PSA: If you're a #maker, please, if you can, design your stuff in the #openstructures grid! Modularity makes things so so much more sustainable, by making them easy to repair, customize, repurpose, and reuse - but the benefits only come with widespread adoption
Please boost this if you support sustainable inventing!
Everyone is always so focused on the “super” and “hyper” keys on Lisp keyboards, but I find the 👎 and 👍 keys a lot more fascinating. #retrocomputing
Hey people, I've been noticing the number of posts with alt text going down. It might be because of all the new users who haven't learned about the feature yet, so for them and everyone:
yall should use alt text when uploading images! what are they??? hover over the images to find out! why are they good? the tldr of it is that visually impaired computer users exist and it helps them navigate the INFOBAHN better
“You’re rate limited” doesn’t seem like a very helpful error message for the majority of the population.
Listen to an audio book. There are lots of public domain ones here: https://librivox.org/
- publishing blog posts and comments to ActivityPub-compliant servers, letting users follow/reply to/share/like these via other compliant services
- @-mentioning other ActivtyPub actors (e.g. Mastodon users) in posts and comments
- commenting on posts from Mastodon or other ActivityPub services
I've written up some technical notes at https://gist.github.com/jdormit/1049324b95e5096be20ee9ad1d749104. I'd appreciate feedback, so please comment there!
Tonight’s retrocomputing accessory is the Thunderscan, an inexpensive optical scanner in the form of—you’ll hardly credit this, and the young won’t understand—a ribbon cartridge for the ImageWriter dot-matrix printer. You remove the printer ribbon and insert the scanner cartridge. Roll your image, not blank paper, into the printer. Run the app and instead of printing a document onto the paper, it turns the paper into a document. Twisted. https://youtu.be/t8-jT2c2yl4
Started to sync some of my personal directories with git as to retain my short personal man pages. https://github.com/benjbrandall/personal-docs -- won't be much use to anyone with experience, but might force me to centralize my knowledge at last
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