I recently realized that I was subscribed to a lot of YouTube channels I was only barely interested in, and the videos from those channels were drowning out the ones from channels I really enjoyed in my subscription box.

I recommend taking a look through your subscriptions every now and then to clear out the ones you no longer care about. There is no reason to be subscribed if you aren't watching the videos!

Most YT channels constantly ask you to subscribe. (Including me.) But now I've realized: if someone really likes my content, they'll subscribe on their own.

Begging for subs tends to result in a lot of "empty subscribers" who don't watch most of your videos. I have 150 subscribers on one of my channels, but most videos only get about 20 views.

My point is: you should focus on getting active fans... not increasing your sub count. That way when you do get subscriptions, it means something.

Microsoft has just announced that they "intend to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop".


Pro: No more Windows-exclusive, proprietary browser engines.

Con: Firefox is now the only actively-developed browser that doesn't use the Blink engine or its relative, WebKit. Not much competition anymore.

✍️ I wrote an article on the new editor Gutenberg: what it is, the controversy surrounding it, and what I think of it.


I may write a follow-up a few weeks after the release... not sure, though.

If you don't like Gab... don't use Gab. Trying to shut it down just forces bad people into more tightly-knit groups that are harder to find and less-exposed to disagreeing opinion. It just creates more echo-filled chambers.

Legally, I think PayPal and Joylent are allowed to do this.

Both ethically and from a practical perspective, however, I think this was a stupid move.

I guess I'll think twice before using PayPal from now on... and I would never have used Joylent anyway. 😛

PayPal has banned Gab, and Gab's hosting provider, Joylent (owned by Samsung since 2016), has terminated their service.

Why? Because Gab tries to promote free speech, which of course includes bad speech.

Turns out the Pittsburgh shooter was a big user on Gab.

Now since those posts weren't censored, they actually can act as evidence against him and help find a motive.

So how is Gab at fault here? They're just doing what they claim to do.



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@chadmccullough "with the legacy exception of its Windows and desktop application code", but this sounds, so far, like great news.

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I want to make the switch away from to either or .
Any tips/advice for speeding up the process and making a smooth transition?
Also, opinions between the two alternatives, or another alternative I'm unaware of?

Read this:


Google shouldn't be removing sites from its search results for any non-legal reason. Free speech means everyone gets a voice, even if you only have bad things to say.

Because Google is in such a powerful position, they have the ability to drastically affect the ability of people to communicate their ideas. They do have a responsibility... to uphold free speech.

Deplatforming bad people may come from good intentions. But the road to Hell is paved with those.

The Minecraft: Java Edition team is open-sourcing some of the game's libraries under the MIT license!


The first two libraries to be made libre software are Brigadier (MC's command engine) and DataFixerUpper (its data converter for converting old worlds to newer formats).



The devs are also considering open-sourcing Blaze3D, a brand new render engine for Java Edition that they are trying to get into the 1.14 update.

Tim Berners-Lee is working on something called Solid.

"Solid (derived from "social linked data") is a proposed set of conventions and tools for building decentralized social applications based on Linked Data principles."
—quoted from github.com/solid/solid-spec/bl

I don't fully understand what it is yet, but it sounds quite interesting. I recommend checking it out. What do you think about it?





🐧 🎮 This is pretty exciting: Steam Play is getting the ability for Linux users to play Windows games via an open-source fork of Wine called Proton.

They are also supporting the development of DXVK, a Direct3D 11 implementation using Vulkan.


Maybe the year of the Linux desktop has finally come... for gamers, anyway. 😆

First Mastodon post! Woo! (On this instance anyway... the tiny one I was on before died.)

I don't use social media that much, but you can expect me to use this Mastodon account more than Twitter.


Fosstodon is a Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.