I used to be a lot weirder. I'm a middle-aged geek, father to two boys, and I bang out code at #Google. I live near Boston now, but I grew up in central Mississippi.
I play a bunch of #music instruments, but none well enough to perform. I've been playing around with a DAW.
I started the cantos.social instance, trying to be a part of the small-scale Internet.
I try to be as kind as I can.
Any and all answers are greatly appreciated. No judgement whatsoever. Asking this for research on a WIP article:
Do you #selfhost ? If so:
- What do you host yourself?
- Do you use an existing toolchain (Ansible/Puppet scripts, Yunohost, etc)?
- Do you run it bare metal, virtualized or containerized? Which one?
Just typo'ed a servername while reconnecting to an IRC channel, and accidentally put in libera dot net instead of the correct dot chat, and you wouldn't believe where I found myself: Back on Freenode. Who've apparently secured that domain, and are using it to try to trick people back on to their services.
you find the config here: https://codeberg.org/davidak/nixos-config/src/branch/master/machines/atomic
i'm generally against self-hosting of e.g. e-mail or git and instead for community maintained services like @codeberg. it's not efficient when everyone does it themselves and not everyone is a professional sysadmin (i am tho). it's OK if you do it for fun, but consider contributing in a community effort
<< It’s this thing that we were warned about. It’s this thing that we knew could happen. Norbert Wiener, who coined the term cybernetics, warned about it as a possibility. And despite all the warnings, and despite all of the cautions, we just walked right into it, and we created mass behavior-modification regimes out of our digital networks. We did it out of this desire to be both cool socialists and cool libertarians at the same time. >>
Old man yells at modern video arcades
I hate modern video arcades so much. They are absolutely dazzling, an overwhelming riot of light and color. The games themselves come in two flavors: One flavor is casinos set to maximum extractiveness, paying out in tickets for cheap junk. The other is outright scams like claw games. No incentives at all to be good or fun games, just intense stimulation and avarice.
Something has been lost, for sure.
Alright, the "let's wait and see what happens with #keybase after zoom acquisition" uncertainty has been resolved:
- the keybase client repository hasn't seen activity in months
- their twitter account has just been deleted
Time to get your keys out of there and move on. With no new auditing and patching, the platform is dead.
I really, really want to love #ponylang. Actor-based programming? Compiler-tracked isolation? Expressive type system? Solidly written tutorial? Check, check, and check!
But the stdlib documentation is such garbage I can't possibly figure how to fit pieces together to do anything. It's super frustrating.
I am a long time #IRC aficionado, but I've been reading the #Matrix protocol, and... I don't hate it. It fixes a lot of the problems with #IRC without introducing many new ones. I'm not super excited about http-all-the-things and json protocols, but it seems solid otherwise.
I don't think I'll really know how I feel about it unless I write a client for it.
The Quartz64 looks very interesting. I wonder if it could be crammed into a #PinebookPro shell as an upgrade.
"The rise of community-owned monopolies" by Konrad Hinsen https://blog.khinsen.net/posts/2020/02/26/the-rise-of-community-owned-monopolies/
"The monopoly situation prevents existing users from moving elsewhere, significantly reducing the effort that needs to be made to keep them. All effort can thus be concentrated on gaining new users, which leads to the paradoxical situation that the needs of non-users have a larger weight in strategic decisions than the needs of the user base."
This is spot-on.
Institutional Memory and Reverse Smuggling
I worked for several decades at a large petrochemical company. In the early 1980s, we designed and built a plant that refines some hydrocarbon type stuff into other hydrocarbon type stuff. Over the next thirty years, institutional memory of this plant faded to a dim recollection. Oh, it still operates, and still makes money for the firm. Day to day maintenance is performed, and the skilled local crew is familiar with the controls, valves, safety systems, and other such.
But the company has forgotten how it really works. ...
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In other news, if you enjoy political, racial, ethnic, religious or gender-related invectives, Freenode is now the network of your choice! 😬
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