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I’ve been using Mastodon for quite a while now—since , give or take—but have never posted a proper .

So, I’m a thirtysomething mechanical engineer and lousy guitarist. I work in the semiconductor industry, spend most of my spare time developing for the web, and own quite a few affordable (!) electric guitars, a handful of Raspberry Pis, and a couple hacked together MAME—I know—cabinets. Also, happily married, father of two, wannabe investor.

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What I’m saying is, interests include , the , , , , and personal finance.

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Referring to someone online using their Twitter handle and not, you know, their actual website.

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Please consider writing your hashtags in upper camelcase so screen readers have a chance at figuring them out.

#whyistayonmastodon sounds like an giant undecipherable mess of sounds.

#WhyIStayOnMastodon reads out "Why I Stay On Mastodon" 😄

(Reason #44 I stay here: my previous requests like this have been generally well-received, proving that most people are awesome.)

Now I’m a material boy / There’s nothing in this world I don’t think I need

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Wanted to update my /uses page with game consoles, but then my browser froze. That said, I don’t actively _use_ any of them, right now. (Not a collector, either. Just happy to (still) have them around.) And I’m not ready to list my fridge, oven, stove, washing machine, lawn mower or car, yet.

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"I also got a bad taste in my mouth from Twitter supporting kinds of speech that I don't particularly agree with, and I began to feel like putting my toys and art there was just adding value to the network. For a while I felt that the tradeoff was that the art I published there still enriched my life and the lives of my friends. At some point, though, I started to feel like the balance got out of whack, and I could do more good by putting my work on alternate networks and giving people a reason to get off Twitter. "

All cultural producers with some degree of audience and influence should really think about this: what structures do I validate by my presence? What and whose structures do I reinforce? What other places can I advantage?

@darius in logicmag.io/security/party-at-

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Niks, in bijna alle gevallen en tendentieuze titels ten spijt. Wordt op een of andere manier níét vermeld: dat evenwel tot 240 euro aan roerende voorheffing op dividenden kan worden gerecupereerd. ‘Bij de uitbetaling van uw intresten of dividenden zal uw bankier roerende voorheffing inhouden. En die voorheffing is bevrijdend, wat betekent dat u hebt afgerekend met de fiscus.’

‘Wat wil de fiscus weten van uw beleggingen in België?’ tijd.be/netto/belastingen/aang

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I do, however, keep all of my bills and receipts and exactly once a year enter them all in a spreadsheet that goes to my accountant. (As a "small business," I'm exempt from filing [monthly or] quarterly VAT returns.)

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Now how much does all of that cost, monthly? I have no idea, though I'd say no more than €50. Way less than I'm allowed to deduct, definitely.

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I run VPSes at Hetzner and OVH. Object storage at Scaleway. I use Cloudflare for DNS management, as a registrar, and, at times, as a CDN. Mailgun for outgoing email, and G Suite personally. Have a reseller hosting account at Neostrada, too—they're pretty great for shared hosting. (Their email deliverability is pretty much zero, though, as might be expected.) Get my other domains from Porkbun (international) and Versio (.eu, .nl and .be), mostly.

In reply to jlelse.blog/thoughts/2020/06/b.

That’s how I do it. English for “technical stuff,” Dutch for, say, (inherently more local) news and politics. (I kind of prefer Dutch—I’m simply better at it.) I would love to eventually “cross over” more often, and write about, e.g., the IndieWeb in Dutch, even though no one reads that blog anymore—I would get a handful of readers through Twitter, which I have left sometime last year. 🤷

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Now I might unsubscribe, and you wouldn't know, because IndieWeb stuff is cool and doesn't track. (Reminder to self: try to join the chat one day.)

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If your mf2 feed dates are malformed, they're going to show up as Jan 1, 1970 in my reader, and thus way at the bottom. Also, if you've removed your old avatar and somehow don't redirect to the new one, I'm going to see a lot of broken images.

Rootless Docker is fun, but you’d better set those environment variables in your systemd and crontab files as well.

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ActivityPub is the new .com biz and/or new crypto ICO and/or new buzzword you can show people while keeping your actual project slightly out of view so that morons will think that it's amazing and The Future because it involves $technology which is Uniformly Good

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Any #caddy experts in the room? Am completely stuck, rewrites not working as they should (well, they probably are, I'm just not asking for the right thing)

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Up next: stuff all of these additional bells and whistles behind a couple user settings, and disable them by default. Then open up the instance for others as well, and make OPML import more robust.

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Now syncing `channel_source` pivot column values across channels, which isn’t perfect but works. I’d prefer a `source_user` pivot table instead of having everything tied to channels first (and use channels as taxonomies, really). But that would be a major change, and baby steps and all.

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«As the developer of Monal I have decided to keep it free and not include ads and tracking software. How many people use Monal? A lot. Thousands and thousands of people all over the world (Hello, Antarctica!). However, all I know is what the Apple download/upgrade counter shows and what people tell me in emails.»
The XMPP client Monal sure sounds good!

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