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I want to be able to tell my friends why is better than the birdsite, so I wrote a thing: "Mastodon Is Better than Twitter: Elevator Pitch"
codesections.com/blog/mastodon

I want this to be as persuasive as possible to outsiders, so I'd appreciate as much feedback as possible from Mastodon users

My review of @technomancy's keyboard kind of got away from me – it ended up at over 5,000 words.

What can I say? It's a *really* good keyboard, and it turns out that I had a lot to say!

My review: codesections.com/blog/atreus-r

HN discussion: news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2

I've always known that the human brain is *way* too eager to find patterns in random noise.

But there's something about watching my brain automatically attempting to construct meaning out of random program output – output that I *know* is random because I wrote the program! – that really drives that point home.

Do you guys remember that scene in Batman where Morgan Freeman destroys the crazy intrusive spying device because it would be unethical to use, then the next part where corporations and governments IRL thought "that's neat, we should build one"

I just came across this sentence:

> I don't know who you're.

As a native English speaker, that strikes me as grammatically incorrect, but I can't for the life of me figure out what rule it breaks.

Married White Male and Linux Enthusiast, looking for a svelte, minimal window manager (no primary tiling, please) that works great with a mouse or keyboard;

Likes simple configuration and window decorations. X or Wayland compatible. Must be able to handle multiple monitors (mostly just external) simply.

Serious responses only.

> I'm starting to think that a QWERTY layout (with the normal asdf home row) would be more comfortable if the outer keys were shifted down like in the picture.…Or am I just somehow holding it wrong?

After a bit more experimentation and reading, I've concluded that "you're holding it wrong" *was* the correct answer in this case.

Specifically, I think I've been placing my keyboard ~8 inches too far forward, which changed the angles involved just enough to throw my pinkies out of alignment

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Data loss due to corrupt disks yesterday on two client machines.

👏 👏 👏 👏

Also: If you use Outlook. Offline PST files are time bombs. Back your shit up.

Back it up.

Do it now.

I'll wait.

Look, I'm even doing it with you.

There is no reason not to do it.

Back it up.

DO IT.

> Does anyone else think that standard advice about finger positioning is designed for people with far longer pinkies than humans actually have?

For example, the image below (from the "touch typing" Wikipedia article) clearly seems to depict some sort of humanoid alien with fingers of exactly equal length.

I may not know what a natural typing position is, but I know it's not *that*

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Does anyone else think that standard advice about finger positioning is designed for people with far longer pinkies than humans actually have?

For example, I'm starting to think that a QWERTY layout (with the normal asdf home row) would be more comfortable if the outer keys were shifted down like in the picture.

Do you feel the same? Or do I just have freakishly short pinkies? Or am I just somehow holding it wrong?

apparently, the reason why @Tusky was succumbing to Unicode Bidi exploits (e.g. forcing text outside of usernames, etc. to display right-to-left) was not because they weren't trying to do things right, but because Google's Unicode implementation is just wrong. huge thanks to @Tak for fixing it in the code after I helped point out how to fix this!

github.com/tuskyapp/Tusky/pull

US pol, mostly non-political; reasuring 

I'm not exactly sure what it is, but there's something very reassuring about being able to literally watch a live-stream of the votes being counted: youtu.be/-Zzb-7EH-MQ

(apologizes for the YouTube link, but I guess the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hasn't set up their PeerTube account yet)

Function documentation:

Hey folks: the Fosstodon CoC is always important, but it might be *especially* important today. A few quotes to remember:

* Fosstodon is *not* a free speech zone
* Fosstodon is *not* an advocacy space
* Do not be intentionally antagonistic
* Do not post about inflammatory, controversial subjects without a Content Warning.

Full CoC: hub.fosstodon.org/code-of-cond

Be kind to each other out there, and generous with your use of Content Warnings!

Greetings, from my new Guix machine! (everything is working so far!)

one of those days where i want to multiplex my stuff better

For anyone who needs the encouragement: I am running much (but not all) of my web presence off an old computer in my parents' networking cabinet.

I've got Git & SSH running there, providing me most of what I want regarding code hosting. Plus I added a CGit web UI for something to link you to.

And I've got nginx serving *several* static websites!

This takes *very* little maintainance and nicely illustrates how peer-to-peer hosting could do away with the need for many Silicon Valley offerings!

@kensanata

When you describe your aerc config at
alexschroeder.ch/wiki/2020-06- you said you're using the line

$ex = <C-^>

in your [compose::editor] section. Does that line work to let you open an aerc command line by pressing <C-^>? I ask because I couldn't get that binding (or *any* Ctrl+ bindings) to open a command line.

I asked on the IRC, and another user reproduced my issue and I filed a bug: todo.sr.ht/~sircmpwn/aerc2/459

But if it's working for you, maybe I just misconfigured something

Renewed my support of Fosstodon this morning.

I was attempting to send an email to a mailing list to discuss a blog post, and almost made the embarrassing error of sending a totally blank email.

I almost made that mistake because I didn't understand how to use the new email client I'm trying out. But I seem to have been saved by the mailing list software filtering out my blank email.

Twist: The email client, mailing list software, and blog post were all written by @sir

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