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Me: Alexa, when is Thanksgiving?

Amazon Echo, a "smart device": Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 28th. People also asked, "Who is Barack Obama?" Would you like to know the answer?



My hope is that the ideals that Richard Stallman planted and cultivated for these many years can finally bloom without having their sunlight taken away.

I also believe in forgiveness for those who are truly penitent. I hope that RMS will eventually learn from his mistakes without the microscope upon him.

These ideas are too important to throw out; too precious to let degrade.


Wired, 1993: Rebels with a Cause - Your Privacy. "On the cover were Eric Hughes, Tim May, John Gilmore, holding up an American flag, faces hidden behind white mask, their PGP fingerprints written on the foreheads. Gilmore even sporting an newly-founded EFF T-shirt. (from Thomas Rid, CS Monitor)"

Wired, 2019: YOU'RE IN PRIVATE MODE. To continue using a private window, sign in or subscribe. The title of the article being denied reads "It's Time to Switch to a Privacy Browser. Ad trackers are out of control".

I'm pleased to announce the v1.0.0 release of Hometown, my Mastodon fork! It's up to date with Mastodon v2.9.3, and unique features include:

- Local only posting
- Full support for rendering incoming `Article` posts from federated blogs like Write.As
- "Exclusive" lists that let you follow someone without clogging up your home timeline

For more info, including rationale for each new feature, check out our wiki:

And the release itself is here:

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If you only use 140 characters like on Twitter, you will be able to sign those 140 char
messages with GPG (ECC keys) here on


Wow, a 500-character limit for toots? Feels so liberating. I can't even count the number of times that I've wanted to go over the 160-char limit. Annnnd now that I finished that thought in less than 160 characters, I'm just adding extra because I can.

Mastodon for Tech Folks

This Mastodon instance is for people interested in technology. Discussions aren't limited to technology, because tech folks shouldn't be limited to technology either!