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Tune in to our new Episode 109: From Twitter to the Fediverse with Mastodon! @katherined talks to Shawn Powers and @kyle about moving from #Twitter to the #Fediverse using #Mastodon, including how to choose a server and find your niche.
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Okay, it's time to tell new users a secret about Mastodon.

Mastodon is (whispers) part of a much bigger network 😮

Mastodon servers use an open standard called ActivityPub to talk to each other. That's how you interact with people on other Mastodon servers.

But, dozens of other federated networks also use ActivityPub, so (this is the good bit!) you can follow people on these other networks from your Mastodon account!

For example:

PixelFed ( is a photo sharing network, here's a random example account @Iancylkowski

PeerTube ( is a video sharing network, with a p2p system that allows videos to go viral even on small servers, here's a random account @craftykat

BookWyrm ( is a social reading site, an open alternative to Amazon's Goodreads, here's a random account @mouse

Together, Mastodon and these other services form... The Fediverse :fediverse:

(whispers) Click on the link...

@joao @kyle This is definitely one of the best features about this phone 😍 So cool!

@kyle using the internal smartcard reader to unlock LUKS with -sdl to type the pin

In the pics you can see the in the output the public key used to encrypt the storage unit.

A Wilcox & Gibbs chainstitch machine in particular if you were wondering...

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Well now I want a Victorian hand-powered machine. Thanks Repair Shop!

Another tip: Every Mastodon account has RSS built in. Just add .rss to the end of the URL for your account, e.g.

That lets people follow your public posts from an RSS reader, but it's also useful if you wanted to use IFTTT to crosspost your public posts to another platform.

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Yesterday I learned via a fiber arts podcast that the surname Walker was derived from the profession of Scottish waulkers who took part in waulking: the process of fulling (felting) woolen handwoven fabric by foot to make them denser/warmer.

I realized I hardly ever add topical hashtags to posts which probably makes it tougher for folks around the fediverse to see things I write that they might be interested in. I'll try to do better with future posts about , , and and topics.

Reintro: I'm Yael! I write about privacy & security (right now for Consumer Reports), and lately I've been writing & speaking about VPNs & doorbell cams & stalkerware & CR Security Planner. I live in Phoenix and love posting photos of my food and my chiweenie. ❤️ hiking, cooking, playing folk guitar, drinking fancy cocktails, reading academic research, playing puzzle games, lifting heavy things, and going to hacking conferences. My husband and I watch a lot of TV. Talk to me about philosophy.

Before clicky mechanical keyboards in the office were controversial, Toshiba was stirring things up about clicky mechanical calculators to sell their electronic alternative.

I plan to merge these mobile changes back to the original repo ( once it gets a bit more testing so the same script can work on desktop and mobile.

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Someone in the mobile Linux community modified my Librem Key USB smart card LUKS unlock script to also work for mobile. I tweaked it so now it can also use the built-in Librem 5 smart card reader. Now I have 2FA disk unlock on my Librem 5!

So I made some progress with refurbishing the Comptometer this weekend. I freed up many stuck registers, but that revealed an issue with the carry mechanism on a few digits I will have to investigate further.

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So you just arrived here from twitter and it's quiet. Real quiet. That's because there's no algorithm here designed to drive engagement(which equals profit).

Here, you are the algorithm. It's up to you to find and follow people that are interesting to you. You can also see who they follow and who else follows them, as you build it up, it gets more interesting.

Also, if you find people you don't like or entire instances you don't like, you can mute or block them. You are in control.

I figured I should change my profile picture on here to match what I used most recently on Twitter, in preparation of people moving over to Mastodon.

Hi! is being slow right now, as far as I can tell because there's twice as many people using it at the same time as ever have; I'm working on making it go fast again, but in the meantime, do remember to invite people to instead of directly to People don't have to be on the same server to follow you! Thanks!

In 15 minutes (1:30 pm PST) I will be presenting about Snitching on Apps That Snitch on You using OpenSnitch ⁨@lfnw⁩. Drop on by if you are interested in an effective approach to desktop firewalls.

This evening I'm cleaning, repairing and refurbishing a Comptometer model 3D11 from the 1950s. This was the last Comptometer the company made and has its final speed and accuracy improvements before the world moved to electronic calculators.

Check out this giant electric accounting machine! It's a combination typewriter and adding machine that is basically the electromechanical Excel of its day.

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