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If you have a .org domain name: go renew it now. For the full 10 years.

Registration rights for .org were just bought by a private equity firm. And as part of that contract, the price caps were removed.

Anything in .org will get much more expensive, soon.

A ten year renewal will cost you a bit over a hundred bucks. Which is probably less than one year will cost you in the very near future.


Wow, and this is from a Republican who's been on the inside!


Seems an interesting way to encourage a more direct democracy, even among millions of people. I wouldbe curious to know if this would work for larger cities in our country.

The New York Times: Opinion | A Strong Democracy Is a Digital Democracy (By Audrey Tang)


Vision Quest

Got some more time away from the grind to visit some awesome parks in #Missouri . Visited Amidon, Silver Mines, and Knob Lick Overlook.

#photo #mywork


Even tech-savvy people can fall victim to spear phishing attacks. This cautionary tale by @RobJHeaton shows how creative hackers can be. The lesson here? Never click on a link from someone you don’t know unless you’re 100% sure it’s legitimate.


New House, New Rules

I suppose moving to a different municipality means that the ISP (which is the same one I had before) enforces ipv6 a lot more than before. That means it's messing with my laptop's ability to resolve hostnames, use Skype, and I had to add some extra configuration to all of my nginx configuration files for ipv6 listening.

In other words, the joys of moving/owning your own house.


hello world (redux)

Server is back online! Excited to be back on the federation/fediverse.
Lucky you, who can be heard by friends. When I brought back my server a huge design failure made it so that I could not connect to friends again ...

The saddest thing is to see a "cant fix" label attached to a Free Software issue... Doesn't make sense, does it ?


Off the grid will be going off line for about a week while I move into my new house. I apologize to all of the admins in advance for all of the "message not delivered" errors to my node. :-)
Good luck with the move!
@Michael Warburton Thanks! You never appreciate (or wince at) the amount of stuff you have until you have to move it all...



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Inside of you are two wolves

One has an unknown position
The other has an unknown velocity

The wolves are both really small, welcome to physics class
Feed 'em!!


**Sidestepping Apple: the third-party tinkerers fighting for your right to repair

| The Guardian**
hen Jessa Jones’s twin daughters flushed her iPhone 4S down the toilet, she decided that she was going to fix it herself. She took the toilet apart in her backyard, retrieved the device, and then searched online for how to make it turn on again.

She not only went on to fix it, she started a repair business.
Jones soon had more business than she could handle. After recruiting other stay-at-home moms in her neighborhood and teaching them electronics repair, she launched a small business from her dining room called MommyFixits.

#technology #mobile


Back from isolation!

Internet was down for a few days. Finally got repaired with a new modem and back on the fediverseration!
I know how that is.
@Samantha Joe the downside of home self-hosting.


Player Piano

High tech, low morals.


Take a Hike

Recently went on a #hike to Pickle Springs and Hickory Canyon State Parks in #Missouri . Brought along the #dslr to shoot some #hdr of the beautiful sandstone formations.

#photo #mywork
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@alysonsee (Fca) it was a wonderful day. Full disclosure, took a "mental health day" (i.e., sick leave) to go. Work's been crazy, but sometimes you just have to make the time. :-)


“What we are seeing now is the luxurification of human engagement,”

The New York Times: Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good (By NELLIE BOWLES)


Your password may be weaker than you think. Learn about how passwords get hacked and how to create a strong password:


And thank you for the kind welcome!


Welcome to the new We Distribute!
We Distribute is my years-long-in-the-making project to document and write about free software, decentralization and federated social technologies. It has taken many forms over the years, ranging from small news bulletins talking about what a given project was doing, to detailed overviews of how these different systems actually work, and interviews with the people who are building them.

This status is a statement of intent to bring this project into its next phase: a media publication focused on bringing news about these things directly to the fediverse itself. How, you may ask?

Firstly, We Distribute is moving off of, and opt instead to self-host using only Free Software. Our site doesn't serve ads, doesn't use paywalls, and doesn't limit how many articles you can read. We don't collect personal data on you, and we give every article away for free under the Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution Share-Alike license.

Secondly, our publication feeds directly into the fediverse. We're using the ActivityPub protocol to talk to the federated social web. What this means is that if you have an account in the fediverse (Mastodon, Pleroma, Friendica, Hubzilla, and a growing list), you will be able to subscribe to this site ( and comment on our articles through your social stream reading applications of choice.

All you have to do is subscribe to using your fediverse client of choice.

There are currently some kinks in federating with certain kinds of platforms, but we're doing our best to work them out. Articles that exist before today will not be able to federate because they are older, and existed before our federation plugin was implemented (Pterotype doesn't appear to like content made prior to itself being activated).

We're working hard to prepare for a new and improved writing cycle, which means more quality article in less turnaround time. This will include:
  • News
  • Interviews
  • Reviews
  • Demos
  • Opinion Pieces
We're excited about starting off March 2019 strong. Please keep an eye on this space as we continue to grow and develop!


Job postings for data privacy workers are up 75%, but Google only has about 10 such openings, according to Indeed: If you're passionate about privacy, we're hiring for dozens of roles. Join us!
^I was an early enrollee. Could not wait to ditch gmail!
Definitely. Very happy with the service so far!


Hey all!

If you're still wondering about places to go to replace G+, I wanted to suggest coming over to a Friendica system, which is in the Fediverse (it includes several different social platforms).

I've got a node here:

Drop me a line if you have any questions. Otherwise, hope to see you there!


‘We Will Not Repeat The Mistakes Of The 2016 Election,’ Vows Nation Still Using Internet

WASHINGTON—Promising that they had learned their lesson and would not fall into the same traps they did in the last presidential election cycle, the U.S. populace vowed Wednesday not to repeat the errors of 2016, while, at the same time, nearly every American voter continued to use the internet. “We’re not going to… Read more...

Read more at:

#humor #satire #news #theonion


How I feel sometimes when trying to get people to join.

Trying to get a friend to join but he says it sounds like he’s being invited to a cult
@Adam Clark I don't know, probably it's just how enthusiastic I probably sound compared to talking about other things. :-)
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Calling all #Fediverse admins of instances in the #EU. The #CopyrightDirective is coming, we need to show the MEPs how massively the EU Internets will be affected.

We are preparing a list of all EU-based #Pleroma, #Mastodon, #GNUSocial, #Peertube, #Funkwhale, and any other instances.

Please *contact me*. All I need is the domain name, which EU Member State it's located in, and the rough topic of the instance. Approximate user count welcome, but not necessary.

Please help. This is important.


These actually used to be illegal under FTC rules. The amount of useful outcomes these buybacks could have bought is mind-numbing.

The New York Times: Opinion | Schumer and Sanders: Limit Corporate Stock Buybacks (By CHUCK SCHUMER and BERNIE SANDERS)


Welcome to the Friendica network @Hank Grabowski ! Thanks for the add here, too.



Interesting how they arranged this by common compounds observed...never saw one with carbon, silicon, and titanium in the same group!

Absolutely amazing - In the International Year of the Periodic Table too.
Shows how far we have come with understanding and the importance of understanding chemistry to how our medicine and technology has moved on