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Grant McWilliams
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This G+ group has over 500 members and has had for many years. As all of you know Google+ is shutting down in about 2 months. Perhaps it's time to discuss what will happen to this group.

Obviously THIS group will disappear but the question is whether it provides enough service above and beyond what the XCP-ng forums do.

Should we
1. create another group like this on another social networking site?
2. refer everyone to the XCP-ng forum?
3. go for a beer and celebrate the years that this group provided support for XCP, Xenserver and now XCP-ng and call it good?


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Social Networking is dead, long live social networking.
Social networking is dead

The best thing about Google+ has always been its ability to attract great users. Right from the start, the unlimited post size, user-moderation policy and comment centrism favored substantive posting and commenting and the people who want to have real conversations.

I'm losing Google+. But I don't want to lose you. Please tell me where I can follow you in the comments. And please follow me by signing up for my email newsletter and also subscribing to my blog's RSS feed, if you use RSS. Or just visit my blog — and please comment like you would on Google+!



Mike's blog:

(Do YOU have a blog? Please tell us how to find it in the comments.)

Substance is why the tech press always hated Google+. The last thing tech journalists want is to deal with knowledgeable readers who make cogent arguments about their work.

Where you gonna have a good conversations now?

Twitter? Impossible. 280 characters is barely enough for a flippant comment, let alone a real comment. And comment threads are super annoying. Plus, because you can't delete other users' comments when they comment on your tweet, Twitter is a playground for trolls, haters, bots and wankers.

Facebook? No. Nobody wants real conversations on Facebook. And Facebook is the least trustworthy social company. I don't recommend committing any time or effort to Facebook.

Instagram? Yeah, right.

Some third-party social startup? These are too much like Google+: Too few people use them, the users that are there don't engage and these sites are likely to vanish after you've invested huge chunks of your life to posting there.

No, the best social site is no social site.

Social is dead.

As I wrote in this post, which was about Leo Laporte deleting his social accounts and retreating into his own blog, Leo wisely exited from the "manipulative, privacy-invading aspects of social media. And for Twitter in particular, removing the 'daily spew of outrage and bile' from his life. Because, really, who needs it?"

I've always used Google+ as a blog. Now I'll use my blog as a blog.

The truth is that Google had ruined Google+ long ago and now it's bad, mostly abandoned by Google and mostly abandoned by users.

But which are the "good" social networks? There aren't any. Social is all bad.

Meanwhile, the open, user-owned media are good. Blogs and podcasts are good. RSS is good. Email is good.

I've made the argument before that email is the best social network. You can and will always be able to "DM" me via email. Please add to your address book and drop me a line any time. In fact, please send me your email address so I can add you.

I'll still appear to be on various social sites. But after they've been using me for years, now I'm using them. I'm going to use Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to drive traffic to, and not engage much there.

If you still use any of these social networks, you can follow me there. These will all occasionally lead you back to my blog where I do the real posting.

Google used a security lapse as their excuse for shutting down Google+. But they've been looking for a way out for years.

Everyone is either lamenting or celebrating the death of Google's social network.

In truth, social networking itself is dead or dying.

Now it's clear why: When everyone gathers in a single place, that place becomes an irresistible opportunity for the company that owns the network to squeeze every drop of value from users by manipulating them with algorithms, stealing and monetizing their private data — and also an irresistible target for disinformation propagandists, trolls, bots, haters, spammers and jerks of every variety.

Social networking is dead.
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I honestly don't understand web designers anymore. WorkFlowy is a tool I use a lot to mock up outlines for scripts and anything else with a simple hierarchy. They recently paid someone to redesign it. This is what they said.

"We’ve been working for the last month on a redesign of the web and desktop apps of WorkFlowy. Our driving goals have been to get rid of unnecessary distractions, and take the overall feeling of WorkFlowy out of the 90’s. I’ve been using the new design daily for the past few weeks, and I’m delighted by it. It’s clean, fresh, functional. Maybe even a little bit beautiful."

Check out the following images. The one with the black bar at the top is the old interface. The one without any discernible interface is the new "improved" interface. They paid someone to delete a CSS style sheet is basically what they did.

He said in the announcement that they wanted to take the overall feeling of WorkFlowy out of the 90's. I think what he meant is they wanted to take it out of the 2005's and drop it into the 90's. I've been teaching people how to create websites since HTML version 2 (1995). I can tell you that this is what websites looked like then (with added marble wallpaper and blink tags... thankfully that's gone).

It seems that getting rid of interface is a good thing. However, I can say as a frequent user of WorkFlowy that I have to google things like how to un-indent tabs on a regular basis because there's no indication in the interface. Perhaps making something easier to use without the interface getting in the way would be a better use of their time?
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After having used Chapeau Linux for the several years it seems to have come to an end. I was ready to switch back to Korora which I used to use when I saw their message this month that it too is dead. Seems I will need to go to Fedora and do the modifications myself.
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Not sure how I missed this but Redhat has banished Butter FS.

I used it for several years on my Jolla OTH but when SailfishOS 2.0 came out they had moved back to EXT4. I don't have a working btrfs filesystem anymore anywhere. I just figured at some point we'd move to it. Perhaps not.

Just because Redhat doesn't support it doesn't mean it's dead but that's a pretty big deal.
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I just thought I'd send out a message pointing out that the name of this community has changed somewhat because the Xenserver/XCP landscape has changed. We now have a category for XCP-ng and the name has changed to reflect it's growing importance. I've updated the description slightly and added a link in the About Community section for the XCP-ng official page.

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My Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator (RHCSA) course is live on and LinkedIn Learning (I'm now working on RHCE courses).

This course has over 100 videos divided up into 9 chapters, 25 downloadable PDF cheat sheets and over 100 assessment questions. It's 6.5 hrs long and includes exercise files as well.

Anyone who has taken my college level instructor led courses will recognize the cheat sheets and know how incredibly useful they can be.

There's also a Linux System Administrator Learning Path for anyone starting from scratch learning Linux. Not all of these courses were created by me but I vouch for them -

I'm now working on an RHCE Learning Path which I'll post about later as courses become live. There will be about 11 courses in that Path. At the end I may do a short (6 hr) cram course like this one as well. We'll see.

If you know anyone who might be wanting this training then please reshare.
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I swear it's Google's intentions to make every one of their interfaces suck so bad nobody wants to use them. The new Google Calendar is almost unusable. G+ got to where I couldn't get myself to open the page and my usage nearly stopped about that time. You'd think the company hiring the most brilliant people on earth could also hire some usability experts.
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My Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator (RHCSA) course is live on and LinkedIn Learning now.

This course has over 100 videos divided up into 9 chapters, 25 downloadable PDF cheat sheets and over 100 assessment questions. It's 6.5 hrs long and includes exercise files as well.

Anyone who has taken my college level instructor led courses will recognize the cheat sheets and know how incredibly useful they can be.

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