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@fribbledom You've got me thinking about the portability of identity as well.

I came to realise that Mastodon (and probably, all existing ActivityPub implementations), have an artificial coupling of user's data and the server instance.

Consider emails, which arguably is the most portable and prevalent form of internet-based communication, does not suffer from this coupling problem: I can host emails on my own server today, and have Google to host them tomorrow. Users are free to move hosting providers, as long as they have control of their domain names. OTOH, for those who don't really care about portability, there're gmail.com or hotmail.com addresses.

To me, identities in ActivityPub work very much like gmail or hotmail addresses, but the protocol does not support addresses with custom domains, without forcing the domain owners to run their own instances.

Why can't ActivityPub has something similar to DNS MX records for server discovery?

I believe it's beneficial to the fediverse users if identities in ActivityPub can work the same way as email addresses. Earlier I said it's an "artificial coupling" - I speculate that if a standard is created to define how servers can exchange the social graphs and other data, it won't be very difficult to create an extension the the AP protocol to realise identity portability.

@dansup I was looking for pixelfed API. So pixelfed API is same as Mastodon API, is that correct?

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I want to make it clear that my Pixelfed Lens app is not the official Pixelfed mobile app.

An "official mobile app" goes against everything the project represents. #pixelfed

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For Friday, I'd like to give a shout out to a tool that plays an important role in my daily work: Ansible!

Ansible is an amazing automation tool with very clear syntax, which can manage anything over ssh; servers, switches, apps, or workstations. We will be using it today to deploy our entire new infrastructure from code. This article gives a fun intro on how to configure a workstation with Ansible: opensource.com/article/18/3/ma

Who would you like to boost for Friday?

Friday is here! I haven't used this tool yet, but discovered it this week and can't wait to create my own plugins for music production!


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Oh hell, could people *please* stop providing installers asking you to wget some arbitrary script off the web and pipe it into a root shell? There seem very few ideas worse than this. ๐Ÿ˜

The (my fediverse?) seems so serious... I'm super tired, more than halfway drunk and it's all so serious. Politics, devs talking about CPU architectures...

Am I fediversing wrong?

Love you all

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EU elections - please vote! Show more

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To Google Play users, I didn't remove the app from the Playstore but it won't receive new updates.
Only Fdroid and the paid version will receive them.

The new version was moved here :



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Just voted in the European ! Please remember to do the same (on the right day ๐Ÿ™‚)

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Would you enjoy differently-sized headings, blockquotes, code blocks, bullet point lists and other rich text features in toots on your home feed?

(Screenshot follows in next toot)

hastebin is an awesome self hosted solution to replace pastebin! all the way!

Guess how many buttons need to be pressed to unsubscribe from all the emails?


And the button is poorly detecting touch!!

(That last one could be linked to phone, browser, me...)

What the freak is wrong with ??? I'm just reading this article with Android Firefox, big modal screen says I should install the app, no close button, no pressing outside the modal, and the back button just took me away from the website.

Sorry for consuming your content the way *I* want!

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