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Really, really, REALLY impressed by DigitalOcean's VM droplets. Wow.

It's like Azure and AWS were designed by businesspeople, and DigitalOcean's droplets were designed by people who actually build VMs.

...posting from a new server.

Test test test. Test test.

Just bought my first thingamajigs on adafruit. Can't wait to start coding blinking lights and little LCD screens.

With the spat of ransomware attacks going on, I thought it was a good time to finally finish that "dropbox"-style backup system for my home server (where backups can be written to it, but not modified or deleted after that point). Works great now.

Ancient Greece Mention 

Greece, c 400BC:

"WHY are we still talking about whether or not the Earth is flat, and that it's possible to sail off the end of it??!? Come on people, Eratosthenes proved HUNDREDS of years ago that the Earth is round! Educate yourself."

1 year ago: I tell other members on my team to stop putting cleartext passwords in code, even if they "intend on removing them later." Nobody listens to me (I am not a manager and have no actual authority, so I'm not surprised).

Today: the compliance/audit team has finally found this and flagged it as a major issue, and it's currently causing a huge stink.

I don't dislike my current manager at $WORK.

But, it needs to be said, when they're on vacation, my productivity goes up by 200%.

Should I upgrade to Mastodon v2.8.0?

TIL: you can install the new Edge (Chromium) without administrator rights on a Windows machine. Nice.

Basically, that means if you're in a Microsoft shop being forced to use IE/Edge, you can install this and perhaps get a little relief.

Reanimated corpse has been feeling down, goes to the doctor.

Doctor says "This is outside my area of expertise, you should go see Frankenstein."

"But Doctor," says the reanimated corpse, "I AM Frankenstein!"

"I meant /Doctor/ Frankenstein" the Doctor says. "I thought that was implied."

From that old article:

'The mission statement from the largest protest group, "Students Against Facebook Newsfeed," read, in part: "Very few of us want everyone automatically knowing what we update. We want to feel just a LITTLE bit of privacy, even if it is facebook. News Feed is just too creepy, too stalker-esque, and a feature that has to go."'

This, from 2006.

adage.com/article/digital/face

An old article from Adage detailing the date on which Facebook went from a "federated"-ish model of college-based communities (kinda like mastodon instances, just under the same domain), to an open registration model.

Date: Sep 11, 2006.

*in one-on-one meeting with manager*

Them: So, rank your fellow devs from 1-5

*ha ha, not doing that*

Me: Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, I really don't know them enough to rank them in such a fashion.

*proceeds to list individual strengths of fellow coworkers one by one*

reference to Mortal Engines, a terrible movie from 2018 

I enjoyed this movie for the new term "Municipal Darwinism." Other than that, it was rubbish.

flashing strobing lights, colors, and gratuitous amounts of soap

So, 3-4 years after Apple Pay comes out, which is supposed to be the new, cool way to pay for things because Credit Cards are old and busted and can be tracked, and what does Apple come out with?

...an Apple-branded Credit Card. :\

Big thanks to @nolan for reducing the webpack compile time of Mastodon from 6 minutes to less than 1 minute. Turns out it was the zopfli compression plugin #mastodev

When you're trying to bond with a feral stray cat and one day they actually let you pet them

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