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“But Facebook's problems are too numerous to list, and so he is pitching products that don't exist for a reality that does not exist in a desperate attempt to change the narrative as it exists in reality, where we all actually live.”

@niplav @Dee
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website made by someone who describes themself as "a dipshit who doesn't know how to use computers" and hosted on a raspberry pi or some random VPS: loads instantly, well designed, easy to navigate

website made by fortune 500 company, with teams of designers, programmers, and servers in 8 countries: takes a full minute to load, layout shifting around the whole time, breaks if you have 1 browser add-on, the page you want can only be accessed via a third party search engine, gets worse every year

There have been a lot of fresh faces here recently. If you're totally new to Mastodon or the Fediverse, welcome! 👋

It works a bit like email: you only need to sign up on one site, because you can follow people on other sites as the sites talk to each other. Telephones are similar, you can call people on other phone networks without having to buy a new phone, because phone networks are all connected together.

There are lots of good reasons why the Fediverse works like this, here's a thread explaining more about this:

If you're looking for people to follow, here are a couple of good places to try:

Trunk is a community-run opt-in directory of people looking for followers, you can browse it at

FediFollows is a directory of accounts dedicated to specific topics, you can browse it at

If you have any questions about Mastodon or the Fediverse, @ me or DM me!

#FediTips #MastoTips #Fediverse #Mastodon

Docker is an abstraction layer over some Linux features (cgroups, user namespaces, FUSE, etc).

Docker is marketed as an alternative to installing and running software.

Docker is used like it's an alternative to using an operating system.

The way container managers have been taking over many sysadmin workflows smells a lot like the way web browsers have been trying to take over the desktop.

laundry chemistry 

apparently there are three kinds of detergent that work:

1. actual surfactants + ion scavengers that make surfactants work better: remove oily stuff.

2. oxygen generators aka laundry bleach: wreck multiple bonds in organic pigment molecules, removing visible appearance of stains like ketchup, and also any organic pigments that happens to have been used to dye your clothes. "fuck around and find out" is part of the instructions on every tub of OxiClean. this is the laundry threatener i'll be trying next.

3. enzymes: digest several classes of thing, depending on which enzymes are actually in the thing you bought, but especially proteins. (allegedly works on cat piss. i'll believe *that* when i smell the results.) fun fact: silk and wool are proteins, and enzyme detergent will probably disintegrate them.

3a. special mention goes to cellulase, which breaks down cellulose, you know, that stuff that cotton is made from. it isn't in most enzyme detergents, but i've heard it does wonders for pilling on mixed cotton/poly fabrics.

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@amolith FYI is returning a 500

Let me know if it's just a server thing or if the app is somehow borked.

I made the Dune movie poster letters with math symbols


I'd appreciate a little more warning to get my life in order, Apple.

tech dystopia 

"if you don't have any of these you're not a real person"

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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!