Pinned toot

Alright, I might have gotten a *little* excited when I learned about the `.buzz` top level domain, because I just bought readlebee.buzz 😃

Right now it just forwards to the project repository on GitLab, but in the future it just might be the domain for the first hive! 😄

The renewal rate is currently about $30, so I'll have to figure that out next year, but hopefully by then the project will be viable enough to justify the price! 🙂

Pinned toot

's goal is to keep only community interactions and reviews in its database and just pull book information from external sources. Currently, it's using @inventaire 's API as its source for book information.

Since there's a lot that still needs to be set up before coding contributions can be really helpful to the project, one great way to contribute to the project is to actually help clean up and expand 's database!

See this page to learn how:

wiki.inventaire.io/wiki/How-to

Readlebee boosted

Alright #ActivityPub folks, I really need some #help.

I'm trying to get an extremely basic AP setup going where people can follow a single account on a server and get automatically-generated updates when actions are performed. Specifically, I want to process followers and send a post to followers when someone adds a book to or removes one from Little Library. It's pretty much 100% server to server with very little client input beyond prompting the server to post.

So far, I have an outbox and a way to view posts. I'm trying to get that set up so I can start researching what I receive from a Mastodon follow request in order to learn what data to save and send Create activities to. But when I search for a specific post from Mastodon, it errors out with a 503 error from the Masto server...

Here is the folder of the repo with my implementation so far:
github.com/Alamantus/little-li

And here is my (temporary) live AP actor endpoint with a piece of live data:
ap.library.alamantus.com/activ

Thanks in advance!

Readlebee boosted

The Defold game engine, originally created and used by King (the company behind Candy Crush), has just gone open source! This is very exciting news because it finally brings a great workflow with Lua scripting out of the shadows, allowing us to see its inner workings and know that nothing negative is going on in the code!

defold.com/opensource/

#gamedev #defold #candyCrush #gameEngine

Readlebee boosted

#briar is a messaging app designed for activists, journalists, and anyone else who needs a safe, easy and robust way to communicate.
#introduction

Unlike traditional messaging apps, Briar doesn’t rely on a central server - messages are synchronized directly between the users’ devices. If the internet’s down, Briar can sync via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi... If the internet’s up, Briar can sync via the Tor network, protecting users and their relationships from surveillance.

briarproject.org/how-it-works/

Readlebee boosted

Introducing Inkscape 1.0! After a little over three years in development, we're excited to launch this long-awaited version for Windows and Linux (and the macOS preview) Watch the release video (inkscape.org/release-video-1-0) and download it here: inkscape.org/release/inkscape-

Note: If the download link doesn't work, check back a little later. The files are being propagated across our CDN.

Readlebee boosted

ActivityPub can be confusing and/or hard to test or develop against.

I started a new side project called FediDB to help Pixelfed and other implementations debug federation issues.

It will be launching soon, need to test DMs and Federated Stories in Pixelfed 😅

I'm eager to work with other projects on this!

#activitypub #federation #pixeldev #fediverse #mastodon #pleroma #anfora #peertube #pixelfed #funkwhale #honk #gnusocial

Readlebee boosted
Readlebee boosted

Hello World! This is the official #Mastodon account of the #Libravatar project, a decentral and open source alternative to #Gravatar. You can sign up for free at libravatar.org or set up a Libravatar server for your own email server. This account will inform you about all important updates and provide support. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us. This is *not* a Twitter crossposter/bot. #introductions

Readlebee boosted

Are you interested in a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon?

because I'm making a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon

github.com/mouse-reeve/fedirea

Readlebee boosted

There's a MEGA SALE! over at the Rebellion e-bookshop right now!

Loads of excellent DRM-free e-books by amazing authors for all your reading devices!

Includes books by Chuck Wendig, Dave Hutchinson, Gail Z. Martin, Gareth L. Powell, Mary Robinette Kowal, Yoon Ha Lee, and many more!

#books #ebooks #sale #drmfree

rebellionstore.com/sale

Readlebee boosted

LibreLingo librelingo.app is a new free software implementation of a Duolingo-like service! If you're able to contribute code or your understanding of language, I'm sure it would be appreciated!

