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For people who are sad about Freenode, I am too.

I want everyone to take courage, though, because picking up and moving our crap elsewhere is freedom. It's the freedom given to us by IRC, by federated services, and by FLOSS software in general.

We only have this freedom because IRC isn't *owned*. This was and is the best thing about the open internet, and it's worth preserving as much as we can.

I'm still dlowe on

So far the migration hasn't gone so smoothly, though. Someone named chainsaw-wielder has registered a ton of popular channels from freenode, like .

When someone uses the phrase "just a bad apple," you can assume that they think the problem is the appearance of wrongdoing, not the wrongdoing. The full phrase is "One bad apple spoils the barrel." They are not saying that the evil has implicated the whole organization. They are saying that the publicity of the evil is tarnishing the appearance of the organization, so would we please stop talking about it.

Note to common lispers:

A lot of confusion can be avoided if you take or and leave for the lisp family discussions like # on freenode.

I say this and my immediately locks up and needs to be hard rebooted. sigh.

tip - I set the CPU frequency governor to "performance" when plugged in instead of "ondemand", and the difference in snappiness is huge! Maybe I won't need to get a "real laptop" after all.

EinkBro: Web browsing for E-Ink devices

I'd recently run across this via a Reddit post. A web browser designed specifically for e-ink devices. Features:

Pagination rather than scroll-based navigation.
Reader mode.
Font bolding.
Font size adjustments.
PDF export (missing entirely from Fennec Fox, annoyingly hidden on Chromium).

Base seems to be Chromium/Blink. GNU GPL.

I'm still mostly browsing via Fennec (better privacy and ad controls), but for quick reading or generating printed/PDF copy, EinkBro is quite useful.

#EinkBro #EInk #WebBrowsers

My runs FLOSS and executes everything flawlessly except web browsers. It's like an anti-Chromebook.

I'm writing another MUD, using a bunch of ideas I've collected over two decades of running one and thinking about all the social and gameplay dynamics. I have zero expectation of getting any players (the time of MUDs is long past), but it brings me joy so I'm doing it anyway.

I know I just posted about this. I am working to improve my terrible hype skills.

Firefox version in the works!

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Picture this: You are chatting online, and you want to share a cool link to a website you have open, but the address in the bar has cruft and tracking parameters. It would be nicer to share links without all that, but it's a pain to edit out the irrelevant bits. URLs from shortlink services hide the site and sell click tracking data.

In Chrome, the Linksnip extension ( will solve your problem! Just click on its button and a trimmed url will be in your clipboard.

Also, due to massive SEO by shortlink services, searching for these shorter links is almost impossible. If you know of a similar "shorter url" scheme for your favorite service, please share it with me at and I will add it.

I made a thing!

Linksnip ( is a Chrome extension that copies a minimal URL of the active tab into the clipboard. It doesn't use URL shortening services. It converts youtube links to, amazon links to amzn, etc. If it doesn't have a shortening rule, it just removes any tracking parameters before copying.

Firefox version coming soon!

Section 5 of the ( seems like much less of a blunt legal instrument than the 's Section 13 ( I wonder if this is what I've been looking for. I haven't yet gone through the entirety of the OSL, though, so I'm not sure.

Also, will you license authors please put anchors in your section headers?

Thanks to superpowered AI optimizing for inhuman success maximums, eventually the entire Internet becomes too toxic yet compelling to humanity to interact with directly, but still too essential to disconnect from. Some people start employing AIs of their own, called daemons, to obfuscate their tracks, fudge their data, and protect their privacy as a matter of safety. Daemons are less powerful, but only have to protect one person or small group. It becomes illegal to enlist a daemon.

I love thinking about selection effects, and this essay on "why am I surrounded by assholes" rings very true:

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