Thoughts after having been on Mastodon for ~2 months (~9 Jun):
- Vastly preferable to Twitter/other "traditional" social media
- Full of fun, interesting, and often genuinely kind people
- Full of interesting information and perspectives hard to find elsewhere (without much digging!)
- Personal data control is really lovely (export whenever; data not beholden to big corporations)
- The lack of ads! πρὁς θεῶν, so many ads elsewhere; haven't had to block anything on Mastodon.

I'm very happy here.

If you're new to Mastodon and the Fediverse, you may be looking for ways to connect with people.

Here are some suggestions:

✅ Do a post telling the world a little bit about yourself with the hashtag #Introductions

✅ Visit the opt-in community directory Trunk to find people to follow, it's organised by topic:

✅ Use hashtags! These are the only way to search the fediverse, so they make your posts much easier to discover.

More #MastoTips:

I have been used a app on my phone for a while now. I was idly messing with with my keyboard when I discovered a button. To my horror when I pressed this I found my last 20 clipboard entries which included that I had cut and pasted! There is no way of turning this function off. When I researched this further I found that apparently ALL the apps on your phone can see this data! This is a major flaw!

Please, no more cat pictures 😹

please 🐱



Interesting calendar with 28 days in every month, and months named after people.

i used to be really into having the newest computer gadget. now i use refurbished hardware. it's so much cheaper. it lasts. it reduces landfill waste. it's great, and i don't really feel like i am missing out on much tech-wise.

here are some tips if you need tech stuff but don't want to spend a lot of money, support horrible companies, and such (1/n)

Comparisons of different #free #unicode #typefaces, including especially Latin Modern and Computer Modern Unicode, and their ability to typeset a variety of characters and diacritic combinations. Both for #LaTeX and for in-editor (#Emacs) #fonts.


I'm moving my personal git repos to gitea at because GitHub is blocking Iranian devs.

After reading a post on I decided to use open source alternatives for my personal repos.

> A silo, or web content hosting silo, is a centralized web site (like most social media) typically owned by a for-profit corporation that stakes some claim to content contributed to it and restricts access in some way (has walls).

This salt-water lamp is an alternative source of lighting for communities in the Philippines with no access to electricity:

Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.

Neo: What truth?

Spoon boy: There is no spoon…

Neo: There is no spoon?

Spoon boy: Then you’ll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

Mass surveillance around the world is growing. We have to fight for our right to privacy and freedom of speech! Here we explain how any backdoor would lessen security for all of us:

If you put your company's secret data in the cloud, YOU ALREADY LOST CONTROL OF YOUR DATA

Cos it's in the Cloud.

That's what the Cloud is.

It's giving someone else control of your secret data.

That someone being someone who wants to rule the world.

You can kid yourself for a very long time that nobody who runs the Cloud is going to look at your secret data.

But it's a cutthroat business world, data is money, and you will never know if they did look.

They probably aren't looking! You hope.

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