the mastodon instance at is retiring 

@chr I know you're getting a ton of messages, but thank you so much for what y'all put into this place over the years. On my journey through here, I made all sorts of friendships and connections I never would have made otherwise. ❤️

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the mastodon instance at is retiring 

for a lot of reasons, both personal and practical, i don't think i can effectively run a public mastodon instance any more, and i need to retire i want to do this responsibly and make sure everyone has a chance to migrate and export properly, so here is the plan for the instance retirement (feel free to share this link around):

due to ongoing moderation load issues and understaffing, between now and 1 november, the instance may be undermoderated. for other instances, if this poses an issue for you, i encourage you to use federation tools at your discretion. i would only ask that you be clear and public about your decisions so that users can figure out where they will be able to migrate their accounts.

thank you

Watching the Time Machine progress bar tell me it has steadily more time to go for about an hour now 🕰

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In case you missed it: If you use Signal, make sure you have Registration Lock enabled (under Settings → Account).

A recent phishing attack to Twilio made 1,900 Signal users at risk of having their accounts re-registered on a different device. Registration Lock prevents that:

There's no official way to move Signal Desktop and history from one machine to another, but between Macs it's as easy as rsyncing $HOME/Library/Application Support/Signal from one to the other. Even between Intel and Apple Silicon—works great.

I imagine something similar works on other platforms, too.

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A cascade of linked memories led me to go in search of a story @viciousviscosity wrote and shared a few years ago… a sad and deeply moving piece of writing that stuck with me for a very long time.

I thought I'd lost it, but the Internet Archive actually got a copy. Reading it again after these years brings me to tears. I'm grateful for the opportunity.

How is MTP still a thing in the Year of Our Lorde 2022

eero 6E is going back. What a piece of crap.

The old eero Pro is so much more reliable. The HP laptop was instantly so much happier.

Kind of into this portable monitor thing. It's literally a panel with a USB-C port, just plugs right into any computer that can do DisplayPort alt mode and PD 7.5W, and viola. You got yourself a display.

The one I got comes with a folio cover to cover the screen, like a tablet—and can stand it at a couple angles. This thing is perfect for visiting headless machine to see wtf is going on with them.

You can tell it's Friday when you're asking your team why they allocated a t3.xlorge instance for a specific job and not a t3.smol

That moment when you realize…

…that project that keeps getting handed off from team to team…

…with no institutional memory of what works and what doesn't…

…no unifying vision, no steady hands to say "doing it that way isn't a good idea, let's take a step back and do something different"…

…just a bunch of people who all want to run in and do their own thing…

…is basically Linux

Update: works perfectly on that EC2 instance without a public IP address. As expected. 🥳

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tfw you have a drink coaster (a flat square) and an external trackpad (a flat rectangle) and guess which one you set your drink on

Have been messing with tonight as a potential solution to get devs inside an AWS VPC without having to fuck around with SSH.

It was actually rather easy, all told. Spin up a t2.micro, enable forwarding, install and auth the Tailscale service, and tell it to advertise the VPC subnets. And, viola, Tailscale clients had nothing else to do.

Supposedly, it should even work if I take that t2.micro and remove its public IP address, which… actually sounds harder than setting up Tailscale. 😆

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@craigmaloney I like my lightweight laptop quite a bit—but I've never understood why there's not enough clearance between the keyboard and the screen.

When we had the MacBook Pros with the flawed screen coating (2014, I think?), that literally caused the screen coating to break down. There was even a service program for it.

Now the coatings are better, but we still get that contact. 🤬

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The Trans flag, but it's 4:3 and in CGA Palette 1 HIGH-mode

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the mastodon instance at is retiring

see the end-of-life plan for details: