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Don't Contribute Anything Relevant in Web Forums Like Reddit
... just a few days old and it already is the number one blog article of mine according to access and feedback. 😎

I'm just starting "My journey FROM the cloud".

Pine phone has arrived. Community Edition: KDE Plasma Mobile with Convergence Package. Now to figure out which way is up. I know where my weekend is going ! @PINE64

*opens birdsite*

*sees people yelling about... the gender of a potato?*

*closes birdsite*

😕 🤷

I put identical polls out yesterday here and on my Twitter account:
- Mastodon 200 followers: 56 votes
- Twitter 2,000 followers: 2 votes

This is consistent with my general impression about these two platforms:

Twitter is mostly web 1.0 consumption, Mastodon is web 2.0 social.

I will respond to this poll:

The great thing about reaching out to an #Emacs person: if the personal web page is down, you get his/her email address from his/her GitHub/GitLab emacs mail configuration section. 😉

I use notmuch to tag my incoming email. I look for the word "unsubscribe" to weed out mailing lists, mail from the endless websites I've had to sign up to and corporate goo. This is a alias I've been using for over 20 years.

4 of 5 messages contain "unsubscribe". Time to migrate 1:1 communications with real people to a new address.

if microsoft word tells me not to use the passive voice one more time, it will be harmed by me

📱 Instant messaging clients. Choose wisely what you use to communicate.

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Tackling the Monopoly Problem

There was a time when people who were exploring computational technology saw it as the path toward decentralization and freedom worldwide. What we have ended up with, instead, is a world that is increasingly centralized, subject to surveillance, and unfree. How did that come to be? In a keynote at the online 2021 event, Cory Doctorow gave his view of this problem and named its source: monopoly.

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#CoryDoctorow #Pluralistic #Monopoly #Decentralisation #Centralisation #Surveillance #SurveillanceCapitalism #SurveillanceState #LinuxConfAU #LWN

If you crosspost from twitter to mastodon I would really appreciate it if you marked your account as a bot (see for explanation of the effect).

If it's a dual purpose account (i.e. crossposting AND direct posting), then I would appreciate it if you created a separate account for the twitter crossposting and marked that as a bot account.

Crossposted tweets appear as a mess of broken links, missing threads, and the account is often unresponsive to replies.


"The first step of any project is to grossly underestimate its complexity and difficulty."

– Nicoll Hunt

Such wise words.

focus is precious and focus when working on hard problems must be rigorously defended

Probably the unknowingly smartest move I made in my career was adopting Emacs as my editor. Lead to my interest in FOSS philosophy, exploration of lisps leading to deeper exploration of CS, not to mention being the world's most productive development environment.

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