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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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PixelFed is a free open federated alternative to Instagram.

There are lots of different instances you can sign up at, for example:

pixelfed.de
pxlfd.me
pix.diaspodon.fr
shared.graphics
pixelfed.fedilab.app

It is part of the ActivityPub-powered Fediverse, so you can follow PixelFed accounts from Mastodon etc. For example: @earth

You can follow the project's latest news at @pixelfed

#PixelFed #Instagram #DeleteInstagram #Alternatives #Fediverse

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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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Hey developers & ActivityPub enthusiasts!

@GetTogetherComm is a free open alternative to MeetUp.com.

The lead developer needs help with implementing federation, either coding or better documentation about ActivityPub.

There's an open issue for it here:

github.com/GetTogetherComm/Get

There's been discussion but no code contributions yet.

Can you help?

(It would be *so* cool to get this kind of service federated, imagine every town having its own instance :blobaww: )

#ActivityPub #FLOSS #FOSS

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To people making Tshirts FOSS themed, could you think about women?
Men tshirt doesn't fit well for some reasons. :flan_strong:

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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.

As software developers, we are cogs in the machine of the new world we are building, but we aren’t mindless. We can make an impact, and we can influence the products we build. If we don’t, we cannot wash our hands of the outcomes, saying, “I was just doing what I was told.”

The algorithms we design and the data we feed to the models we train are all influenced by our own experiences and biases. We have to be aware of those biases at play and mitigate them by working with a diverse team.

My political views have changed dramatically over the years, and they continue to change. Some call that flip-flopping and being wishy-washy. I call it growing as a human.

But what interests me most is the ethics of software development and how that plays into automation and AI. US unemployment rates are very low, but that’s because of the gig economy and low-paying jobs. All of these jobs will evaporate with AI and automation.

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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“Evidence of the first beer believed to have been brewed in the UK, dating back more than 2,000 years, has been uncovered by road workers.”

theguardian.com/science/2019/j

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Thank you for reporting me to me on my own personal site. In the future, I recommend you try the unfollow feature.

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