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@griffinkate I've now moved to Miraheze:

It's a work in progress; I'm still transferring everything from the old site. I am really hoping people will start getting involved now it's on a new platform.

Really sad news, Dr John has always been my favourite piano player and a hero to me. RIP Doc, you will be missed :( -

that's me in the corner
that's me in the spotlight
that's me in the combination corner/spotlight

in the GNU manifesto, he talks about how he's going to add a window system, a CL compiler, a spreadsheet, and "an Empire game" like ... here's this operating system we're making; it's going to have exactly one game. when anyone gets bored, they will play Empire and that will be the thing that everyone plays.

Should I set up my own single-user pleroma instance? (Y/N)

Someone is _probably_ already doing this kind of work!
If you know who, I'd love to hear about them!

We've certainly made improvements, but I think we could still use an awful lot more design thinking in open source software. Less reliance on devs scratching their own itches.

Maybe Mona needs custom software for her website. She’s willing to pay for it and couldn’t care less if it were AGPL or whatever. She just needs it to work reliably. Maybe FreeNAS and Tarsnap are good fits for her storage and backup needs, but who will help her set those up?

Maybe Phil just needs Audacity to have a couple more plugins, and maybe there’s a PulseAudio bug he needs fixed, and drivers for his new balanced input ADC. Maybe there’s a full DAW that has all the features he needs, but the interface is difficult to learn. It could use some docs.

It seems like it could be useful to do this kind of design work outside of the context of individual software implementations. We could put together recommendations of complete hardware and software combinations that meet the needs of specific types of users and specific workflows, and direct efforts and funding to improving those stories.

Harlow, a barista at a worker-owned coffee shop, needs a new phone. The screen broke on her old one, and she couldn’t get any new apps to install anymore anyways. She wants something secure enough to use for organizing direct actions, but she doesn’t want to support exploitative capitalist monopolies, and doesn’t have piles of cash laying around anyways. All the cheap Androids she’s ever had seemed full of adware. Is there anything cheap that isn’t crap? Maybe she needs two phones to be safe?

We also have Dan, the owner of the local antique store, who (begrudgingly) knows that he needs to get a new website and hopes that getting a computer for the store might help with some basic bookkeeping, too. His paper system has worked for him so far, but now that he has some part-time staff helping out, he needs something they can both use. He has a website already, or had one, but that was 15 years ago, and the family of the whiz kid who built it moved away after he left for college. Geocity?

Then there’s Mona, a freelance photographer who would like to edit her photos, have a way to back them up securely, and also needs a new website where she can coordinate event bookings with customers. She’s lost many hours of work to hardware and software failures before and can’t afford to be burned again. She needs to be able to trust whatever system she sets up.

There’s Phil, a marketing executive and casual classical guitarist who plays to unwind and writes music as a hobby. He wants to record an album at home to share with some friends.

What if we had Libre software working groups that focused on the needs of specific user personas?

I don’t think Tomahawk is under active development anymore, but I really liked the ideas of XSPF and Playdar, and it’d be cool to see someone pick those up again soon.

Here’s an old Wired article about Playdar for inspiration:

currently writing a wiki article on open-source operating systems. Aside from the usual Linux and BSDs, Haiku, React, Risc, Minix and Kolibri, can anyone think of / know of any others?

much appreciated <3

I'm so far down this phone cable rabbit hole now...

Apparently Apple has a patent on how their TRRS sockets work with inline mics and controls.

Thinking that I might want to switch over to using the terms "plug" and "socket" instead of terms that carry biological connotations. What do y'all think? Asking for confusion? Not worth the effort? Or clarifying and good?

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