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I'm (re)joining the community! This will be my primary account, mainly tooting about mainly and geekery

Simon :linux: boosted

Wait, duckduckgo search results are mostly bing? I'm not sure how I feel about this.:" DuckDuckGo gets its results from over four hundred sources. These include hundreds of vertical sources delivering niche Instant Answers, DuckDuckBot (our crawler) and crowd-sourced sites (like Wikipedia, stored in our answer indexes). We also of course have more traditional links in the search results, which we also source from multiple partners, though most commonly from Bing (and none from Google)."

Tips for getting followed on (according to me).

1) liking and/or boosting my posts is a great way to get noticed if I don't already follow you. I always check the profile of anyone who does, as I'm always looking for new interesting people to follow.

2) write a profile bio. I need to know something about you

3) if you work with, or just like , then I'll probably follow you. I don't set the bar very high.

4) toots on your timeline, primarily in English.

Royal mail have a new set of classic video game stamps. They also do them as postcards. My desk area is getting decorated!

I'm looking for a software engineer with and/or skills to help make better (typically ) research software in this enjoyable role. UK/London area. Please boost for visibility

About to start my digital detox for three weeks, which I do each year, while still trying to do my day job. Trying to break the habit of hours of frivolous smartphone use each day and to recalibrate myself. I'm also cutting out current affairs, since it's a constant stream of negativity and fearmongering. Stopping alcohol too but that's the easy one tbh. Over and out

Achievement unlocked: I just managed to pick the lock on my HP microserver after losing the keys 😂

things i enjoyed most in #2019
favourite : Masters of doom
series: Spiral, Deutschland 86.
: windjammers (MAME)
: cryptoqueen (one-off series), ubuntu podcast and darknet diaries
instance: fosstodon
channel: retromancave
favourite purchased : "notes and the like" by ms. john soda. also enjoyed "designer" by aldous harding
...can't say i've been overwhelmed by any particular film. star wars was OK though.

and are alive and well among people concerned about . 13% of the 1.5M visitors to "am i unique" site were from Linux machines, and 42% from firefox.

#starwars episode IX spoiler 

Simon :linux: boosted

#Sonos is evil. They have a “recycle mode” that bricks your device on purpose and makes sure they can never be used again. Pure software. Even though speakers are perfectly OK. This should be illegal.

Planning on trolling colleagues at the next infosec group meeting by running this xfce/win95 total conversion. Even comes with the boot screen.

Want a bit of peace this Christmas?This neat site might keep an adult or child occupied for a few minutes, and learn something too.

If you have loads of on , use this scraper instead to collect box art. Seems to work in about 1% of the time taken by the stock emulationstation one

Installed the MS electron desktop app because i got added to a group at work. It's immediately consuming nearly 700MB. I may need a separate computer just to use teams and O365 email.

masters of doom, micro review: kushner spent six years gathering the inside story for this tale of id software, the innovation behind doom, , subsequent massive success and growth of the industry. The relationship between Romero/Carmack is detailed in an engaging way, via access to many characters, and Romero's archives. The book is a great read for anyone interested in gaming/tech, and is an insight into brilliant but flawed individuals, and the trappings of success and hype.

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