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sparseMatrix

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Amateur Radio Guy (General Class Ticket), Python Programmer, UX implementor, Father, Husband of 25 years, Brewer, Technologist, Home Chef, Linux/Unix Whitebeard, Buddhist, Artist, Maker, Guitarist, Sailor, Generally Pervy Old Bastard.

Champion of Reason, Logic, and Philosophy.
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@Anomander

I've had kbin show me a 500 once or twice, but it was because my ethernet cable had slipped the socket.

I've gotten more complex custom errors of indeterminate type, generally when posting, but typically the error is in error, as the post completes as expected.

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@Anomander

This is the second error I described.

However, I was not trying to tell you what error you experienced, only offering my experience for comparison, or to add to the list of things you're hearing about.

Cheers and Good Luck

sparseMatrix ,
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@realcaseyrollins

I mean, there's a lot of motivation to not do anything with twitter but stay away from it

sparseMatrix ,
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@Roundcat

I mean, I know what you're saying, and I have some weird shit happening too from time to time, but I just got to say I have similar shit happen on reddit.

Unlike reddit, I have hope that this will just get better.

I'll take ducttape and good vibes anytime :)

sparseMatrix , to updates
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How do I make a multipart post in a magazine?

I just tried posting the series of parts to my /mag, they showed up in reverse order in the microblog? WTF?

Please, if there is some advantage to this microblog thing, I'd love to know what is, and also how to make a post in my own magazine that does not feature a link.

'Threads/Microblog/People/Magazines' is where simplicity goes sideways in this webapp. It is not obvious what those things are; the couple of guides I've found don't discuss this focal point of confusion.

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@djidane535

Interesting but not really helpful. I found something in a recent FAQ that says I should add an article instead of a post, but the option to add an article is not on the menu on my instance, as it is in their screenie

Also I'm a mastodon user, and my account there is the focus of my microblogging activity. The user there follows this account, so my posts here, show up there. The short story is, the microblog here is essentially a right pain in my ass.

At least now I know what it is.

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@djidane535

Actually, it took a minute to sink in, but that is very helpful. Thanks for enduring my morning dimness :D

sparseMatrix OP ,
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@Pamasich

@djidane535

It's cool, user @djidane535 dropped some truth on me, and it finally soaked in.

I'll probably end up with some user scripts, or a browser extension, but I'm holding back until I know more about the ecosystem, what's useful, etc.

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So, I've been using mastodon a long time, several years in fact, and I never really understood all the folks complaining that it was too complicated; I mean, it was just always intuitive to me. Now maybe that's because I never really did the tweeter.

What I have done is a lot of reddit, and I gotta say, why the hell is this so complicated? :P

I'm only half kidding.

One thing that should always taken into consideration by software peeps is that when making a 'replacement' like this (dont tell me it's not a replacement for reddit, there's too much signal in the noise of this mag about 'reddit migration'), is that users that are relocating their operations will need extra handholding and assistance.

Unlike a lot of us, these peeps aren't casually learning how to do a new cool thing, they're typically perceiving some real and or imagined (Hey, both can cause a lot of stress and anxiety!), they're fleeing something, and trying to settle into a new, safer place; or so they hope.

I may sound like I'm 'asking for a friend', and I am, but that friend is me :D

Please, we need some kind of FAQ that says 'this is the reddit thing you want to do' and 'here's how to do it on kbin'. We need the next section to say, 'You can do these things on reddit, and not on kbin' and one more section in the FAQ that says 'These are cool things kbin does that reddit doesn't'.

A HUGE ask would be user style sheets to make it look and act more or less like reddit; really, as far as I can tell, there's only really a couple of big differences. Hell, it might suffice if we just had a FAQ that pointed out the substantive differences.

The biggest problem is, y'all just kinda 'sprung' the whole microblog/People/Threads on us; those single word descriptors are really only useful if you're 'in the know' already.

I've been posting off and on at kbin now for several months, hoping I'd eventually just soak it up; but it hasn't happened. I still keep screwing some things up here and there; just yesterday I was off to the races posting about some things, and managed to editorialize a title when I thought I was using post body to introduce the link. It's been sent to the ether, now.

I'm not in desperation about anything. I'm not a 'migrator' or refugee, or any of that. I do have a couple projects on reddit I'd like to bring here, I think this is the future of social media, and I think I will get a higher quality engagement here. I also have some projects already here that I'd like to get supercharged, and I can't really do stuff until I know the ropes..

So yeah, it would be great if the devs would drop some smooth pdfs or single page html or damn just if they'd 'own' a markdown document that could be loaded off any kbin page or something, that would be bad ass.

In the absence of that though (or something like it) what do y'all have out there, in userland?

Thanks for readin' muh screed.

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@readbeanicecream

Great thread y'all ,TYSM.

