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Slowly finding my way around Mastodon and to be honest, I’m enjoying it.

Resurrected my account so I can cross post to Twitter and Mastodon.

Please do follow me over on @Donmcallister to keep in touch.

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they put a christmas sweater on the t-rex at the national history museum in london and it's ridiculous and adorable

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I don't want to just be posting about numbers like a clock, but the 2 million mark of monthly active users across the network is a pretty big deal. This is going big numbers! Shout out to all the server operators who are absorbing this wave.

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I don’t understand why people think Mastodon is difficult. It seems pretty straightforward, and the separate servers are no biggie. I’m enjoying this fresh start here, like moving to a new apartment!

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There’s been a lot of discussion about a rule we recently instituted regarding security testing on the instance. I understand the value or pen testing as much or more than most people, and I’m fully cognizant that pen tests are happening all the time and I’m not getting the report. I get it. But there are now 28,000 people using this service to communicate. I know there are vulnerabilities waiting to be discovered. Finding blog post fodder by fuzzing instances that are already running hot due to explosive growth is not super helpful. But at the same time, I WANT that testing to happen.

As a result, I am going to set up two instances tomorrow that only federate with each other. This is where I’d prefer legitimate security testing be performed. I’ll also be using it as the QA environment to test new updates and settings prior to deploying to the production instance. I’ll moderate signups because I don’t want it accidentally becoming fediverse 2.0 in the ongoing rush for the doors at twitter, but will accept anyone who wants to join, with clear indications that it’s a sandbox and should not be considered safe.

Thanks for patience as we continue to find out way.

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One major advantage of induction cooking over gas or other electric setups is there's minimal discolouring of the bottom of the pots and pans.

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Now that we're learning this lesson that centralized silos are brittle and operate in the interest of the owners not the users...

...please note the move toward centralizing podcasts into apps from Amazon/Audible, Spotify, iHeart, YouTube, TikTok etc.

If you like podcasts, use an RSS-based podcast player. Support the open ecosystem. We can only survive if you clearly see the threat and act supportively.

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UPDATE: Here's the latest chart.

We're now at 14,000 new users joining per hour.

By the end of the night, we might have 7 million Mastodon users.

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Join us LIVE for this week's British Tech Network Mac Show with @jgamet @chuckjoiner @benroethig @daveg65 and me where we talk about everything happening in Apple news this week

Watch now:


Small PSA: If you’re having trouble with your Thread devices being sluggish/unreachable and you have an old Apple TV 4K on your network. Unplug it!

You can blame Apple for that one. Seems like the Apple TV takes over as Home Hub but doesn’t support Thread.
And then things get out of wack

A programming note:
Tomorrow’s British Tech Network Mac show will be recorded 2h later than usual

Show times:
🇬🇧 - 6:00 PM GMT
🇪🇺 - 7:00 PM CET
🇺🇸 - 1:00 PM Eastern
🇺🇸 - 11:00 AM Mountain
🇺🇸 - 10:00 AM Pacific

Join us LIVE for this week's British Tech Network BIG Show with @jgamet, @tomf, Rich, @tioaboa, and me where we talk about everything happening in tech this week

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I’m super curious to hear the numbers on how many #Twitter employees don’t sign that ridiculous ‘pledge’ and instead take the three months severance.

Then I also wonder how many employees could take the severance before it broke the company’s bank.

What a shitty thing to do to employees, doubly so with a looming recession and mass layoffs starting.

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In #wien fährt diese (oder auch mehrere?) coole #StandWithUkaine Bim Rum! Wollte sie schon vor Tagen einmal fotografieren, hier ist Sie jetzt!
Der QR Code führt zu einer Spende Seite die von der ukrainischen Botschaft betrieben wird

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Musk's ultimatum to Twitter employees last night

Let's look at Musk's Twitter ultimatum to employees last night logically. He gives them a link to click by Thursday if they agree to work long hours and be hardcore and (unwritten but assumed) not question
his genius or motives or personality or obnoxiousness.

If employees don't accept that, they're out with three months severance. Now, this is a binary choice. Choice one provides no assurance that Musk won't fire you on a whim for any reason whatsoever however fantastical or paranoid.

On the other hand, choice two guarantees three months pay. In any normal environment, a myriad of factors would enter into this decision. But given Musk's temperament and behavior, the decision is considerably simplified.

And it amounts to this: If you can manage it financially, take the three months pay and GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE NOW!


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