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So my data science course project this week required me to create a map. That's it, create a map. However, implied was the use of some ... creativity :)

After some thinking, I hit on the idea of scraping Wikipedia and mapping the locations of the Mountain Association Bothies. I'm reasonably pleased with the results, for once, so I'm going to inflict it on you all as well :)


I decided to do daily incremental backups, weekly manual backups of certain folders, and at least quarterly full backups.

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In the early days of Mastodon someone would just post "Awoo" and then because the local/fed timeline was so small a bunch of other people would post "Awoo" until pretty much the entire active userbase was awooing at once.

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Some great tips here if you're using vim!

"Turn your vim editor into a productivity powerhouse |"

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To all the #infosec or #paranoid individuals, this is proof that phones do listen to private conversations and use the data for targeted advertising.

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“We Spent $3.3M Buying Out Investors: Why and How We Did It”

Buffer is one of the most transparently run companies in tech.

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It is time to remind ALL users of ALL instances that it is important to provide $$ support for your admin(s).

The instance is only so solid as its ability to absorb new users.

1) Know your admin's account.
2) Find out how they prefer to get support.
3) Give some support.
4) Encourage others, who can do so, to add their support.

Maintaining a federated instance (server[s]) is a mostly thankless job like any system admin role. It should not be an individual financial burden, too.

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The fediverse's social structure is natural.

It's setup the way humans have socialized before big cities, I have my tribe in one area and I talk to other people from nearby tribes in the area who have some stuff in common with my tribe, and I have nothing to do with the tribes that are miles away. I can also wander many miles away to lands that I have nothing in common with but that takes effort.

Now birdsite is just one big city square that you're supposed to live in. Yikes.

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when you overexpose night photos and you have a lot of moon light and no artificial light you get pictures which look like they are taken on a sunny day - just with stars.
#photography #LongExposure

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I’ll never forgive the internet for training a generation of artists and writers to call what they make “content.”

Boxes have contents. You’re a fucking ARTIST. You make ART. Own it.

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A number of people have asked about alternatives to #Kindle #eReaders lately.

Personally I can recommend Kobo, they're nice devices and you can sideload popular DRM-free formats like ePub etc.

More about them:

Where to buy them:

For more alternatives to #Amazon services, see:

#Ebooks #Books #DeleteAmazon #DeleteKindle

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I have a bunch of friends from Twitter joining Mastodon tonight so I made a quick guide to how the site works. Making it public so anyone can see/boost it if it's helpful. If you have any questions feel free to ask!

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The birth of #Linux :tux:
27 years ago.

On August 25 1991 Linus Torvalds wrote to comp.os.minix:

"I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and
professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones."

"won't be big" he said. 😃

Happy birthday, Linux, and congratulations to Mr. Torvalds.!msg/

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We wrote a post about why we decided to go English only on Fosstodon. If you're interested in a long-form explaination as to why we did it, check out this post:

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Hey guys look what I found

It's Windows 95 running as an Electron app, the only two things I absolutely adore!

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