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Hi, new Chinwag arrivals! Been a while since I refreshed the pinned welcome post, so here we go!

First, welcome! Second, Chinwag is more of a community than a service. We're pretty chill and open, but the happiness of our current regular users is more important than future growth.

Our admins are moderately left-leaning by Australian standards, so if you're an American you'll probably think we're godless communists bent on destroying society. Just fair warning.

Please post pics of your cats.

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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!

Making someone call the helpdesk and log a ticket themselves instead of putting the details in for them, purely because they called me "Mark" when they messaged me.

You can't NOT SEE my name right there when you do that, mate. Go make a phone call.

I can plug so many things into this. Really keen to read the manual and see how much control I can have via that RS-232 port.

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Work: this 15 year old projector only has analogue inputs, it's useless. We'll send it to hard rubbish.

Me: my collection of old computers would beg to differ.

Work: your home and the bin are equivalent as far as we're concerned.

Me: yay, I think.

Now the one guy with good mic technique seems to have forgotten to turn his on.

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Dear everyone on this panel, holding a microphone in your hand or using it to point at things isn't enough. You need to speak into it.

RSS fans!

You can follow any Mastodon account via RSS by just adding ".rss" to the end of the account's public profile URL.

To find a user's public profile URL, click on their profile image within Mastodon.

For example, if you click on FediTips' profile image you get this page in a new tab:

So, to follow FediTips through RSS, use this address:

This will only show that account's public posts. Other posts will not be visible on the RSS feed.

#RSS #MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon

Someone here goes to German festival this summer?

Am I the only person on the planet who doesn't look back at The Fifth Element and remember a pretty dull movie? I didn't really get the appeal then, or now.

Algorithmic timelines are awful partly because people learn to game them and craft posts to "succeed", but maybe a timeline of some completely randomly selected posts might be fun.

Sometimes I think Mars InSight is just playing in the sand up there.

Hot take: just release debian and/or rpm packages for your software. Nobody wants yet another bootstrapping tool. Nobody wants to curl-to-bash to install your stuff. Nobody wants to write a script to do something with your crappy tarball.

Fuck video “documentation” and write a goddamn user manual

The ticket inspectors were on the train this morning and I'm absolutely certain the dude who came to me only pretended to scan the pass on my phone. No notification or anything at my end, but the dude nodded.

I wonder if they can't actually read them but don't want to say.

retro game emulation question 

Is there an application out there (command line, web app, whatever) where I can apply a popular CRT shader like CRT-Royale to a single screenshot from a game? Like, just apply it like a photoshop filter

Having a full 1TB to mess with on my laptop makes life so much easier to have multiple test environments. Totally worth the reinstall. Can't believe I just rolled with 256GB for so long.

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OK, a test version of Chinwag Social synced to Mastodon 3.5.2 now exists and runs on my laptop.

I guess this is warning that there'll be some downtime this week at some point, but I want to do an extra full backup first. Maybe tomorrow, I'm going to do some other stuff this evening, OK? :awesome:

For sale, music creation, synth 

Before I put it on eBay: Korg wavestate synth for sale, in fantastic condition, with original box and manual. AUD$600 plus delivery.

Ordering pizza instead of cooking tonight because ah fuck it I'm too old for this shit

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Chinwag Social

Consider this a friendly, local pub. Make yourself at home, bring your friends, have a good time! Meet new people, have a laugh, enjoy the ambience, and the Oxford commas.