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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"

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

Like I don't need a special day to declare my love of my spouse, I don't need a special day to declare my love of FS. I love them both everyday.

Is there any point to rotating SSH keys but keeping the same passphrase on the new key that the user had on the old one? It *seems* like security theater, but I'm not sure I'm thinking about all threat models.

(And I certainly see a lot of recommendations about rotating keys that don't mention changing the passphrase at the same time. Including in @mwlucas's excellent SSH Mastery – which I just read and which inspired me to up my SSH security.)

I'm looking for a new TV. Why are ALL TV's on the market "smart"? I don't need that at all. I have an hdmi cable if I want to connect something to it, I have chromecast if I want to stream. There is no need for an operating system on my television.

Hmmm, now *there's* a bug I've never run into before: someone printed a PDF from a mac, and every "A" and "a" in the file was replaced with a "7".

The original PDF was unaltered.

Printers, man

Okay, I know what some will say you: some may not like GLib or D-Bus, or maybe can't use them because $REASONS, and/or maybe you want something smaller with less dependencies…

Did you know that OpenWRT has a small message bus which has been seriously battle tested? Enter ubus:

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can create a point-to-point VPN network. Is that something that could be used to replace a connection?

Is there a concealable near future where we "wireguard" in to remote servers to administer them instead of SSHing in? If so, what would be the advantages/disadvantages of this versus current practice with SSH?

(I'm very open to the idea that I've misunderstood something fundamental and this question is really dumb/not-even-wrong)

I don't get it why people constantly push operating systems down each other's throats. If y'all just used Guix we wouldn't have this problem.

It was a stormy weekend so I took the opportunity to move to Arch Linux. Now I run the lightest, fastest and smoothest Gnome I've ever seen. And I can say I use Arch btw.

Here's how I switched from macOS to after 15 years of Apple

It's funny how when Google provides enterprise management profile templates, that they're no longer fucking valid. What a joke. NONE of the preferences set in the template work.

Just a heads up, to suppress the first-run dialog, you just have to set two preferences:

DefaultBrowserSettingEnabled: true/false

More info in an upcoming blog post like, within the next month, I wanna say?


Working on a proposal for my partners employer to host a local Nextcloud server. I pitched the idea in passing and their jaws dropped at how well it would fit into their business.
It’s beyond their IT staff’s skills so I would be building/maintaining it.


To those of you who use Wayland, what has been your experience using it? Why do you use it over X? What are its advantages and disadvantages? Is there anything you can't do with Wayland that you can do with X, or vice versa?

I have a theory that I'd like y'all's help in testing. Setting aside convention/what you're used to as much as you can, which of the following two code examples do you find more readable?

Door number 1:

Door number 2:

(Also interested in any additional thoughts you have beyond a simple vote)

federated git repository hosting, a.k.a. tarballs and patches

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"Every platform dies off some day. Geocities, LiveJournal, now Yahoo Groups. One day, Medium, Twitter, and even hosting services like GitHub Pages will be plundered then discarded when they can no longer grow or cannot find a working business model"

(a persian-jalali-khayyam calendar)
a cli calendar
And my new background picture: tomb of hafez (a Persian poet 1315-1390) photo by myself

I think I need to write a fully open-source video game. Seeing the same ones at the top of the Game of the Year lists is cool and all, but I think we can do better.

You: NextCloud, ownCloud, SyncThing
Me, an intellectual: rsync

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