#FOSS #Language #Duolingo #LibreLingo #Learning

👍 @liaizon

Readlebee boosted

My new e-bookshop is open!

I believe discovery, fairness and inclusivity are at the heart of digital bookselling.

Inclusive and DRM-free
All formats for all devices, no need to convert. You get a DRM-free e-book that works and is yours to keep.

Fair means fair
Authors get 80% of the profit. No deep discounts, or e-books that cost the same as the print version.

Genuine discovery
A curated e-bookshop, every title read and loved before hitting the shelves.

ScarletFerret.com

Readlebee boosted

Even if you're not a developer, give back to the #opensource community. I do it by getting people to install #linux and explaining why it's a viable #os. Also, I run #streetcomplete which provides various data elements to the #openstreetmap project, enhancing their mapping. It's full of quests that earn you points. Install #towercollector to contribute to the #opencellid and #mozilla projects. All are available on #fdroid. And always send error/crash reports for any #foss software you use.

Readlebee boosted

What #Pixelfed instances do you recommend?

What #Pleroma instances do you recommend?

What #WriteFreely instances do you recommend?

What #MissKey instances do you recommend?

What #Friendica instances do you recommend?

What other #fediverse software should be introduced to newcomers?

On-boarding folks to the fediverse this week with @rra, @320x200 and @lidia_p and need instance recommendations.

Readlebee boosted

I just spent all of tonight and most of this morning contributing to and improving the `sequelize-erd` project specifically so I could visualize the database structure I've set up for #Readlebee so far:

gitlab.com/Alamantus/Readlebee

In the end, it was very worth it because it showed not just the /structure/, but also how Sequelize /interprets/ what I set up, so I was able to fix a bunch of errors because of it! 🥳

Readlebee boosted

Lemmy Release v0.6.0 - Avatars, email notifications, and a lot more.

v0.6.0 is here, and we've closed 41 issues! This is the biggest release by far:

dev.lemmy.ml/post/29441

Another major announcement is that Lemmy now has another lead developer besides me, @felix Theyve created a better documentation system, implemented RSS feeds, simplified docker and project configs, upgraded actix, working on federation, a whole lot more.

#lemmy #activitypub #fediverse #reddit

dev.lemmy.ml

It doesn't look like WorldCat doesn't provide enough data for it to be useful enough to include in ...

(I /had/ been working on front and back end in tandem, but I think that's just slowing things down at this point. I need to make sure I hammer down all the important stuff before moving on to the front end display and interaction stuff!)

Show thread

I realized that I need to focus on just the back-end for *first* so that anyone making a front-end will have the same consistent set to work with and so that different servers will be able to consistently communicate with each other.

I spent some time today working on getting the database structure into a more acceptable place, and I'll work on building the back-end out more completely before I worry too much about working on the front-end...

Less exciting, but more important. 🤷

Readlebee boosted

So I was recently asked why I prefer to use free and open source software over more conventional and popular proprietary software and services.

A few years ago I was an avid Google user. I was deeply embedded in the Google ecosystem and used their products everywhere. I used Gmail for email, Google Calendar and Contacts for PIM, YouTube for entertainment, Google Newsstand for news, Android for mobile, and Chrome as my web browser.

I would upload all of my family photos to Google Photos and all of my personal documents to Google Drive (which were all in Google Docs format). I used Google Domains to register my domain names for websites where I would keep track of my users using Google Analytics and monetize them using Google AdSense.

I used Google Hangouts (one of Google’s previous messaging plays) to communicate with friends and family and Google Wallet (with debit card) to buy things online and in-store.

My home is covered with Google Homes (1 in my office, 1 in my bedroom, 1 in the main living area) which I would use to play music on my Google Play Music subscription and podcasts from Google Podcasts.

I have easily invested thousands of dollars into my Google account to buy movies, TV shows, apps, and Google hardware devices. This was truly the Google life.

Then one day, I received an email from Google that changed everything.

“Your account has been suspended”

Just the thing you want to wake up to in the morning. An email from Google saying that your account has been suspended due to a perceived Terms of Use violation. No prior warning. No appeals process. No number to call. Trying to sign in to your Google account yields an error and all of your connected devices are signed out. All of your Google data, your photos, emails, contacts, calendars, purchased movies and TV shows. All gone.

