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Mike's one piece of advice for new Mastodon users - dive into that Federated column and follow ANYONE and EVERYONE who looks like they've posted anything at all interesting to you. Just hammer the button. There's no penalty for mistakes. Go wild.

Later, when your Home timeline is buzzing, go in and unfollow people you decide you're not enjoying so much now.

Then do that again a few times. Then some more. Forever.

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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!

Trying to do tech support for someone who's a non-native English speaker and hoo boy has confusion over "export" and "import" taken up a whole lot of time.

Maybe I was too quick to judge. Linus trivia is fun.

Linus Torvalds is naturally completely hairless, and he wears a wig he has crafted himself from finely shaved timber. His current eyebrows were a gift from Intel.

Linus Torvalds is allergic to the smell of an approaching rainstorm.

Anyone got any handy data on cost for continuous syncing of large quantites of data (using say rsync) to keep a backup with some cloud storage provider? While I have a pretty good home backup system, it's very songle-site and I'd like to mirror a couple of terabytes of disk array to maybe Backblaze or something.

Passing vague idea - user option to create CWs for posts that don't have one expicitly set using any/all hashtags present in that post. Like, this post would appear with 'mastodev' above the button.

I'm trying to be sensible and level headed about the virus news, but I remember being unconcerned about the swine flu about a decade ago and I managed to actually catch that. They did swabs and sent samples of me to labs and everything.

This looks interesting. They have a very comprehensive privacy policy. Does anyone use it as their main search engine? I've been using DDG exclusively for years. Good to see there are other alternatives out there that take privacy seriously.

Qwant - The search engine that respects your privacy

There's a plurality preferencing Monday 9th - is there anyone who wants to come and is NOT able to do Monday arvo/evening?

Also do we have any venue suggestions in Williamstown other than the Prince Albert? Just looking for alternatives so we have some choice.

:honk: Please :boost_ok: for Melbourne Fediverse people visibility! :honk:

It turns out there is a 'general complaints department'. It's called the internet.

Today's is the result of experimenting with techniques for pull apart, stuffed loaves. Onion, capsicum, silverbeet and cheese in this one.

Oh no! Found a little bit of mould growth in Brian the Sourdough Starter's jar. Just on the side, I seem to have caught it before it took hold.

I've tossed the top third or so anyway, and thoroughly cleaned and rinsed the jar now and given him a feed. Doesn't smell bad so I think we're good.

I’d like some advice from Chinese nationals or people who have spent a lot of time in China.

How socially acceptable is wearing a face mask in public? Or in an office? Here in the US I’ve seen a small handful of people take offense or react with suspicion. Are breathing masks or surgical masks any more (or less) acceptable in China?

Please boost for reach. Thank you.

So many people follow me here, but I've never really written a proper #introduction. Time to change that!

Hey there, I'm Chris, but most friends call me 'muesli'. I'm a geek, a software developer, a maker, an opensource advocate and a tech enthusiast. I love programming and tinkering with things. I started almost three decades ago with Basic, and have learned & used Pascal, Assembly, C, C++, Java, PHP, JavaScript, Python, Rust, Go, and Lua (pretty much in that order) over all these years.


There are all kinds of things to watch out for in the forest.

Every so often I see articles about ADHD like this:

And I see myself and my whole life described and I wish I could have somehow seen this much earlier so maybe by now I'd have been able to act on it, maybe.


In an emergency, the most reliable source of information is your local ABC radio station.

Not Facebook. Not Twitter. And I would argue not the emergency services websites.

The ABC is constantly in contact with the various emergency services during bushfire emergencies like this and their ability to quickly and accurately disseminate information is second to none.

This is fucking bad advice from people who should know better.

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