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Lately, I've been setting up a couple of new laptops for work, and like any lazy developer, I decided to automate (most of) it.

"Some years ago, I decided to cut the crap and stop wasting those hours. As a result, I initially wrote my personal setup script with Bash, which I recently rewrote for Node.js using Google's unofficial yet robust zx scripting toolkit."

A new antifascist action logo, "against Putin and all his bootlickers", by/via @Dywizjon161.

This is what's wrong with the tech industry. The expectation that one should give their free time *EVERY DAY* or you're somehow "not passionate".

My response to that would be fuck you and your shitty fucking culture.

My kids and family are FAR more important to me than your ridiculous expectations.

</rant> 🙃

For years, I was in the top 50 users by karma on Hacker News.

That ended in 2020, when I complained about how silent the site was being on the murder of George Floyd. The result was a pile of angry messages telling me that it was "just a tech site" and its operators should "keep politics out of it."

When a community tells you who they are, believe them.

Out-Of-Office (European)
I’m away camping for the summer. Please email back in September.

Out-Of-Office (American)
I have left the office for two hours to undergo kidney surgery, but you can reach me on my cell any time.

A heads up that if you run a crossposter with twitter, make sure you turn off having boosts posted to twitter.
There's a lot of people who won't appreciate having their content reposted there without asking. Some do this automatically so be careful to check your settings. #feditips

Unbelievably, Scott Adams has owned himself so hard it's almost impossible to make a joke about it. (Transphobia and racism in the images.)

Today I refactored a React component rendering logic and improved its CSS styles before working on error handling in the middleware and fixing up backend API functions. It ain't much but it's an honest day of work.

Naturally, we did this as a full-stack team while doing mob programming.

Those who think full-stack developers do not exist have fallen too deep into the pit of overspecialization. Fortunately, it's never too late to climb out of it.

Mastodon gets regular waves of new signups, and unfortunately a lot of great users bounce off almost immediately. For some, the reason is that their timelines quickly descend into chaos. Part of the reason is that Mastodon gives users a ton of ways to customize their experience, but generally doesn't make assumptions about which you'll want to use. (The mobile app is more opinionated in that regard.) So if you feel lost or overwhelmed, check out those tools, and feel free to ask for help.

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PSA: The "verified" symbol you see on Twitter etc means absolutely nothing on Mastodon or the Fediverse. On here, symbols like :verified: are just custom emoji that anyone can use and put after their name. Don't be fooled! 😁

There are ways to verify your identity on here, but the :verified: symbol is not one of them.

The easiest way to verify your identity is if you have a website that people already know is yours. You can paste a special code into your website which will verify your address and it will turn green on your Mastodon profile (see here for instructions:

Alternatively, you can set up a server as a subdomain of your known website address. For example, the European union set up their own Mastodon server at, and we know it really is the EU because the server address is part of the EU's well-known domain.

#MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon #Fediverse #Verification

spent the better part of the day theming my phone's home screen...

The most apt definition of audiophilia is listening to hardware instead of listening to music you like.


Yeah, sex is great but have you ever flipped the power switch on an original IBM PC

New iOS app release is waiting for Apple review! It adds a community timeline and fixes sign-up errors not being shown and servers being listed in the wrong order during onboarding.

Calling game researchers!

I've got an 8+ terabyte collection of old gaming and computer magazines from around the world (it's my goal to catch 'em all), and I've built my own indexer. Roughly half have been indexed — 4 million pages — including a ton of material that can't be found on the Internet Archive.

Whether it's an academic paper or a YouTube video, I'm happy to help with your project.

just hit 10k stars on GitHub!

Thanks, everyone! 🙏 This is quite amazing... I never thought it would get this far 🤩

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