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One of the top frustrating things about having a growing audience is that you can not rely on any shared or historic knowledge. Everything has to be said with the assumption that the reader has not seen a single other word from you and knows nothing about you. Every thought or announcement has to inline all the fundamentals.

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slower computers, please 

I'm a computer guy, but I'm very much over fast computers. Most of your computer's resources are wasted loading ads and trackers on webpages. Video games require more and more power to deliver less interesting experiences. Don't get me started on cryptocurrency. Computers are getting increasingly complex, therefore less reliable, nearly impossible to repair, wasteful, and devastating to the environment. We need #slowcomputers and more #retrocomputing

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Never read Dracula before? Would you like to read it.... over RSS? Dracula is entirely made up of letters, telegrams, newspaper articles. Each has a date, between May 3rd and November 10th, Last year, and now this year, Dracula Daily has offered people the ability to read the classic novel "in real time". It just started, so if you add draculadaily.substack.com/feed to your newsreader, you can follow along this year.

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I tell y'all what, Emacs and Emacspeak are just amazing! Tried to use top(1), and it was hard to understand the table. With proced-mode, I was able to tab through the data and hear like "CPU percent: 1.5" and stuff like that. Everything should run on Emacs. #emacs #a11y #emacspeak

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I'd like to remind any Linux developers that blind people are just as interested in Linux as sighted people are. Namely, a lot of blind teens that get into coding get into Linux. Blind adults that may want to change jobs and make more money than minimum wage or close to it, and blind technologists. On a popular forum for the blind, the current non-sticky top post is a blind person contending with Arch Linux.[1]

[1] forum.audiogames.net/topic/448

#a11y #linux #foss

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Mastodon has a verification mechanism, though it looks different from Twitter's. We do not ask for your documents. Instead, if you have a website that you are known by, you can verify that you are the owner of that website.

Link to your Mastodon profile from the website, either through a visible link, or through a <link> tag in the head of the document, with a rel=me attribute, and link back to that page from your Mastodon profile. It should then get a green checkmark, like @Mastodon.

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Hallo, liebe Mastodon-Community! Das Team der UNO-Flüchtlingshilfe ist ab sofort auch hier vertreten und "trötet" über die Arbeit des #UNHCR und den weltweiten Einsatz für Flüchtlinge. Folgt uns gerne auch auf diesem Kanal und steht mit uns zusammen #WithRefugees! 💙

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Hello Mastodon art people! I’m Julia, an illustrator and naturalist from Germany. I’ve quit all social media a few years ago because addictive algorithms, ads, infinite scrolling and tracking surveillance were killing my creativity.
Mastodon is likely the last social media experiment I’ll try. Here are some birds for you, because although I’ve left Twitter, I love drawing birds.
#introduction
#MastoArt #art #illustration #birds #watercolor #TraditionalArt

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#Introduction time I guess! I'm an astronomer and science communicator at the European Southern Observatory. I used to do research + technical duties at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile, but now I work full time on science communication at our HQ in Germany. I love astrophotography, so you can expect some cool night pics here ;-)

If anyone is eager to try out the recently published version of to write before the IDEs have caught up with the changes: I have just written a short blog post on how to set up Inform and a basic project and build + package it from the command line. Worked even out of the box on the ARM-based CPU of the ! Will be fun continuing my previous IF attempts on the reform's mechanical keyboard :D

hoowl.se/getting_started_writi

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Did you see the news that all of the #JWST instruments are aligned now?

Check out this comparison of one of the newly released calibration images from the MIRI instrument compared to images taken of the same region of space by the WISE and Spitzer space telescopes! Look at that resolution! So many newly resolved stars and structures! 🤩

I can't wait for all the new discoveries we'll make with JWST! #Science data starts in only a couple months!

(Image from @/AndrasGasper on birdapp)

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Okay, it's time to tell new users a secret about Mastodon.

Mastodon is (whispers) part of a much bigger network 😮

Mastodon servers use an open standard called ActivityPub to talk to each other. That's how you interact with people on other Mastodon servers.

But, dozens of other federated networks also use ActivityPub, so (this is the good bit!) you can follow people on these other networks from your Mastodon account!

For example:

PixelFed (pixelfed.org) is a photo sharing network, here's a random example account @Iancylkowski

PeerTube (joinpeertube.org) is a video sharing network, with a p2p system that allows videos to go viral even on small servers, here's a random account @craftykat

BookWyrm (joinbookwyrm.com) is a social reading site, an open alternative to Amazon's Goodreads, here's a random account @mouse

Together, Mastodon and these other services form... The Fediverse :fediverse:

(whispers) Click on the link...

framatube.org/w/4294a720-f263-

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echo "Is this real life?" | cowsay -n | cowsay -n | cowsay -n | cowsay -n

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Greetings, #fediverse! My partner is currently considering joining #Mastodon - does anyone know of a #Lego #instance ? I've tried searching to no avail.

Boosts appreciated!

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Time for yet another Tw*tter exodus #introduction!

I'm a writer, reader, crafter, cat person, and tabletop, board, and video gamer. I recently finished a novel-length fan fiction and have more fan fic and original fiction in the works.

Things you're likely to find here include #books #writing #reading #fandom #fanfic #soapmaking #ttrpg #cats #history #food #feminism #leftist #zines #anxiety #mentalhealth

And probably a whole lot more for I contain multitudes of weirdness.

The interactive fiction compiler has just been released as open source under a free license!

While I only have a first try writing IF under my belt, coding in inform is fascinating: every line that compiles is also grammatically correct English! So writing a program in inform is exactly what I expected programming was like as a kid when first hearing about the concept: describing in a natural language what you want to see on the screen. An inspiring experience!

intfiction.org/t/inform-7-v10-

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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.