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

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! πŸ˜„

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! πŸ™‚

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'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:

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a friend pointed out to me that FediReads is a bad name (it's focused on a technical/implementation aspect, federation, and not on just wanting to talk about books) and I agree, but have no other ideas?

suggestions welcomed

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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 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

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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

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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

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LibreLingo 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

πŸ‘ @liaizon

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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! πŸ₯³

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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:

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

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!)

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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. 🀷

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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.

β€œYour 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 β€œDeGoogle” 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 β†’ Fastmail β†’ Self-hosted (via Cloudron)
Google Contacts β†’ Fastmail β†’ Nextcloud Contacts
Google Calendar β†’ Fastmail β†’ Nextcloud Calendar
Google Search β†’ Bing β†’ DuckDuckGo
Google Maps β†’ Bing Maps β†’ OpenStreetMaps and OsmAnd
Google Analytics β†’ Matomo Analytics
Google Drive β†’ Nextcloud Files
Google Photos β†’ Nextcloud Files/Gallery
Google Docs β†’ Collabora Office (Nextcloud integration) and LibreOffice
Google Play Music β†’ Spotify / Plex β†’ Spotify / Jellyfin
Google Play Movies/TV β†’ Plex β†’ Jellyfin
Google Play Audiobooks/Books β†’ Audible/Kindle
Google Play Store (apps) β†’ F-Droid / Aurora Store
Google Android β†’ Lineage OS β†’ Ubuntu Touch on PinePhone (coming soon?)
Google’s Android Apps β†’ Simple Mobile Tools
Google Chrome β†’ Mozilla Firefox
Google Domains β†’ Hover
Google Hangouts β†’ Matrix and Nextcloud Talk
Google Allo β†’ Signal
Google Podcasts β†’ PocketCasts β†’ AntennaPod
Google Newsstand β†’ RSS
Google Wallet β†’ PayPal and Cash App
Google Voice β†’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 β€œBrave 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.

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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 againβ€”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.


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Well, my wife is going out tonight, which means it's #Readlebee dev time! I probably won't stream it this time, but I should hopefully be able to finish shelves, shelf items, and maybe even get started on book references!

I'm excited to see how much I can get done!

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Just confirming that the #Glimpse project is moving to @glimpse

Make sure you update the account you're following to keep up-to-date with the latest news about us. πŸŽ‰

We will be exporting our account archive from here so we have a backup for posterity.

I just encountered this "DeGoogle" list on GitHub that might be good for @switchingsoftware to take a look at for potential options that may have been missed before:

I keep remembering little things that I need to put in place for eventual federation ability like specifying the domain of a given shelf or username... this'll be tricky, but hopefully it won't be too hard!

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