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Honestly my favourite thing about the fediverse at the moment is the - more please. Never stop not breadposting.

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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 wanna massively increase the number of people I follow on here, I reckon—does anyone have any good follow recommendations for me? Can be people who are:

radical anti-capitalists
general FOSS
BSD peeps, OpenBSD and FreeBSD, NetBSD
game devs
GNU nerds

I found a 64MB SD card in an old phone the other day, and it's pretty amazing how these things have transitioned from mega to giga without any change in form factor.

Looking forward to being able to lose 64 terabytes down the back of the couch in the future.


A couple of days ago, I stopped for fuel and really needed to pee. After I filled up the car, I dashed inside and headed fast to the toilet.

That's when I realised I'd left my mask in the car. I have never felt so naked and exposed in my life.

I'm sorry, good people of the servo. I was "that guy" and I deserve your judgement and I swear that's the only time it's happened.

Fediverse Renderer project is live

And I look forward to retrieving and reusing the 500 plus images in my Cat photos collection at a previous instance

Mastodon User Data Backups allow you to export all of the Toots, images and videos you posted. The problem was, no way to access them.

Until now - we now have FediRenderer, thanks to a talented young programmer friend.

Report in detail in my blog post here

The screenshot below is one from the blog post - and shows a real Toot as rendered, from my Backup archive.

Huge thanks and kudos to the developer.

#FediReporter spreading news about much needed #mastodon #tool

(* with NO alternative until now*)

My Cats gallery at CatGram.JP

...will grown a lot when I can move the treasure trove from the backups there.

Recommended instance for Cat Lovers - no one there gets annoyed since you post too many Cat pics.

#Cats #MastoCats #CatsOfMastodon #Meow #xp

This month's Monthly Music Bookclub album is "Artlessly Falling" by Mary Halvorson's Code Girl.

And don't forget, this coming Friday is Bandcamp Friday, where Bandcamp's share of any sale goes straight to the artist. If you can't wait until then to listen, just stream it off the web page...

Let's have a listen and get together in the XMPP room ( the weekend of 26/27 December.


@error_1202 @katherine prior to 1348 (black death), Brewsters/brewing as a trade, was a female occupation, from selling just a small amount out of their homes to make an additional income, for church ales, and to brewing for and running taverns.

But after the black death, quite a lot of gender roles changed and brewing became dominated by men. Socially, it was acceptable for women to brew before the black death, but was not after it and women would be fined for selling beer from their homes. It's not clear why brewing changed, but lesser people for the amount of work changed a lot of roles socially in general, and once the population increased, it didn't change back.

I swear that any Chinwag services will never give you a notification for anything that you don't ask for or can't turn off.

Also I'll respect my fucking users' decisions and not revert settings every so often hoping you won't notice.

Chinwag apps will respect your fucking decisions about what content you want to see, none of this "See less often" bullshit.

Yes, I had to use the terrible sites today and wow I'd forgotten how good we have it here, folks.

Also I just set up Deffo to allow logins with a Facebook account and I feel like I need a stiff drink and a shower.

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Please help me fill in some fields on Deffo because I suck at anything resembling self-promotion.

Australian English and associated slang preferred and probably essential TBQH

Tiny feral kitten update: it's her shed now. She's also prepared to go back to sleep if she wakes up and notices me. Still edgy if I get too close, but if I keep to the correct distance, we're fine.

Our Australian-based instance is now up, at - this was originally planned for about a year ago but ... you know, 2020 and all that.

It's now relaunched as Mobilizon recently released 1.0, and so the timing seems about right to do it properly. It's got a few rough edges, and it's not really possible to customise things much right now, but we've got to start somewhere!

We hope this will be a new, permanent Chinwag-provided service. Enjoy!

I tried to read The Silmarillion once and it felt like I was trying to read a piece of paper that someone had covered with glue and shaken a colander full of syllables over.

Hey, "Elk Creative", creating fake profiles on small community websites is not SEO, it's spam.

Urgh, coworker is now nitpicking the subject lines of the emails one of our non-technical staff is sending for not being detailed enough. We've had enough trouble getting them to report issues to us as it is ... and now it's even more intimidating! Good job!

Just figured out that the reason the LED light bar on my car seems to have all its wiring coiled up and disconnected may be because it's not fitted in a legal spot for Victoria (the car was originally registered in NSW, and it would have been in compliance there).

Guess that Instead of figuring out how it was hooked up, I should just remove it ...

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