Hey fediverse!

I'm looking for some motivated computer programmers to learn and collaborate with.

I am the sole developer at my job, and the (mostly) sole developer for all of my side projects; and to be frank, I've been lonely.

My goals are to further study mathematics and computer programming fundamentals in order to become a true professional and not just some "guy who makes webapps". I want to contribute meaningfully to my field and the world.

Feel free to boost, dm, and share links.

Through a lot of tough discussions, I'm always ending up with the same insight for myself: To compete with GAFA, we do *not* need to think about large-scale user training / education or on glorifying particular tech solutions of our choice (XMPP, PGP, Linux, protocols, standards...). We need to put humans first (who are experts in their fields yet inexperienced in tech), need to make sure technology is a human, ethically acceptable tool working for and enabling as many people as possible.

So my typography post ended up being 1,900 words after editing. 🙂

I've really enjoyed learning about typography, hopefully others will get use from this too.


"How to de-Google-ify your website"

My latest post is now live on Dev.to for site owners and web developers who'd like to explore more independent alternatives to Google's products.


Router Freedom challenged by new European rules

From 21 June a new set of rules will guide the implementation of Router Freedom in Europe. The internalisation of the rules by the 27 EU member states will face challenges with negative consequences for Router Freedom. The FSFE contributed to several improvements of the guidelines and will monitor compliance with them.


This is a great way to present your content 📚 and ideas 💭 on the Internet: Web Design in 4 minutes 🐝

De tijdelijke commissie Digitale Toekomst presenteert vandaag haar advies aan @2eKamertweets@twitter.com. Waag adviseerde de commissie & werkte nauw samen in het opstellen van de 'Routekaart Digitale Toekomst'. Die is nu gratis te downloaden via: waag.org/nl/article/waag-advis

Everyday I'm more conviced that I should have taken a major in phylosophy and another in computer science.

Next milestones on my journey towards complete usage of FOSS software:
1. Fully moved from OneNote to Joplin as notes application. Totally happy with it: synched via WebDAV to my NAS, E2E encrypted and possibility to use markdown for writing notes -> best practice example for a FOSS application :ac_heart:
2. Uninstalled Google Maps from my mobile and replaced it with magic earth. First app using OpenStreetMap which convinced me completely :ac_heart:

Pixelfed will be a year old in a few days.

I'm a high school dropout that has never taken any CS or computer classes.

Web development is just a hobby of mine, I work in the auto industry.

I'm so proud of this project, I never would have imagined that I could make something like this.

Thank you for helping me realize credentialism isn't so important as you think. ❤️ :pixelfed:

Spend my Saturday morning finishing this book. Very pleased to have found so many local initiatives (Amsterdam/Dutch) that I can join to create a better internet 4Everyone!

Final phrase of the book: "Because everything that we need to fix the internet is already within our grasp." The world wide web is not beyond repair, it is just a fixer upper!

And yes, Mastodon was definitely mentioned as a potential solution.


I agree a whole lot with Carissa Véliz, a Research Fellow at the Uehrio Centre for Practical Ethics, Oxford. Especially with: "Defending your privacy – our privacy – is a civic duty."

However, "It’s possible to make an analogy to climate change, in that it is a problem that can only be solved through collective action." sounds like more trouble than it is worth. Why wade into that swamp of a debate with a problem that is completely disconnected from it?


Starting my weekend right with some reading on where we went wrong collectively with the internet and some ideas on how to fix it!

The author (Marleen Stikker) also founded Waag, where I will definitely join some meetings Post-Corona! @waag


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