Letters to Strangers

关于 | About

这是我建立一个网站,为互联网的众声喧哗做贡献的第4次尝试。之前的3次分别是从纸质杂志扒来内容的文字站,blog 和论说文网站,个人的色彩越来越强。这次,我想让文字重新回到网站的中心。对于绝大多数读者来说, xuqi 这个签名并没有比 John Doe 或者 Boba Fett 更多的意义。

This is the 4th iteration of xuqi's website. As an experiment, I want to make documents, not my identity or attitudes, the center of the website. Like in the 1990s, you don't have to know me or care about me to read stuff on the site and enjoy yourself. xuqi is as strange and as familiar to you as John Doe or Boba Fett.

博客 | Blog

“写博客”这件事似乎与建立一个淡化个人色彩,将文字归于中心的网站的目标背道而驰。我不否认这件事情既有可能让读者的兴趣转向个人,又容易流于琐碎肤浅。然而我感到有必要借助写博客的动作,固定住生活中某一时刻的想法,如同蜡泪凝固的片刻记录了它下落的轨迹和最终的形状。

同样不可否认的是流下蜡泪的蜡烛也将消失,烧毁在这个时代中。既然如此,就趁着蜡烛还在,观赏吧。

It seems contradictory for a document-centered website to have a blog section. A blog tend to lead the reader's interest towards the writer, instead of their works; it also tends to be shallow and ephemeral. These I won't deny. However, blog-writing seems to be meaningful in that it captures and solidifies the fleeting thoughts one encounters in the daily life, like a candle's tears are records of the flow of wax.

Just as impossible to deny is that the candle will eventually burn along with our times. So why not just look at the tears while there is still a candle.

指南 | Guides

技术不是万灵药,更不天生代表进步与发展。在互联网的时代,技术一方面在定义上变得狭隘,一方面在应用上要求更多的资源,而让普通人觉得它们难以理解。在这两种趋势下,技术越来越与普通人为敌,变成控制和牟利的工具。

作为普通人,不妨了解一些技术,就像在工业时代懂得一些蒸汽机和汽车的原理和维修手段一样,这虽然不足以让你致富,至少可以为你保留一些应得的权益,而不致于完全沦为被利用的消费者。

以下的技术基本上可以分为与比特和与原子打交道的两类。前一类主要是一些自由和开源软件的应用,后一类则是关于如何利用简单的物品,不用成为某种品牌或理念的拥趸,也能解决生活中遇到的各种问题。

Technology is not a panacea nor do it necessarily represents progress or prosperity. In this information age, the definition of technology is becoming too specific, and its applications too complicated, that the public find it difficult to understand. With these trends, technology is increasingly an enemy of the public, and a tool for control and profiteering.

As a member of the general public, it doesn't hurt to know some technology, just like knowing about steam machines and cars in the industrial age. It may not make you rich or successful, but at least the knowledge can protect your rights, and prevent you from becoming an exploited 'consumer'.

The guides provided here are either about dealing with bits or atoms. They are mainly about using high-tech FLOSS or low-tech tools to solve problems in one's life without becoming a slave of a certain brand or idea.


xuqi2017-10-13 创建。最近修改于 2017-10-29

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