About the Author
First, lemme list some things about me:
- Somehow careful enough not to drop PDAs & laptops 90% of the time, yet occasionally clumsy enough to drop stuff.
- A pessimistic man in his 20s
The word "man" above may refer to either human or male. Definitely the former tho.
- Totally not lazy, just not easily inspired
- Might have too many hobbies to the point they clash with everything
- Tries to embrace pragmatism in life as much as possible
Then, here's the list of shit I like:
- Gundam, & by extension, GunPla. Mainly SEED, but also 00 - I like their Gundam designs. Universal Century's cool too, up to Unicorn's era. Don't get me started on Build Fighters series, that shit's story is too cheesy (but at least there's some cool design).
- Android, which is also easy content for this site. Or perhaps the primary reason this site's made I suppose...
- Games, mainly offline ones (I particularly like action, adventure, racing, & RPG). The only online game I could stand is Fate/Grand Order, mostly due to the characters. Though at some point I felt that it was too much, so I ended up quitting.
- The Fate series / multiverse. No matter where you start, you're getting spoilers of something at some point, so start wherever you like (or start with the Fate/Stay Night visual novel & spend hundreds of hours reading a visual novel).
- Simple & easy to use software. I prefer open source, but closed source is fine as long as it doesn't phone home.
And, on the flip side, here's the list of things I abhor:
- Tobacco products like cigars & cigarettes. They smell like toxic shit & causes a shit-ton of issues (such as health, financials, ethics, etc.).
- Privacy-hostile software, regardless whether they're proprietary / not. Admittedly, a good chunk of these privacy-hostile stuff are proprietary, but then again...
- Onions - not the T.O.R. onion, but the edible onion.
- Shit music played in public areas.
- Streaming media, such as Netflix & Spotify.
- DRM (digital rights/restriction management). I also mentioned Netflix & Spotify above, so let me link Stallman's article regarding Netflix & Spotify.
- Social media, particularly dis-social media like Fashebook, Twatter, Instaounce. This unfortunately means I probably won't be tooting on Mastodon, at least for now.
- Game cheats - sure, it's probably fun to play with cheats. However, there's no glory in winning games with them. That's something I discovered long ago, back when I was playing Mario Kart on a DS with cheats. Initially, I enjoyed the win, but I felt unsatisfied at the same time, as if I'm unfairly steamrolling through what should and/or could have been a challenge.
The dates on the site uses the DD-MM-YYYY format.
Here's where to find me : (note : still inactive, sorry)
- Codeberg Git : https://codeberg.org/BlinJail
- Neocities Profile : https://neocities.org/site/gearjail
- Email : blinbotx102[at]disroot.org (still stuck with Disroot's Rainloop, so no PGP business yet)
Any emails from Microsoft, Google, Apple, Yahoo, & Protonmail will be ignored.
- XMPP : Currently not available yet, haven't set them up yet
- Unless I explicitly state it, any "GearJail" accounts on any other platforms (for example, dis-social medias mentioned above) are fakes - I don't & won't have accounts there.
Here are the list of the devices I'm using, along with their current functions & what they're currently running. It mostly mirrors my PDA list, but with the previously mentioned additions, in addition to their live/dead status.
Currently active PDAs :
- Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro
The current pocket box to replace the unsatisfying X3N. Once retired by the X3N due to a disagreeable touchscreen, now returned to its rightful role thanks to NGK.
Official ArrowOS 11.0 9/9/2021; 4.14.245 No Gravity Kernel 1.0.0
- Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Initially used to test out apps in Vanilla environment, with plans to have it be my personal PDA for XMPP & stuff; but I ended up destroying the A2 in a drop & therefore had to use the X3N as the "phone" PDA.
Unofficial LineageOS by Gardiol (w/ FlameGApps Basic, as I couldn't get some "important" apps to run on microG) 10/9/2021; 4.14.190 stock kernel
- Xiaomi Poco F1
The first PDA I've modded, & still going strong to this day. Currently used to test PlayStore-exclusive paid games in a microG environment.
LineageOS-microG 26/7/2021; 4.9.276 stock kernel
- LG V30 (US998)
Currently used to get PlayStore-exclusive paid games.
Unofficial Resurrection Remix 9/2/2021 (with NikGApps Core); 4.4.218 stock bruh kernel
Dead / otherwise given up PDAs :
- OnePlus 3T
It was the "phone" PDA for the soydev stuff I can't be bothered to link to my personal stuff, until it fell to its demise.
- Asus Zenfone 6 2019 (ZS630KL / I01WD)
The OG pocketbox, until it was given up as spare parts due to its unreliability.
- Google Pixel XL
Once used as the clearnet communications device (proprietary soydev stuff that I don't link to my personals), until its death by inability to find replacement display.
- Sony Xperia XZ1 (AU SOV36; sealed bootloader)
In theory, the XZ1 has a good potential of reaching at least #3, or even #1. However, due to the sealed bootloader, I cannot give the XZ1 any kind of modifications. In conclusion, it's useless for me, so I gave it up as spare parts.
- Xiaomi Mi A2
Yes, turns out I have an unfortunate habit of destroying "phone" PDAs. Turns out SD660 isn't as performant as I liked.
- Xiaomi Mi A1
The 2nd device I've modded, now dead. Rest in pepperoni, you won't be missed.
PC / laptop(s) :
- ASUS ROG Strix G531GD
My daily driver PC when I'm close to a power source, & where I work on the site. It will be returned to its "rightful" role of a gaming laptop once I got another laptop.
Windows 10 "Pro" 2004, tuned up to disable forced updates
Current & tentative device wishlist :
- Google Pixel 3 (for trying out GrapheneOS and/or CalyxOS; and for easy access to my personals in the future)
- Any / either of these laptops for non-Windows usage (Arch / Artix) :
- Thinkpad X220 / X240 / X270
Open source vs Proprietary
Most of the time, I prefer open source, especially if I'm already used to using it. However, I also use proprietary software when the open source equivalents aren't good enough to convince me to switch from my proprietary software of choice.
As an example for Android, I've tried AIMP, Vanilla Music, Simple Music Player, Symphony, & Phonograph, & I stuck with AIMP since I feel that the others weren't good enough IMO. As a rule, I block its internet access, since it's a closed-source app that runs well without internet.
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