Vaxbot US shutting down
Vaccines are readily available in the US now, you can walk in to a pharmacy anywhere and get it. There is no need for the Vaxbot service (vaccine.monal.im) here anymore. After 11 million alerts sent out, we have shutdown US operations last week on May 8th and start focusing on Canada (where we just expanded) and likely add the EU (or anywhere else in the world that needs help) next.

Thanks
monal.im/blog/vaxbot-us-shutti

Vaxbot continues to grow
Our Vaxbot (vaccine.monal.im) has continued to grow. We just hit 8 million messages sent and send around 800,000 messages a day. XMPP and Vaxbot have been on TV news in Las Vegas and South Carolina, the radio in Washington as well newspapers all over the country. We mention XMPP and try to explain it as much as we can, some reporters do a better job than others.

Over at the yax.im blog , Geor
monal.im/blog/vaxbot-continues

Monal 5 beta 4
Mac and iOS betas are now up.

NOTETHIS BETA WILL DELETE ALL EXISTING MUC MESSAGES AND MUC BUDDIES.MUC SUPPORT IS CURRENTLY IN A ALPHA STATE.

Ready

basic group message support (without (pleasing) UI)Message quote actionFixed appex / main app race conditionsDisplaying group messages in activeChatsViewControllerDisplaying ToFUUsing transactions (read / write)Added image quality sliderConnected download sliderBu
monal.im/blog/monal-5-beta-4/

Monal 5 beta 4
Mac and iOS betas are now up.

NOTETHIS BETA WILL DELETE ALL EXISTING MUC MESSAGES AND MUC BUDDIES.MUC SUPPORT IS CURRENTLY IN A ALPHA STATE.

ready

basic group message support (without (pleasing) UI)Message quote actionFixed appex / main app race conditionsDisplaying group messages in activeChatsViewControllerDisplaying ToFUUsing transactions (read / write)Added image quality sliderConnected download sliderBu
monal.im/blog/monal-5-beta-4/

Monal stats 3/2021
We don't track the number of users Monal has. We only do see thousands of downloads in the App Store statistics. Any user counting and crash tracking provided by Apple is strictly opt-in only. So it always undercounts. However because every user registers a push device with the push server we do see how many devices there are using Monal. This is a very rough estimate that is a bit inflated because you c
monal.im/blog/monal-stats-3-20

Get MA Vaccine Appointment Notificaitons on your devices
I've been testing a Massachusetts vaccine push system has for the past few days and it seems to be working well. Six teachers I originally made this for have used it to get vaccine appointments with little to no effort. At the moment it checks every 15 min (I will make it faster in the future) and sends out messages with signup links
monal.im/blog/get-ma-covid-vac

Get MA Covid Vaccine Appointment Notificaitons on your devices
I've been testing a Massachusetts vaccine push system has for the past few days and it seems to be working well. Six teachers I originally made this for have used it to get vaccine appointments with little to no effort. At the moment it checks every 15 min (I will make it faster in the future) and sends out messages with signup
monal.im/blog/get-ma-covid-vac

Get MA Covid Vaccine Appointment Pushes on your devices
I've been testing a Massachusetts vaccine push system has for the past few days and it seems to be working well. Six teachers I originally made this for have used it to get vaccine appointments with little to no effort. At the moment it checks every 15 min (I will make it faster in the future) and sends out messages with signup links f
monal.im/blog/get-ma-covid-vac

Monal 5 Beta 2 out
Both Mac and iOS betas have been updated.

Done

We no longer crash on xmpp connection start while registering a new accountOnly allow LMC on encrypted messages if the new msg is also encryptedFingerprint verification via QR-Code now working as expected. Shows a warning if you scan a QR-Code for a other user than expected.

Testing

Run push appex longer (should reduce needed pushes and make apple
monal.im/blog/monal-5-beta-2-o

MA residents, let’s test an XMPP vaccine system
Enough people were interested in my last post that I have rewritten my scripts in Java as a general solution and moved it over to AWS. In theory I can write an adapter for any state's data. I have Massachusetts data and will likely acquire New York next. I'm going to publish a fork of Monal that does nothing other than sign up for random XMPP account, r
monal.im/blog/ma-residents-let

Using XMPP to get a vaccine
This picture may look simple but a lot of tech went into making it happen

Even with the increased availability of covid vaccines, in the US, the problem many of us face is the the inability to get a vaccine appointment (or know where one is available). In my state, someone made a website that scrapes a lot of local data sources and provides a central location to query appointments. I notic
monal.im/blog/using-xmpp-to-ge

Monal is on Mastodon
I had never heard of Mastodon, which is sort of a federated twitter like service, until recently. Since there are a lot of open source and XMPP enthusiastic users on the Fosstodon server I have added an account there and all posts from this blog will be published there like they are on twitter. If you do use Mastodon, feel free to follow us :

fosstodon.org/@Monal
monal.im/blog/monal-is-on-mast

Monal stats 2/2021
We don't track the number of users Monal has. We do see thousands of downloads in the App Store statistics. Any user counting and crash tracking provided by Apple is strictly opt in only. So it always undercounts. However because every user registers a push device with the push server we do see how many devices there are using Monal. This is a very rough estimate that is a bit inflated because you can reset you
monal.im/blog/monal-stats-2-20

I’ve never heard of mastodon before but saw a Reddit xmpp post about this, so here I am. I’ll set up a feed like I have to Twitter to posts from the blog directly come here

Fosstodon

Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.