The “About” page for Shell Extensions doesn't have a “Here's how you can create your own extension” link... 😞

All people (yes “users”) should be told that they can control their computer, that they can hack on things. Acting like it's only possible for some elite priesthood is harmful...


blah blah security blah blah not everyone's a programmer

yes I know, but I believe lots of people can (with great effort) do a really simple silly programming thing, and they should 𝗯𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼!

@ebel On the "not everyone's a programmer" thing -- technically correct, but to my endless frustration, somehow this is always used to conclude "therefore we should keep them out" and not, y'know, "therefore we should make things more accessible to them"

@joepie91 @ebel People *not* doing that is what made me into a programmer.

@joepie91 @ebel THANK YOU for saying this. It's so easy to slip into the mindset that programming belongs to some elite club of intellectuals, when in reality we should be building *general purpose languages* in ways that the *general public* can use them. Of course, *domain* is a valid concern; what areas of the layperson's life can be made easier with a little bit of programming knowledge?

@ebel Speaking of extensions, I'd say the same about browser extensions. A simple extension requires pretty much just basic HTML/CSS/JavaScript, but it feels really nice to be able to make the browser do stuff for you. Like automating some repetitive task. :blobfoxhappy:

@ebel "people shouldn't try to replace lightbulbs or even mess with disjunctors. Not everyone is an electrician."

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