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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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Hi - please consider yourselves informed that @dolldolldoll is now your official "backup admin" if a hit-by-a-bus situation should occur - follow her main at @dolldolldoll if you want!

I've known Ivy for close to two decades now, we've co-sysadmined things previously and I vouch that you can trust her as you trust me.

Ivy will have access to all the backend systems and accounts, not to run things on a daily basis, but to ensure continuity of service if I can't.

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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!

I tell aka , a short story encapsulated in a single post. Themes are usually science-fiction adjacent.

Rating is generally PG; some may stray into M rating but will be CW'd. Some adult themes may be present; there is little to no violence, sex scenes, nudity, drug use, coarse language or horror.

Followers who post or boost racist, homophobic, transphobic, or anti-vaccine content may find themselves blocked.

I asked on Mastodon a few weeks ago what these latest crop of buy now, pay later services were, and why they weren't just payday loans or credit cards in cheap suits. @mike confirmed my suspicions.

I just saw that James Hennessy wrote a great post about it:

I'd really hoped to use the old Pi model 1 that I've had for years for this, but it's just a bit too slow to keep up well. I'd also hoped to use the old 120GB SSD from my last PC, but that's too flaky (I am now recalling that I replaced it for a reason).

So now I've got a Pi 3 A+ and a 240GB SSD and I'm barely using any of the available resources, so maybe I need to incorporate video as well.

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Second vax shot done! As I understand the situation, I am now immortal and will act accordingly.

Does my car need a small media server for tunes while I'm way off-grid? My audio tape styled SSD enclosure suggests that the answer is "yes".

Goalposts have moved on my trip again! The date I need to be in Kyogle has gone from July 15 to July 8 - which is the time I intended to be at South Point.

So - I'll skip Wilsons Prom, and probably leave Melbourne on or around the 5th. My god that's a plan!

Cool! 😃

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I've been playing about with this yeast mix that comes with enzymes to convert starch to sugar in it, intended for rice wine and the like, but I'm wondering if I should just dump some in corn starch and water and call the result non-Newtonian vodka.

Some sources point to today being the MS-DOS 5 release date, so happy 30th birthday to EDIT.COM, QBasic, HIMEM.SYS, Nibbles, Gorillas, DOS Shell, and DOS=HIGH, UMB! 🎉🎂🎈🥂

My last (I think) piece of tech for the car came in. A little 4G wifi router, for the laptop and other stuff I'll have.

Was a bit tricky finding all the various things I needed in one unit - the right 4G band support, plus external antenna sockets, plus ethernet ports for connecting the car head unit ... but I got it.

Only thing I didn't get was one that took either 12v or 5v DC. It's 9v so I'm going to have to patch in a step down converter somewhere to power it permanently.

There is heavy rain and flooding all over the state, so congratulations to those mad contrarian bastards on Philip Island for pulling this off.

Second vaccine shot booked for next Monday, but I have to go into the far east to get it, the exotic land of "Sandown Racecourse". Not optimistic about a lollipop this time.


We've just created this mastodon account to communicate about the #unifiedpush project.

UnifiedPush is specifications and tools that let mobile users choose how push notifications are delivered. All in a free and open source way.

With a 25km travel limit, I can reach Kew, but beyond that it's just Far Kew.

hey fedi

do I know anyone in upstate new york who’d be able to help a queer teen get to her doctor’s appointments? previous travel arrangements have fallen through.

I don’t know what hashtag to use for this

Hey friends

Last year sometime, someone posted a really good “intro to the fedi” post that they used for new signups on their instance

did you see this? and, unlike me, bookmark it?

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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.