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Funny that we seem to be going in circles.

The web started as a bunch of individuals running their own servers. Then things got professionalized, and we got the mostly benevolent, for-pay corporate services. Now that your data is more valuable than whatever meager subscription fee you're not going to pay for anyway, we're back to trusting the randos.

The plummeting server/software costs help, but it would be impossible without volunteer labor.

It behooves us to support the randos.

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Here's the video for "The Arrival of a Train":

(In case you're more into viewing than reading)

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Here's "It's all about the curry", my Monkigras 2018 talk on software craft:

Delivered a lot of talks over the years, but I gotta say this has been one of my favorites so far.


Some say if you peer through a stone with a hole in it, you can see magic. Some say doing so dispels magic, unravels glamours, and lets you see what is true.
The truth is, when you see a stone with a hole in it, if you pick it up and peer through it, your world still has magic.

"You're amazing! You never seem to do anything wrong."
"I make lots of mistakes, but I can jump back in time to do things over."
"Doesn't that create new timelines?"
"Yes. In all other timelines I'm a failure."
"That's... a horrible thing to say."
"It is? Damn! Let me redo that."

Exodus Privacy is a fantastic tool to examine what trackers an Android application has:

If you really need to use an app that is tracker-laden, then Blokada is your friend:

And the award for the cover of the week goes to … Bloomberg!

Most people don't know that the Brexit movement was spurred by new EU rules that would have required Hogwarts to install fire escapes

was rather fast getting their videos online. Here's "The Truth of the Thing" - my talk about cognitive accessibility, technology adoption and mistakes I've made.

If you'd rather read, here's what I originally wrote:

"hairball the cat coughed up on the dress jacket you were about to wear, and you were already late" emoji

@mmin one argument for privacy, in the context of democratic deliberation, is that we don't do all our important thinking by ourselves. Conversations are exercises in cluster processing of ideas and evidence, where we form new thoughts in realtime in the process of articulating them to others, in response to what they've presented. Denying people private spaces where they can speak freely, forming new ideas, cuts off parts of their own cognitive processes. #ThoughtCrime

In brief, what I've been thinking recently is that privacy is not so much about the *exercise* of human agency but it's more a *prerequisite* for human agency.

Hey developers & ActivityPub enthusiasts!

@GetTogetherComm is a free open alternative to

The lead developer needs help with implementing federation, either coding or better documentation about ActivityPub.

There's an open issue for it here:

There's been discussion but no code contributions yet.

Can you help?

(It would be *so* cool to get this kind of service federated, imagine every town having its own instance :blobaww: )

#ActivityPub #FLOSS #FOSS

I knew I was going to be giving a talk in an old and historic hall, but it's apparently 4:3 slide aspect ratio old.

Unfortunately I won't be able to make it the Internet Festival Valencia - it looks like a great event.

If you have Android, Blokada is an absolute must. I've had it for a couple of days and it blocked about 1k ads. It sets up a VPN, so no root required.

Don't mistake the #Fediverse of the now for the potential it still has locked away under mountains of effort.

Baffled I hadn't heard about Data Terra Nemo until yesterday - looks like a smashing event for and .

Berlin, May 17 & 18. Glad I got a ticket before they ran out.

Bruce Lawson on how shoddy web development is making people all over the world work longer hours to afford internet access (and accessibility, HTML and standards). Sensational talk and impeccable delivery.

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