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I’ve been here for years and I’m an instance admin and I still don’t really know how the posts go from one website to another. I think it’s the same technology they use to send pokemon to a different game boy

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#feditip: go to https://{your mastodon server}/users/{any username}.rss to get an RSS feed for your RSS reader.

Level 2: go about your day without internet, then in the evening settle down at your Computer Desk with a nice cup of tea to RSS-digest the day's shitposts.

Level 3: Aggregates your RSS feeds into epub format. Load the output onto your 2000's e-ink e-reader via USB cable. Sit in an overstuffed armchair with a nearby lamp, say aloud "Ah, yes, today's internet" and sip your port.

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Every Mastodon explanation is like "It's very simple, your account is part of a kerflunk, and each kerflunk can talk to each other as part of a bumblurt. At the moment everyone you flurgle can see your bloops but only people IN your kerflunk can quark your nerps. Kinda like email."

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I saw someone confuse etymology and entomology, and it bugged me in a way I couldn't put into words.

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Et si vous souhaitez une instance plus internationales, il y a sur des thématiques similaires !

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Au fait, https.// est une instance Mastodon à destination de la communauté scientifique, académique, éducative francophone, sans coloration thématique.

Si vous travailler dans une université, un labo de recherche, un lycée, une prépa, une grande école, cette instance vous ouvre ses portes !


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so I think I understand #Mastodon more now... that's just a single piece of software that implements the #ActivityPub protocol.

it's the protocol that matters, not the server.

the big instances are a bad thing, and the small instances are a good thing.

small instances not only perform better but are cheaper and easier to run... and the wider federated thing that people call Mastodon is more resilient when there are lots of small servers.

what people call Mastodon at first is actually the #fediverse .

the federated universe is basically all software, and all instances of that software, that speak ActivityPub... and it turns out that there is a lot of software that does this.

for example, Mastodon itself is written in Ruby and uses Postgres. But there are also things like #pleroma which is written in Erlang and uses Postgres.

so aside from just interacting with other people on other Mastodon instances, you can interact with people on other software instances like Pleroma. Hence... #fediverse is more important than Mastodon.

on instances... the value in smaller instances isn't just resilience of the network... it's the local timeline. An instances that brings together people with a shared interest has a super relevant local timeline. I'm on an instance where there doesn't appear to be a shared interest beyond a love of cats and being super kind and lovely to each other... but that's pretty swell. From afar I see instances for #infosec #furries #lgbt #astrophotography and others... and I imagine that those local feeds must be excellent.

which also means... it's cool to have more than one account active, on different instances.

the thing I don't just know... clients like the Android Tusky, this is a great Mastodon client, but is it a pure ActivityPub client? i.e. could this client be used on a Pleroma instance, etc.

oh, and the real beauty of all this federation and small instances... moderation. Each instance can be moderated and block the federated feeds of other instances. It's work for the local admin, but really shields those communities from the bad actors and bad instances that enable them.

that's my 1 week on understanding of the fediverse... please do keep me honest and correct my mistakes in replies and teach me more things.

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Coucou tout le monde, je souhaiterais découvrir/tester orienté nature / paysage,
Une instance idéalement fr qui accepte les inscriptions à me proposer ?

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So late Wednesday night USA time* the mastodon dot social admin dropped a very different web interface based on the contractor-designed iOS app. In my opinion it looks okay in single-column mode but REAL bad in "advanced" mode.

FYI @Eramdam made a style for the Stylus browser extension that claws back the previous design to some extent:

* in other words, the night before the Twitter exodus began, which was either genius or terrible timing to drop a large design change

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if you want to search and filter thru your mastodon or twitter archives, i made a little tool called tumelune

- exhaustive search over your own posts, with useful filters and sorting
- import multiple archives so you can browse over twitter+masto accounts and deleted posts
- all of that offline, data stays on your computer

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Someday, your favorite band, songs, or albums could just disappear from Spotify or Tidal or YouTube Music, or ALL the streaming platforms.

Buy their music. Physical or DRM-free digital.

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2023: canadian mint releases new coins with the king's face on them. if you squint you can see a getty images watermark

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The year is 2025

There are five browser cores:
- webkit
- chromium
- gecko
- servo
- youtube-dl, which ended up implementing a full-fledged browser in python to keep successfully downloading videos

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Misuse of Twitter’s Alt Text Feature Draws Criticism From Accessibility Advocates - Katie Deighton @ The Wall Street Journal: (soft paywall)

The unexpected star of NASA’s Webb images — the alt text descriptions - Theresa Vargas @ Washington Post: (soft paywall)

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To future historians—not just of computing, but of humanity—the current period will be a dark age.

How was Facebook used by students in the 2010s? We cannot show you, that version of Facebook is not hosted anywhere.

How did MySpace look around 2009? We don't really know, the Wayback Machine only shows a limited amount of static content, and there may only be a few surviving screenshots

What correspondence did Vint Cerf have as president of the ACM with other luminaries of computing industry and research? We do not know; Google will not publish his emails.

What was it like playing Angry Birds on an iPhone 3G? We do not know; Apple is no longer distributing signed receipts for that binary.

What did the British cabinet discuss when they first learned of the Coronavirus pandemic? We do not know; they chatted on a private WhatsApp group.

What books were published analysing the aftermath of the Maidan coup in Ukraine? We do not know; we do not have the keys for the Digital Editions DRM.

How was the coup covered in televised news? We do not know; the broadcasters used RealVideo and Windows Media Encoder and we cannot read those files.

We have to ask ourselves how we are going to preserve and transmit knowledge about our age to the next generations. Knowledge about an age where information is produced, consumed and discarded within hours, days or months, or where it's only stored on the server rooms of a handful of corporations, with no guarantees that those businesses will exist in the future, and with no way of accessing that information unless a certain set of regulatory, hardware, software pre-conditions are met.

That's why projects like the Internet Archive deserve more recognition and funding. That's why web scraping should not only be a civic right, but a civic duty to the next generations. Otherwise all the knowledge about the great age of information will be transmitted orally - with all the distortions that such transmission implies.

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and for the crime of programming a computer, how do you plead

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Octodon is a mostly French-speaking Mastodon instance with an active moderation. est une instance Mastodon principalement francophone et avec une modération active.