Join me and some for an online night meetup tonight or weekly Wednesdays 7pm-8pm EST. DM for link.

Minimum level: at least basics in one language. We take a coding challenge and explore solutions. It's fun.

Interested in trying out , practicing , and doing ? Join a virtual coding dojo Mondays 7-9pm EST. We're currently working in , no experience required (but awesome if you do!) DM me or reply if you're interested.

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Google is a "cornerstone sponsor" of FOSDEM this year, which is being run entirely on Matrix, accessible on Android via Element, which has just been pulled from Google's Play Store. FOSDEM is in a week. This all makes perfect sense.

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In the last year Google has banned: the Element app, the LBRY app, and several Fediverse apps. If you get all of your apps from a single corporation, be it Google or Apple, you should make an effort to change that.

If you have an Android phone F-Droid is an alternative app repository, and it’s very easy to install! All of the previously mentioned apps have been available from F-Droid throughout being dropped from the Play Store.

If you have an iPhone, please consider other options for your next device. Apple does not respect you enough as a user to consider you possibly more capable of deciding what you should install on your phone than they are. That is absurd; please stop rewarding this behavior with your money.

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Back to decentralising github, it seems someone has a good active project well underway: git-bug

Lots to like, and active 🎉 . My opportunities for writing code keep shrinking which is a good thing!

Any git-bug'ers [cough] around? 😂
#decentralise #github #gitbug

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Fediverse admin PSA 

Attention to #Mastoadmins

We are considering dropping support for host-meta and XRD support (inherited from GNU Social/OStatus) in next #Mastodon version, as the webfinger spec is enough and simpler.

As far as we know, no fediverse implementation relies solely on host-meta or XRD, so that wouldn't be a big change.

That being said, some deployments do (partly because of a guide I wrote ages ago, in OStatus times) depend on host-meta. That could be the case, for instance, if you installed Mastodon so that it is on but serving In this case, please check that redirects to, or proxies,

With nginx, this could be done like this:

location /.well-known/webfinger {
return 301$request_uri;

#Mastoadmin #Mastodev

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"User Feedback" is rarely done with any concept of magnitude. So often it's a tiny minority of users that have an outsized voice

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We really need to come up with a less geeky word than "instance" to describe ... well ... instances. Also another word to describe accounts. On the Wikipedia page for the fediverse someone has tried out "identities", but it feels a bit clunky. I don't think it will take.

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So #Apple just announced their plan to kill general purpose computing.

They're switching to their own ARM-based SoCs and while I have no love for Intel or x86 in general, Apple's solution is designed to ensure you won't be able to run anything but #Apple signed images on the hardware you supposedly own.

Native #Linux? Forget it. But don't worry, you'll still be able to run it in a VM for those pesky containers you're using at work.

#Linux is going to be a permanent second stringer there.

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Keep sharing the process, not just the end result. Reading your thoughts and following you overcome problems is more enjoyable than you may realize.

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If you live inside a fortification where someone else writes the rules, decides who can enter, can force anyone to leave, decides what you’re allowed to have, and can take things away if they decide it’s contraband, are you living in a castle or a prison?

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Hey @Reddit, which of the million sites do you expect me to allow before what is supposedly your own video hosting works?

I've been thinking about decentralized chat/messaging systems and the trade-offs between the p2p style vs "federated" style of / .

It would be interesting to have a hybrid topology, where it's an *option* to join a server but not required. The server could hold messages, speed up push notifications and rejoining the network, and host large group chat rooms like Matrix/IRC, but identity would be independent like on Jami.

Is there anything remotely like that already?

"We Should Have Treated COVID as a Natural Disaster, Not a Public Health Emergency"

Interesting interim retrospective from an ER doctor on the cultural and medical framing of the pandemic.

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it's interesting how we say we are 'buying a domain', when we really are just signing a lease for it.
#Domain name registrars really managed well to get us to adopt that kind of #DoubleSpeak. :)

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Holy crap, google is apparently taking down all/most fediverse apps from google play on the grounds that that some servers in the fediverse engage in hate speech. At least three apps I know of anyway and I'd imagine the others will follow soon under the exact same reasoning.} Seems to be the case with Husky, Fedilab, and "subway" tooter.

this is a scary precedent if google play is going to ban any apps that can in any way be used to access content with hate speech. So what about a forum client, do they take that down just because there is a forum somewhere on the internet posting hate speech?

This is particularly worrisome because for most people Google Play is the only way they understand to install apps at all.

Picture attached of one of the notices received by fedilab.

@fedilab @tateisu #fediverse #mastoadmin #freespeech #censorship

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I was 20 in 1968. Wikipedia: "It is often considered to be one of the most turbulent and traumatic years of the 20th century in the United States."

I'm here to tell you lot of shit went down (as we said back then) that year. Ancient history now but if you're interested:

IMO that record has fallen and we still have 4 months left in 2020.

PS: Let's face it. We had much better music.

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I realise this is very motherboard specific, but has anyone had any luck with modifying bios settings from a running OS before? As a blind individual who needs a screen reader, not being able to access the bios is very annoying, requiring sighted assistance.

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@toastal Sure. Do note that I am not actually complaining about the difficulty of building web applications. There are plenty of frameworks that makes it somewhat bearable.

What I am complaining about is the complexity of the support structure needed to make that possible. It's not web developers who has a problem with this, but the people who are working on new operating systems and UI frameworks (I am in that category). It's practically impossible to get web applications running on these new systems because of the mostly unnecessary complexity in the middleware.

Web applications are cross-platform only between certain platforms (Firefox and Chrome). That's not much different compared to what we used to have where cross platform meant that it ran on both Windows 95 and NT.

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