I'm extremely pleased to launch Run Your Own Social: How to run a small social network site for you friends.
This is a guide book to running a small, tight-knit federated social network server. It comes from my year of experience running Friend Camp. It's focused largely on SOCIAL solutions, though it does touch on the technical.
I've tried to keep it technology-neutral, and it should be a pretty easy read for anyone who's been on the fediverse for a while.
This is atrocious/awesome:
A true web design lesson, in a way.
from Disquiet Junto: "My Name is Martin and I have a cello full of bees" 🎵 https://soundcloud.com/audio-obscura-music/a-cello-full-of-bees-disquiet0391?in=disquiet/sets/disquiet-junto-project-0391
"The exact same sonic issues that I abhor in conference calls I seek out in electronic music." https://disquiet.com/2019/06/30/conference-call-acoustic-literacy/
"Known greatest kissing numbers" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kissing_number_problem
Update Firefox as soon as possible (to 67.0.3), there's a 0-day going around: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2019-18/
"That Web Dev Blog Post Where Everybody Says Something Clever Involving Toast"
I'm tired of how web dev discussions play out on Twitter. This is just the latest example.
"The New Wilderness" by Maciej Ceglowski https://idlewords.com/2019/06/the_new_wilderness.htm
"[T]he giant tech companies can make a credible claim to be the defenders of privacy, just like a dragon can truthfully boast that it is good at protecting its hoard of gold."
“Sometime around the turn of the millennium I was plagued by a very turn-of-the-millennium hassle: laptops that made unwelcome sounds when turned on.” http://www.hilobrow.com/2019/06/05/fetishes-22/
"Starting from the Portuguese coast, one can travel by train not just into China but all the way to southern Vietnam, a distance of 17 000 km" https://basementgeographer.com/the-longest-train-ride-in-the-world/
Preview slide from my #Eyeo2019 talk. (Video of the talk will be available online in a month or two, I'll post a link when it's up.)
A year ago I tried learning ActivityPub, and more or less failed. I was confounded by a spec that was so abstract I couldn't make heads or tails of it. Turns out I was missing some key things.
I have written a guide to learning about ActivityPub that I wish existed a year ago when I first set out to learn how to write social media servers that conform to the spec:
Irish software developer and music maker living in Australia. Pronouns: he/him. Responsible for @poem_exe
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