You can start your own Mastodon instance even if you're not a techy person by using a managed hosting service like masto.host:
They do all the technical stuff like installation, upgrades, server maintenance etc behind the scenes. You own the actual instance, and control what happens on it.
You can follow them at:
! Happy birthday Internet! April 7, 1969 was the date of publication for RFC 1, Steve Crocker's proposal for host software for the new Interface Message Processor hardware. https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc1.txt
Did the European Parliament just outlaw the only Europe-made social network with #Article13?
It was only a matter of time. A piece of my High School internet history just died: music during MySpace’s first 12 years just vanished into thin air https://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/b2381s/myspace_lost_all_music_uploaded_from_2003_to_2015/
Don't trust platforms to archive your data!
Los Angeles! EFF's @elliotharmon will be presenting at @crashspaceLA next Wednesday 3/20 on how the pervasiveness of digital locks & DRM tech have affected the hacker & tinkerer communities. https://blog.crashspace.org/2019/02/electronic-frontier-foundation-visits-crash-space-in-march/
For context I'm attempting to connect to a managed DigitalOcean database - https://www.digitalocean.com/docs/databases/overview/
#PeertubeAdmin - Is there an option I should be using in my config/production.yaml to connect to a remote Postgres cluster with SSL required? I can't find the necessary documentation on this
I mostly write about security and such, but every now and again I get to churn out a massive story about how to quit Twitter and start a new life here on Masto. I tried to cover as many bases as possible, but lmk if I missed anything really important!
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My team just activated our next round of $100,000 USD for #OpenSource projects that support work at the nexus of humanitarian action, development, and peace.
Please spread the words to #FreeSoftware projects working to make the world better.
Read more and apply by 15 April: https://www.osc.dial.community/catalytic-grant-round-3.html
Los Angeles recently experienced an outbreak of typhus—a disease spread by infected fleas on rats and other animals—in downtown streets. Officials briefly closed part of City Hall after reporting that rodents had invaded the building.
Prevention of these diseases is largely related to sanitation, rather than vaccines (there is a vaccine called BCG that prevents tuberculosis, but it’s not typically used in the US), so it’s not directly related to anti-vax concerns, but it is alarming none-the-less.