I nearly had a heart attack, until I saw that the Google account that had been suspended was in fact not my main personal Google account, but a throwaway Gmail account that I created years prior for a project. I hadn’t touched the other account since creation and forgot it existed. Apparently my personal Gmail was listed as the recovery address for the throwaway account and that’s why I received the termination email.

Although I was able to breathe a sigh of relief this time, the email was wake up call. I was forced to critically reevaluate my dependence on a single company for all the tech products and services in my life.

I found myself to be a frog in a heating pot of water and I made the decision that I was going to jump out.

Leaving Google

Today there are plenty of lists on the internet providing alternatives to Google services such as this and this. Although the “DeGoogle” movement was still in its infancy when I was making the move.

The first Google service I decided to drop was Gmail, the heart of my online identity. I migrated to Fastmail with my own domain in case I needed to move again (hint: glad I did, now I self host my email). Fastmail also provided calendar and contacts solutions so that took care of leaving Google Calendar and Contacts.

Here are some other alternatives that I moved to:

Gmail → Fastmail → Self-hosted (via Cloudron)
Google Contacts → FastmailNextcloud Contacts
Google Calendar → FastmailNextcloud Calendar
Google Search → BingDuckDuckGo
Google Maps → Bing MapsOpenStreetMaps and OsmAnd
Google Analytics → Matomo Analytics
Google Drive → Nextcloud Files
Google Photos → Nextcloud Files/Gallery
Google Docs → Collabora Office (Nextcloud integration) and LibreOffice
Google Play Music → Spotify / PlexSpotify / Jellyfin
Google Play Movies/TV → PlexJellyfin
Google Play Audiobooks/Books → Audible/Kindle
Google Play Store (apps) → F-Droid / Aurora Store
Google Android → Lineage OSUbuntu Touch on PinePhone (coming soon?)
Google’s Android Apps → Simple Mobile Tools
Google Chrome → Mozilla Firefox
Google Domains → Hover
Google Hangouts → Matrix and Nextcloud Talk
Google Allo → Signal
Google Podcasts → PocketCastsAntennaPod
Google Newsstand → RSS
Google Wallet → PayPal and Cash App
Google Voice →Ting Mobile

Migrating away from Google was not a fast or easy process. It took years to get where I am now and there are still several Google services that I depend on: YouTube and Google Home.

Eventually, my Google Home’s will grow old and become unsupported at which point hopefully the Mycroft devices have matured and become available for purchase. YouTube may never be replaced (although I do hope for projects like PeerTube to succeed) but I find the compromise of using only one or two Google services to be acceptable.

At this point losing my Google account due to a mistake in their machine learning would largely be inconsequential and my focus has shifted to leaving Amazon which I use for most of my shopping and cloud services.

The reason that I moved to mostly FOSS applications is that it seems to be the only software ecosystem where everything works seamlessly together and I don’t have to cede control to any single company. Alternatively I could have simply split my service usage up evenly across Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple but I don’t feel that they would have worked as nicely together.

Overall I’m very happy with the open source ecosystem. I use Ubuntu with KDE on all of my computers and Android (no GApps) on my mobile phone. I’ve ordered the PinePhone “Brave Heart” and hope to one day be able to use it or one of its successors as a daily driver with Ubuntu Touch or Plasma Mobile.

I don’t want to give the impression that I exclusively use open source software either, I do use a number of proprietary apps including: Sublime Text, Typora, and Cloudron.

https://www.kylepiira.com/2020/01/09/why-i-quit-google/

Readlebee boosted

Gah, I'm hitting a huge snag with shelf items because I haven't fully worked out book references yet. I may need to refactor the database again—I think I need more tables and a better way to think about the data structure... I was hoping I could keep the database relatively small/clever, but I'm seeing now that it won't really be possible with such a large project...

I have a headache from trying to figure it out right now... time for a break so I can process and mull over options.

#Readlebee

Show thread
Show more
FLOSS.social

For people who care about, support, or build Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS).