the thing about software is that we do have a lot of curmudgeons whining about how much better things were in the good old days

it's just that they're all, like, 24

things have devolved so much in 10 years that people who were using Linux as teenagers got to glimpse a future that is now, entirely and deeply, shut to us. and we HATE IT

when i was 15 years old i had chat accounts on four services which i interacted with entirely through Pidgin and that's how I talked to all my friends.


Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and others looked the future of user-centric, high-choice, high-freedom software in the face and decided to kill it. That's unforgivable.

@tindall I think a lot about all the friends I've lost due to decisions made in conference rooms by people looking at charts trying to get promotions.

changes in the Internet since 2008 

@tindall Maciej Ceglowski talks about how much the US Internet since 2008 is driven by people with too much money looking for something to invest in, and con artists finding ways to wheedle it out of them by launching a new heavily subsidized and surveiled service which draws creators onto it (or companies like Google buying up or bankrupting competitors with their unemployed cash reserves)

@tindall capitalism looked the future in the face and decided to kill it

@velexiraptor yeah but this specific example is more personal, recognizable, and actionable to a lot of the people that follow me

radicalization begins with the familiar :)


@tindall but how do we kill them given that they've replaced enough things to become our life support?

@tindall theres hope! I use matrix bridged to discord. Ive bridged multiple discord chats with my matrix server. Ive even gotten several local makerspaces to bridge their discord chats to my matrix server. I can also bridge to telegram and irc!

@the_gayest_doggo @tindall bridges are a godsend and matrix is amazing.the fact that I can talk to people who are on element while I'm using discord is dope

@tindall It's a grim reminder that we cannot have a future for free. The only way to have it is to build it, fight those who create obstacles for it, and inform the uninitiated about the harms of FAANG.
I don't believe there's no way to win.

@dmbaturin @tindall the internet has been ruined for as long as the advertisers have been involved in it, this is progress to them... They want us to be serfs stuck in their walled gardens with no escape from their targeted ads. We need to keep fighting...

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