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Frank ๐Ÿš€ @frankmeeuwsen

Getting ready for a holiday with the family. Off to Italy for some much needed downtime. Preparation with kids age 5 and 10 is always a bit stressfull but we're getting there.

1993: on the internet nobody knows you're a dog
2017: the NSA is confused and concerned by your continued very public claims of being a dog

DRM is a huge threat agains your security and freedom. Now it seems like it'll become a webstandard from W3C. Madness!

Want to know why it's terrible? Listen or read this:

Want to help me spread knowledge? Help me with the wiki:

"I would like to change the world, but they won't give me the source code..."

@frankmeeuwsen 3. Most software was intended to be primarily used by professionals. Who are mostly paid by the hour. Shorter daily use is better. Now it is often private users, who are "paying" by leaving data traces. Longer daily use is better.
4. RSS was machine friendly. Which is a strength. But it is also a weakness. Because one has to understand it and needs some abilities. Most users don't know what a URI is. Also a vast part of internet users can't copy paste.

@frankmeeuwsen 1. these topic rigor rules come from academia. Most people don't and can't communicate like that. Back in the day, almost everyone accessing the internet went or was going to uni. This is not the case anymore.
2. The clear single interface came with the idea that you install a client and configure it. So you either need to be able to do that or have an assistant who does it for you. Most people can't and have not. And even if, it is labour.

@nicolai Thanks for your elaborate answer. Appreciated. I agree with a lot of your points. I am from the first wave of "commercial" internet users. Non-academic but with a love for technology (not educated in it) and computers. Your third point, i never realized. We used to be so efficient with online communications. This has gone because of the reason you give. Interesting.

"We should go back to the days of RSS, IRC and Newsgroups to make the web less noisy again"

Any thoughts? I kinda feel for the ole technology of yore but that's more some nostalgic waxing. I do regret RSS not taking off they way it could. The startingpoint was way to technological instead of userfriendly. IRC was my first Twitter. Newsgroups were great to find the depths of knowledge and likeminded people all across the globe.

Vlak voor de vakantie nog even de auto naar de garage brengen. Het valt altijd weer tegen qua kosten. Maar toch liever dat het nu goed gefixt wordt dan straks in Toscaanse bergen langs de weg staan met jengelende kids.

Being the BBQ superhero that I am after hours... Chilling in France with the company.

@jeroenpraat @ruudboy @Jelv de kunst van community management. De rol van instance-eigenaar ligt veel meer op het vlak van een community bouwen dan serverbeheer.

@Jelv @ruudboy @jeroenpraat Ik zie net de FAQ, nevermind. Ik ga er eens in duiken. Leuk hoor. Wij gebruiken intern bij Triggi ook grafana voor onze stats. Behoorlijk krachtig spul!

@Jelv @ruudboy @jeroenpraat Dat zijn fraaie stats. Waar is de countrycode op gebaseerd? 4000 klinkt wel als een plausibel aantal voor Nederland.

Lees de thread van @ruudboy en @jeroenpraat over Nederlandse Mastodon servers.

Ik vind het ook apart dat andere nationaliteiten actiever (lijken!) te zijn dan Nederland. In hun eigen taal. Waar komt dat door?

I will be closing down this instance 1 week from now. Please create an account in one of the many other instances, like

cc @mdbraber @abnormal_mrkm @naokyneko @dv8r @timreports @HAMACHI @daniel @PatrickJenner @AJ

This is me testing some stuff on Freedomcontroller. Microblogging there and sending it to Mastodon. Nothing to see here, move along.

I finally took some time to watch Black Mirror again on Netflix.
I choose the episode San Junipero. A lovely story told the right way with some great hidden gems on popculture from the last 30 years. My fav: Max Headroom. Of course.