than later. So the Tories hope to lumber Corbyn with their Brexit, and deny him the opportunity to negotiate a better deal. That way, Labour would get the blame for not delivering the magical utopia that the Leave voters thought they’d be getting.

Of course, the reality for the Tories is that Brexit has torn them apart, and shredded their reputation in the process. They managed to throw away their majority in the snap election of 2017. They wasted two years squabbling among themselves over what Brexit even means. This is their millstone now, and it will drown them.

They’ll keep deflecting, keep smearing Labour and Corbyn, but it won’t work. The Tories have been exposed for what they. Only interested in power for themselves. If they cared about the country, we’d have had a General Election by now.

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A different, better world

What would a world that was different, and which was better, look like?

In essence, on a morning where the world seems laden with problems I wish for a solution focussed way of thinking. The imagination to ask ‘what would a world that was different, and which was better, look like?’ And to hope that people will then try to achieve it.