== potatocanonical ==

Digital life organization

health intention permacomputing retrocomputing enshittification privacy security

Equipment declutter

  • Things that no longer serve me do not deserve space in my life. They should serve others or be recycled.
  • Clearing the data off of equipment to be retired is easier when that equipement is newer.
  • Allowing old batteries to age in place benefits no one.

Digital declutter

  • Holding data represents risk and reward. Holding data I no longer need represents risk without reward.

Online footprint

  • Accounts that are not in use represent a risk and are likely to be taken over.
  • Small services (like a music store) are generally safer than platforms because they are not incentivized to build walled gardens but rather are encouraged to build interoperability.
  • Having data in platforms beholden to shareholder value represents risk as that data may be interpreted as representing a revenue stream.
  • Storing data securely and outside of the reach of monetization adds intentionality to my online presence.

Focus in hardware

  • My hardware should be in service primarily to my intent, and service to the intents of others should never usurp my intent.
  • Hardware manufacturing has a significant social and environmental impact.
  • Purchases should be performant enough to provide many years of service.
  • Purchases should strongly consider the ability to run any operating system or software I choose, reducing the odds that my hardware will be aged out by the manufacturer, or become unsupported and insecure.
  • User-serviceable hardware should have a lower environmental impact.
  • Older hardware is less power-efficient, so being able to retire and recycle old hardware is important.
  • Things for sale nearby and slow shipping are less exploitative than overnight and rush shipping.
  • Open box, refurbished, and used items responsibly sourced can be less harmful than new items.

Considerations around media

  • Creators, not corporations - My budget is not unlimited, so I should focus my spending on media in a way that favors compensating the creators who make the content I like in the most direct fashion possible.
  • Libraries are my friend. They are anticapitalist and require my support. They offer access to media in a way that minimizes cost and waste.

Personal health and privacy

  • Algorithmic content feeds are generally built to favor the creator of the algorithm and not me. I will avoid algorithmically-generated content, except when I have at my disposal a comprehensive set of tools to cause the resulting content feed to match my wants and desires. Where my needs diverge from the creator of the feed, I will abandon the platform.
  • Existing examples of engagement-based business models do not prioritize my health. I will avoid these models wherever possible.
  • I do not wish to be a product, so I should only choose to interact with services and providers who provide clear controls around my privacy.
  • I will use tools that provide protective privacy controls.
  • Advertisements are not my friend, and I will block advertisements wherever possible.