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Hello/Bonjour/Hola 🙂

Rosano here, mesmerized to meet you all.

My home base is Montreal, but I travel often.

I usually say I work at the intersection of music, design, and technology. After making my own iOS apps for almost a decade, I now find myself drawn towards the open web and federated systems. I have experience with the piano, drums, and a little Ableton. I learn languages to meet new people.

Super excited to collide with the particles in this glorious kaleidoscope.✌🏽

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My mom asked for a picture of me and @newman.elle so I sent her this white people stock photo I found.

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When all you can think of is a hammer, every analogy comparing software tools to physical tools looks like a hammer analogy.

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I think it goes to show how immature our field is, when software engineers can work for decades without learning how to make their apps usable by blind or otherwise disabled people. Imagine if architects designed buildings without wheelchair ramps, or if civil engineers designed crosswalks without grooves or curb cuts.

They used to! And it was super dangerous! But now there are regulations forcing the engineers to figure this stuff out. I imagine accessibility will be the same in the future.

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Behold the screen when cancelling your Zendesk account after five years.

Astonishing dark pattern where they force you to upgrade to an expensive 3rd level pricing plan just to export your data.

Going with plain emails from now on.

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I'm sort of obsessed with non-destructive construction aesthetic. No nails, no glues, everything connected with bolts and clamps and joinery, no wire ever laid in a place you wont be able to reach later, nothing permanent, everything renegotiable.

Follow these principles and experimentation will have no material costs.

I don't know how practical it is, but I was raised on Lego and Data and an edict of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and so I do not know if I can live well any other way, I just need it

Purged 4 of my projects from Heroku. Now serving as static sites via

("If you have no solution, the problem is already solved.") — Brazilian saying

First time writing a feature-complete guide for one of my apps - need to do this more often


"Bad faith is the condition of the modern internet, and shitposting is the lingua franca of the online world. And not just online: A troll is president. Trolling won. Perhaps we can agree that these platforms aren't suited to the earnest exchange of big ideas."

Did I read this right? Signal uploads your contacts to their servers after you set a PIN? Possible to opt out of that?

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So Moxie backtracked and says they'll push a fix to make pins optional. Meanwhile if you don't add a pin (which the app still doesn't say will /upload your signal contact list into the signal servers/) you can't get back in to coordinate a platform switch with your secure contacts. Unless you were already using the desktop app which isn't pin locked, or somehow manage to downgrade the phone app.

Suddenly being held data-hostage -- turn over this data or you can't talk to the people, not even to arrange a different means of contact -- without any forewarning is unacceptable and a perfect example of why centralized infrastructure and single-client rather than interoperable systems are a major failure.

Type :grin: inline the post body and find 😁.

I recently disabled my emoji keyboard and would like to integrate this behaviour into apps. Superior UX.

Abstract Wikipedia, writing articles with blocks of Wikidata so that they can be translated into multiple languages

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there's been quite a bit of research on the cognitive/health benefits of multilingualism, but I think the framing tends to be backwards. multilingualism isn't a bonus, but the default (historically, anthropologically, biologically). our species developed multilingual, and still is everywhere not too damaged by colonial steamrollers. monolingualism is a v recent development, an emergent artifact of a capitalist+racist society.

so we should be talking about the cognitive damage of monolingualism.

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One of my favourites. Electronic vibes. Explosive rhythm. Live.

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KNOWER living room power set 2020

Releasing a flashcards app inspired by Anki – hear with text-to-speech, record audio, cross-device sync with my beloved backend @remotestorage, works offline and on mobile. Allons-y!

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Linux and open source are very important but not being murdered by fascists is a bit more important

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From the German analog of The Onion:

"Based on the number and equipment of the military present on site, an estimated oil reserve of at least 400 million barrels can be assumed"

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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.