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@seb Signal > send “Note to Self” has worked rather well for me.

Did you know?

Percentages are reversible. 8% of 25 is the same as 25% of 8, and often one of them is much easier to do in your head.

Why Mastodon and the fediverse are “doomed to fail”

-> a small rant about how the profit lens distorts our understanding of success vs. failure:

write.as/eloquence/why-mastodo

@neauoire What software do you use for RAW processing for your photos? I love the film-like colors :)

I wonder if you could run the Erlang VM on a phone, you could theoretically make phone apps in Elixir

Brilliant project that tidies up public domain ebooks.

Gutenberg and Internet Archive are wonderful resources, but the texts are poorly formatted for actual use, especially on ereaders.

This is a volunteer driven initiative to bring these texts up to date with modern standards and make them look as good as possible on the page.

standardebooks.org/

When I was a kid, there was always a key marked "Return". These days it's always "Enter".

When did we reach the point of no Return?

This has been in question again lately, so I thought I'd remind you

The ultimate goal of any program is to be as simple as possible. It is much harder to write a simple program than a complex program, but achieving simplicity is the highest calling of the programmer, and we must strive for it.

Ah, Merveilles. One of the best little corners of the internet.

@avalos It's not very hard to set up, but if you're looking for something out-of-the-box, you might like “Standard Notes”, which lets you write notes, with end-to-end encryption, and syncs them to the cloud automatically. It's available on all platforms, and on phone as well. standardnotes.org/

@avalos My note-taking setup, while not checking all those boxes, comes close: I use Emacs with Deft to write my notes (Markdown or Org Mode with optional LaTeX support), and they're saved to a Keybase git repository, which encrypts and decrypts transparently on the fly, and syncs it to the Keybase git remote. I have a little Ruby Guard script that automatically does a git commit and push anytime I hit save in Emacs. It's worked really well for me for around 4–5 years now.

Aryeh Nirenberg has created an amazing video, which lets you feel the rotation of the earth:

Using a tracking mount aligned with North Star, he kept taking photos every 12 seconds for about 3 hours. The camera is looking at the same portion of the Milky Way.

"Have you ever felt awe and delight upon first experiencing a computer interface? An interface that surprised you with its strangeness, with a sense of entering an alien world?"

cognitivemedium.com/tat/index.

We're getting many questions in regard to why we target old devices. Here are some of our thoughts on the matter.

What we are trying to do, is build inspiring software that might give people's old machines a second life, or a second look. To make possible this sort of recycling and reuse, we also maintain and archive documentation for these various systems.

A lot of the ideas explored back in the 70s and 80s should not be forgotten, or seen as lesser.

@alcinnz

> "A developer should primarily care about producing value, not code.…" thevaluable.dev/page/principle

That page contains a lot of individual sentences that I cannot disagree with, exactly.

It nevertheless has a sort of MBA-esque vibe that creeps me out.

IMO, software developers are craftspeople and should ideally care deeply about their craft for its own sake. Yes, creating something that helps others is great, but someone who is *just* focused on that still gives me pause.

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