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Buy Tumblr and run a Mastodon server (or Pleroma) on the domain, imo

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There is no normal life that is free of pain. It's the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth. ~ Mr. Rogers

If you have to type an email or a message that is about a sensitive topic, or one that you have trouble discussing, type it out in a notepad-like application instead of the email/message app instead.

Its much easier to be honest, forthright, and frank when you're just putting text into a blank document, without the pressure of seeing the person's name, avatar, online status, etc.

I need to do this when discussing family problems or addictions with people. Really helps.

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This app literally shows unformatted text and occasional images in a list, how is it 112MB, which is 6 times the size of my first hard disk

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*rob zombie voice*

🎶​Dead I am the one
Snuggin like a bun🎶​

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Warning: If you don't schedule time for maintenance, your equipment will schedule it for you.

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“Mass facial recognition is fine, I have nothing to hide.”


Face surveillance technology wrongfully identifies Sri Lankan Brown University student as one of the Easter terrorists, and officials include hers among images of suspects they release to the press.


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#OWS are the Apple of chat apps. Their software is based on a #FreeCode core, but the packaged #Signal app is effectively proprietary software, because you're not allowed to compile it yourself and connect that binary to their servers. The Signal service is effectively proprietary because you're not allowed to use third-party clients with it. Like Apple, they use "open source" in all the ways that benefit themselves, not the ways that respect user freedoms.

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tired: trapped in vim because you can't figure out how to type esc-:q!
wired: trapped in vim because you saw how ubiquitous it is, heard how powerful it can be, and thought it would be fun to learn, and now every other text editor in existence feels unwieldy

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This is something that raises my hackles daily. Just don't do it!

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spicy software opinions, on user-configurability 

once upon a time, software came with a billion little switches. any feature it came with could be disabled. behavior could be adjusted to user taste. even the entire ui could be radically altered by end-users.

then came along apple, with their emphasis on design and heavily-curated experience, and with enough ego to declare irrelevant end-user opinions about how software should operate. this is, essentially, the software design equivalent of “tastemaking”.

to their credit, apple’s designers were, for a time, very good. the default experience that they provide was clean and approachable, and was very usable, straight off the shelf, by the average user.

and because apple’s approach worked very well for them, for a time, it caught on. google and microsoft and even mozilla and friends all took note and also moved away from providing highly-configurable software in favour of heavily-curated default designs with very few user-configurable elements.

but a thing that technology designers forget is that technology, including software, is ultimately a tool, and tools are never the final goal of a production pipeline. in the end, software, like any other tool, exists to enable its user to get other, more important things done.

and if a user disagrees with design decisions, those design decisions are wrong, even if just for that user, because they interfere with the tool’s ability to serve its own purpose.


finely-tuned default workflows are good. it is important for tools to be maximally usable straight off the shelf by the average user. this is an important element of accessibility.


users come with a wide variety of often-conflicting needs, and users know their own needs better than even the best designer.


bring back the days of heavily-configurable software!

maybe hide the more fiddly settings behind an “advanced” settings pane, sure, but do provide them. not talking about arcane undocumented registry settings or chrome/firefox-style about:config hackery, either.

software configurability is an important element of accessibility, too.

and unironically:

winamp-style ui skinning was a good thing, even if it allowed people with divergent artistic sensibilities to produce things that make you cringe.

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In which Brian Krebs loses much of the hard earned respect and support from the #infosec community...

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If you buy a used car, you might want to think about your exposure.

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Telling people “I don’t want kids”:
-“You’ll change your mind one day”
-“When you meet the right person...”
-“You don’t understand, you’re not a parent”

Telling people “My bloodline ends with me”
-Your bloodline feels sacred and mystical
-Vaguely threatening

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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.