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Announcing - an open-source, ActivityPub-compliant alternative to GoodReads, Coursera etc.

The goal is to build humanity's universal learning map by tagging learning resources with rich metadata such as topics, format, length, cost etc. There's a companion browser extension, a mobile app and peer-groups for project-based learning, mentored by selected experts and more.

The webapp is built with Ruby, Rails and PostgreSQL. Inviting devs:

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@nilesh Rust's `iced` is a "write once, run everywhere" too, if Flutter's too bloated. And I do mean anywhere:

Giving Flutter a try for building Linux desktop apps. I'm always a sucker for the hype of "Write once, run everywhere" promises. 😂

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New to Mastodon, ready to abandon other social streams. Hoping to find like minds. I'm into Astronomy, RC racing (in a big way), model engineering, cars, IT (particularly hardware) and science in general.

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Following a successful inaugural conference in 2019, we have expanded APConf 2020 to a four day event that will occur entirely on line.
The Q&As and Sessions happen via Big Blue Button.

If you do attend and never used BBB why not watch a short introduction video

Please add ideas, sessions and hackathon proposals to the forum

#activitypub #conference #2020 #event

7yo is fascinated with the idea of Zugzwang from chess. I think I will show her Wargames this weekend. 😀

The perfect tablet does not exist:

A: Good hardware+software to achieve low latency

B: Supports multiple user accounts

C: Has alternative app stores so it doesn't choke innovation

D: Provides regular software upgrades for long life.

Apple scores on A & D whereas Android on B & C.

FOSS Hackathon for Indian developers. Spread the word! Their Telegram group is here: and Discourse forum here:

Why is Google & Android so bad at audio latency? It's 2020 and they have been at it since v4.1:

They still can't beat the original iPod Touch from 2008. And this is when the underlying Linux OS has been shown to achieve latency as low as 1ms.

AMD and Nvidia are kicking ass lately! Amazing what a bit of competition can bring. A machine with Zen 3 CPU + 3070Ti + USB 4 + Wifi 6 would be really sweet.

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If Google does not want to listen to my explanations, I will not change the app for them.
The way they are acting is unfair and don't give any trust concerning next publications.
I prefer to spend my time to help people to switch on #FDroid for getting the app.


New feature! 🎉

You can now subscribe to topics and learning resources right within your existing Slack channels by adding our Slack bot:

Not a lot of interest in expanding the alternatives list for this extension: Just got a single PR so far:

Perhaps I should just hand it over to folks at @privacytools or @switchingsoftware ?

I have been using MailGun for to send email updates to users. Is there an alternative who has slightly more generous quota for FOSS projects?

I know Amazon SES offers 60K emails / month but they require migrating from Heroku to AWS which I'd like to avoid for now.

ActivityPub clients don't have to look like Twitter / Mastodon. I'd love to see a client that works like RSS feed reader apps.

This Hachi projector with Android and multi-touch built-in is super cool!

Who is building Airtable-like UI for a real PostgreSQL database instance?

"Better" can be subjective. So, eventually, the users will be able to subscribe to multiple lists maintained by different communities using different parameters.

This is why I released early: To be able to attract more contributors. 😉

Show thread now has RSS feeds for each topic. Users can get updated whenever new learning resources on their favorite topics are added. For eg, here is the one for Category Theory:

Haven't added a subscribe button/icon on the topic pages, but the auto-discovery works.

I made a thing! 🎉

It's a browser extension that recommends "better" alternative products and services via in-page popups, based on community-curated lists. Available for all Chromium and Firefox-based browsers.

We live in times where the distributions costs are hampering the adoption of higher-quality (which could mean security, privacy, ethics, local etc) products. I am hoping that this extension can eventually be managed by orgs like IFF, EFF or FSF.

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