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.
I have been used a #passwordmanager app on my #Android phone for a while now. I was idly messing with with my keyboard when I discovered a #clipboard button. To my horror when I pressed this I found my last 20 clipboard entries which included #passwords 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 #security flaw!
Interesting calendar with 28 days in every month, and months named after people.
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.
> 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:
Living Off The Grid & Alone For Over 30 Years...
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: https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/why-a-backdoor-is-a-security-risk
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.