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mycroft

@mycroft@paws.town

Tabletop gamer, animation fan, part time lagomorph, planeswalker, gayish, leftyleftish. Formerly of meow.social and vulpine.club

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BalooUriza, to random

Why is it in quotes?

#Capitalism #Slavery #Chocolate

mycroft,
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@BalooUriza one of the suppliers from my workplace somehow has on their About page on their website a statement that they no longer use slave labor

that's... better I guess?

mycroft, to random
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Question for ADHD or adjacent folk: do you try to purposely queue up extra things to get into based on a subject you like, with the mindset if you do nothing with it it's ok, but it's a good fuel stockpile for when you get into hyperfocus mode, so you're not stuck with a Special Interest and desperately trying to find something to apply it to so you don't feel awful for burning fumes?

mycroft, to random
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oh hey if you want a quick positive boost, and you wear glasses, try this:

clean your glasses

like with good soap and running water and soft paper towel dry

suddenly the real world looks so good

mycroft, to random
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Sharpen up your ERP skills, Cyber Monday is just over a week away!

NanoRaptor, to random
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That time again - do you have any data stored on your devices that's important to you? Do you have it backed up? Multiple times? Regularly? Have you checked that your backups are actually happening? Have you checked that you can restore from them?

Brought to you as usual by I-lost-everything-once-and-never-again.

mycroft,
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@NanoRaptor Also with the web aging, it's good to double-check if you rely on them, any large downloads "that will always be available, no need to store a local copy, I'll grab it conveniently whenever I need it" are drying up.

I recently ran into a utility that I liked an older version of seemingly Gone Forever because the author didn't want older versions laying around, for specific Reasons.

TechConnectify, to random
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It's not like I didn't know full well that it was gonna happen, but boy howdy is saying any nice thing about Large Internet Company on Mastodon quite the exercise.

I'm just another noodle on the internet - what do I know?

But perhaps if any mention of a mainstream anything invites You're Doing it Wrong and you Should Feel Bad About Your Opinions as responses by default... maybe this place isn't so fun.

mycroft,
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@TechConnectify A couple things you're probably aware of but on the off chance that an outside perspective is useful:

This is a platform where anyone can have their say in an open way. That's both good and bad, as it needs a more hands-on approach to moderate your experience. I don't know the moderator team on your server, but I can assume it's a fairly large server and they might have their hands too full to spot moderate without reports. I hope if anything gets too out of hand you're willing to use the Report system to let your local mods know if you're getting harassed. And I hope your mods are willing to investigate and moderate on your behalf to protect not only you but other users.

Also, you're a relatively big fish in a small pond. Historically, the fediverse has not done well with celebrity. I was there to see the Will Wheaton debacle, and I suspect was there to see the Final Straw live. A lot of things went into it that get missed, many things went south in a perfect storm. There's this really horrible thing that people have been trained to do where the more famous a person is, the more it's socially acceptable to not treat them as a person. I'm sorry that has to happen to you.

I don't understand why a lot of people take a personal opinion like "I like / don't like (thing)" and somehow transform that into the opinion-haver saying "I demand that (thing) is universally good/evil and that everyone should have forced/denied access to it!" Okay, you've seen youtube comments, you know what I mean.

I enjoy your videos, and I support most nuanced informed opinions on things.

mycroft,
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@TechConnectify Oh it is definitely a blessing and a curse.

It's definitely polite to consider others' opinions, but if you're just posting to your own feed, being reasonable, and following the rules of your server, you shouldn't get flak for it. I personally have no qualms blocking anyone who starts an argument on the wrong foot, and reporting them if they step too far out of line. There are a lot of outright bad actors and servers full of bad actors.

