Software is like an onion. If you open up the inner layers you start crying

@directhex I'd love an Untitled Peacock Game.

But, yeah, the tone would be totally different. Still, distracting people by displaying feathers could be fun.

Perhaps it would necessarily be a multiplayer puzzle game with a peacock (distractor) and a peahen (instigator).

@cassidyjames On the fediverse, it *feels* more diverse and more aware of others' needs. Perhaps simply having CWs (content warnings), the ability to mark things as NSFW, and accessibility text turned on by default for images (unlike Twitter, where it's opt-in) helps.

I'm not sure if the baked-in diverse backgrounds and courtesy of the fediverse is the features, the people who adopted Mastodon and other fediverse software, and/or me being more aware of who I'm adding here.

@cassidyjames On Twitter, I have made it a point to especially try to follow people who are not-abled-white-men* to diversify my timeline. It was already a little diversified, but has been getting moreso. And it's rewarding. I've read and thought about things that I wouldn't have seen otherwise.

(I still follow people I know who may happen to be abled white men too, if I actually know them.)

Having a diverse feed also helps when thinking about UX issues too, as a bonus.

@cassidyjames It's nice. I've chatted with and followed some people after searching some hashtags and it's been rewarding.

i explain baseball 

Disabled people, neurodivergent people, and/or people affected by ableism: has been hosting a series of discussions among disabled members, and the latest one is up

Includes an intro to the ethics of care. Also venting.

So I'm working on a static site generator for myself and I was curious about the generated page weight. A blank page with no content with the associated style.css weighs in at 2863 bytes. (Yes, bytes, not kilobytes)

Only CSS, HTML5, and an inlined blank favicon. Using semantic and accessible elements and styling, it's got nearly perfect a11y scores and renders well both on desktop and mobile and looks (IMO) quite good.

The web doesn't have to be bloated. Fight the bloat!

@n8 In other words, I totally understand how you found hardware you love, have used it for years, and it's breaking... and there's nothing that can really replace it.

(Even made by Microsoft too.)


@n8 Drat. That stinks.

My Microsoft ergo keyboard and mouse combo is dying in all sorts of ways but it's en-us and I'm in Germany and the USB adapter is hardcoded to the exact keyboard and mouse that it came with. The keyboard has somewhat failing keys (up arrow sometimes doesn't work), the mouse eats batteries (one rechargable AA of the pair keeps completely dying (as in no charges anymore) no matter which brand I put in it), and the USB dongle prevents computers from booting.

Remember when Google said they would not be evil? When Apple said they were about your privacy? When open source was for people?

We have control of only one of these. It does not require coding skills. It requires being a Sherpa. For most users, even Ubuntu can be intimidating, just because of the sheer number of choices. People just want shit that works. Provide reasonable defaults for new users and manageable privacy.

If you know, teach. Nicely. Advocate. Lead. Make greedy tech obsolete.

Wikipedia is named after the rare and mysterious Wikipede, a bug which has lots of legs and brains 🐛

Over the past few years I've noticed myself stopping to do custom tweaks on my own system, and instead working to fix the underlying issue for everyone.

I finally wrote my thoughts about this down in a more coherent form

For F-Droid users:

Firefox Klar, Firefox Lite, DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser, and IceCat Mobile don't get updates since there are no maintainers.

#firefox #ffklar #fflite #icecatmobile #duckduckgo #browser #maintenance #fdroid

I like that a Spanish sentence will start with an inverted question mark to let you know that you can't just zone out through reading it like usual because there WILL be a test

#CloudFlare is now hitting the wayback machine with the same #CAPTCHA as #Tor users, thus censoring history too.

@dirtycommo Fedora checking in (even using Silverblue on a couple laptops)

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