Hotter take: 'ambient computing', 'internet of things', and 'ubiquitous computing' all pale in comparison to my favorite goofy term for this tech: 'everyware'

There are now Mastodon share buttons on the @fsfe websites. 😉

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.

In the NEWS file of GNU Hello:


Version 1.1 (16 September 1992)

* Zork output compatibility has been added.


unable to connect to wifi on Ubuntu 18.04.1 using wicd 1.7.4?

restart the damn machine 5 times and smash all the f keys, this is the official fix

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

Bring back the term "turnkey totalitarianism" for the surveillance state. Its construction was outsourced to private industry, and now it's ready to go.


“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:

I've been thinking about an #ActivityPub implementation for #Wordpress. My idea supports:

- 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 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.

I've been hacking on a small game. It's kind of like Asteroids. Does anyone want to design a spaceship and a planet to use in the game?

How much would I need to pay for it?

Authoritarian power abuses exist everywhere that large hierarchical organizations exist. Whether its the former Soviet Union or Amazon.

Started to sync some of my personal directories with git as to retain my short personal man pages. -- won't be much use to anyone with experience, but might force me to centralize my knowledge at last

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