mray mray@identi.ca

Freiburg, Germany

Designer, Free Software advocate, Atheist.

  • 2017-04-19T10:39:06Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Dianara - why don't you remember what posts I already read? :/

  • Spring-Cleaning

    2017-04-15T19:38:26Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    A little bit of spring-cleaning reveals that the majority of people I follow have parted long time ago...

    Then there are people on GNU social / Mastodon that I don't need to follow here.

    In the long run I'll probably join them.

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    BTW @mray, Dianara has a beautiful (if I may say so) "private follows/unfollows" setting that avoids flooding all your followers with hundreds of unfollows ;)


    Also, I see you're unfollowing recently active people, just sayin'.

    JanKusanagi @i at 2017-04-15T20:09:55Z

    >> JanKusanagi @i:

    “BTW @mray, Dianara has a beautiful (if I may say so) "private follows/unfollows" setting that avoids flooding all your followers with hundreds of unfollows ;)

    Also, I see you're unfollowing recently active people, just sayin'.”


    Most of them do have a GNU social or Mastodon account.

    Sorry for flooding! - I wasn't aware of this, nor of any way that prevents it.


    mray at 2017-04-15T23:34:50Z

    It's a bit sad that you unfollowed the quiet readers like me.

    Funatiker at 2017-04-16T08:41:46Z

    >> Funatiker:

    “It's a bit sad that you unfollowed the quiet readers like me.”

    Well, you don't need him to follow you in order to follow him =)

    JanKusanagi @i at 2017-04-16T13:48:09Z

  • Mastodon +1

    2017-04-15T09:29:50Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    I should mention I'm over at Mastodon, too: https://social.tchncs.de/@mray

    Mastodon seems to plan to support ActivityPub, too - just as pump.io.

    Maybe I'll "wait" there for the glory of ActivityPub to come true ...

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  • Matrix.org question

    2017-04-08T18:34:30Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    If fighting walled gardens and protecting data is the goal – isn't their approach to just provide all silos equally with data, actually decreasing the control over my personal information?

  • Coffee

    2017-04-06T18:13:46Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Learning about what happens when you buy "ordinary" coffee strengthens my decision to buy the organic fair trade in the future.

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  • Rant-Warning: Savannah!

    2017-04-05T18:52:46Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    I feel pitty when visiting https://savannah.gnu.org/ .

    There probably are many projects hosted there that deserve a better representation.

    It is like a website-worm-hole that lets you witness the web from the past with your modern browser and current content.

    The idea that this should be the "...central point for development, maintenance and distribution of official GNU software..." makes me shudder.

    I know I never spent longer than 20 seconds on that page just because of the walls of text and information overload and can only imagine what it means to really *work* with it. Maybe I'm getting it all wrong? I mean Github feels superior to Gitlab from a UX perspective, but savanna makes me wonder if this is for real. To me this page spells in clear words: "GO AWAY - BIT ROT - CONTAGIOUS - HERE BE DEAD PROJECTS".


    What bugs me the most is that I actually care about quite some projects that are "hosted?" there and I wonder what drives the fsf to dogfood this strange thing instead of using something else.


    *sigh*

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    I realize you said this was a rant, so my response is meant to be light. In its defense, Savannah predates git and all the repo hosting web services that came after it. People had to use something before git and before the web caught up with native. Even now, I believe Savannah supports more source code revision repos than the alternatives (I know from a network affect standpoint it appears git has won for now, but not everyone has converted). It would be nice if the look and UX could be freshened up, but it is hard work keeping up with fashion.

    Charles ☕ Stanhope at 2017-04-05T22:02:26Z

    You are completely right to bring this up in its defense. Because it does not only appear to be – it actually *IS* very old. I also see how it is too much to ask from the 2? people keeping it up and running to also keep updating and actively developing it.

    mray at 2017-04-06T09:17:07Z

    By coincidence I read on reddit that there is a gitlab mirror of savannah: https://gitlab.com/GNU/ ...

    mray at 2017-04-06T11:33:23Z

    >> mray:

    “[...] and I wonder what drives the fsf to dogfood this strange thing instead of using something else. [...]”

    IIRC they've discussed this themselves, and I think part of the reasoning was that, even if awkward to use and old-looking, it had several functionalities they still couldn't replicate with other systems (yet). Plus it works without JS or any other fancy thing, so compatibility with, let's say "uncommon setups and workflows" is higher.


    But don't take my word for it, it's just something I vaguely recall. I might be mixing things up.

    JanKusanagi @i at 2017-04-06T14:03:34Z

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  • Interest in ActivityPub

    2017-04-05T10:32:20Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Looking at GNU-Social, friendica, diaspora mastodon and what not - are there any projects that openly announced they are interested in supporting ActivityPub?

    Mastodon's main developer did at one point.

    Christopher Allan Webber at 2017-04-05T15:53:09Z

    And MediaGoblin and pump.io, obviously ;p

    Christopher Allan Webber at 2017-04-05T15:53:29Z

    Is there any reaching out happening towards gnu-social and diaspora?

    mray at 2017-04-05T18:53:41Z

    I've reached out in the past... it looked like Diaspora was going to adopt it, but I'm afraid that dream may be over for now.

    Christopher Allan Webber at 2017-04-05T20:00:45Z

  • 2016-11-18T11:51:53Z via Choqok To: Public

    Somewhat depressing but interesting fact about "users" https://www.nngroup.com/articles/computer-skill-levels/

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    I'm waiting for the follow-up study… what percentage of computer users have any ability to learn anything new?

    uıɐɾ ʞ ʇɐɯɐs at 2016-11-21T01:18:49Z

  • Debian switching to GUIX

    2016-11-17T11:00:44Z via Dianara CC: Followers, Public

    How realistic would that actually be? I mean there is no law that dicates .deb has to stay forever. Just pondering what it would actually take to do such a switch.

