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I've finally set an avatar!

The man depicted is based on the man in the old Wedgwood anti-slavery medallions, which had the same words.

I license this under the CC0 public domain declaration, in case you want to build on this the way I built on the Wedgwood tradition. In fact, if you want .xcf and .svg files containing components of this picture, let me know; I've still got them.

I just had to hit Tab 13 times to get from the username field to the password field. 🤯
If you build websites, please don't forget to check the Tab-sequence on a site and in forms. Some users rely on this. #a11y #accessibility

Thread: You know, I think that if there weren't so many blind people on Windows, and thus screen reader vendors supporting it, I think it'd actually have terrible accessibility. Narrator has *never* been a great screen reader, and even in Windows 10, it's not that great when you try to use it as your main screen reader. The *only* reason Windows is so great is because of the blind community making stuff like the Windows App Essentials NVDA addon and such. There's something there, something I'm coming to realize. If Linux had a more welcoming community, especially of developers, I think blind developers could really find a great, stable home there.

I would like to start a mailing list for short stories and fiction, where I send some things I write to friends and family who might be interested in it.

I've heard of Substack, and have explored it a bit, but I'm hesitant to use it. I prefer personal domains and servers I can trust. On the other hand, I want to be able to just write, so I'm hesitant to simply email people directly and have to handle subscriber lists myself.

I like how Substack handles it, but I dislike how it's centralized, proprietary, and out of my control.

Any thoughts?

If anyone wants to invite me to their Matrix rooms, my name there is:

@prater-devin:matrix.org

Also if anyone knows of any good Jabber/XMPP services I'd be glad to join that.

#matrix #jabber #xmpp

I don't know if I have any blind followers or not, but if anybody that is blind is reading this.. it would be awesome if you could take a look at our Translation Site #SimplyTranslate and tell us what we can improve to make it more blind-user friendly

Here's The Link:
translate.metalune.xyz

(Boosts Appreciated)

Interesting conversation at today's #FediverseBibleStudy.

Googled some examples:

Former Atheist Uses Reason to Find God apu.edu/articles/former-atheis

Lee Strobel, a former investigative journalist, sought to debunk the claims of Christianity but his research led him down an unexpected path. focusonthefamily.com/parenting

It'll take forever for me if I tried to do research like what those former atheists did.

I've finally set an avatar!

The man depicted is based on the man in the old Wedgwood anti-slavery medallions, which had the same words.

I license this under the CC0 public domain declaration, in case you want to build on this the way I built on the Wedgwood tradition. In fact, if you want .xcf and .svg files containing components of this picture, let me know; I've still got them.

Respiratory syncytial virus is now confirmed as the cause. Also, I'm mostly over it now, though still more tired than usual.

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Here's a little thing that may not be obvious to many people....

When you install an open-source app from Google Play or the Apple app store, there is no guarantee that what you install actually matches the public code.

@fdroidorg are doing a great service. They independently build the public source code for apps from scratch, review for common issues, and publish their builds. Thanks to "reproducible builds" it's possible to verify they do not tamper with the code.

f-droid.org/en/docs/Security_M

mobile.twitter.com/venerabledo

Give him Minetest instead.

1. The market for Minetest YouTube videos might not be as saturated as for Minecraft.

2. It's open source, so in addition to all the learning and collaboration opportunities he mentioned, there's also the opportunity to learn to code and design games, by altering the source code of Minetest itself. And he can learn to collaborate on code, too, if he wants to offer his code modifications back to the Minetest community.

3. You never have to buy Minetest multiple times for multiple devices.

I swear, someone really needs to write a guide or short e-book on "how to do ethical and effective advertising online which respects your customers"

I mean, as a consumer there's a lot you can do to prevent tracking, invasive advertising etc, but what does doing it the "right" way look like for a small business or microbusiness?

Does nobody believe in productive businesses anymore, just endless funnel marketing of online courses

beta.birdsite.live/users/kent_
How would this one count as "deregulation"? I thought membership in Fonterra was voluntary. Is it not?

Why am I getting multiple identical emails from Google 9 or 10 hours after their time stamps? They're DMARC reports, and the emails containing them are timestamped 11:59 pm UTC, but they're not actually sent to my server till much later, and then several copies will usually arrive in quick succession.

Also, the zip files they contain won't open in Termux (though other servers' DMARC reports will), so I have to open them in whatever it is Evolution launches on my Mate desktop, which is annoying.

And Gmail also recently decided to repeatedly defer my quite ordinary replies in a conversation that had been going back and forth without trouble, alleging that they looked suspicious. And when they did finally accept those messages (unaltered from their apparently suspicious form), they seemed to present them to the recipient timestamped as if they'd been sent at the time Gmail accepted them, thus altering the meaning of words like "tomorrow" in the email.

Honestly, I'm starting to wonder if Google even knows how to run a mail server.

I just had a COVID-19 swab taken. Actually, it's as part of an influenza study, but since neither flu nor covid are in the wild in New Zealand at the moment, it's almost certainly something else. So when they've ruled those out (within 24 hours, I think), they'll test for a bunch of other respiratory viruses. Based on what they've seen recently, respiratory syncytial virus is the most likely culprit.

But whatever it is, I don't want to inflict it on anyone else, so I'm staying at home for now!

I'd like to ask about a text browser, our internet is very slow - almost stopped - and I really don't need to see every picture on every site...or even most graphics on any site! Although a browser where I could open the occasional photo that I DO want to see would be nice...but if you use a text browser on linux (or web-based if I have to) what do you use and/or recommend?

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