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Just yoinked myself a Reform beta 3 kit to play with. Awesome project by @mntmn with lots of potential based right here in our own back yard in the EU :)

(This one’s for developers… so if you’re looking for something to tinker with and explore future possibilities, check it out!)

#mntreform 2018-04-29: played with darktable, here are some shots of the Reform beta 3 prototype

hey everybody! just wanted to let people know that thanks to everybody who contributed to #500pieces we saved THREE TERABYTES of open, cc-licensed images from 500px over only two days!

You can view the hard work of the volunteers at the IA collection, including dozens of people who heard about it specifically from mastodon. Thanks to @eq for providing the initial mastodon call for action!

Mind a little blown that I’m doing this on a phone and it works so well :)

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So impressed, in fact, that my -g is looking very much like a -d ;)

I’m pretty fucking impressed with Termux running on LineageOS on an old Nexus 5 right now.

@aral While I'd agree with on the Windows trainwreck, this story is actually Microsoft backpeddaling in damage control mode, so therefore a good thing.

See, 10 S edition was a sort-of PR disaster for Microsoft so with this announcement they say:

* Windows 10 S edition is permanently cancelled and all S-only installs are upgraded to Home free of charge.
* If you still really really want to use S-mode, you can choose to switch in and out of it, freely, from Home and Pro.

Rest In Pieces, general-purpose computing.

While I wasn’t watching (because, seriously, life’s too short to care about the train-wreck of an operating system that is Windows), Microsoft apparently outdid Apple last year by releasing an app-store-only flavour of its desktop OS & now it’s expanding that as an option to its other versions (Home and Pro).

Soon devs may be left as a special privileged class able to use Windows machines as general-purpose computers.

Looks like is down. If anyone knows the admin, could you let them know?


For anyone using #Friendica, you can follow any RSS feed as if it was another user, just add the RSS feed's address as a new contact.

Reclaiming RSS

“Before Twitter, before algorithmic timelines filtered our reality for us, before surveillance capitalism, there was RSS: Really Simple Syndication … As we move away from the centralised web to the peer web, it’s time to rediscover, re-embrace, and reclaim RSS.”

Aral Balkan and Laura Kalbag: We're not sleepwalking into a dystopian future, we're there today

“In order to make any meaningful progress, we must at least agree that the Googles and the Facebooks of the world are not forces for good.”

I’m very happy with how this interview we did with Nesta ended up. Laura and I will be speaking at Nesta’s FutureFest conference in London next week. (

Argh, just tried upgrading my Mastodon instance from 2.2.0 to 2.4.2 on Scalingo and it failed. I guess I’m stuck on 2.2.0 for a while…

(My kingdom for seamless upgrades.)


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