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File under stupid thing I’ve done: I went rooting around my HD weeks ago and deleted files for a user I created to help Apple ascertain whether a weird behavior in Mail was caused by my profile or OS.... and now they simply refuse to be emptied from my trash. DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW BATSHITCRAZY THAT UNEMPTIED TRASH CAN IS MAKING ME?!

Wow... I just had to exercise the mute option for the first time ever. That makes me kind of sad.

It sucks when you feel like crying, could really benefit from a good long crying jag, but you just don’t have any tears or anything to really cry about.

Also? Lubuntu-book experiment failed. It runs well, but I'm just not into multiple systems. I need to find someone who isn't as lucky in options as me to adopt it. Feel free to DM (PM?) suggestions.

Mastodon has taught me: means me, too. I thought I was just a weirdo who never outgrew being a tomboy. Apparently I have a after all. ! (To be clear, I'm still a weirdo...and I refuse to be normal!)

Also, I LOVE GDPR because it's suddenly become SO MUCH EASIER to delete accounts for sites/apps I no longer use. Thank EU!

I HATE (re)CAPTCHA so much I'm going to start refusing to use non-essential sites that use it. Given how often they tell me I've failed, I'd rather be a robot!

It’s hard being the person who “fixes” everyone else problems when there’s no one there when you’re the one who needs a hand.

I've never gotten into (please don't take my Card!), but I NEED this in my book collection. It's the principle!

Is there a way to “redirect” one instance to another here? Like, I signed up both here and on .technology, and I enjoy both, but I’d like to standardize on one without losing the feeds from the other (and not have to use/maintain both...

Finally got the old laptop out last night. Thanks to y’all getting the WiFi working took a whopping 5 min! Played around w it. Added Homebrew and other random stuff. Made it pretty. Then realized I was pretty bored. Ugh. We’ll see if it gets a project or I otherwise decide there’s enough reason to keep it. Mostly I just wanted to get back on my Mac.

File under more stupid questions I'm pretty happy to have: anyone running or have experience with ? Seems a good option to turn an older HP Stream into a /#dev machine. It's up and running, but I'm stymied by getting working. Next goal will be making sure all my frameworks are (doing so intentionally is new to me). Appreciate any input!

I tried really hard—and failed similarly—to get running on my (will be followed by system). I broke down and installed the Oracle version of it and JRE for now, but I'd really prefer to run versions. Is anyone is willing to me sort it?

eshton boosted
the fediverse reminds me a lot of how things used to be in the '90s a.k.a. the golden age of computing

back when we all had our own dorky fuckin websites on tripod or angelfire or geocities, all unique, all human

back before the internet was taken over by soulless monolithic corporations bent on forcing spy cameras into their users' every orifice

back before advertisers had built themselves a surveillance empire to dwarf the NSA's

back when we were all genuine and sincere and *ourselves.* even if we were total fuckin dorks

all of a sudden these little grassroots social spaces are popping up, with unique and quirky domains, full of people who aren't such cowards that they spend their lives hiding behind a curtain of ironic detachment. it's like the experimental chaos of the '90s but tempered by experience and improved by new technology

there's a reason IRC and pleroma are the only ways i actually *like* interacting with ppl online
QOTO Mastodon

Welcome to the QOTO instance

QOTO: Question Others, Teach Others

A Mastodon instance for scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and all yearning to learn.

A free speech space. No censorship here.
We do not silence or block any instances.

Unique Features
  • Inline math Latex support - Use \ ( and \ ) for inline LaTeX, and \ [ and \ ] for display mode.
  • 65,535 character limit for toots (usually 500)
  • 65,535 character limit for profile bio (usually 160)
  • Full text searches - usually you can only search hashtags and usernames
  • Halcyon / Twitter clone front-end - Want the interface to look exactly like the Twitter interface? After you signed up just go here to login:
  • PeerTube - We host our own PeerTube server with open registration for up to 100MB, but all of our active users get unlimited quotas. Sign up here:
  • Professionally hosted with nightly backups
  • light modern theme with full width columns (not fixed)
  • Several extra themes - including mastodon default and mastodon default with full width columns (not fixed)

Message to New Members

Welcome to the Qoto Mastodon instance, its like twitter but better!

Please don't hesitate to Direct Message me or tag me in Toots (what we call tweets here) if you have any questions or even if you just want to chat.

If you are new to Mastodon you may want to check out this official getting started guide:

We are a free speech, no censorship zone. Feel free to talk about whatever you want, say whatever you want, as long as it is legal you wont ever get banned from the server. With that said we do have a few rules: No spam, and no using multiple accounts to circumvent personal bans.

This server isnt a typical mastodon server either. I have personally modified the code on this server to give it several unique features you wont find on other servers.

If you are new to Mastodon here is some useful info.

First off, if your coming from Twitter and you'd prefer an interface that looks exactly like twitter, then just go here and login with your Qoto credential: No need to create an account there, your account on this server will work just fine. Just enter your username in the following format @[username] so for me it would be @freemo But personally I think our default skin here is way better.

Basically Mastodon is a decentralized twitter. That means anyone can run a server (like Qoto) that people can sign up to and use just like twitter. The unique part is how the servers talk to each other.

If you want to tag someone on the same server as you then you can just do @user however if you want to specify someone on a different server you can do @user@server. If someone follows you or mentions you on any server on the internet you'll get notified right here. So my full tag is

So now a bit about the timelines, there are three (unlike twitter there is just one): Home, Local, Federated.

The Home timeline is just like what you'd expect on twitter, that is, everyone you are following.

The local timeline is any post made by anyone on your local server.

The federated timeline is what is cool. It combines the timeline of everyone on the server into one. This way you can see the posts of everyone that is followed by anyone on the server (assuming the post is public). So this timeline is a close representation of everyone on the internet who has Mastadon (though not really). Moreover we have a bot here that goes around and federates with everyone it can find, so our Federated Feed is rather robust covering thousands of instances.

Only other thing that is unique is listed vs unlisted posts. You have normal privacy settings like on twitter but you also can set a post to be listed or unlisted. If it is listed it acts just as i described. If it is unlisted then it acts just as a normal tweet would but it doesnt show up on local or federated timelines anywhere.

Also this goes without saying, but don't be racist, sexist, hateful, and don't harass people. Its a pretty shitty thing to do, don't be shitty!

The following is the list of QOTO administrators/moderators.
Note: The account listed as the administrator is NOT an actively monitored account. It was selected so as not to show favoritism among our moderator group, we are a democracy and even our administrators and moderators are held to the same high standards of decency as the rest of the community.

***We will never advertise on QOTO or sell your information to third-parties***