Had a tech nightmare this week when I couldn't login to my (cloud-based) password manager (Encryptr). It turned out that the service had been discontinued and they shut down the servers, meaning I couldn't access any of my passwords.
Thankfully there was quite a bit of uproar and the servers are back on this weekend for users to export their data.
I could have lost 200+ passwords for my entire (digital) life. I should have known better. We all make mistakes, please learn from mine!
I've run a big text adventure for thirteen years (at one point briefly it was the biggest text adventure!) and if there's one thing I've about managing a big online community in that time that I'd choose to pass on as a warning to others, it's this: remove the people who don't like being there.
Some folks just don't like the place, or they liked it once and they don't anymore, and that's fine.
You'd think they'd just go somewhere else, and most do, but some don't, and those folks are AWFUL.
Are big techs threatening OpenStreeMap @openstreetmap by contributing to it?
Bookmarked: Intertextual design: the hidden stories of Atari women: Human–Computer Interaction: Vol 0, No 0 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07370024.2020.1861947
Do you know of an exceptional individual who has played a role in the conceptualization, building, and development of the Internet globally?
👨🔧👩🔧 Perhaps a pioneer who expanded the Internet.
🌐 A trailblazer who made a major technical innovation to make the Internet faster or better.
🎙️ Or a passionate advocate who made the Internet more inclusive and accessible.
Every T.V. show you watch is set in the past.
Just like every picture of yourself is a picture of you when you were younger.
My teenage daughter just came into the kitchen and said "I'm watching this TV show, it's like a teen drama but it's set in the past". I asked her what it was called and she said "Dawson's Creek".
I have been alive a long time.
As an experiment, there's a new Matrix room for DocNow:
DocNow is a community for memory workers, technologists and artists who are building practices and tools for archiving the web & social media.
The matrix room is meant to supplement (not replace) the existing DocNow Slack, as a distributed, open standards driven, non-Salesforce owned, communication medium.
At the moment it's just me and an RSS bot, which is ... unsurprising. Stop by and say hi?
A spudger is a great tool for all those times you want something pointy and precise and nonconductive, which happens more often than you think. If you've ever used a pen or pencil as a generic poking tool, a spudger would have done a better job. They're also great at the thing they're designed for, sneaking into small spaces and prying. A flathead screwdriver can be inserted after the spudger has created a big enough gap if you need more twisting strength, but the spudger leaves no marks.
Christ searching the internet is bad
It doesn't matter what search engine you use, all the results are just Bad now
I can search for table saw crosscut sled construction tips and there'll be a listicle with the number 2021 in the FIRST PAGE of results, copied from another site and with the year changed? And it's like that with anything you search? How is this useful?
Librarians, can you please resurrect human-curated web directories when you get a minute, thx <3
"The web is something different" by @davatron5000 https://daverupert.com/2021/02/the-web-is-something-different/
"I’ve come to accept that if there are bugs on the web or if there’s a massive quality dip on a site you’re visiting… that is a sign the web is working. It means some unqualified person was able to skip past the gatekeepers and put something online."
Nice, nuanced perspective in this post. I appreciate it.
I'm tutoring some folks career-changing into software dev. Having given the spiel often, here are some thoughts:
1. Learning to code is a gateway to all kinds of code-related jobs, not just software developer.
2. Getting involved in open source can give you real-world skills, a practical portfolio, and industry contacts. More importantly, it might tell you more about what kind of role you want.
3. Make friends and form a study group w/ accountability.
4. Python is a good place to start.
"Welcome to our project's official bug tracker! For your convenience, after you have signed up for a mandatory user account, verified your account, and agreed to the required policies, you will not be allowed to include more than two URLs or domain-name–like terms in the bug report you post, because who TF do you think you are, you filthy nobody."
Internet is a read/write medium.
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!