Larry Sanger

Online knowledge organizer. Co-founder of Wikipedia, Ph.D. Philosophy.

How to stop using social media

Updated January 28, 2019. It's no longer a matter of whether—it's a matter of how. It's sad, but for social media addicts, quitting seems to require a strategy. By now, some of us who have tried and failed know that it is simply unrealistic to say, "I'm going to quit social…

What’s wrong with racism?

Denial of individual humanity The problem with racism is the collectivism—the tribalism—the treatment of people as mere tokens or representatives of their races. That, as it turns out, is a profoundly appalling and consequential attitude to take. Treating people as mere tokens of their race…

How to delete Ruby and Rails (and other gems) from Ubuntu 18.04

In order to install Ruby and Rails on Ubuntu 18.04, first I had to completely wipe my first, abortive attempt. That proved to be harder than expected. So, in order to save others the effort I had to go through, here's what I did. This worked for me...who knows if it'll work for you, though? I…

Eric the Omnipotent

I've been making up a bedtime story for my boys (ages 12 and 8). I decided to start writing it down. What I have below is the first few evenings' worth. I have a fair bit to catch up; there will be adventures at school, making money, and trips here and there. I thought I'd share it on my blog to…

How and why I transitioned to Linux—how you can, too

Let me briefly tell my Linux story. If you're thinking about moving to Linux, and wondering how you'd do so, it might give you some pointers and inspiration. The back story My first introduction to the command line was in the 80s when I first started learning about computers and, like many…

Why does information privacy matter, again?

It's not just because you are a criminal and the coppers might catch you. Or because you really, really hate big corporations who just want to sell you stuff more easily. Or because you're paranoid. If that's as far as your thinking goes, when people start talking about "privacy" on the…

Stop giving your information away carelessly!

27 tips for improving your cyber-hygiene Who is most responsible for your online privacy being violated? You are. Privacy is one of the biggest concerns in tech news recently. The importance of personal privacy is something everybody seems to be able to agree on. But if you're…

Kick the tech giants out of your life

If you're like me, you feel a need to need to kick the tech giants out of your life. But how? Well, nobody said it would be easy, but I'm actually doing it! Stop using Google Chrome. Google is contemptuous of your privacy and of free speech. I recommend Brave. Stop using Google…

How I locked down my passwords

If you’re one of those people who uses the same password for everything, especially if it’s a simple password, you’re a fool and you need to stop. But if you’re going to maintain a zillion different passwords for a zillion different sites, how? Password management software. I’ve been using the…

How I set up private email hosting for my family

Here's how I actually set up my own private email hosting—sanger.io! I already finished choosing a private email hosting provider. So what was the next step? I still had to choose a plan with my chosen provider (InMotion Hosting, which didn't pay me anything for this) and pay for it. The details…