None of these complaints is inherent to the structure or functionality of Twitter…

Picking up on this again briefly:

None of these complaints is inherent to the structure or functionality of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc. They’re deliberate UI design choices to optimize for the company’s targets. A third party client could bypass it all (which of course is why they don’t allow those).

Similarly, Mastodon and Pixelfed and so on *could* implement UI like this, but they don’t. The project goals aren’t engagement at all costs. And each instance can have its own goals.

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Someone could add an ATTENTION-GRABBING EXPERIENCE on top of the Mastodon or Pixelfed code.

And those of us connecting with different software wouldn’t be affected.

Or they could write an app that adds it! Though I’m not sure many people would consider that an improved experience.

Then again, people do use Yahoo mail. 🤷‍♂️

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IMO there are two sensible ways to handle granular push #notification preferences:1. Use the system’s …

IMO there are two sensible ways to handle granular push #notification preferences:

1. Use the system’s per-app settings for all of it. (Tusky does this, even putting your per-account preferences in the system UI)
2. Use the app’s settings for all of it, and let the system just be an on/off toggle for what you’ve chosen in the app (like it was before the system had UI for it)

#ui #usability

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And while I’m griping about Instagram, why the heck are the detailed notification preferences split …

And while I’m griping about Instagram, why the heck are the detailed notification preferences split between the app and the system notification UI?

That’s terrible design.

Well, if it’s intended for usability, anyway.

If your goal is to make people see more notifications, though… 🙄

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One of the things I like about Mastodon vs commercial social networks is that it …

One of the things I like about Mastodon vs commercial social networks is that it doesn’t TRY TO GET MY ATTENTION every time I open the page or app and offer ALL THESE THINGS I SHOULD BE LOOKING AT that might be relevant to what it thinks my interests are, to make sure I stay online and don’t stay away again for sooooo long! (Even if it’s only been a few days.)

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Seriously, I opened Instagram for the first time in a month or so and I was bombarded with more ads and recommendations than photos from people I was actually following.

I opened an alt profile in Twitter yesterday to post something off the cuff, and all the trending topics, pushing new features, etc were like walking onto the Las Vegas Strip when all you want is a sandwich.

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Never mind the normal “you haven’t logged onto Twitter in a few hours, here’s all the stuff you missed, and look, people are posting new stuff while you’re catching up, you’d better keep scrolling!” Compared to Mastodon just showing you the latest that you’re actually following. And if you want to fill in what you missed, that’s *up to you*

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Covid, school related

Second day in a row we’ve gotten a notice of covid exposure in the kid’s classroom. One more case and it’s technically an outbreak.

Mask-optional when cases were low and flat was one thing, but they’ve been climbing for weeks. And that’s not including however many at-home tests don’t get reported.

The classroom is now mask-required for the next 10 days, which means the rest of the school year.

Fortunately the kid’s been wearing N95s since before the first exposure.

Going to put a damper on end-of year parties, even if it stops here.

Looked up the county regs for what to do after a third case. Wonderfully vague: “If a DPH outbreak investigation is activated, a public health investigator will contact the school to coordinate the outbreak investigation.”

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Subdomains vs Subdirectories & Indieweb Split

In response to girrodocus’s question: #PersonalWebsite creators… what’s your rationale for deciding when to use a subdomain or a subdirectory?

I usually prefer to put sections in subdirectories. That makes it possible to make the entire site portable (depending on authoring tools, anyway). Ideally, I want something that could be zipped up and moved. Or sent to Archive Team. (One of the downsides of dynamic site generators.)

When I use subdomains, it’s typically because I want some sort of isolation between the content, or the server apps, etc. But in those cases I’m as likely to use another domain entirely.

I put my main blog in a subdomain, but if I set up my own git repository or something like that, I’d probably put it in a subdomain.

That said, I’m currently trying to sort out what I want to keep at the domain I’ve had for the last 20 years and what to move to my Indieweb identity site. But that’s a whole different conversation.

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Replying to their interest in how I’m sorting:

It took 4 or 5 years from me discovering #IndieWeb to actually building support into my website(s), because hyperborea.org, named after a fictional place, felt like a digital *home*, but not an *identity*. So I set up kvibber.com as my digital identity instead.

I’ve been considering several approaches:
* New stuff on kvibber, leave old stuff where it is
* Professional stuff on kvibber, fun stuff on hyperborea
* Original work on kvibber, fandom stuff on hyperborea

I might move my scenic & nature photos over to kvibber.com but leave the funny & comic-con photos on hyperborea.org, or move my tech articles over but leave the personal posts.

I’m also planning to put together a light microblog, probably on kvibber, to be the canonical location for short posts on Mastodon/Twitter/etc that I want to keep, but don’t feel big enough for a full blog entry. That’ll probably go on kvibber, even though it’ll blur the pro/fun & original/fan distinctions.

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Put Folding@Home on my desktop. It’s using too much power. Can I put it on my Raspberry Pi?…

  1. Put Folding@Home on my desktop.
  2. It’s using too much power.
  3. Can I put it on my #RaspberryPi 3B?
  4. The software is 64-bit. The OS on there right now is 32-bit.
  5. Specs show the 3B has a 64-bit processor.
  6. /proc/cpuinfo shows it has a 32-bit processor.
  7. Specs show it should have BCM2837
  8. /proc/cpuinfo shows it has BCM2835
  9. Magnifying glass shows BCM2837 stamped on the chip.

