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Unfortunately I have to stop actively working on #Metatext for a while due to health issues. I really wish I could implement Mastodon 4 features and squash every bug, but it's not possible for me to do so right now.

I know the app has become important to a lot people, so I'm open to a new maintainer who can carry on its values of privacy and accessibility taking it over if there's interest and a fit. Email info@metabolist.org if you (or your organization) are interested

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@evan @markallerton @ks

It's entirely possible for decentralized instances to provide safety, but most don't/won't. I'm super happy with hachyderm.io for example. ♥️👍🏿

But a larger company is going to integrate with the fediverse, and fulfill the most basic user feature request: "As a user of your product, I would like to know that signing up will not expose me to death threats from nazis" 🤷🏿‍♂️

Then more new users are going to flow there.

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Jemand hat grade Mett als Boomerhummus bezeichet und jetzt weiß ich halt auch nicht mehr

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@internetarchive OMG wow. It's been almost 25 years since I wrote this to manage my #diabetes on a #palmpilot. I wrote it in Metrowerks CodeWarror C, and the amount of work to draw a pie chart on a system without floating point OR math libraries was nuts. And flood fills? Good lord

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This is an old project, but by some miracle it's still working and I woke up this morning wanting to celebrate the things I love more.

This Inkplate e-ink screen shows Conway's Game of Life, seeded from tarpits I have on the Internet. The tarpits are programs on my computer that superficially look like insecure Telnet and Remote Desktop services, but actually exist to respond super slowly and make bots scanning the Internet 'get stuck'.

When a bot connects to the tarpit, the data it sends gets squished into a 5x5 grid and 'stamped' onto a Game of Life board. Data from a bot at the IP address 1.1.x.x will get stamped on the top left corner, data from a bot at 254.254.x.x will get stamped on the bottom right corner.

Conway's Game of Life, a set of simple rules that govern whether cells should turn on or off, updates the display once per second. The result is that bot attacks end up appearing as distinct 'creatures', that get bigger and more angry looking over time (as their centre is updated with new data). After the attack finishes, the 'creature' eventually burns itself out.

Despite that description, it's a really chill piece of art that doesn't draw too much attention but I can happily watch for a long time.

Credit for the idea goes to @_mattata, I had been wanting to make a real-life version of XKCD #350 for years before seeing his Botnet Fishbowl project.

#projects #inkplate #esp32 #eink #infosec #tarpit
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debugging strategy: use sounds or pictures

I'm still not super satisfied with the examples in this one, I'd love to hear examples of how you use visualizations or sounds to debug

I hosted a conversation about Mastodon, the fediverse, and ActivityPub with my colleagues @effye, @mheiber and @judeswae, who set up our corporate Mastodon instance 4 years ago. I learned a lot! thoughtworks.com/insights/podc

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This explains basically everything about Elon Musk's actions. Some of his companies work in spite of him. Twitter just has no immune system against his thing.

tumblr.com/numberonecatwinner/

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Finished reading "Software Architecture: The Hard Parts". It gives a good, detailed overview of patterns and techniques that you commonly encounter when you have to deal with more complicated software systems. I think it's a great companion the the book REST in Practice!
#book

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This is informative, and it's also fun to look at - how carbon-intensive is energy generation by region? ("How many kittens were sacrificed in the making of this kilowatt?")

UK is not-bad, but what-even-is-going-on in South Africa?

app.electricitymaps.com/map

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Heißester neuer Take zur Delegitimierung der Klima-Proteste:

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I've been tinkering with Stable Diffusion and made A #projects Thing.

Color Anything
color-anything.com

It's a ridiculous use of something as powerful as SD but my son's super into colouring at the moment and I've been struggling to find new stuff for him. The colouring pages sites all steal each other's images so there's not actually that much variety out there. I thought I'd try throwing SD at it and... it sort of works! The results are occasionally mad but quite often fun.

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I love the new #Twitter. From Forbes, the copyright enforcement system is broken and I can’t stop laughing.

“A user went viral for uploading the entirety of The Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift in two minute chunks over a 50 tweet thread. While it’s offline this morning, here’s where things get weirder still…”

forbes.com/sites/paultassi/202

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Wrote a blog on why AWS never dove seriously into blockchain. Features groovy pix from a trip to New York, which is part of the story: tbray.org/ongoing/When/202x/20

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#introduction time!

Ahoy-hoy! I'm Ham. Living in rural Germany with my family and a chocolate Labrador.

I'm a software developer at Stack Overflow and have been in this #programming game for a while now. I ramble a lot about test automation and continuous delivery. Before, I worked at ThoughtWorks where I did some coding and a lot of talking.

I love taking naps with my dog, lifting weights in my garage, playing Doppelkopf with my buddies, and citing stale golden era Simpsons jokes.

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Remember, friends don’t let friends use the official Mastodon apps.

Get yourself Tusky for Android, or Metatext for iOS. Toot! Is also good for iOS.

Enjoy all the timelines and features.

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Mastadon. I'm heeeeeeere!!! Who is yelling "action" so we can get this party going!?

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toot.Thoughtworks

A Mastodon instance running on Thoughtworks infrastructure for its employees to interact with the Fediverse.