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Hey y'all! After ~1,5 years on the fediverse, I probably should do a proper .
I am a developer from the Netherlands. My ideal work environment would be something with ( and +Linux. I do C++/C as well. I like hardware stuff, but I don't consider myself an embedded software developer anymore.
I am incredibly concerned about issues and also a little on (software) in general. I refuse to use WhatsApp and I currently use as a replacement. I refuse to work for companies that violate privacy law *and* ethics. Following the law is not enough.
I really dislike software that makes people use their screens more often and I don't want to create such software.
(btw, if (some of this) resonates with your business: I am available for hire!)

Furthermore, I love to kids and give them some love, although I am not very at good at both. If things were a little different, I would probably be a teacher. I occasionally give extra, 1 on 1, math lessons to kids.

I consider myself a and I try to follow the , although I am not always sure what that means. I have some opinions that you might find conservative and maybe even controversial, though for someone who grew up in the, I am *relatively* progressive and liberal.

Today, we've unveiled our roadmap to #PeerTube's v3: live streaming, global search, better plugins, playlists and moderation: we will need your help!
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Just got another email from a blind user of SourceHut thanking me for caring about accessibility in my work. And honestly, it wasn't difficult. I don't understand why my peers in web development seemingly couldn't give a rat's ass about accessibility. Maybe because at their level of complexity, to them "accessibility" means "a shitload of aira tags and a ton of work", whereas at my level of complexity it means "just keep it simple and don't do anything particularly stupid"

"The crown is made of wood," the Royal Herald said, "to show the power over the land comes from the land, and is transient."
"I want a gold crown," the new king said.
"There is one. It may be worn by anyone incorruptible."
"Good, I will ha- Wait, why hasn't any king worn that?"
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

You can't fix 2.
3 is difficult to fix.
But you can certainly fix 1: just don't upload pictures of yourself to (public accessible part of) the internet.

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1) There is an association between you and a picture of you; and
2) Face recognition software is available; and
3) Camera's are everywhere;
Then you can be tracked everywhere.

21. Gall’s Law:
A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system.

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During the pandemic, classical musicians are reliant on streaming their performances to maintain their profile and solicit donations. That's a problem, because the platforms' copyright bots HATE classical music.

Once a record label like Sony Music or Naxos claims a performance that they have released, the bots scour the services for anything that sounds even remotely like that performance and either deletes it, mutes it, or steals the money it generates.


Ditto, Brave: they may not see what you’re browsing but they make money by allowing insight of your behaviour to be used to manipulate you.

Privacy exists to protect the weak from manipulation by the powerful. Manipulation by proxy is still manipulation.

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We have resolved our patent case with Rothschild Patent Imaging. We thank our pro-bono counsel - Shearman & Sterling LLP for representing us.

#FreeSoftware #OpenSource

Ooo - handy! Using simple #FOSS tools to stream high quality video from your DSLR or other camera via OBS on Ubuntu 20.04... - thanks for the pointer @mackiwg !

Google memories (1/x) 

Well it took over a year but we managed to get Google Fonts removed from the Mozilla Rust project. Thanks to everyone who helped out and supported this.

Devs don’t let devs add surveillance to their tools.


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What sets appart?

As a general instance, we are not centered on a specific theme, or a specific language. Everyone is welcome as long as they follow the few rules we have.

We always run the latest stable version of Mastodon, providing you a stock experience, with the following modifications:

  • 2048 character limit (not 500).
  • 512 character limits for the account's bio (not 160).
  • full column width (not fixed size).
  • more search results (20 instead of 5 per type of search).
  • Audio upload (not limited to videos only).
  • full text search of statuses (not restricted to searching tags and users).
  • trending tags are displayed on the main UI ( and a more complete view is available here)
  • boosts and replies are shown in the timelines (more complete view for everyone).
  • Your account is also a XMPP account (Federated Instant Messaging, take a look online to find a client and use your username and password to configure it, you can also use our online web client). Woohoo! two services in one!
  • We also have a very good view of the federation (our federated timeline gives you a more broad view of the Mastodon network than a 'normal' instance, there's a lot to read in a lot of languages).
  • We also host a Peertube instance for the convenience. Try it and let us know what you think !
  • In the same vein, we host a Funkwhale instance for the convenience. Try it and let us know what you think !
  • If you want to be on a more quiet, moderated instance, or use another AP implementation, we host a Pleroma instance for the convenience. This is the same fediverse as with Mastodon, but with a different default UI and way more optimized backend. Try and see which one you prefer !
  • Now if you want a different UI, the stock mastodon one does not please you, you can check Pinafore.
  • We do also host for the convenience a video Conference server ( Jitsi Meet )
  • We have a mastodon relay for other instances to bootstrap their timelines:

Although we are a medium+ sized instance, we'd like to keep the feeling that you are at home and safe here.