Has anyone used to deploy a mastodon/pleroma/gotosocial instance? Looking for "experience reports" basically.

Does anyone use RSS heavily with twitter? How about from Emacs?

Asking because I've realized that I've never used twitter in a directly social way as many other people do, instead my use is "twitter as a really shitty rss client" essentially.

A lot of local happenings ("politics") in my state and city aren't covered by news networks or even the typical non-profit/NGO (meh) journalists and the like. Instead it's individual people or organizations that mainly use twitter for information sharing/broadcasting.

The experience definitely improved once I got rid of the algorithmic crap: github.com/insin/tweak-new-twi

But I still want a slower and more deliberately filtered feed, some kind of RSS or RSS-like workflow out from twitter. Experience with that?

I wish to make all the things in EPUB and other accessible formats. to hell with pdf!

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: pdftotext + hydra + keyboard macros + pandoc mode to aid in manually converting PDF documents?

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Decentralization is not the goal. The goal is information and communication services that respect human agency.

Open source is not the goal, the goal is building a commons of software that is free to study, inspect, and improve.

I feel like, as implementors, as people who spend our lives in the digital crawlspaces focused on the details; its easy to lose sight of the why behind the how. I think important to periodically step back and refocus on why we are doing things the way we are doing. What is the desired world state?


There are still good portions of the web out there, their discovery just takes more time.

Thinking about how screwed I would be if my computer and/or drives kicked the bucket right now. Or otherwise some physical disaster.

Not only could I lose my data but access to logins. My password management is all offline-only with KeepassXC but I don't have a good way of distributing that across devices or easily making backups across drives, and with synchronization.

I also don't have a good way to access data on my external drives without a traditional laptop or computer. Doubly so for those that are encrypted.

And then to turn things to my phone, I would be screwed again if something happened to it because of google authenticator, which I need for some of my logins.

I'm without personal infrastructure, without distributed personal infrastructure, and it's a dangerous spot to be in.

I realized this today because of how much time I'm having to take in order to safely migrate to another distro. It's really stupid.

when it comes to things im supposed to click on, i would like less icons, and for the icons to have text labels with them.

i have adhd and UI hates me. everyday im asking "what does that icon do again?"

Where can I buy a Linux tablet? Or related: what handheld devices are good for reading PDF documents? Preferably something not locked down software wise.

I love my kobo e-reader but I deal with way too many PDF documents where epub or other reasonable formats don't exist for the book or paper. And large eink devices are $200+


When I was at Google, someone told me a story about a time that “they” completed a big optimization push only to find that measured page load times increased. When they dug into the data, they found that the reason load times had increased was that they got a lot more traffic from Africa after doing the optimizations. The team’s product went from being unusable for people with slow connections to usable, which caused so many users with slow connections to start using the product that load times actually increased.


Warning: Lots of intense flashing colors and various effects.

recently discovered Dan Deacon, this guy's music is straight up just fun, highly recommend


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