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Things you'll see me toot about:
* If there is a local film festival going on (and at random other time) I'll post about the films I'm watching
* If I'm attending a tabletop gaming convention, I'll post about the games I'm playing
* At most other times, I'll post about random computer or computer programming related things that caught my attention
* Occasional snark

A reminder that Mastodon and the Fediverse do NOT use cryptocurrency, blockchains, NFTs, tokens, coins, mining, web3 or anything like that.

Masto and the Fedi run on traditional servers and use a sustainable network federation model somewhat similar to e-mail (that's why Fediverse addresses look similar to e-mail addresses).

Also a reminder there are no venture capital firms or other investors either. No one owns the network, each server is independent. Masto and Fedi server running costs are paid by their owners, sometimes with donations from users.

No one is getting rich from the Fediverse, it is all volunteers with some getting donations and a few getting modest grants from foundations. Please remember this when you interact with admins or developers.

(There might be some individual users who post about cryptocurrency/blockchain, but the infrastructure this place runs on doesn't use it at all.)

Tl:dr - Decentralisation does NOT mean cryptocurrency/blockchain


It's a genuine tour-de-force that this person was able to take a binary of Lotus 1-2-3 that was built for Unix before the first line of Linux code was ever laid down, and get it running as a native Linux app:

One of the things I miss about the Google plus interface was how easy it was to search for/find & create small communities of interest.

I wish there was a way to do that more simply in the fediverse.

Would love to find more #writers, especially #specfic (#sciencefiction & #fantasy) writers.

There are some hashtags that can help us find one another - #amwriting & #amwritingscifi for example, but I don't thing many folks use them.

So, where are my spec fic writers at???

(Boosts welcome!)

Continued our "get out for a trot" program with a visit to the Ballard Locks

Trying out Beeper, a "universal" chat app being worked on by a start-up headed up by Eric Migicovsky (former Pebble watch founder). They are building on top of Matrix, and so far support (to varying degrees) 15 different chat networks. They are especially proud of their iMessage support, although it requires a proxy running on a Mac (or an old iPhone you set up and leave running in the corner). Also only for pay, although they've open-sourced their stuff and provide instructions that they said will let you self-host this stuff if you are up for that.

In my brief messing around its simultaneously impressive what they've managed to pull off so far, and also clearly a big rough edged. Reminds me of Pebble in that way. I'll be fascinated to see if they make it to the open market (right now they are in limited access beta)

If nothing else, hoping this will let me kick FB Messenger off my phone.

A nice daytime hike through discovery park. I'm looking forward to using the funemployment to be able to be more out and active, try to shake off some of that pando sloth.

Denizens of Mastodon, what is your favorite 2 player board game?

#boardgames #gaming

My favourite swipe typo of the day: "Norse cancelling headphones". Presumably that means Bluetooth is turned off.

Closing the door on my direct involvement in my recent “big project” — 2873 hours logged of 870 hours estimated. A bit of an overrun there…

Here’s a picture of me from back before I died. It was taken at the Iron Stairs busking spot by Alex Rasmussen, musician, market sales agent, author, and photographer.

I have no idea when but I suspect it was about 5 to 6 years ago.

One of the most important feature requests we've heard from you is "WHERE THE HECK IS MY #THUNDERBIRD MOBILE APP?"

Here's a straight answer:

YES, we're excited to announce that an Android version of Thunderbird is coming!

We'll have more details to share with you in a few weeks. We'll talk to you about it here, and over on our blog at

A month of tromping around Eriador, from the disturbing lost-sock mathoms of Michel Delving, to a nice beach holiday at the Grey Havens, then vs. goblins in the depths of the Dwarven Halls to recover the century silver… and now following rumors that someone has left a Palantir unattended in the tower of lost Annuminas!

Gmail will block all third party mail clients starting from June:

That is, unless they pay $4500 minimum for an audit :D

Stop using gmail and enabling their monopolistic practices, if you already haven't.

It is always rewarding to see those you've mentored succeed.

It was a roller-coaster morning, including a frantic hotfix for a login issue that only showed up once “real world” load was applied to the system, but it seems like smooth sailing now, and the transit riders of can now add money or passes to their cards in real time using some handy apps (on their Handys 😉). Overnight success only took two and a half years, this time.

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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.