From: Eric Wong <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: not just Free Software, but freedom from software Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:28:37 +0000 Message-ID: <20161227082837.GA3850@starla> (raw) Whenever possible; I'd rather not rely on specialized software or complex data formats, at all. Less code means less auditing, less security bugs, less bandwidth, and less storage space consumed. In other words, I prefer to use basic/common/reusable tools instead of specialized, less-used ones which require more auditing, take more time to download, or won't run on old hardware. 7-bit clean US-ASCII text is universal by now, and has been for several decades. So I'm happy I can read my own writings from the early 90s with just about anything. Had I chosen some complex format, I might not be able to read those anymore, or would have to run some unwieldy, possibly proprietary software to decipher it. So I'm glad I made that decision to use plain text back then, even before I'd heard of software freedom. As an aside; I do use UTF-8 nowadays for preserving peoples' names in attributions (and only that purpose). I often do not have the correct fonts installed, but fortunately my editor seems to preserve unrenderable bytes anyways.
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