And, of course, you can go beyond attempting to simply mitigate economies of scale in systems designed to encourage them by designing systems that are inherently _hostile_ to economies of scale.

How?

Through designing systems that use single-tenant servers owned and controlled by individuals as always-on nodes to provide findability and availability in an otherwise peer-to-peer topology.

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If you don’t want to become that which you despise, you must design your systems accordingly.

Multi-user federated servers are inherently open to economies of scale and thus to embrace, extend & extinguish.

Fediverse servers should be designed _so they cannot scale beyond a certain size_ to ensure no node becomes a centre.

If your aim is to devolve wealth/power/control, vertical scale is your failure mode. If you want to raise mini Zuckerbergs, by all means, scale on…

Small is Beautiful – live stream, today at 5PM Irish Summer Time (UTC+1)

Journeys in Linux: Moving to Fedora Silverblue 36, Distrobox, and Helix Editor.

owncast.small-web.org

A web site designed for one person that aggregates functionality (don’t thing “app” but plug-in style “features”) is the idea behind the Small Web:

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Small is Beautiful live stream today at 5PM IST (UTC+1):

What we’ve learned so far: lessons from eight(ish) years of working against the grain of mainstream technology.

small-tech.org/small-is-beauti

Small is Beautiful live stream tomorrow at 5PM IST (UTC+1):

What we’ve learned so far: lessons from eight(ish) years of working against the grain of mainstream technology.

notify.small-tech.org/archive/

Just finished my talk. A panel in Norwegian is now discussing it in Oslo. Will post the recording once it’s up.

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Watching someone play Diablo on my TV thanks to a single-tenant Small Web app called Owncast mostly developed by one person.

And tonight I’m being interviewed by a Turkish journalist for whom I set up a backup Owncast server in case her main YouTube channel gets censored by the Turkish government.

Imagine what we could achieve if we actually funded these efforts.

Small Is Beautiful – live stream – starts in a little over half an hour.

Topics covered: web3, web0, NodeKit, Domain…

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Right folks, I’m stepping away from the computer screen for a bit. Need a break after the last few weeks.

Tomorrow, 5PM UTC, tune into Small Is Beautiful for an update on NodeKit, etc. :)

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Just finished preparing for my presentation at the University of Southampton tomorrow.

Looking forward to presenting the inaugural talk for a new department in a series aimed at shaping department policy on technology.

You can see a demonstration of an earlier version of NodeKit from this Thursday on the recording of the latest Small Is Beautiful:

small-tech.org/videos/small-is

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You can use Site.js (sitejs.org) and JSDB (github.com/small-tech/jsdb) in production today for small web sites/apps.

And you can start playing with the every early stage NodeKit to get a feel for what’s coming:

github.com/small-tech/nodekit

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Small Is Beautiful #15

This month, we extend a friendly middle finger to web3 with the web0 manifesto, talk about Laura’s presentation for Ikea on ethical design, and introduce you to NodeKit.

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If you missed yesterday’s Small Is Beautiful, the video is now up:

small-tech.org/videos/small-is

This month, we extend a friendly middle finger to web3 with the web0 manifesto, talk about Laura’s presentation for Ikea on ethical design, and introduce you to NodeKit.

Just finished the “slides” for today’s Small Is Beautiful where we’ll be talking about web0 and Laura’s presentation at Ikea, and I’ll demoing a very early NodeKit for the first time.

small-tech.slides.com/aral/web

(Note: these are green-screened onto the video.)

Join us live in one and a half hours – at 5PM Irish Time (UTC) – for Small Is Beautiful.

small-tech.org/small-is-beauti

Apologies if you followed the NodeKit repository link and got a 404 – I apparently still had the repository set to private.

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Fixed; it’s public now :)

github.com/small-tech/nodekit#

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