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I don’t discuss lots of coding or tech challenges because they don’t interest me. I’m interested in people and using tech to make our world a better place.

As a result, politics are a necessary part of the discussion.

I had contemplated leaving politics out of my feed and trying to stick purely to tech, but that feels disingenuous and also does not help accomplish my goal of trying to make the world a better place.

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I’m Ben, a web dev, author, & speaker. I’ve been at this for >20 years, & I’m always eager to help. If you have questions about the Web, FOSS, PHP, or APIs, ask.

I advocate for decentralization, open source, open standards, & the Commons; I believe good UX is the key to mass adoption.

I’m active in the PHP community. I founded Atlanta PHP & co-organize @nashvillephp, & I authored the popular ramsey/uuid library.

I’ve spoken at many conferences. If you see me at one, say “hi.”

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open source software development advice 

“[Jack] Poulson has started Tech Inquiry, a non-profit that aims to make it easier for coders with a conscience to speak out inside their companies when they feel ethical boundaries are being crossed.” theguardian.com/world/2019/jul

I don’t even understand how this made it passed peer review.

“The study has limitations: only [20] participants were involved, and the experiments only involved responses from white people.”

theguardian.com/science/2019/j

Tim Cook: “If we accept as normal and unavoidable that everything in our lives can be aggregated, sold, or even leaked in the event of a hack, then we lose so much more than data. We lose the freedom to be human.”

theguardian.com/commentisfree/

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Be happy for other people's good fortunes - you'll be guaranteed to be happy about something each day, and it'll make you a better person 😀

“There is no one right way to do APIs. Sure, there are many different processes, practices, & tools that can help you optimize your API operations, but despite popular belief, there is no single ‘right way’ to define, design, provide, or consume APIs.”

apievangelist.com/2019/06/16/t

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The year is 5019. Humans, as we know them, are long gone. The Earth is inhabited chiefly by advanced, sapient machines.

For legacy reasons, everyone's name starts with "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible;".
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The emperor woke when a hand was placed over his mouth.
"I evaded all your guards," the assassin whispered, "and outwitted all your traps."
The emperor nodded, and the assassin took a step back.
"Is it five three?" the emperor asked
"Yes, I've won five. Let's swap clothes now."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

‪RIP Vonda N. McIntyre. Her Nebula Award winning Dreamsnake is one of my favorite novels.‬

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We’re learning from Jacques Woodcock about how to perform a root-cause analysis of a problem in a system.

@JPEG For reference, here is the behavior I see. The only thing I did before it started doing this was to add a second account, which was also on the same instance as the first account I added. Both accounts are on this phpc.social instance.

Earlier this morning, it was crashing like this, so I uninstalled it and reinstalled it.

@JPEG I really love Mast. Unfortunately, it often crashes and I have to uninstall and reinstall it. Are there any tips to avoid this? It doesn’t appear that others have the same issue, so maybe it’s my device or the server I’m connecting to? I have multiple accounts on the same server. Could that be an issue?

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‪“What the Ã�©Ð”ã° is going on!?” Kevin Smith talks us out of charset hell at this month’s user group meeting.‬

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friendsofphp.org has published an open API allowing you to search for and see events for local PHP user groups around the world. They include data from a variety of sources (not just Meetup).

More details here: tomasvotruba.cz/blog/2019/01/2

Is there a way to mute just a particular posting client on Mastodon? I want to mute everything from Mastodon Twitter Crossposter.

Dot social being down is kind of like having a netsplit on IRC. The rest of us are all still here.

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