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General request: if you post pictures, please please include alt text describing the image so that everyone, regardless of visual ability, can enjoy your toot.

Please consider asking others to do this. Optionally, reconsider boosting toots if they don't have alt text.

We all have an opportunity to help shape the culture of this place and I'd love, love, love if it were "oh, everyone posts alt text with their images because that's just what you do."

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Did you know that you don't need to use link shorteners (, etc.) on Mastodon? All links, no matter how long, only count for 23 characters against your 500 limit!

(And since link shorteners are bad for user experience and break the web, there's almost no good reason to use 'em! 😄)

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Please consider writing your hashtags in upper camelcase so screen readers have a chance at figuring them out.

sounds like an giant undecipherable mess of sounds.

reads out "Why I Stay On Mastodon" 😄

(Reason #44 I stay here: my previous requests like this have been generally well-received, proving that most people are awesome.)

on image descriptions and screen readers 

as someone with sight problems (I hope they won't keep progressing until full blindness... but oh well), I really appreciate how much more accessible the fediverse is to disabled folks than other social media places, but I think there are some things to consider. Over time I've been taking some notes that might be helpful

• screen readers may not read punctuation as expected, so comma spam might not be audible, which may make the context confusing


I have encountered more image descriptions on Mastodon in 24 hours than I have in Twitter in a couple of years. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating.
As a blind person, this means a lot to me. If you read this and you describe your images, thank you so, so, so much on behalf of all of us. If you don't, now you know you'll be helping random Internet strangers make sense of your posts by typing in a few more words than usual.

COVID-19, vax study, menstruators needed 

Heyo! If you are a person who menstruates and you have received a COVID-19 vaccine, there is a STUDY OPEN NOW to track the side effects associated with menstruation, and how the vaccine affects periods! You can participate here: redcap.healthinstitute.illinoi

It is NICE AND GENDER-AGNOSTIC, all of the language seems to be inclusive, so!

Spread the word if you are comfortable doing so! :)

This is What3words want deleted. They are currently suing a researcher.
RT @Cryptome_org
WhatFreeWords Javascript Library (2.5MB)

Opened up some code from an open-source medical equipment project:

First file I open: 3 explainer comments in the whole file. Hey, there's a divide-by-zero. There's a buffer overflow because that's not how snprintf's return value works. Etc. :[

I work in a safety-critical systems and stuff like this makes me despair. I don't blame the programmers or look down on them, but, for @#$%'s sake, get some expert help.

We all make mistakes. Shape your process with that belief in mind!

@JordiGH I give a talk two or three times a year on ethics and values in open source, and one of the points I try to emphasize is that you really, really need to understand what your own values and principles are, because these questions will never land in your lap with a hazmat label on them saying "ethical quandary here". They'll just be listed as issue number 4 of this quarter's deliverables.

Have a picture of my first dog, Otter. He was a Good Dog.

We got April's first metric century in on Sunday on a roll to Paint Bank: the 3rd annual Heathen Ride for us.

Perfect company, gorgeous weather, the bison calves were out (though in too-distant-from-the-road fields), and the early flowers like coltsfoot were everywhere.

Have a picture of some extremely chunky bison with amazing hair. They could've been in a shampoo commercial.

It's 2021. I think it's time to make fetch happen.

(2/2) If you have not yet canceled your membership, I encourage you to do so. #FSF could be playing a critical role in the #FreeSoftware (and #OpenSource) movements, but its founders syndrome means that they continue to be more interested in persisting toxic leadership then promoting a positive future.

I am disappointed but not surprised. Our movement deserves better than what the FSF is able to offer us.

#FLOSS #Stallman #RMS

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Posted this in a reply but here it is again. How to fill out the UK 2021 census independently from your household without them being able to see

Okay, apparently I'm going to have to wait another month (for vaccination) before I can pick up a bigger (say, group 29) battery for the double conversion UPS setup I'm building here... because apparently every battery place within in 50 mile radius is filled with yahoos sans masks, jawing about COVID-19 conspiracies.

Holy shit, dudes, just put on a mask and keep a lid on it. I don't need to hear your thoughts on gun control and mind control.

Found way down in a *vendor-supplied* Cortex-M0 header:

/* Configuration of the Cortex-M3 Processor and Core Peripherals */
__NVIC_PRIO_BITS 3 /*!< Number of Bits used for Priority Levels */

M0 has twoooooo bits for interrupt priority. It's not important to set up your int priorities, right?

This is even more fun because the priority registers are *left-aligned*, so their attempted writes to those registers truncates 1 to 0, 3 to 1, etc.

After "hares are bunnies too", my new hot take is: giraffes are just elongated horses (which was brought by the fact that a lot of artists say that horses are the most difficult to draw, but in fact giraffes are the same)
#art #MastoArt #watercolor

Spring hasn't *quite* sprung yet, but the grass has started to riz!

an RTOS is to a hardware project what lisp is to a software project. given enough time and complexity you will (accidentally) develop one.

worst case those two converge.

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