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I made my first firefox extension!

It adds a handy button to your toolbar for surfing sites on the webring.

You can install it from here:

and you can read the source here:

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@cblgh In the late 1990s investors were pouring venture capital into any web-related company they could find. The idea was that the web was going to be the new shopping mall and that out of the many startups a small number would become what at the time was called "the next Walmart".

Many business models were tried, but by 2000 it had become obvious that "people will not pay for web content", even if companies provided enticements and loss-leaders. It was that realization among investors which, in my opinion, precipitated the crash.

Of course they didn't mean that people would not pay. What they really meant was that people would not pay *enough* for any investor to become really rich out of it, and that micropayment attempts were insufficiently profitable with the technology and legal environment at the time.

There then followed a bust period where there was general despond about the web. Many useful websites suddenly closed with no prior warning. It was not until Google discovered "behavioral surplus" in 2004 that the fortunes of the web began to change, bringing us eventually to the problems we have now.

The Toronto Public Library did a workshop on livecoding ORCA and Pilot last night and posted the video online.

If anyone wants to follow along:

(requires signup)

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Say hello to Co-op Cloud. It’s a system designed for small libre hosting providers based upon docker swarm.

Find out more:

We also have a public matrix room at

#FOSS #libre #hosting #coopcloud

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germany people: my dear egyptian friend who was in leipzig is apparently now in a refugee camp, if you know anyone that can contribute to this campaign or help in other ways please share

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When asked about fears of automation in 1969, Arthur C. Clarke famously said that we shouldn't worry about automation: "the goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play." I have never seen his answer quoted in full.

@ry @glyph @rra @pfx @HackWan @shapr @gueorgui thanks for all the suggestions! I ended up going to a repair guy at the end who took out the misbehaving screws for me with a regular philips screwdriver 😅 I guess I just need to improve my screwdriver technique

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I'm trying to disassemble my x230 and can't unscrew this final screw that's holding the motherboard in place.

Is there any reasonable method with which I could still unscrew this, or should I just give up and reassemble the laptop?

Splurged on a fancy desk chair with lumbar support yesterday. My back is already thanking me for it.

If I had been using this as a teen I would barely have any posture problems right now...

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can folks recommend some good upbeat albums

and meanwhile I was worried about merveilles crossing the 500+ users mark...

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Blows my mind that there are instances out there with 5000-15000 users. That is way too big for an instance imo. Local timeline must be chaos


Feeling traumatised and angry after watching "The Dissident", a documentary about the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi regime.

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Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.