You should 100% follow me on @semanticist@scotland.computer, and if you're still on mastodon.social, maybe consider signing up to shuffle the load around a bit.

I will now be tooting from @semanticist@scotland.computer, which will open for general registrations tomorrow evening, probably.

Exclusive cat pictures may be available @semanticist@scotland.computer.

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xen-tools built me a lovely image for Ubuntu 16.04, with just a *tiny* *teeny* issue: it didn't actually install a kernel. This is making it a little difficult to boot the VM, and now I've run out of time.

So no Mastodon instance for me tonight, although at least scotland.computer is nominally up and working.

Related, I desperately need to rebuild this machine. Or find some fucking disk caddies and a place to rack my "cloud server" beast. If only electricity wasn't so expensive. :(

One hour into building my own mastodon instance.

Current status: bought a domain, upgraded my Xen Dom0's sen-tools and debootstrap, waiting on a VM to build
Chance of completion before 9pm: no fucking way

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Hot take: closing registrations on this instance will have been the secret sauce needed to make federation really take off, and others should follow pattern. Lots of instances with limited registration numbers is a good thing for now.

I am deliberately not saying much here because I'm going to launch my own instance tomorrow and there's no way to migrate accounts. (Or is there, but I missed it?)

My two main considerations right now are: use docker/docker-compose, or run services normally; and use discordiancabal.org.uk or tehinterwebs.co.uk?

And finally, a cat picture. mastodon.social/media/mYbDMe_k

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Looking forward to boosting some toots over here instead of blocking actual nazis over there.

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PSA for all you new arrivals: there is no verification on Mastodon, people are just putting the checkmark into their display names as a running gag

or you can use a butt peach like yours truly if you want

I think this might actually be one of the best pictures of Rey I've taken, actually.

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