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So, has lost all of it's toots.
This is due to a truncate command being run on the local statuses table, including the cascade option to include other related tables.

Normal functionality is there, so I don't think anything else has been affected. I'll try to see if there's a way of reimporting our user account exports, but if not: has been given a fresh start!

Today I tried my hand at clocking gammon. It worked kinda well. I'd give it a 7/10 at the most.

However, the secret to improving any form of meat is to put it in ramen, so tomorrow I shall be cooking pork ramen with slices of my gammon.

I also managed to do a load of cleaning in the kitchen, so this weekend is shaping up to be a really successful one!


I have a (free) new book out! "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism" is an anti-monopolist critique of Big Tech that connects the rise of conspiratorial thinking to the rise of tech monopolies and proposes a way to deal with both:


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Got to love an organisation that fully embraces the,,,,, system of version control!

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Public wifi that blocks VPN access. But you slip in on TCP 80 ​:blobblocraccoon:​

Hackers need to be more business saavy if they want to maintain agency.

Gotta hack the paper to get to keep your morals.

They don't give you extravagant perks because they like you... they do it because they are afraid you'll leave.

You have to understand how your work empowers your employer... and what they do with it.

Ah yes my β€œtrue physique..”

*inhales pizza*

This is genuienly one of the best error messages I've ever seen. What makes it so great?

1. Starts with a clear, non-technical description of the problem.

2. Follows that with a clear _technical_ description of the problem.

3. Suggests a solution to the problem and offers to automatically implement it

4. When that fails, provides another clear technical explanation (no non-technical one this time; that's fine because we're now into issues only triggered in advanced use cases)


Came across this 'Lasercat' extension for #firefox and well.. it delivers. #lasercats

@cwebber sorry I almost couldn't hear you over the sound of the fact that you mentioned Hackers three minutes ago and it caused me to queue up Halcyon On and On

@julia How to find / build content & communities of interest on Mastodon

Be the conversation you want to see on the #Fediverse.
Like attracts like. Build it and they ... may ... come.
#Hashtag your posts, and profile. This aids discovery. (Your post above with hashtags for each term would make a great pinned intro.)
Check your own hashtags for related content.

Hashtag streams can be pinned.
Make your hashtag posts public (not unlisted/followers only). (A Mastodon limitation is that unlisted hashtagged toots aren't listed in hashtag search. IMO an architecture bug.)
Boost discussions you'd like to see more of. Including replies to your own toots.
Engage on others' threads too.
The Fediverse remains fairly small. Interest in specialised areas is small. You may be able to generate a spark.
Follow judiciously. More follows == more distractions. Highly-interesting/alligned contacts are gold.
Lists are useful for prioritising large follower sets. I follow an A/B/C classification of best / good / medium interest.
Consider dropping / separately following highly-voluble posters.
Practice good mental hygiene. If a profile annoys/irritates, unfollow.

Just a little update on what is going on at #QOTO.

Our Administrator @freemo has been working hard for about a week to completely recode our server architecture and eventually move over existing services to the new format.

As some of you know we use enterprise level infrastructure. currently that means we use Docker containers in a cluster formation with redundant endpoints.

However, the current way this is done is as individually managed docker containers using some nifty container layer automation to automatically renew and obtain certificates as well as scale. However by doing it as individual containers makes administering the system more difficult and can lead to bugs in the infrastructure (though thankfully we haven't run into those). As such we are moving over to using docker-swarm to maintain the cluster which will automatically handle replication and restarting containers should they fail.

This will mean quicker turnaround when updating services, little to no down time due to redundancy, and faster response time due to multiple load balancers across different regions.

While there may be some short downtime once we finally move the services over long term this should be better for everyone. We will keep everyone updated as this progresses.

In the meantime @freemo will be open-sourcing the scripts he wrote to bring everything online and manage the system. If any developers are interested in getting a copy for their own purposes please feel free to reach out to him.

#opensource #OSS #FOSS #FLOSS #AWS #Amazon #Mastoadmin #QOTO

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