Realization: the main utility of blockchain tech is that it presents an irrefutable argument for a wealth tax. If there’s enough bored money rattling around out there to fund obviously negative-sum nonsense like this, we can as a society choose to spend that money on public education, health care and clean running water instead.
we free software designers get preciously few opportunities like this, so please let me gloat a bit
Sometimes I feel like a curmudgeon for sticking to free software tools, and Figma was a hit even among the open source design crowd.
Full solidarity to the design colleagues who will now have enough anxiety about how far their workflows will be screwed.
That said, this is why you can't compromise: there are no "nice" flavors of proprietary software (remember Minecraft).
question about Ubuntu alternatives
Hi Lurk and fediverse, you obviously have an opinion on linux distros so help me out:
What do you think is the best non-Ubuntu distro for nontechnical people?
I'm installing ubuntu on a friend's new laptop, mostly because that's what he's been using. But after booting, i'm horrified at the current state of this distro, suggesting loads of proprietary software on the first boot and omitting valid F/LOSS alternatives.
So I'm now boycotting Ubuntu/Canonical/etc, and trying to figure out a good alternative. I'd prefer a debian derivative since that's what I'm used to (and thus can help with support) but I'm also looking elsewhere, mostly something that can be used and serviced without hand-holding.
tl;dr: user-friendly and freedom-respecting distro alternatives to Ubuntu?
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
if any of my people on here love some good #bassmusic then you maybe should give these sets a spin. I recorded 13hrs of mixes containing #jungle, #drumnbass, #dubstep and related genres, basically the sound of young me's nights in the 90s plus what developed from it in the 00s and 10s.
obscene amounts of #subbass coming in, you've been warned. https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL09cCWOWdxPdTrf2kXJH4eFpcXwZ-_W8B
@yhancik i'm VERY curious about your experiments with are.na like boards and your custom SSG. How's that going? Anything that we can look at? :)
I finally got into SSH X forwarding as an alternative to remote desktopping, and wow it is so magic.
Just open windows from other computers, and even open other programs from the remote machine (e.g. opening an image viewer from a file explorer). Now I feel somewhat embarassed to only get into it now since it's one of those features that's always been there.
This answer helped me get going:
ah one more, one appetito
A few years ago I made this flow chart of which Mastodon posts end up in which timelines!
So, you can see how each instance will have a different local timeline, and even a slightly different federated timeline - and you can see why the federated timeline moves so much faster than the local one, too.
This is why it's important to boost good posts and use hashtags - the fediverse is fragmented and harder to search by nature.
i design and i hack and i teach and i write and i play, not necessarily in that order
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