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It's amazing how fast you can get back up to speed on something when you have an internet and search engines and emulators to test things in.

Having to reboot your development environment to try something out was a real pain in the 80s. You kids don't know how good you've got it ...

I'd like to point out here that if you're not familiar with the restrictions of the that stripe across the middle probably doesn't look like much of an achievement. Trust me, it's cool.

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As for me, I'm running this because communication technology interests me and I've been chatting to people around the world using 1s and 0s since about 1989.

I'm a professional . I've been working in the field for nearly 25 years and I've been reasonably competent at it for about 10.

I'm a big fan of the old SAGE code of and operate by it all the time when working, including my hobby projects like this one:

I hope we can all make some new friends here!

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Hey, I just wanted to say a quick to the recent Chinwag arrivals!

Chinwag's reason for existing is to provide communication tools for people, which is something I've always been interested in. I kind of target users, but welcome anyone from anywhere.

Please read our rules:

And our privacy policy:

There's a basic guide to using Chinwag Social here:

If you have any questions or concerns hit me up!

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I guess a new post is in order!

I'm Mike, I run lots of little services on the big, bad internet and they're mostly centered around , which I find is a pretty neat area.

Aside from that I'm into , , and - I run some open mic rooms in and dabble a little in standup myself.

Attached is a picture of my first ever appearance.

man i really need to remember that the star button isn't like the heart button on birdsite and I shouldn't be afraid to use it

DSS 43 receiving data from Voyager 2 at 159b/s.

take me down to parallax city where the back moves slow and the front moves quickly

You know, while we're all concerned about the integrity of our messaging apps, when it comes to actually subverting your phone they'll probably just push an update to your keyboard.

leftists in 1949: imagine if your TV was watching you???? Secret police recorded everything you did??? That would be so awful!

leftists in 2018: all my friends use facebook so I do too

Hey @cefiar look who wandered in off the street - @Nikolai_Kingsley

We'll have all 5 lines busy in no time.

Ok it's pretty dull, the AFP has received a request from an overseas agency (dunno where yet) for information about a jabber account.

They just wanted an email address to send the formal request docs to, which I can then take to a lawyer. I'm actually kinda disappointed that they didn't have all my email addresses in a big fat file already with my photo paperclipped to the top.

Dude didn't even know who I worked for.

Anyone interested in a mastodon instance focused on India? I have seen that many Indian users on Twitter have to go through vicious trolling.

The philosophy is to have a hate-speech free version of Twitter for Indians, free of fake news and IT Cells. We'll have bots to follow Modi, Gandhi, Kejriwal, etc. and some news websites. The servers could be crowdfunded.

Boost to show support, comment to discuss.

#India #mastodon #instance #fake #news #free #speech #Twitter

so my ultrasonic modem is not quite working yet but I think it is going to work at 300bps with very little complexity:

We've heard a lot of advice to move away from to smaller instances. While is useful, how about some reviews from the people on the ground?

What's good about your instance? What's bad? Who is it for? Any special features or rules?

Tell us, and tag it #InstanceReviews.

Given recent events in this repo could turn out to be really useful in the coming months

@pelagikat @Andrea @ben_hr You’ve probably seen this by now but ABC FactCheck says it’s totally bogus and nobody has stats on it:

Original source was the Huffington Post by way of a Queensland state minister 🙄

Just plead guilty, we all know you did it.

Asked the ultimate compendium of wisdom (mum) for a recipe and she said 'im busy consult the internet'. Shattered. Stupid modern technology.

Interesting thing that occurred to me - the card is addressed to "Mike" not "Michael" so my info is coming from some online source ("Mike" is all I ever put into forms) and not offline (all my licenses, banking, etc is my full legal name).

Doesn't mean much, but it's interesting.

Found this in the door when I got home. If everything goes offline tomorrow, please avenge me. :awesome: I really should have organised a warrant canary at some point.

My toenails have the ability to go from "freshly trimmed" to "slashing their way out of a sock" within 24 hours.

It's not the superpower I would have chosen, but I swear I will use it only in defence of the planet I call home.

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