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What is the Fediverse?
The free social network, simply explained in 30 seconds.

torresjrjr.com/archive/2020-07

For explaining the gist of the Fediverse to your unenlightened friend. Feedback and contributions are most welcome.

Abolish UTC leap seconds, embrace leap minutes, christ please.

too many projects
too little time
water's sound

Some (probably, most of the) people think that it is pointless to participate in projects such as Mastodon, Pleroma or Peertube, or any other federated social network. And the two biggest reasons for that usually are "There are already too many social networks in my life" and "It is not and will not be popular". While I can totally understand the first one, the second one presents the biggest contradiction - for it to be popular, you have to participate in it. You don't have to invite the whole world, you don't have to worry about your friends' friends. If your friends are in the "fediverse", they will naturally spread it among their friends themselves. And if they are not yet here, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't be either. And if you decide that you won't do anything, then of course nothing will happen. The lack of action is the root of stagnation. I personally think, that it is always worth the effort in trying to make open-source and, better yet, "free as in Freedom" projects our daily reality, especially decentralized networks, replacing the proprietary "walled gardens". A much better reality, with broader diversity amongst interests, opinions, world views, with less censorship and establishment propaganda.

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Preventing the Collapse of Civilization / Jonathan Blow (Thekla, Inc) videos.lukesmith.xyz/videos/wa

It begins

A beautiful day today
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@activitypub
Great conversation at the Fediverse Webinars between European Commision reps and the AP community this morning.

socialhub.activitypub.rocks/t/

Mess with the fabric of the Fediverse, and it will mess with you

UI devs, please spare my eyes and sanity

and CPU (CSS plugins).

(top) This is not a dark theme.
(bottom) This is a dark theme.

Over the past 15 years of using #XMPP, I've seen many messengers come and go. People complain about the hassle of switching messengers, but many express a preference for the "simplicity" of gated gardens.... Do they count the cost of switching as well?

A truly sustainable messenger can only be a decentralized protocol, not just an app.

Learn how to join:
- joinjabber.org

- sr.ht/~xamanu/xmpp-server
- snikket.org/service/quickstart

There are not enough distinguishable symbols in all the european alphabets combined to cover the realms of physics I'm revising, even with super/sub-scripts & affixes.

Written physics is an alien language.

The #Signal messenger has become very problematic lately, and most of its problems come from it being centralised.

You may want to follow and support a decentralised messenger project instead, there are many of them on the Fediverse:

➡️ @snikket_im - New initiative giving XMPP servers & clients a newbie-friendly unified look and feel

➡️ @xmpp - The XMPP standards foundation

➡️ @matrix - Matrix is best known for its Element client

➡️ @delta - Messaging through email

➡️ @briar - P2P messaging

I'm happy that I'll be part of two meetings this month in front of the EU Commission talking about decentralized social networks and the work we've done socialhub.activitypub.rocks/t/

I believe this conversation is an important one to have, and I'd like to expand on why below.

Everytime someone personifies evolution or natural selection, a species of cute wolly megafauna dies

TIL git add -p