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Nigel @ignitionigel@fosstodon.org

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As a Linux user we should embrace newcomers and provide support and guidance.
We are the future.

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@mike turns out the trick is turn every single vowel into an "i".

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Nothing much beats finding out 30 seconds prior to an audition that the character is from New Zealand. #panic #help #focus #flightoftheconchords

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I want to write something to test out my write.as account, but I'm drawing a total blank today. Someone please inspire me.

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The Arch Wiki is the closest thing to a Sacred Text on the internet

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So we ran from the "normal" people and their status games into our nerd caves, where computers don't mind us speaking to them in a very direct way. And made the Internet, so that we can talk to other nerds like us.

But then it turned out there's money in being able to talk to computers. And because of that, those people we ran from are trying to invade our little hiding place.

There's a long but good blog post by @maradydd that helped me understand it medium.com/@maradydd/when-nerd

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Hey I know there’s a lot of #Linux users in the #fediverse. Why and how should I, as a not very tech-savvy Windows 10 user, switch to Linux, and which distro should I use? I’ve been thinking about switching for a while but I want some expert opinions.

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I need to get (the original) Excel for work (alternatives wont do, I got those already). How do I do this on Ubuntu? Microsoft doesn't have a Linux version yet, right?

I'd really appreciate any hints and help with this...

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#ActivityPub support is now available to everyone! 🎉 🎊 :fediverse:

Write.as blogs don't federate by default, so to enable it you can either sign up with our new page: write.as/new/blog/federated, or if you're already on Write.as, go to your blog's Customize page and click "Enable federation"

Note this also includes support for custom domains. So if your domain is hosted with us, you can now choose your handle when you enable federation and your blog will be accessible in the fediverse!

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@pea who needs arguments over Salmon and ActivityPub when you could have actual salmon and actual pub

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OH: "Yeah, that's a good point. I can code, so I suppose I could just built this functionality myself. That's what's great about Slack. If you want something it doesn't have, you might be able to find it, or buy it... but you can very likely build some version of it."

That's some serious Stockholm Syndrome right there. Plus, super annoying how corporations are hijacking the opensource spirit of DIY.

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Also, Strava alternative based on ActivityPub, when

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@kev Very true. If I recall, the official list of instances is organized by instance/size instead of topic, right? Maybe that should be flipped? Like a word cloud of topics -> click -> instances for that topic?

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@Modern_Industrial I personally think that Mastodon is very simple to grasp, however the point of entry definitely needs work.

The Twitter OP has a point, unfortunately. Having to pick from thousands of instances, with no simple way to catalogue, search and filter, is extremely difficult.

I think it puts many users off.

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I'm using my laptop that much now that I have decided to get a docking station for my study, but that would then render my desktop pretty useless.

So, the question is, do I sell the desktop or do something interesting with it? If the latter, what?

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Up and coming Tantivy 0.7 is faster than Lucene in most tests: reddit.com/r/rust/comments/962.

Tantivy is a full-text search engine library written in Rust, github.com/tantivy-search/tant. It is just excellent. A project to follow closely.

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@rtwx I could use some help. I'm getting locale errors with Lutris. I've exported the correct locale, but can't get it to launch.

pastebin.com/tG9ah9QY

Using latest Ubuntu 18.04 setup instructions. Even tried editing the /usr/bin/lutris file directly, but it won't find the right locale setting.