As long as you're doing things for personal reasons and don't become a lightning rod for moderation on your server, I wish you could use all the tools at your disposal to curate a good experience for yourself.

mikedoise, to random
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Hey everyone. What is your opinion of Cloudflare? I've been using it for a few weeks now with my websites, and I'm thinking of using them as a registrar for my domains. What are your thoughts on their services?

mycroft,
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@mikedoise I can't speak on technical merits, but I know it's criticized in marginalized circles for its willingness to platform and protect bigots and hate groups, with the few noticeable exceptions done with extreme reluctance and often immediate regret. They'll proudly host anything that's not illegal, saying it's not their fault governments haven't regulated hate speech, and its role in doxing, swatting, and other methods to place marginalized groups in direct harm.

RickiTarr, to random
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What is the best piece of advice you ever got?

mycroft, (edited )
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@RickiTarr What I consider my best piece of advice is:

"Helping without permission is not helping."

Most of the time other people can recognize and state their needs and desires clearly without resorting to guesswork, or even worse, selfishly ignoring them.

dasharez0ne, to random
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I WANT TOO GO BACK - HTTPS://DASHARE.ZONE ADMIN

mycroft,
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@dasharez0ne I remember when hobby computers were playmates that brought joy, not stressed coworkers who were unpleasant and snitched to the boss

djlink, to random
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recorded a Windows 95 full disk defrag to soothe your timeline.

video/mp4

mycroft,
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@djlink thank you

rolle, (edited ) to bluesky
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For all the people who say ”I had to select a server, it was so complicated to sign up to Mastodon. On Bluesky it was easy” - how are these two different logic-wise? I mean what the hell?

mycroft,
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@rolle they look equivalent but on fedi you don't find out until later that a lot of servers block or limit m.s because of its lack of moderation, so you can't find some people, and once you learn, you're encouraged to abandon the account you just created and go 'somewhere else'

dasharez0ne, to random
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SO WHAT - HTTPS://DASHARE.ZONE ADMIN

mycroft,
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@dasharez0ne re alt text, my buffalo chicken macaroni and cheese tastes better as microwaved leftovers the next day than it does right out of the oven if I make it right there, so I've cheated it by mixing it all up in the baking pan the day before so it can marinate, and then tastes better baked; but then that makes it taste even betterer microwaved the day after that

anyway yeah shout-out to the fine folks who have taken time out of their day to painstakingly explain in detail why the name of Don Quixote's horse is funny

TechConnectify, to random
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I have been working an unhealthy amount the last two weeks on what I believe is my most complex video yet. It's a video I've been wanting to make for years about a subject I've always loved.

It's finally finished, rendered, and uploading now. Coming to a screen near you soon!

mycroft,
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@TechConnectify Ooo, is it about the decimalization of currency? Splitting things into fourths? Whatever this incredibly cryptic image could possibly reference (I am joking), I'm looking forward to watching.

noelreports, to random Dutch
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Honest question. How alive is Mastodon?

mycroft,
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@noelreports that is an incredibly subjective question, even if you follow it up with a lot of clarifying qualifiers

Speaking for myself I'm happy with my use of it as prime or exclusive social media outlet. I've made plenty of friends, found other accounts to follow, and made many more acquaintances via the federated timeline who I don't follow but still like seeing posts and occasionally interact with.

I do not use it as a primary or secondary way to get news, and I do not want to inflate my follower or followed count. I do not use it the same way I believe a lot of twitter or facebook users use their platform.

I believe many have rejected it as a platform suited to themselves because it has failed to achieve critical mass and use the network effect in order to become a dominant platform, especially not the primary de-facto standard for a twitter replacement. I understand and do not begrudge them, for I am happy it is not.

Sorry I cannot provide an objective answer, but maybe my biased personal perspective may help if you receive enough others.

dgar, to random
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Thanks to everyone who explained “plethora” to me.

It means a lot.

mycroft,
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@dgar There's pros and cons to knowing what a claymore is. It's a double-edged sword.

dasharez0ne, to random
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WHO CARE'S - HTTPS://DASHARE.ZONE ADMIN

mycroft,
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@dasharez0ne it was just over 200 years ago that the planets Ceres, Pallas, Juno, and Vespa were discovered and nobody talks about them anymore

mycroft, to retrocomputing
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Something I don't think I've seen talked about too much, but then again I'm not too into the #RetroComputing scene.

