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Come watch me and my colleagues discuss what we're working on for @fedora and at this year's @fosdem and CentOS Dojo! From speeding up to managing desktops and servers at scale, these should be fun.

Both free to attend. And our time slots should work for both EU and US attendees since we're doing this from our homes in the US.

michel-slm.name/posts/2021-02-

This post is day 13 of my challenge






I'm a firm believer of Hanlon's Razor, but over a week, Facebook has flagged a post and a comment of mine, both about Mastodon (and including a link to joinmastodon.org)

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Daily reminder that for many blind people, #Apple is the most useful and productive mobile operating system. It's not that Android is hard to use, but when text selection, especially on the web and in email, is from hard to impossible, and when one cannot spell check what they've written, and typing is either a minor annoyance (braille (input not registering sometimes) onscreen keyboard (very slow usually) external keyboard (yet another device to manage)), you begin to understand why people who don't enjoy customization, or getting the "most" out of a device choose iOS, especially for accessibility, and the AI of image recognition and such. And FOSS phones, like the PinePhone, won't be accessible until Orca/ATSPI can communicate with touch screens, and that won't happen without developers.

So, when you get that urge to say "I told you so you Apple sheeple, you should have been using FOSS!" Try to remember that some people don't have much of a choice.

#a11y #FOSS #PinePhone

Windows UX rant 

And since I completed the initial setup without a network connection, this is hilariously worded

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covid family bullshit 

If you refuse to get vaccinated and you, say, take in an octagenarian cancer survivor who's just had a stroke and they die of covid you should be charged with negligence in their death imo.

Windows UX rant 

Local option account gone, I have to kick this black box from my network to see if that triggers it

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Windows UX rant 

Setting up a Surface tablet (for someone else, I don't do )
- first boot: oh uh it wants a MS account, let's turn it off first
- oh, there's an option to use local account - hidden in the create account dialog. Ugh
- second boot: much slower, finally got to create account dialog then touch screen died
- third boot: oh you have a security update, I need to restart myself first

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encyclosphere.org/intro

"The encyclosphere will be the universal network of encyclopedias—an ownerless, leaderless, centerless knowledge commons. Like the blogosphere, it will be a decentralized series of “feeds,” but feeds of encyclopedias and individual articles posted anywhere online."

Larry Sanger, the Wikipedia co-founder and helper and advisor to many other educational and reference websites is president.

I still receive Urbit's newsletter, even tho I have long lost interest(tiel/crypto/javascript 3 strikes 🙅 ), I clicked through their latest email to see what they were up to, where they were going.

Their current focus is building an electron wrapper for their system. And even tho I have no sympathy for the project - it makes me feel a bit of despair as there are so few people trying to build new stacks, and I wonder why/how you can even go from "let's make a clean slate OS", to "on Electron"..

When you write hashtags, remember to use CamelCase (where each word has a capital letter).

This makes it much easier for blind and partially-sighted people's screen reader apps to read the hashtag out loud, and makes your message much more accessible.

For example #DogsOfMastodon is easier for a screen reader to say out loud than #dogsofmastodon, as CamelCase makes it obvious where the words are.

#FediTips #MastoTips #Accessibility #A11y #Hashtags #ScreenReaders

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TFW I finally realized that my blog syndication to Planet @fedora has been broken because when I added Mastodon commenting, I accidentally caused every attribute below the Mastodon settings to break, including.... tags


Tilde Trivia with Tomasino is coming up in 3 hours! Tune in at tilderadio.org and chat with us at tilde.chat.

One thing I wish object-oriented languages had was the idea of an object *reference* as a first-class data type.

Especially in very dynamic, late-bound, languages like Javascript, where an object lookup on "foo.bar.baz" may only take place when, eg, a function is evaluated.

But there's no way to *pass and store the reference* "foo.bar.baz" except as a string. You can only hard-embed "foo.bar.baz the reference" in code - you can't pass it as data.

This seems like a major missing piece of OOP.

Set a default license, sync your default license across existing posts and self-enforce alt-text media descriptions to improve accessibility.

Shipping Soon! 🚀

#pixelfed #license #accessibility

A most interesting take on the "8 character" password approach to security. :birdsite:

twitter.com/StevenDickens3/sta

Quote from picture:

"During a recent password audit at the Bank of Ireland in Strabane it was found that a customer was using the following password: MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofyDublin. When the customer was asked why he had such a long password; he replied, "Bajezus! Are yez feckin' stupid? Shore oi was told me password had to contain at least 8 characters and include one capital!"

@Little__Ham well then

- vaultwarden (bitwarden compatible server written in rust)
- prosody or ejabberd for xmpp (email like distributed instant messaging), and for the super easy setup snikket
- syncthing ( decentralized peer to peer file sync)
- email ( but might need a bigger or dedicatd VPS for the easiest deployment as its docker, mailu, or one that wants the whole machine to itself - mail in a box)
- gitea ( selfhosted code repositories )
- gonic (airsonic api compatible music streaming server)
- photoprism or lychee (photo sharing like Google photos)
- powerdns ( run your own authoritative DNS server, or resolver)
- adguard home (pi hole but a bit better)
- calibre web (web based version or calibre, the desktop ebook management software. I use synching to sync my local database and books to my server so I have it on the web as well)
- authelia (authentication layer to put in front of services you want extra security, supports 2fa. Good for your media library etc)

What kind of things are you into? I might be able to suggest more interesting things.

Like federated blogging with writefreely.

Or your own invoice and payment management suite with invoice ninja.
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