On the affects of shit-talking projects people work on
#Kobo is a Canadian brand of eReaders.
They're nice devices, they work with all popular DRM-free file types (including ePub, PDF, MOBI etc), and the built-in Kobo store also sells some DRM-free titles alongside DRM ones.
The official site is here:
There's an unofficial Kobo DRM-free search tool here:
There's also unofficial libre firmware you can install:
The story of Wil Wheaton being pressured off Mastodon (regardless of what you think of him; I don't think he's perfect and that's not the point) shows that there is no platform-wide defense to harassment and online mobs and showcases a way that the instance structure may be even more vulnerable to pressure. This article seems like a good discussion of some of the ways to solve that for admins. https://www.codesections.com/blog/mastodon-mobs-and-mastodon-mobs/
Bye bye Mongo, Hello Postgres; a story of how The Guardian migrates from MongoDB to PostgreSQL. https://www.theguardian.com/info/2018/nov/30/bye-bye-mongo-hello-postgres
Ethical design isn’t about trying to reform billion-dollar corporations like Google and Facebook that have fundamentally unethical business models, it’s about designing organisations with ethical business models that, therefore, can create ethical products and services.
Kobo Forma is looking good, I think I will pick it up one soon (tm)
though I think that article has an inaccuracy, there is a 32GB model, at least in Canada
I wrote this in an online meeting at work today, and thought I'd inflict on the fediverse. The topic is striving for excellence.
I've learnt through bitter experience that it's rarely possible to fix
all problems at once. What works, in my experience, is frequent small
improvements. The trick is to have a vision of where one wants to end
up in, and every day find the next step towards that. And it's OK for
the vision to also change. This applies to life as well as software
Admin account for mastodon.acc.sunet.se - also over at firstname.lastname@example.org for a different account of the same things
mastodon.acc.sunet.se is run by the Academic Computer Club at Umeå University located in Umeå, Sweden. ACC is actively involved in several open source projects and we provide mirrors for Debian, Ubuntu, Gnome and GIMP. We also host servers for the Gimpnet, Freenode, and OFTC IRC networks. You can read more about our projects and our servers on the ACC website.