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Alyssa Ross @qyliss@mastodon.social

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tfw someone signs up for mastodon and only follows you~~

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Well, the Internet Archive has surpassed itself: full in-browser emulation of the early Apple Macintosh has been made-available.

blog.archive.org/2017/04/16/ea

It is a work of love, beauty and, quite frankly, skill.

The Internet Archive are really making an effort to preserve our IT history.

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dungeonfs: A FUSE filesystem and dungeon crawling adventure game engine github.com/ChrisRx/dungeonfs

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this is that dumb gag i toot of:

following on oulipo.social and dolphin.town i put up my own mastodon, 4-0-4.world in which no communication at all can occur.

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I'll believe "guys" is gender neutral when straight men talk about how many guys they've had sex with

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Are there any Mastodon instances with a) expiring access tokens (line 26) or b) refresh tokens (line 42)? Would be great to test for Tootbot :)

github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

I've had a few links from Mastodon not work today — turns out Amaroq's awoo mode replaces "toot" with "awoo" even in URLs!

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What I'm trying to say is, watching other humans work within Oulipo's constraints is highly amusing, but it's not for yours truly — it's just too difficult for Alyssa.

I happily follow a lot of Oulipians. Omitting a particular glyph is amusing and fun, but I don't think I could do it too commonly.

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@qyliss Their threshold for what constitutes 'survival' is also wildly skewed or constrained by corporate propaganda.

"Six reasons Mastodon won't survive" writes journalist who hasn't bothered to find out what Mastodon is.

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Mastodon's federation introduces UX challenges.

One that worries me a lot is about message forgery. Anyone can forge a twoot, even cross-server.

Whereas Twitter Inc might be trustworthy enough to not forge transcripts. Anyone can run a Mastodon server and might want to abuse it to influence people (see Russian troll campaigns).

Should Mastodon "home servers" cryptographically sign updates? Should there be end-to-end signatures? Anyone has thoughts on this?

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That reminds me, we need to get We Rate Dogs up in this jazz.

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lifehack: if you say "I'll be right back" as you leave a room, you can say "as the prophecy foretold" when you re-enter

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Another friendly reminder:

Mastodon is awesome, but mastodon isn't an appropriate tool if you want private communications. DMs aren't actually private, they can be seen by instance admins and maybe by other people, it isn't at all secure.

Mastodon and GNU social aren't made for private conversations, if you want to have a private conversation there are many tools that are appropriate for that.

I suggest Tox, but Cryptocat and XMPP with OTR are also good. There are others but I have used those

My most popular Mastodon post has now exceeded my most popular Twitter post. I have 1800+ followers there and about 70 here. 🤔