Right, site’s back up and I think I have a far better idea of what caused the original issue. I also have a feeling I know how I’m going to be spending the next few days :)

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Hey folks, my web site is going to be down for about an hour as I’m testing a nasty niggle with Site.js and TLS certificate renewals. Apologies.

Spring cleaning the source control server. Each entry is a single repo in the projects group from when were called Ind.ie (actually some are folders with the repos not shown and there’s six more pages worth in total… five years of learning about and iterating on the problem of individual sovereignty in the digital network age).

PS. Today I moved our source control repository to source.small-tech.org (the old URL will continue to work but please update your remotes).

So how ready is Wayland for prime time? It’s “my login defaulted to it by mistake and I ended up running a rootkit scan because I thought I might have gotten hacked” level ready.

So hours were spent tonight wondering why my xmodmap-based keyboard remap suddenly stopped working. It was a wonderful journey that included editing xkb symbol files, etc. To xev and xbindkeys reporting the correct keycode only for the wrong key to be displayed and, when an app I usually use stopped coming up in searches, to my running multiple security/rootkit tests as well because WTF?!

What was it?

My login had defaulted to Wayland.


Oh, I’m sorry, so how do you spend your Sunday evenings then? :P

Aggrorithm (n): an algorithm written to incite aggression. Aggrorithms are a dark pattern employed by businesses with bottom lines tied to confrontation and conflict (“engagement”). Profiling data is used to nudge users into conflict and increase revenue.

The first place I’ve found real Malaysian satay in Europe. If you’re in Antwerp and want to try authentic Malaysian cuisine, get your tush over to Kuala Lumpur restaurant.

This is a solid recommendation to read “Ruined by Design” by Mike Monteiro.

Learn about making ethical choices, understanding your role as a designer (even if you don’t think are one) and read real examples from the world we live in.

Found originally via @aral

#books #book #recommendation #ethics #morality #tech #privacy #programming #ux #ui #userexperience #saas #developers

PS. We kept the blur in to better match the theme ;)

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The lovely audience at Dig It Up conference in Antwerp.

Setting up for Dig It Up! conference in Antwerp. My talk starts is in a forty-five minutes.

When people ask me what we do, I say “think of Facebook and Google… we’re the opposite of that.”


“Using the personal data of millions of Americans against their will is certainly alarming. But what’s the difference between the Chinese government stealing all that information and a data broker amassing it legally without user consent and selling it on the open market?” via @aral

Easy to use, end-to-end encrypted, peer-to-peer, zero knowledge free/open everyday tools are a prerequisite for human rights and democracy in the digital network age.

We don’t have them.

They should be the norm.

We have a lot of work to do.


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