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Alright, time for a new home. Fosstodon has been recommend to me by quite a few people as the place that matches my interests, so, uh, here I am!

For those not following me over from, I'm a FOSS community manager, wannabe data scientist, sysadmin and devops enthusiast. Currently very interested in and , but will happily talk endlessly about pretty much anything.

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Want to create a form to ask questions or plan something? No need to give all your data to Google again, there's a #nextcloud app for that!

I just realised we need as well as . Clearly, this occurred to me while cooking...

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Reading my new Tufte books, think I've found a new email sig...

"If the statistics are boring, then you've got the wrong numbers." Edward R. Tufte, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

Serendipity - noun: The act of finding this talk about teaching communication to scientists, while writing a presentation for my boss ....

Time to go rewrite that, I guess...

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Trying to update my OnePlus 3 to OxygenOS 9.0.3 and failing with "Installation failed" shortly after rebooting from the running OS into the OTA updater. Is it because I have an unlocked bootloader?

Today in "books I really should own already"... Getting new books is always nice though!

Interesting. I just got a mail to an email address which was solely dedicated to my (now defunct) Google Nest... have Google started selling email addresses in addition to all their other fun?


/cc @zyx (although since you already know Heather I'm sure you've already read this) - perhaps Mozilla has an opinion here?

Absolutely *superb* analysis here from Heather Burns ( on how the new "age appropriate design" regulation from the UK ICO is a *disaster*

TLDR is that it mandates *all* if us (yes, us - anyone in the UK or who runs a website that UK people can access) to become complicit in surveillance, profiling, and destructive fear-building. It's *awful*.

Do read, I hope it makes you as concerned as I am - the ICO needs to change tack on this...

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A few months ago, Microsoft decided to collaborate with Google and drop its web engine in favor of Google's.

Earlier this week, Google blocked all ad blockers, and now Microsoft has de-listed UBlock Origin (a powerful ad-blocker). Without real choice, monopolies will dictate what you see and do on the Internet.

Real choice comes with Free/Open Source Software.

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As seen in a German thread: does the news reflect what we die from? Comparing actual numbers in the US, Google searches, and reports in two big newspapers, one from the USA and one from the UK. Take a look at the info graphic.

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Nice demo using pulp as a mirror for Debian repositories and performing a complete installation.

I would also have worked with non-lazy sync policy, if you had enough storage.

Hello, gout-ness, my old friend
You've come to pain me once again
Because an acid softly creeping
Left its crystals while I was sleeping

Ow. Where's my naproxen...

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The FOSS world is amazing.

I'm apt updating Ubuntu on my laptop. Hundreds of new packages!

I've only contributed financially (or otherwise) to a handful of projects, but I keep getting all this other stuff for free. It's amazing.

Thank you, community.

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