Can you trap a galaxy in a crystal ball? I tried! Back in 2018 I took this image of the Milky Way through a crystal ball from ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile.

#astronomy #astrophotography

This toot is brought to you from a virtual machine connected through bluetooth to an android phone sharing a public wifi connection tunneled through wireguard to the home network.

Not sure if I should be proud or ashamed of that. πŸ€”

My kids and I are really excited about going to Maker Faire Gent tomorrow.

It's good to be able to go out again, experience new things and talk to like-minded nerds. ;-)

Yesterday night I felt a sudden need to give Maui Shell a try. While trying to do so starting from @danctnix on my non-pro did not end in success (I should have started with barebones), I must compliment the @plasmamobile developers for their hard work: It's gotten so much better, even on the limited hardware!
Honestly, if I had the time to redo my setup, I would totally try to do so on !

Well, I guess it's #introduction time with all the new people coming in.

I'm Jeroen, I'm a software engineer from Belgium. I'm part of the Nerdland crew, providing a podcast about science and tech news every month at

I'm a privacy activist and Tor node hoster. Looking forward to seeing the Fediverse grow :)

I also like lame jokes and tweet in NL and EN.

Also relevant to my #introduction - I am on the team that will be getting the first #NASA #JWST data of planets around other stars! Stay tuned for exoplanet results later this summer!

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What the fedi needs now is a way to get rid of old toots. Space will become critical. I use a utility at

It's free and you can set the parameters as you like. Do your admins and instance a favor and get rid of your old tired takes, your cat pictures and out of date memes.

Feel free to boost.

Plasma Mobile Gear βš™ 22.04 is here, and improves the design of the user interface, adds support for callaudiod in dialer, and other new features and bugfixes in applications like Spacebar, Neochat and Tokodon.

#Python creator Guido van Rossum puts it plain and simple. Asked about what role python could play in the #web3 world, he says

β€žLet web3 die in a flaming ball of fire.β€œ

How you end up in frustrating 'status update' meetings when you work for/with large orgs:

0. Start project and agree meetings cadence. Often weekly or monthly.

1. No-one has any time to actually do work because they're in other meetings

2. Any work that does get done can only be reviewed in meetings because no-one's got other time to look / give feedback.

3. People arrive to meetings late or have to leave early, so context is lost.

4. Work slows to a glacial pace, or in fact stops.

Last week the IT department at $ork rapidly deployed ZScaler "to mitigate attacks due to the ongoing conflict."
I thought it was just another background virus scanner type thing. However, it turns out that this thing is doing a full-blown third-party man-in-the-middle attack on all internet and intranet traffic!

While I don't like this, I can sort of understand that they want to deploy this on their own hardware. But they did this without any notification to employees.
What the hell!

Plasma Mobile Gear 22.02 is Out!πŸŽ‰ Things to look forward to: Smoother gestures; improvements to the Dialer, NeoChat, Clock, and more; lots of optimizations to the shell and its components.

#InfiniTime 1.8.0 is available for your @PINE64 #PineTime : BLE secure pairing, shake to wake, trip meter in step app, chimes, and many improvements and fixes!

Thanks everyone for your work and contributions!


Check out @kde Gear 21.12! This release packs tons of new features and apps, improvements to performance and stability, revamped interface designs, and much more.

Highlights to look forward to: gPodder syncing in Kasts, MMS support in Spacebar, and the migration from oFono to ModemManager.

Backyard astronomy 

Another attempt at astrophotography trying to point a handheld smartphone at the eyepiece. :)
This is (supposed to be πŸ˜‰) the double star cluster in Perseus.

Just noticed that it's my 1 year anniversary on fosstodon today. :)

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