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I have a number of long threads here on Twitter/Mastodon. Some have asked for me to turn them into blog posts, and it’s something I’d like to consider doing more this year. My question is: do you recall any specific threads that I should start with? 😅

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By the way, I'm posting over at Pixelfed now as well. I'm strongly considering deleting or at least locking down my Instagram account; I'm sick of Facebook as a company, sick of the increasingly terrible ads, and sick of the proliferation of crappy graphics with overlaid text versus the original intent of just *photos* of what people were up to/taking photos of.

You can follow me via the magic of the fediverse right here: @cassidyjames

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We have seen companies forking open source projects and add features that didn’t go upstream. And how they learned the hard way that this approach means they now “own” their fork and have to support it.

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Open Source solves a lot of the basic problems in any stack that allow enterprises to focus on their specific competitive edge. In the past they believed they have to own the whole stack. But that’s changing.

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Smart CIOs and architects start to understand why upstream is king. How much time and money can be saved by participating instead of forking.

The cost of supporting your internal fork is just not justifiable.

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(If I sound annoyed, I am—I now have to explain this every time someone asks me, “Can I play Minecraft on elementary OS?”)

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This was confusing enough on Mojang’s end, but they very loudly and clearly announced the change years ago. They didn’t, however, update their Java Edition branding for the Linux build, which Flathub is using as the reason for keeping the old, incorrect branding around.

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To play the game the creators of Minecraft call “Minecraft: Java Edition,” go *here* and install what Flathub just calls “Minecraft”—it’s an unofficial package of the Java Edition and does *not* cross-play with Android, iOS, Windows 10, Xbox, Switch, etc. flathub.org/apps/details/com.m

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To get the game that the creators of Minecraft call “Minecraft,” install “Minecraft Bedrock Launcher”—a third-party app that doesn’t follow the brand guidelines, but *does* get you the Minecraft to play with Android, iOS, Windows 10, Xbox, Switch, etc. flathub.org/apps/details/io.mr

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The new, cross-platform Minecraft is now on Flathub! Yay!

Except note that this is extra confusing for users now, because Flathub refuses to rename the Java Edition to Java Edition. So this one is called Bedrock Edition, which is an outdated name no longer used by Minecraft. 🙃

(it was also not used in the newer Rise of Skywalker intro or promotional materials, nor in the newer Clone Wars season 7)

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It’ss been over six months since this change, and yet… I haven’t seen or heard anything about it. Has anyone found any more information about this Star Wars logo tweak for The Mandalorian? It isn’t even used on Disney+ art for the show, even though it is still in the intro.

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The display is super high contrast, it has USB-C (yay!), and mine is currently charging. 😁

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Okay, so: not going to deep dive on the hardware or go wild with photos; I have a Dev Preview—not a final product! That said, fit and finish seems really nice. This makes me want high end phones made from precision plastics again, because it’s so *playful.*

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brb, re-reviewing the developer terms to see what I can share 🤞

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Sheesh, text someone, “Don’t panic.” and the FIRST thing they do is panic. What’s up with that?? In related news… @panic@twitter.com @playdate@twitter.com dev kit! 🕹️🎉

Would you rather fight 100 AirPod sized ducks, or one duck-sized AirPod??

RT @MKBHD@twitter.com

I don’t even have a good caption for this I just think it’s hilarious

🐦🔗: twitter.com/MKBHD/status/12786

The move away from standards and open APIs in general has strongly contributed to this. Feed readers used to be a thing you could use. Now many are useless or “curated” which incentivizes playing to the algorithms with clickbait.

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RT @backlon@twitter.com

My hottest take (which isn’t true but isn’t fully wrong) remains that the death of Google Reader made a space for the algorithmic news feed, which was weaponized to spread disinformation, which broke our shared acceptance of facts, which led to the current political moment. twitter.com/quinnypig/status/1

🐦🔗: twitter.com/backlon/status/127

This did start as my list of apps I wanted to design and make for myself, so I may be opinionated about how they should work. So please talk to me if you want to bring one of these to life! I’d love to share my design work and thinking behind the app.

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(If you are interested in starting some sort of app collective, maybe hit me up… but I don’t know how much time/effort I would be able to invest!)

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Most of these I’ve put some thought into, and might have even started designing and prototyping. I have thought about starting a GitHub org for these so they’re under one “brand,” but then managing money between developers would probably be a mess. So, I’m just sharing the ideas.

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