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@realcaseyrollins

No doubt they'll kill it off as soon as it sees any sort of adoption

lemmy.ml is no longer shadowbanning kbin. ( lemmy.ml )

Apparently one of the lemmy.ml admins was overzealous in banning all User-Agent strings that contained the word "bot". Bans were entered for all of the individual strings containing that word which were observed in their webserver logs, which impacted kbin's reported agent of "kbinBot"....

sparseMatrix ,
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@gentleman

@blightbow

I too tried to flee reddit for lemmy.ml, over a year ago now - and found it to be a far worse clusterfucked shitstorm than reddit ever was, and I mean that ideologically, philosophically, politically, and morally.

I just didn't go back until the current exodus, mainly because I was trying to see if the account still worked, and it had been lost/purged/banned whatever

fuck those guys and the horse they rode in on, then far as I'm concerned, they can ride it back out of here wet.

Might as well federate with facebook.

sparseMatrix , to random
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PRETTY Fucking amazing day of HF Radio today, I gotta say.

sparseMatrix , to linux
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https://www.theregister.com/2023/07/06/two_new_debian_desktops/

For those of us who grew up thinking that UNIX, in some (elusive) form, was the Holy Grail of operating systems, NextSTEP was where we wanted to live, work, and play, as soon as we knew about it.

In a small way, the internet was 'late' for me - most of these kinds of development weren't happening on the internet yet. This, in particular, was a Steve Jobs project, and was spoken of only in whispers and sometimes in a magazine interview. By the time I really knew anything about the technology, it was pretty much reliquary. This applied pretty much to all of the Unix world.

Like all the rest of it, Linux was a bit late getting to me as well, in that sense that I had just began to steel myself to the realization that I had missed the heyday of open architecture, multiuser operating systems, and would be saddled with some kind of M$ Windows for the rest of my life.

Of course, that's all highly subjective, and truth be told, I was just about as ready for Linux at that point as Linux was for me, and a million other screwball wingnuts like me -- our ship, as it were, had just landed, and was recruiting crew.

There are a few things from back then that were worth retaining from the museum depository. Some of those that have perhaps been easiest to keep in play and updated are window managers. Openlook is an oldie but a goodie, and modernized (OpenBox WM), it is more powerful than ever, and running with critical efficiency on the Raspberry Pi, where it makes it possible to use a Pi4x8GB like one might have used a workstation of yesteryear.

Now NextSTEP has been shown the love, and here it is. It should run on the Raspberry Pi as well, and given that the project has a Debian target, I'm willing to bet it will run just fine.

Any takers?

72 73 DE KI5SMN

sparseMatrix OP ,
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Yes I am also @KI5SMN :D

gnuGeek , to random
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I'm sure there is valid reasons for my USB Media mounting under /run/media/username/devicename

rather than something like /media/username/device name

if I was a nooby I wouldn't ever think to look inside /run

sparseMatrix ,
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@gnuGeek

Mine actually does mount on /media/username./device on debian buster (?) whatever the latest one is

atoponce , to random
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What's the oldest distro you've used? What's your story using it?

For me, it was Red Hat Linux 6 in 1999. I purchased it from the software aisle for $40 at Stokes Brothers in Logan, Utah when my wife was going to school.

I booted off the live CD and played around with it a bit. Seeing the installation icon on the desktop, I thought it would install like other software onto my Windows 98 PC.

Of course, it wiped the boot loader and the Windows OS. I learned the value of backups that day.

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@atoponce

Slackware pre version 1, with kernel pre version 1 as well -- it was simply 'Slackware', and the kernel was squeaking close to 1.0

It's been a minute, I may have some detail askance and awry ..

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@atoponce

I had it loaded up on an IBM PS/2 by a guy at the NOC for Texas A&M U at Corpus Christi while the XYL was having a natal checkup on the base (she was in the Coast Guard at the time).

There wasn't room on the disk for most of the distro; I told the guy 'just make it boot and put whatever you can on it'

LOL he didn't say it, but it was in his eyes that he thought I was an idiot. Even so, I learned so much from that damned thing.

I don't know if there was any other distros around at the time, I guess this was around 1994-1995, we hadn't been married a year yet.

sparseMatrix ,
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@Roundcat

Meta is facebook who engaged Cambridge Analytica to purchase our lives.

Not from us, but from them. Facebook literally sold out the world

Facebook nearly destroyed this country for a buck.

Fuck facebook. I don't want to avoid federating because I dont want them around; I want to avoid federating because anything I can do to starve them of every resource for growth that I possibly can is the best thing I can do about facebook.

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@wave_walnut

This is brilliant. You're promoting something here to which you didn't provide a (very visible?) link. I can't find one, anyway. I guess I'll just use my imagination and context to think about what OP might have been posting about.

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@insomniac_lemon

@Bendersmember @gramw @ivanafterall

Thanks so much for this, I've been blundering around for a few days now wondering just what the hell am I doing wrong lmao

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Not just LIKE reddit, BETTER than reddit.

damn right

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