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I'm not sure where I'm going with this but it was a small epiphany to realize that not feeling compelled to use #mastodon wasn't a bad thing and wasn't a design failure.

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Release 1.0.0

The new major version is now released. It's mostly the code behind the scenes that has been changed so it will be easier for me to add new features and mange the project. But you can see some changes in the UI.

New features
* Streams = new posts instantly
* Confirmation before favorite, boost etc.

Read more on the release page


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Never read Dracula before? Would you like to read it.... over RSS? Dracula is entirely made up of letters, telegrams, newspaper articles. Each has a date, between May 3rd and November 10th, Last year, and now this year, Dracula Daily has offered people the ability to read the classic novel "in real time". It just started, so if you add draculadaily.substack.com/feed to your newsreader, you can follow along this year.

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You know what? I've been way too polite on this particular account when it comes to Amazon's disgusting, and yes, illegal practices.

I get that authors feel obliged due to audience and income to stock their books with Amazon, but there has to be a limit.

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Today is the last day you can get the @BundleForUkraine on
As little as 10 USD can get you 998 items, from analog RPGs to really awesome
Of course you can choose to spend a little more if you can afford it 💸
Proceeds go to charities (International Medical Corps and Voices for Children) 🤝
More info on the page:
Boosts welcome 🔃

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Kinda surprised and deeply disappointed with the state of :rss: support by source code platforms.

What I want: subscribe to releases/tags on some repos to be able to track them in a RSS feed

What I get:
:github: supports it, but it's not documented. There is one single Medium blog post about this feature.
:gitlab: doesn't support it, and I couldn't find an issue for it.
:gitea: :codeberg: has an issue open since 2017, not implemented.

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The place where I work, Meedan, is hiring a Backend Engineer (Rails/Postgres):


You'd be helping build software that helps fact checkers at different organizations coordinate their work (basically a CMS for fact checkers).

It does not pay as well as a Big Tech job, but I love doing programming work where I can go to sleep at night thinking "I did not help rich people get richer." Maybe you will too.


Also shoutout to my own simple script: `broke-backup.sh` for allowing me a simple way to know what files I was missing throughout the process.


Happy to have a real concrete use for something I worked on

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Had my first real drive failure this week.
7.1 TB of (replaceable) data.
fsck got the drive at least partially readable again, and allowed ~4TB to be copied to a replacement drive.

SnapRAID saved the remaining ~3TB. After fixing permissions and some cleanup of duplicate files in my (mergerfs) drivepool, I am running at 100% less than 48 hours later. That includes purchasing and shipping a replacement drive.

Really pleased with the result!

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After a bit of research, our ranking and buying guide for phones is out! It is meant to focus on the overall usability of the devices, and will be updated in the future as the situation evolves. We hope it helps!


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@stux @ranx I was once in the Bell building, having breakfast in the staff lounge when the Operations Officer (OPS) walks in. This guy was the definition of NOT a morning person; he’s still half asleep, bleary eyed… basically a zombie with a bagel. He sits down across from me to eat his bagel and is just barely conscious. My back is to the far side of the building, and the morning sun is blazing in one of the windows putting a big bright-ass square of light right on his barely conscious face. He’s squinting and chewing and basically just remembering how to be alive for today. It’s painful to watch.

But then zombie-OPS stops chewing, slowly picks up the phone, and dials the movers. In his well-known I’m-still-totally-asleep voice, he says ‘heeeey. It’s OPS. Could you… shift our barpat… yeah, one six five. Thanks.’ And puts the phone down. And then he just sits there. Squinting. Waiting.

And then, ever so slowly, I realize that that big blazing spot of sun has begun to slide off the zombie’s face and onto the wall behind him. After a moment it clears his face and he blinks slowly a few times and the brilliant beauty of what I’ve just witnessed begins to overwhelm me. By ordering the movers to adjust the building by about 90 degrees, he’s changed our orientation just enough to reposition the sun off of his face. He’s literally just redirected thousands of tons of concrete and hundreds of people so that he could get the sun out of his eyes while he eats his bagel. I am in awe.

He slowly picks up his bagel and for a moment I’m terrified at the thought that his own genius may escape him, that he may never appreciate the epic brilliance of his laziness (since he’s not going to wake up for another hour). But between his next bites he pauses, looks at me, and gives me the faintest, sly grin, before returning to gnaw slowly on his zombie bagel.
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Remember when Microsoft shut down Xbox Live Indie Games and said “don’t worry, we’re working with archivists and historians to make sure all of these unique games by amateur creators that don’t run anywhere else are preserved” and then just didn’t

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This idea was pointed out to me yesterday, and now I can't stop thinking about it:

The music industry makes more money on existing music than on new music.

Marketing budgets go to get Country Roads featured in six films in one summer season, rather than to promote new artists.

Modern copyright law means that these companies can keep exploiting this backlog at the expense of new music for 100 years, but it's worse than that.


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Just got Outside Influence, a new e-zine made by Hardware Things, the best newsletter about hardware tech on the African continent: hardwarethings.org/zine

I published my first real coding project! Just a little bash script I use for tracking replaceable data I can't afford to truly backup.

It's called broke-backup.sh and can be found here:

It's nothing crazy but I learned a lot while working on it, including getting familiar with git.

How many choices should polls have?

After multiple years of logging into my homeserver as root, I’ve *finally* spent some time setting up a user account to use.
Should have done this from the outset… better late than never though.

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Don't just delete that unwanted email! Log into that account, find that unsubscribe link, create a rule to delete those emails! Find a way to remove those from your attention. You're wasting your time otherwise.

First time I've done a poll... only having four choices is pretty limiting...

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