Starting to see a bunch of people following me from @nvk 's instance. Excited to see Bitcoiners spreading out across the fediverse and seeing that this crazy federated idea---like another crazy idea they may be more familar with---really does work in practice.

What the $BTC price did today 

It either went up, or it went down, or it stayed the same.

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Bitcoiners: consider using a Content Warning (the CW in the Mastodon web interface) on your price-related toots. That way technologists who don't care about the price don't have to read your text or see your charts. I'll reply to this toot with an example.

Also, it'd be cool if we could agree on a specific keyword for price toots so that people who *really* don't like them can filter them out without having to unfollow people. In Twitter tradition, I suggest the $BTC "cash tag".

The Satoshi Nakamoto Institute now accepts Bitcoin donations via @BTCPayServer. Support our efforts by visiting (or by hodling)

Step one for setting up my own Fediverse instance is now complete. Still need to setup a reverse proxy and TLS to actually use it for anything.

Things I learned:

- Was pretty easy (about 30 minutes so far)
- Works fine on a $5 VPS
- Pleroma defaults to 5,000 character toot limit (but >500 won't be relayed to default Mastodons)
- Although turned off by default, you can even access the instance's public timelines over the Gopher protocol (!)

@harding @udiWertheimer @samourai_official

The old Schildbach Bitcoin Wallet for Android also lets you use your own node + Tor. Unfortunatly no support for SegWit, BIP39, hardware wallets, etc, so I don't recommend anymore. Here is a guide I made last year:

Emergency support email from my VPS provider. Or is it? Notice the X-mailer header is set to a line from the rickrolling song... 🤔

(Seriously, it's legit but it made me laugh.)

@chrispalasz @NicolasDorier Mastodon lets you indicate that a particular account is a bot so people know what they're getting into by following it, and there are socially-enforced rules for good bot behavior. If a bot is just spamming you, then you have the regular Filter tools available on the Settings page (including blocking the whole host that the bot came from), or you can complain to your instance admin.

@rysiek @notclacke @jordila Every time I get an e-mail with little or no readable plain text content, I figure they didn't have anything to say that interests me. Your client does not support HTML e-mail. Click here to read this message online --> tracking link. **DELETE**

All it costs to fulfill the average person's needs for digital services is a $5 per month VPS instance. It's even cheaper if you buy a single board computer and host your services at home.

We've been letting companies steal our personal data and sell it to the highest bidder and destroying democracy in the process all to save what? A coffee a month?

This is one of the worst deals in history.

#privacy #selfhosting

"A cartoon intro to DNS over HTTPS" by Lin Clark

We're so lucky to have Mozilla in the browser ecosystem. They're doing some of the most innovative privacy work right now. (And Lin Clark is great at explaining this stuff!)

I saw the best cpus of my generation destroyed by patents, starving hysterical cache-misses,
dragging themselves down to ring zero at boot looking for an angry bios... the machinery of night,

conference idea:

snooze fest
like rust fest, but instead of two days, it's two months long

- there's no talks
- there's nothing new
- we just listen to old talks
- while fixing broken software is interesting if you do open-source stuff on GitHub.

Confirms my feeling that 2017 was a year of rest and relaxation for me, although 2018 is starting to ramp up again.


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