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I have just released Hometown v1.0.5+3.5.2!

No new features, just bringing things up to parity with the latest Mastodon v3.5.2. Lots of cool new features thanks to their team and contributors, though.

We will have some Hometown tweaks/fixes/features coming soon though!

github.com/hometown-fork/homet

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I've released version 2.0.0 of my RSS to ActivityPub converter! This now provides functionality I'd hacked in to rss.friend.camp - it requires OAuth 2.0 authorization for someone to create a new AP account for an RSS feed.

I used to run this service "in the open" but was overwhelmed by spammers. Now the admin of a Mastodon (or Pleroma or any federated server that is an OAuth 2 provider) can provide this converter as a service solely to members of their instance.

github.com/dariusk/rss-to-acti

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I've been building a Facebook Events style event organizing system for the Fediverse. It's based on the simple, open source, privacy-respecting event organizing tool gath.io

The attached video is a work-in-progress preview and shows compatibility with Mastodon. My hope is to get it working with lots of software, including stuff like Friendica that supports events and calendars.

Check out more at my Patreon: patreon.com/posts/organizing-o

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I finished my stint as a Mozilla Fellow and now I'm relaunching my Patreon with a focus on, well, fixing social media.

This means I'm going to continue my concerted work trying to make the fediverse a better place, in the form of best practice guides for running instances, external advocacy, and technical tutorials and training so that more people can contribute software to the fediverse at large.

You can read a partial summary of my work so far at my new Patreon page!

patreon.com/tinysubversions

Pdxpol, pro landlord propaganda 

Thanks, The Oregonian. What the fuck. These poor landlords required to keep track of "minutiae" such as... the date an application was submitted?? Sorry that you've chosen to run a business my dudes??

@darius I think there might be a backup (and actually, higher resolution) favicon that always shows "31" (which it used to show every day), and it might have shown that until it completed loading the new one

@darius i think that's the default favicon before Google 31 has fully loaded

Just a little thing I noticed this morning -- the favicon on Google Calendar tabs always shows the day of the month. This morning I came back to my laptop and my calendar tab had been in some kind of sleep state so it read "30". I went and reloaded the page and interestingly, instead of going straight to "1", it went to "31" for half a second and then refreshed itself to "1". Which means there must be some code somewhere that says "increment the day by 1. then check to see if that's correct."

Ok I am on Cohost now. I expect to mostly lurk and test out features but if you wanna follow me there, I'm there!

cohost.org/tinysubversions

I started writing this in late April and finished it over the weekend. One of those things I wish I didn’t feel the need to write. My Instagram is where my poetry generally shows up, hence the tag.

cohost + 

I say this sincerely, and as someone who appreciates and develops open source software: one advantage to making your social media platform closed source is that it's not immediately overrun with people posting about free open source software.

It honestly might be a better move to start closed source, grow your user base, and *then* make it open source so the FLOSS nerds you attract can't overwhelm the platform

terfs & language 

So apparently, terfs now consider “gender critical” a term they until recently preferred to be a slur. It’s like any label that can be used to identify them they don’t like. Which I think makes sense they don’t want to have a label they just want to be the unspoken status quo because they know anytime their views are examined they are rejected

I've built these things and run them for tens of thousands of people and even at that small (felt very big at the time) size, they just fell apart so quickly. you need them to be community run and to limit the need for wide moderation.

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help pixel pay for college :boost_requested: 

hello friends

I just got my final bill for my last year of college. $17,200. I only get about $2,000 in loans. That still leaves $15,200.

I currently live with my transphobic parents and cannot sustain living here after school. I've paid for all of my schooling through working up to five jobs at a time up to now, but with each year that passes by, the school has been rolling back my financial aid and it has been very difficult to keep up. I'm still living on a meal a day.

If you'd be willing to toss coin to a neurodivergent, queer, trans, east/southeast asian person, my handles are below.

https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/pixouls
https://liberapay.com/Pixouls/
https://account.venmo.com/u/pixouls

Thanks to everyone who has supported me thus far.

#introduction

I'm an #AppleII hacker best known for cracking thousands of disks: https://archive.org/details/apple_ii_library_4am?sort=-date

Passport cracks a lot of disks automatically: https://github.com/a2-4am/passport

I also preserve still-protected disks: https://archive.org/details/wozaday?&sort=-date

Anti-M boots a lot of protected disks: https://github.com/a2-4am/anti-m

Pitch Dark, an Infocom text adventure pack: https://github.com/a2-4am/pitch-dark

Total Replay, an arcade pack: https://github.com/a2-4am/4cade

Million Perfect Letters, a shifty word game:
https://github.com/a2-4am/million-perfect-letters

I love the summer solstice, but I also am acutely aware that it means the days get shorter for the next 6 months :(((

Paul Slocum, software developer who has been curating, conserving, and selling digital art since 2006 wrote an excellent and extensive survey of the effects and problems in the takeover of networked culture by creepto-capital.

He couldn't find a suitable publication for his critical perspective which speaks volumes about the state of media institutions which made a name and raise funding precisely promoting the opposite values to those of blockchain culture and now are totally integrated and participating in the cultural and economic distortion described by Paul.

Do read and share widely.
https://www.qotile.net/nft/

I could complain about a lot of other things in my garden but there is no question that my peas are loving this cold, wet, long spring.

These are Magnolia Blossom Sugar Snap Peas from Adaptive Seeds: adaptiveseeds.com/product/vege

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Hometown is adapted from Mastodon, a decentralized social network with no ads, no corporate surveillance, and ethical design.