WTF?

Turns out all Pi chips appear as 2835 in the kernel?!?!?

https://forums.raspberrypi.com/viewtopic.php?t=188544

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Overstuffed websites

I’m not ready to give up on the flexibility of WordPress for my main blog yet, but holy crap are those pages heavy. Even with compression. There’s no reason it should take 450K (before compression) and 20 requests to display a 500-word post.

And I don’t even do ads, popups, social sharing buttons or anything else like that.

By contrast, my Les Mis blog, where I post about once a year, is currently generated by Eleventy using a custom minimal theme that only takes around 10K of HTML, 3K CSS, and a third request for the icon. And another 40K for the header font, which I recently set up locally so it no longer has to call out to Google Fonts.

One domain, just 4 requests, and only 50K for the first hit and 10K for each subsequent page.

Compression cuts down on those 500K WP pages – all the text and code compresses really well so only around 200K bandwidth is needed. But it’s still got multiple JS and CSS requests going on.

I was able to cut it down significantly by switching to a lighter theme and turning on the minimize/combine feature in WP-Optimize so it’s making fewer script calls. But it’s still way bigger than the minimalist setup I have with 11ty

Some of it is images, though. I still have my latest Flickr posts in the sidebar, and I’m using Jetpack’s related posts feature which includes thumbnails. I could cut out a big chunk by removing those, but I kind of still like the idea of having them in there.

I think I need to take a look at how much extra stuff I really want on that site and rip some of it out. Eventually I’d like to replace all the JetPack features because they just seem to keep adding more scripts. Plus I want an entirely local stats package instead of one that’s offloaded to a third party even if they’re less awful than, say, Google or Facebook

Otoh, I want to keep Gravatar on the comments sections (on the older posts where people actually commented) because that’s actually useful to readers as an aid for following a conversation better. But that’s all on top of the base page size

Anyway, I should shut up about this and go to bed

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In reply to FiXato remarking that the Gemini version is likely even smaller:

It is! Not only does it not need the font, but instead of minimal layout and style, there’s *no* layout or style! Or even metadata!

Finally made it out to the botanical gardens up in the hills for a hike.

Finally made it out to the botanical gardens up in the hills for a hike. They’ve actually stayed open this whole time by requiring reservations to limit the number of people on the grounds at a time. (Also face masks, distancing, and closing off benches and some sections.)

Ironically there were more people there than I usually see. The limits must be against an increased demand due to the fact that they were actually open!

#nature #signs #bench #trail #closed #hiking #mask #photo

Closed due to Covid-19.

Bench (and caution tape).

Shady amphitheater.

Discarded mask on the trail.

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covid closures & beaches

The beach is closed now, along with the bike path and the sidewalk I was standing on. ALL of Los Angeles County’s beaches are closed.

Neighboring Ventura County just re-opened some of theirs with distancing rules in place, and while Orange County has resisted closing their beaches, they had so many people show up at the coast this weekend that some cities are thinking about closing them after all. (Well, maybe only on weekends when non-locals might show up. 🙄 )

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Thinking back to the last “normal” weekend in southern California

Thinking back to the last “normal” weekend in southern California before it became clear that covid-19 was spreading locally & closures started.

After a busy Saturday & Sunday morning, I went out for a calming photo walk at the beach.

Not many people were there. I’m not sure if it was just not warm enough yet, or people were starting to keep their distance already, or if they were just all at the other end where there was a kite festival.

#photo #beach #SocialDistancing #california

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covid-adjacent/fitness trackers

Was thinking about how my step count is waaaaay down just from staying home, but I’m still wearing the tracker for heart rate. Wondered what else it might be able to infer & went looking…

Turns out some newer fitness trackers can measure oxygen saturation.
How your Apple, WearOS, and Fitbit smartwatch can help track your coronavirus symptoms

Imagine hooking that up to an alert for someone who’s been treating at home to catch worsening symptoms early

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Covid19/events

Back in my college theater days, I remember one of the teachers remarking that what sets theater apart from other types of events is the audience. A sporting event with no one watching still counts for the rankings and records. A play without an audience might as well be a dress rehearsal.

Well, sporting events are being scheduled without fans…and my old college just announced that this quarter’s performances will be done without audiences.

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Though I guess they do still count for class credit

A bright sundog next to a glass-sided building

A bright #sundog next to a glass-sided building. The sun is off to the left out of frame. The sundog had a bit more color and more of the spectrum in it as seen through my polarized sunglasses, so I kind of wish I'd taken a shot through one of the lenses, but at least you can see how bright it was. I haven't adjusted the color on this image at all - except for cropping, it's straight out of my phone. #sky #halo

A bright #sundog next to a glass-sided building. The sun is off to the left out of frame. The sundog had a bit more color and more of the spectrum in it as seen through my polarized sunglasses, so I kind of wish I'd taken a shot through one of the lenses, but at least you can see how bright it was.

I haven't adjusted the color on this image at all – except for cropping, it's straight out of my phone.

#sky #halo

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