Replied to Automated Testing for the Indie Web? by Johannes Ernst
(This post is mostly for Indie Web geeks. Feel free to ignore) The problem We spend too much time debugging why things didn’t work as expected Not so much Gen 1 people running their own, custom-developed software, but later-gen people who try to, say, make WordPress work with a previously unseen c...

We had a small session on testing at IndieWebCamp Berlin 2017 –

I also did a bit of automating stuff and hacking on it during the hack day:

Replied to The Preserve of IRL by an author

I have definitely had personal conversations online, as in private and intimate, but I think I have never really had a similar experience as a long and rambling conversation like that sitting on a sofa until 1 in the morning, sharing random thoughts. Or a chat like that experienced on a hike through the woods.

But maybe that is fine! And to be expected. I guess maybe online and offline are just different modalities, maybe not better or worse. I liked your use of the word ‘revery’ – I think online it is hard to recreate a dialogue of fanciful musing, full of pauses, comical stumblings, dead ends, half-baked facts, but ultimately a fun and shared progression towards something. At least for me, online conversation has (thus far at least…) been much more precise, fact-based, rigorous. I possibly learn more, but it is less fun.

Bookmarked DECODE: A technical explainer (DECODE)
DECODE is a fourteen-partner project which aims to understand new types of social value that are generated when people are given the ability to control and share personal data on their terms. It aims to create tools that allow people to flexibly decide who is able to access personal data, and for what purposes


✔️ federation
✔️ renewable energy
✔️ cooperatives

Sounds good to me.. anyone know more about ii?

" is the European federation of renewable energy cooperatives. We are a growing network of 1,250 European energy cooperatives and their 1.000.000 citizens who are active in the energy transition."

I learned all about the latest in gaming graphics, including real-time raytracing, and deep learning co-processors that will predict part of what needs rendering in the next frame, from the guy who cut my hair at the barber’s today. Pretty wild and completely unnecessary stuff. Apparently he’s going to drop £1,500 on a new graphics card. Also this is how I learn about new technology these days.

Had a go at fixing two laptops at today’s Restart Party, with mixed success.

One was a 2010 Macbook Pro with a swollen battery. The battery was pushing against the trackpad which was failing to click. Took the battery out and ran off mains, but still no joy from trackpad. Owner had forgotten the password so then became a bit of a mission resetting password just to get to a login to check the trackpad setting. It looked like one-finger clicking was disabled but then we ran out of time before I could figure out how to navigate to the setting with just the keyboard. A USB mouse would have been a help.

The other was a very recent Acer Chromebook that had been dropped and was supposedly no longer turning on. It turned on fine though. The screen was flickering occasionally but nothing too egregious so I suggested rather than prying the screen off, for which I couldn’t find that much info, but some thing suggested it was glued down, best to keep using it as is and then actually pulling the screen off if it failed completely.

So both laptops went away in usable order, but didn’t really have the satisfaction of a ‘fix’ as such.

Who’s actually behind the Data Transfer Project? According to its homepage it’s Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter. Seems like maybe it’s a noble effort from a few devs from within those orgs, but not actually genuinely supported by any of them at a corporate level.

Because it’s been going since 2017 and with the combined finances and skillsets of these orgs they could have easily figured out data portability, if they really cared.

Replied to Personal and Human by Kicks Condor

Thanks for posting this – I feel like sometimes too my online presence has become something of a link aggregator or a fact exchanger, less of a rambling human conversationalist. Could be that it’s the preserve of IRL? But I totally back trying to bring back revery and musing.

Really good #redecentralize meetup on Thursday.

My personal takeaways were:

– the BBC R&D team are looking into things like decentralisation and personal data stores
– I should start using my Scuttlebutt account
– Holochain sounds like it has its politics in the right place and I’d like to understand it better

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Been busy with a bit of travelling and working on my link directory, but have been reluctant to just post a pointless update such as this one—senselessly notifying everyone. However, aren’t pointless things terrifically human?? It seems that to post a note like this stumps and defies the algorithms and is emblematic of the struggle this blog is making (and its friends) to preserve humanity in hypertext. I think that if I fall into a pattern of just littering the world with tech tutorials and link discoveries (as if it were ‘breaking news’) then I am losing out on the human chance to thank you for reading or talking to me and to say something meandering or listless, which is eminently human and could help to shake your automated daily ‘feeding’ out of the rigor of new tutorials, new news and remind us that we are both typing and flicking cursors around and somehow smiling at each other through it or pondering each other in confused or amused reveries—I think ‘weird twitter’ was able to accomplish this, but I wonder if one can only make technology human by completely subverting it—these reveries are happening, but they are not synchronized and it happens with great distance between us in many dimensions. I enjoy it a great deal, though, and hopefully you do, too.


MASS action (Migrant and Asylum Seeker Solidarity and Action) is a new UK charity that focuses on advocacy and fundraising for grassroots projects in Greece that support migrants and asylum seekers in a way that breaks dependency cycles.


Friday 7 December @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Bookmarked Holochain - the perfect framework for decentralised cooperation at scale - The Open Co-op (The Open Co-op)
Holochain is a new technology project with huge potential for the cooperative economy. Members of The Open Co-op have been promoting the idea that new software could, potentially, revolutionise both our failing democracies and our predatory capitalist economies, since 2004. Back then we weren’t quite so clear on exactly how the required information architecture should …
Replied to Discovery Test #1 by Webmention Rocks!Webmention Rocks!
This post advertises its Webmention endpoint with an HTTP Link header. The URL is relative, so this will also test whether your discovery code properly resolves the relative URL.

We’re acquainted with the wormhole phenomenon, but this… Is a remarkable piece of bio-electronic engineering by which I see much of the EM spectrum ranging from heat and infrared through radio waves, et cetera, and forgive me if I’ve said and listened to this a thousand times. This planet’s interior heat provides an abundance of geothermal energy. We need to neutralize the homing signal…

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