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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

re: #spam
URL shorteners should be banned regardless :blobshrug:
some forums already do that

Little known fact! Most email services are hosted in the cloud.

More precisely in The Oort cloud; which is about 40 light weeks or so away. That’s why unsubscribing takes so long. #tmyk

Masto mods and admins, please open - new anti-spam tool 

/#i3 question: is it possible to configure them to use a leader key (the way , , and do)?

That is, can I configure sway so that I press some combination (like <Alt-t>) to unlock other key commands but don't need to hold down a modifier key during the rest of the key sequence?

Stenography chorded typing allows for writing at well above 200 wpm.

A small experiment on the way to making that easier to use!

I'm still thinking about getting a new laptop. How much would I regret having only 8 gigs of RAM? I'm tempted to drop down, especially considering that I tend not to run a full desktop environment anyway, and my RAM usage is pretty low (at least when I succeed in avoiding apps)

This ^^^ means I am sticking with my current "laptop", which I can basically only use as a desktop because its keyboard* has failed in the most bizarre way I've ever seen.

Here are the charterers I get when I press "asdfgh" along with <Shift>:


(Note the oddly inserted space after the "A" and the missing letters)

*I say that the "keyboard" failed, but that's not really right. The issue persists with a new keyboard, so it's really a motherboard issue with the laptop

Review of linux: very solid, easy to set up. A strong contender to replace , though the documentation/wiki isn't up to the same level yet. I'll try to put it on a future computer.

Review of the new (used) laptop with hardware specs that seemed too good to be true: the specs *were*, in fact, too good to be true and the defective computer needs to be returned.

It surprises me that Mastodon has kept on getting better and better. Everytime we get a major update, I think that Mastodon has finished adding new features and we won't see anymore big updates for a while, only to be wrong again when something I never knew I needed is released.

Phrases I have no desire to see when setting up a computer for the first time include, but are not limited to "sit back and relax while we work our magic" and "we're still working" and "still setting things up"

(I'm (temporally) setting up Windows 10 before installing my linux distro of choice, in case that wasn't obvious)

My experience so far with Mastodon, in one easy command line:

$ make friends

So... "Facebooks cryptocurrency project is backed by Uber, VISA, Paypal and Mastercard".

There is basically not a single word in that sentence I don't dislike intensely

What do y'all think about this blog post arguing that serving 404 Not Found errors instead of 403 Forbidden errors is problematicly dishonest/confusing?

From the post:

> Humans may sometimes need to lie to fully conceal sensitive information but computers should never need to

Seriously considering giving a shot on a new (used) laptop that'll be getting here tomorrow

Did anyone try replacing Firefox tabs with i3 tabs? I know how to do it but I'm still a bit concerned about the memory implications. Firefox can "hibernate" tabs that aren't used, but can it do the same if each "tab" is actually a Firefox window that's a tab in i3?

Why is it that I'm starting to write some stuff in #Emacs, then I need to grep something, I discover wgrep, then ivy-occur-grep-mode, read the Ivy documentation again, and on and on and then I shake my head: WTF was I just trying to do a few minutes ago‽

This feels like a slightly dumb question, but ...

If I move my hard drive into a different laptop, would I need to reinstall the OS, or would I be able to keep my same install? (I'm wondering about hardware support/BIOS-level stuff, mostly)

What do you use as your daily driver?
(Boosts appreciated)

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