    Ben Sturmfels likes this.

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    @mray Were you referring to the Debian project switching to use Guix packaging?

    Charles ☕ Stanhope at 2016-11-17T17:17:12Z

    Christopher Allan Webber likes this.

    @Charles ☕ Stanhope Oh that's interesting.

    But that would be a huge move... it feels hard to believe that it would happen.

    Christopher Allan Webber at 2016-11-17T18:38:41Z

    @Christopher Allan Webber I agree. That does seem a bit like moving a mountain. So much infrastructure (social, technical, and knowledge) built around a packaging formats. But your own efforts demonstrate that there could be a way forward if a distribution was motivated.

    Charles ☕ Stanhope at 2016-11-17T19:45:10Z

    I was referring to moving the project over. I know it sounds grotesque, but it opens the question of: Is Debain bound to grow old and die with this one package manager - or will it renew that part of its OS some day eventually? If so - what would it take, what would it be?

    mray at 2016-11-17T19:49:47Z

  • Pumpa crashes - always

    2016-11-06T01:06:04Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Don't know why or how. It just started crashing on me every time I try to post. Even removing chache files and configuration files didn't change a thing. :/

    Dianara seems to work \o/

    mray at 2016-11-06T01:06:45Z

    Unless it's a new bug that I don't know about, it should be fixed now in the release I made yesterday: https://pump.saz.im/sazius/note/7Dri4WFlR9evFmtZBKlIfg.

    If that's not the case please give me some more info to help debug it, for example using debug mode: http://pumpa.branchable.com/debug_mode/.

    sazius at 2016-11-06T05:54:21Z

    The crash that was fixes was related to a new version in libtidy, which was incompatible with Pumpa.

    sazius at 2016-11-06T05:55:02Z

  • 2016-10-12T23:22:39Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    trying to click on the "Login" button in pump.io's web interface seems broken for me right now.

    Why use the web interface at all? - because Pumpa can't seem to post stuff after follwing a persons thread.

    pump.io feels unready :'(

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    Ah, I would browse the "new followee"'s timeline.


    I'm unsure if Pumpa has such a feature...

    JanKusanagi @i at 2016-10-12T23:32:13Z

    I could not find any such feature. nor an obvious hint that it is missing for now. a certain feature parity among clients would be really nice. or at least a good overview, like xmpp clients support certain XEPs - or not.

    mray at 2016-10-12T23:37:16Z

    Well, the only thing I can tell you is Dianara supports it.


    You could also like the post you want from the web interface, and then find that post in your Favorites timeline in Pumpa, or any other client of your choice, and proceed to comment from there.

    JanKusanagi @i at 2016-10-12T23:39:45Z

    that is a nice hack. but it also requires me to first use another client :P

    mray at 2016-10-12T23:41:00Z

  • Matrix?

    2016-10-07T19:04:12Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    It is beyond me what matrix is trying to achieve. Even after reading their "FAQ".

    #KCD #standards

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    Also you can bring back the 90s in 2010s federated style. :-D

    http://ring.whatthefuck.computer/

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2016-10-07T19:38:41Z

    Their rationale visavi XMPP is here:
    https://matrix.org/docs/guides/faq.html#what-is-the-difference-between-matrix-and-xmpp

    HTTP-nativeness, identity model, richer mandatory minimum protocol and a model around message history as state, rather than live message passing.

    Sounds like a lot of NIH, but given the results they've had, it seems to make sense. I'm happy that people are trying things, and as they've got this far in less than two years, they seem pretty capable.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2016-10-07T19:57:11Z

    I read about that rationale there but some things speak for themselves.

    1. They don't explain the difference, they just ramble about shortcomings of XMPP -WTF!

    2. they point out that XMPP vs. matrix seems to bring out the worst in people.... irony?

    I wonder if matrix has to offer anything comparable to OMEMO/Signal encryption.

    mray at 2016-10-07T20:30:23Z

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) likes this.

    That's exactly the next thing they're working on.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2016-10-07T21:18:14Z

  • 2016-10-07T07:01:52Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I really enjoy Italo Vignolis talk about Storytelling in FLOSS. Had a good laugh at his encounter with "one paramount idiot" XD

  • 2016-09-25T09:07:56Z via Choqok To: Public

    The recent unavailability of identi.ca made me have a look at gnusocial. My experience of setting up a client "Choqok" to post anything there failed:
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    Choqok throws this at me:

    "Creating the new post failed. The file or folder gnusocial.de does not exist."

    in the settings it still refers to gnusocial.de as status.net server, not "gnusocial". I have no idea what might be the problem.

    mray at 2016-09-25T14:40:05Z

    I'm using Chokoq version 1.5

    mray at 2016-09-25T14:40:43Z

    to see replies i have to click a non-obvious button in the right bottom corner that does not even hint IF there are comments at all.

    mray at 2016-09-25T14:42:07Z

    >> mray:

    “to see replies i have to click a non-obvious button in the right bottom corner that does not even hint IF there are comments at all.”

    Well, Choqok is a microblogging client, so its structure is designed for that, where every post is equally important.


    They're about to release 1.6, which might improve things, but they'd probably welcome your feedback.

    JanKusanagi @i at 2016-09-25T14:50:25Z

  • 2016-09-24T19:36:09Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    was identi.ca down for some time now?

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    apparently yes

    Kyosuke at 2016-09-24T19:48:55Z

  • Inkscape!

    2016-09-20T22:22:55Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    If I don't get a new release soon... I... I want my MONEY BACK!1!!

    ...please?