Right, here's the plan:

A big problem with FediTips is that the same tips get repeated quite often because not everyone saw them the first time.

Then, if people half-remember a tip they saw on here, or if they want to find out more about a topic, there's no easy way for them to look it up later.

So, I'm going to change the format of this account to be based around a web page:

growyourown.services/an-unoffi

(It forms part of a site I run at growyourown.services to encourage non-technical people to host their own online services.)

I'll gradually add sections to the page covering tips from the past year, and will post updates about it on FediTips as I do so.

Any new tips featured on FediTips will also be added to the page. That way, there's always somewhere people can go to to easily catch up on tips they missed.

Any thoughts on this as a plan? Honest feedback appreciated! :blobcat:

For those wondering what the end-goal was for my DIY battery pack, wonder no longer!

I've put it together with various other parts—mostly used or reclaimed—to create a little portable solar battery system.

In fact, I've been using it to keep all my personal electronics charged—phone, laptop, headphones, e-reader, watch—and logging all the power generation and usage for analysis.

#greenenergy #diy #recycle

DataRequests.org / Datenanfragen.de is a German non-profit organisation which is promoting people's right to privacy, and making people more aware of their privacy rights. You can follow at:

➡️ @datarequestsorg (main account in English)

➡️ @datenanfragende (main account in German)

➡️ @dev_at_datarequestsORG (behind the scenes technical account)

They have official websites at datarequests.org (in English) and datenanfragen.de (in German).

#Privacy #NGOs #Activism #Data #Deutsch

Nextcloud cares about privacy and data sovereignty. Who owns and controls our documents, photos, chat logs and calendar items matters, and we think it should be you!

Check the easy migration options from insecure and privacy-unfriendly platforms here:

nextcloud.com/blog/easy-migrat

In a government report about options for digital collaboration platform technologies for the public sector, the Swedish government put Nextcloud GmbH front and center as the key solution in this space!

The report is now available in English version too!
nextcloud.com/blog/swedish-gov

Sustainability in Software Practices Survey
https://glasgow-research.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/sustainability-in-software-practices-survey

> An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Glasgow is running a short survey seeking the views of software practitioners on how sustainability considerations influence their day-to-day practice.
>
> The development of societies and economies that are sustainable is now an urgent priority, recognised by both individual governments and multi-national organisations. Many organisations are beginning to implement measures in response. However, sustainability can be understood in different ways by different stakeholders from different perspectives. The aim of this study is to understand how software practitioners understand and respond to sustainability challenges in their professional lives.

If you have an independently hosted WordPress blog, you can turn it into a Fediverse server by installing the WordPress ActivityPub plugin. This means people can follow your blog from Mastodon etc.

Here's how to do it:

1. Go to your WordPress dashboard's Plugins section, click "add new" and search for "ActivityPub" . Click "install now" on the plugin, and when it has finished installing, click "activate".

2. On the WordPress dashboard, go to the "Users" section. Click on your username and scroll to the bottom to find your Fediverse address. Share this address with whoever wants to follow your blog on Mastodon etc.

3. To alter the plugin's settings, on your WordPress dashboard go to Settings > ActivityPub

If you want to switch off or remove the plugin, go to "plugins", then "deactivate" or "delete".

NOTE: This plugin only works with independently hosted WordPress sites. It doesn't work with free accounts on WordPress.com.

#FediTips #Fediverse #ActivityPub #WordPress

@Syberia @furgar Before there was Windows 95, there was OS/2... I have very fond memories of running OS/2 though it was an epic number of floppy disks.

The recording of my talk for @OffTheChainCon@twitter.com is online now.

"How to Stop the Hacks: Airgaps, HSMs, and Supply Chain Integrity"

youtube.com/watch?v=RKNPyDGWIr

If you're posting website links anywhere on Mastodon, including in messages or on your profile, remember to include https:// at the start.

If you don't include https://, the link will not be clickable.

#MastoTIps #Mastodon #FediTips

If anyone who follows this account enjoys #chiptune music—music made with the programmable sound generators from old videogame and computer hardware—and the modification of that type of hardware, you should definitely follow my music account: @jefftheworld!

👾🎶

A reminder that Mastodon and the Fediverse do NOT use cryptocurrency, blockchains, NFTs, tokens, coins, mining, web3 or anything like that.

Masto and the Fedi run on traditional servers and use a sustainable network federation model somewhat similar to e-mail (that's why Fediverse addresses look similar to e-mail addresses).

Also a reminder there are no venture capital firms or other investors either. No one owns the network, each server is independent. Masto and Fedi server running costs are paid by their owners, sometimes with donations from users.

No one is getting rich from the Fediverse, it is all volunteers with some getting donations and a few getting modest grants from foundations. Please remember this when you interact with admins or developers.

(There might be some individual users who post about cryptocurrency/blockchain, but the infrastructure this place runs on doesn't use it at all.)

Tl:dr - Decentralisation does NOT mean cryptocurrency/blockchain

#Fediverse

Hello world...this is an experimental account for LWN.net, soon to be a home for article notifications and more, we we get it all figured out. #introductions

Are you using Mastodon through a computer?

Do you wish there was a multi-column TweetDeck-style interface?

There is! It's called the "advanced web interface" and you can activate it any time you want. It lets you add many specialised columns, subscribe to hashtags and all kinds of stuff suited to large wide displays.

Log into the website, go to Preferences > Enable Advanced Web Interface, tick the box and click "Save Changes".

(To restore the default single column interface, do the same thing but untick the box instead.)

This used to be the default interface on Mastodon, and very old articles about the platform will have screenshots of the multicolumn interface.

#MastoTips #Mastodon #TweetDeck #FediTips #Interface

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This is my personal mastodon instance. It intends to host my personal account and maybe a few others.