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Bilbliogram is a viewer for public Instagram profiles and posts.

I blocked Facebook and Instagram using /etc/hosts on my laptop. This is useful if somebody sends me something that's available only inside the walled garden.

YouTube ->
Twitter ->

almost everything on computers is perceptually slower than it was in 1983

.. amber-screen library computer in 1998: type in two words and hit F3. search results appear instantly.
now: type in two words, wait for an AJAX popup. get a throbber for five seconds. oops you pressed a key, your results are erased
one of the things that makes me steaming mad is how the entire field of web apps ignores 100% of learned lessons from desktop apps . ...

#UIUX #ThisIsNotProgress #InternetOfShit #WhyIHateTech

open source e-reader in a world full of amazon-controlled e-readers seems like a good move

Copyright rant 

Any time anyone makes me remember The Wizard of Oz (1939) I instantly become irrationally angry again because it will not enter the Public Domain until 2035

Is there a single person who worked on any aspect of the film who is still even alive today?

Inevitable reply: "Yeah but people should be able to inherit the benefits of a successful work of art"

Should they though? Do you really want me to start on my intergenerational wealth rant?

You might have heard the phrase "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish" to refer to microsoft's (historic?) approach to open standards and so on. A youtube comment I just saw suggested this phrase should instead be "Control, Alt, Delete".

Facebook is using its army of lawyers to create a Trojan Horse into GDPR law so that they can just demand anybody's private information from any company using the loop hole of "legitimate interest".

It starts with the domain name registrars but doesn't stop there.

If anybody is writing up a "reasons to break up Facebook", please add this to your list.

I somehow stumbled upon "Road and Bridges"[1] again today.

It had a reference to this essay.

The Ethics of Unpaid Labor and the OSS Community

Women make up 25% of the software industry but only 1.5% of open source development (as measured on GitHub 🤐)

Employers trying to make OSS contribution a criteria for hiring decisions will only further worsen the lack of diversity in the tech industry.


We will also have to deal with all the art by Black artists that could have been about anything, that could have freed us from the dull confines and ideas of our past, but instead had to be about Whiteness and their confrontations with it.

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I like this blog post about the "Beginner's Mind" and ego

"On Coding, Ego and Attention"

It's nominally about coding, but could be applied to other skills that involve failure (for me, go).

There's some crazy internal US politics right now that threatens #OpenTechFund, who funded #LetsEncrypt, #CertBot, @torproject , #NoScript, TLS ESNI/ECH, #DNSPrivacyProj, #ReproducibleBuilds, #Wireguard, #DeltaChat, #OpenKeychain, #pypi, @guardianproject , @signalapp , and more. Looks like a couple proprietary software companies are trying to take over this #FreeSoftware money. Please sign on to the campaign to try to stop it:

We've been asked if we could quickly implement new features in #Liberapay so that it could replace #Bountysource, which has been doing shady things. We can't and we don't want to. Encouraging people to pay for a specific issue to be solved is problematic, it creates bad incentives instead of providing stable funding for the proper maintenance and development of a project. If you still think bounties are a good idea, then you can try to revive

Oh it worked!

"#Linux is my creative work daily driver, on 95% #libre and #FOSS tools. A few years ago it was the opposite, I was on 95% proprietary tools. It is often said that you cannot be on Linux if you do #creative work for a living, but I have transitioned across the last few years and love it. With the advances in #librecreative software the workflows just keep getting better and better. This collection shows some snapshots of my setup and how I use it."

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