+ I'm old enough to remember the Web of the 1990s/ 2000s.
It was a maze. You followed hypertext links, stumbled into forums and early troll-caves, used Slashdot and GoTo, experimented with LiveJournal and Blogger.

It wasn't safe, it was filled with weirdness, appealed heavily to geeks and loners. Being on the web in that era was a serious trip.

But it wasn't corporate. It wasn't the tool of major governments, yet. It was defiantly decentralised, and when you were online...

... you felt free.

"Challenges in the Decentralised Web: The Mastodon Case" (PDF) emilianodc.com/PAPERS/mastodon

Interesting academic paper analyzing the fediverse and how different instances and users are connected to one another. It's cool that the Mastodon API is open enough that researchers can do this kind of work.

Just re-upping this offer: because being comfortable with git is a barrier to entry to many FS/OSS projects, and because I care deeply about lowering those barriers, I will tutor anyone who asks for help with git, and/or connect them with any mentor(s) they might prefer.

I'll do this while I put energy and work into making the tool more approachable, and into making better tools and learning paths.

Boosts gratefully appreciated.


Saw on reddit and had to share. If your site is bad enough to not allow pasting, it's also not worth manually typing my randomly generated 50 character password into.

UK politics 

Me as a kid when I started to learn programming: "This is really exciting, but I can't imagine any piece of software I can write. Everything already exists…"
Me now: "How do I find the time to build all these things I want?"

ICANN granted Amazon.com the domain '.amazon' today, rather than the entire geographic region of the Amazon Basin.

Acts like this are colonial, obviously, but also a slap in the face to early internet promises of global representation + shared power. Its really sad.


#GAFAM #GAFA #amazon

(via everest-pipkin.com/ , thanks ! )

Not sure I got close enough to Fitz and the Tantrums on Thursday night at Res Hat Summit.

Having a great time at Red Hat Summit so far! Finishing up day 2 with an Ansible talk by Dell EMC.

Will @purism change their marketing and language use to make sure people know what the upstream software is? Will they explain the choices they made regarding disabling reports on their mastodon instance? What will their policy be regarding upstreaming of their changes (historically pretty good, but doesn't seem promising as of now...)?

They're breaking the GPLv3 license terms of at least @Tusky, this launch has been nothing short of a disaster in my eyes if these issues are not addressed.

"Hi, I don't care, thanks." is turning out to be an incredibly powerful sentence, I've been using it a lot lately. Men don't seem to be able to work out if they should throw a tantrum or apologise.

But... That's completely acceptable as per free software definition and freedoms.
@todd @todd

/e/ is looking for a full-time developer (remote/telecommuting).

- good programming background
- likes to dive into complex things, result-driven, autonomous, knows GIT
- likes to work in multi-cultural environment

Interested in changing the world with us? Contact me at gael@e.email + resume
#jobs #opensource #android #privacy #remotejob #developer

My life significantly improved once I realized that nothing that happens on Twitter is actually real

Watched an interesting conversation with Haidar from @freedomboxfndn Good follow-up questions from the audience. After hearing some of the answers I'm fairly convinced to give it a shot when I get home.

Having a great time at LFNW! Meeting some voices I’ve listened to for a long time. Looking forward to more tech talk and networking this afternoon!

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