In-reply-to » #QOTD : If you could redesign a fundamental internet protocol from scratch, which one would you choose and how would you improve it?

@mckinley@twtxt.net Oh well in that case, I’d redesign the IRC protocol to be more like a combination of what Signal is today but with SMTP like capabilities. A bit like what we’ve been trying to do with Salty IM – So-called “federated” instant messaging, with group support and fully e2e encrypted.

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In-reply-to » One of the super frustrating things about this: I have to write lots of documents, but I am required to use horrendous software to do that. It cannot even number sections automatically, nor can you insert cross-references to other sections. Simple stuff like that. It all has to be done manually.

I spent some more time with StarOffice 3.1 and it is indeed a bit clunky (of course it is, it’s from 1996). For example, a table of contents does not update automatically – you have to delete it and re-insert it. Sometimes it has graphical glitches. Font rendering isn’t too great.

And yet, I wish we would use this instead of $the_other_thing at work. It’s much faster (on my Pentium 133!) and more featureful. 🫤 (Or, you know, StarOffice’s modern descendant: LibreOffice.)

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In-reply-to » One thing I’ve learned from locking down my Android phone (see #pknsrda):

Okay, GPS performance has degraded a lot over the last few days.

  • Time to first fix is a couple of minutes now, instead of 5-30 seconds.
  • Accuracy is reduced greatly, probably because the phone can one lock on to about 6-12 satellites, this used to be around 30 satellites.

In theory and under good conditions, you need 4 satellites to get a fix. But in reality, there are rarely “good conditions”, there are always buildings, hills, or trees nearby, so you need as many satellites as you can possibly get.

It’s not completely useless (yet), but it’s not great. I think I’m gonna lift some firewall restrictions. 🫤

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In-reply-to » #QOTD : If you could redesign a fundamental internet protocol from scratch, which one would you choose and how would you improve it?

@mckinley@twtxt.net Define “fundamental internet protocol”? Do you mean fundamental things that make the Internet work like IP, TCP, DNS, various routing protocols like BGP, OSPF, etc? Or things more like application protocols like IRC, HTTP, etc?

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In-reply-to » Anyone got a link to a robots.txt that “blocks” all the “AI” stuff?

… or maybe I should do this based on allowlisting rather than blocklisting. 🤔 Only allow a couple of bots that I think are fine …

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In-reply-to » One of the super frustrating things about this: I have to write lots of documents, but I am required to use horrendous software to do that. It cannot even number sections automatically, nor can you insert cross-references to other sections. Simple stuff like that. It all has to be done manually.

I was able to dig up StarOffice 3.1, which I used in the 1990’ies on Windows 95. This was the highlight of my day. 🥰 As you can see in the photo below, this CD includes a version for Windows 3.1, 95/NT – and OS/2! How cool is that? My CD back then did not have the OS/2 version.

StarWriter of StarOffice 3.1 can do a lot of the stuff that I’m missing in the tool at work. Like automatic numbering of sections/chapters and cross-references to other parts of the document. Essential basic stuff like that.

All the following screenshots are from QEMU VMs (OS/2 2.1, Windows 3.11, and Windows 98), but I think I’m gonna install this on my real OS/2 Warp 4 box soon. 🧓

https://movq.de/v/eebbe648a5/

What really blew my mind is this feature, though: You can rearrange your document’s structure using drag-and-drop. Here’s a demo (Window 2000):

https://movq.de/v/67523d0d3f/so31.mp4

I really, really wish the tool at work would have a feature like that. It would have saved me so much time already. 😭

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Interesting. Thanks! And thank you for replying. :) Indeed, I don’t check for mention with twtxt. To me, twtxt is to share, not to talk: there is my email commented at the top of my #twtxt.txt for this purpose. Trying to create discussions with twtxt is nonsens : there are much better tools to do so (email, xmpp, …) @@aelaraji.com @@im-in.space

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I’m looking for wallpapers matching a color palette. Is there any tool to do so? I found the opposite, picture to palette, but not palette to picture :/

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In-reply-to » I've ripped off it's GPU about a year ago to rescue another computer ... Now I'm stuck with only SSH to play with it. Since it came with just a VGA port for display and my monitor takes all but THAT!

What’s all of this about? one may ask…

Well I’ve been itching to toy around with a BSD on actual hardware and away from the comfort of VMs. NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD… It doesn’t matter. I just want to “Make it feel… Make it feel alive AGAIN!”

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In-reply-to » Planning a file back up from an old machine that's been sitting in the corner gathering dust... Because I know ! I'm about to eff it up, BIIIIG Time ! 😂

I’ve ripped off it’s GPU about a year ago to rescue another computer … Now I’m stuck with only SSH to play with it. Since it came with just a VGA port for display and my monitor takes all but THAT!

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Planning a file back up from an old machine that’s been sitting in the corner gathering dust… Because I know ! I’m about to eff it up, BIIIIG Time ! 😂

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In-reply-to » Thinking about disabling the two extra buttons for “forward” and “backward” on my mouse, because today’s websites don’t support this anymore, and it’d safe me the constant moments of “oh for fuck’s sake”. 🙄

Hahaha, what an evil idea, @aelaraji@aelaraji.com. :-D

@movq@www.uninformativ.de At work, I mostly open Jira tickets in new tabs and don’t navigate them. But yeah, GitHub unsurprisingly fucked up here. One more reason not to use it. ;-)

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In-reply-to » Cut my following list down to just a mere ~47 feeds. ~11 rss/news feeds, 23 local feeds from my pod, and 13 external feeds.

@movq@www.uninformativ.de To be fair Twtxt has always been quite niche. Yarn picked up interest a bit a few years back, but then things died down a bit. I built yarnd for me, I continue to use it and improve it every now and again. But I guess the only uses we’ll continue to see and that includes new folks are folks that give a shit about simple things, and see value in a slow, privacy focused medium? 🤔

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In-reply-to » Thinking about disabling the two extra buttons for “forward” and “backward” on my mouse, because today’s websites don’t support this anymore, and it’d safe me the constant moments of “oh for fuck’s sake”. 🙄

@aelaraji@aelaraji.com lol, yeah, that would be great 😂

@lyse@lyse.isobeef.org @mckinley@mckinley.cc Huh, I envy you. 😅 I was browsing my GitHub stars, clicked Next a couple of times and then hit the back button on my mouse. Boom, I don’t get back to the previous page but to my profile page: https://github.com/vain?tab=stars

At work, it is absolutely pointless to expect forward/backward to work. Almost everything breaks. Maybe some older Jira still works, but that’s about it.

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In-reply-to » Thinking about disabling the two extra buttons for “forward” and “backward” on my mouse, because today’s websites don’t support this anymore, and it’d safe me the constant moments of “oh for fuck’s sake”. 🙄

@movq@www.uninformativ.de Classically navigating through the history still works perfectly fine on most (if not all) websites I visit.

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