If you've ever looked into PC video game demos or shareware around the EGA/VGA era, and wondered why a lot of the original distribution files were split up into multiple zip files, I can put forward a guess.

The biggest I've seen these is around 1mb. You might think that's to make it easier to transfer to a floppy disk, which were 1.2 or 1.4mb standard at the time. That might have something to do with it, maybe other sizes too, but I think the real reason was download sizes.

Shareware's big distribution was through electronic bulletin board systems, or BBSs. These were mostly hobbyist services, with a nerd running it on a spare computer for the fun of it and the benefit of the community. Since it often wasn't making money, maybe squeaking by with donations, they often limited users to about an hour of connection time each day.

At 2400 baud, a common modem speed at the time, it would take about an hour to download a megabyte. So if you wanted to try this new Wolfenstein 3D demo your friends were talking about, you had to spend your allocated hour the first day getting the first part. Then wait until tomorrow to get the second part. Then finally download the rest the third day.

Modem speeds increased, letting you get multiple chunks at a time, but the split files let you get them at your own pace and priority. At the time when you set to download something, that was all you could do, the entire computer and connection was dedicated to transferring the file. There were some exceptions, but they were quite uncommon.

So even if you had a fancy 14.4 kbps modem, some time was tied up downloading, and you might want to save some of your time for doing your daily Forest Fights in Legend of the Red Dragon.

That's my completely unresearched guess, anyway.

dasharez0ne, to random
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THINK ABOUT IT - HTTPS://DASHARE.ZONE ADMIN

mycroft,
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@dasharez0ne Nessie has never given the office Hawaiian Shirt Day instead of raises

TechConnectify, to random
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Need 240V for a test?

This'll work.

(Note: do not do this)

mycroft,
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@TechConnectify at least it's insulated, unlike the welded bent coat hangers I've seen used on There I Fixed It

yakkoj, to random
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If I ever absolutely have to get one of those wireless APs with the 8 antennas, I'm making the SSID be "SPIDER_He_Is_Our_Hero"

mycroft,
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@yakkoj I'd probably go with some kind of Starcraft "You must construct additional pylons" reference.

Luckily my wireless needs are within single-digit feet of my AP, and I'm using something that's 20 years old or so, and blocked off from my main network to be internet-access-only.

mycroft, to random
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why why why do so many things like movies and many TV shows have terrible audio mixing where music and effects are extremely loud and dialog is extremely quiet

I swear it's almost classist on purpose for those with houses and a middle finger to people in apartments

mycroft, to random
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as the holiday becomes more and more commercialized, let's not forget the noble sacrifice and the true meaning of Prime Day

grammargirl, to random
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I love this 16th century term for being depressed or in low spirits: "mubble fubbles."

The OED says the use was chiefly "in one's mubble fubbles," as in "Mignon is in her mubble fubbles."

Obviously, we should bring back this word. It's so much fun that just saying it could help rescue people from their mubble fubbles!

What other words should we bring back?

mycroft,
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@grammargirl I wouldn't be twifald about recommending this video of a short selection of 13th century words. If you're not ibobbed by it, I hope it'll leave you quert.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wd08CqED0w

TechConnectify, to random
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Update on the little red fridge:

Firstly, I cannot believe the video did that well. Hour-long videos definitely aren't gonna be the new norm for me, but let that be a lesson to those afraid of making long videos.

I intend on making a Connextras follow-up to go over the results of my new sensor placement (which look promising) and address a number of questions/concerns that kept coming up and I didn't think to answer. Such as...

mycroft,
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@TechConnectify re: battery heat

I'd half expected you to wire up a fan from the light source, but then that would've entailed disabling the door sensor, and then when I saw you just hooked it up to a battery I thought, "Wow, that's way easier and such a non-invasive temporary testing solution!"

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