sharing from reddit: The Los Angeles Public Library's online resource center now has the historic Sanborn Fire Maps from the early 20th century online for viewing.
Accessible online with an LAPL Card Number and PIN
30 years ago, Calvin worried about the Russians. The actors today are different but the script is the same. It’s like watching Groundhog Day, again and again and again… Bill taught Calvin the lesson in six panels. How many re-runs will it take us? https://t.co/tJM7RmiLxM
Soon, some venture capitalist will put $5 million into a startup that offers free fediverse accounts with unlimited storage, etc.
Unless every other instance instantly blocks such a service from Day 1, you can kiss your fediverse goodbye and say hello to a new Gmail. Once network effects kick in, they will make the rules.
It _can_ happen here but you have an opportunity to kill it before it does.
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea" - Antoine de Saint-Exupery, #OpenStreetMap aerial surveyor and quality philosopher
I love this philosophy! 🙂
Where can I learn more about the Fediverse/Mastodon/ActivityPub? https://instance.community/where-can-i-learn-more-about-the-fediverse-mastodon-activitypub
I think most importantly, I want to see the internet transition from a network of a few corporate giants to a network of thousands of small, well-connected organizations. Rather than sustainability via multibillion dollar corporation budgets, sustainablity via grassroots user-funded sources and low operational expenses. Cooperation over competition.
And while I mentioned some of our features that are exclusive to Write.as today, of course you can get the same writing experience with the free and open-source software behind it all, #WriteFreely.
Find a federated instance to join here: https://writefreely.org/instances
Start your own instance here:
I've been calculating the price of running an small Mastodon instance (less than 50 users).
* DigitalOcean tier 2 VPS: 10$/mo (1 vCPU, 2GB RAM, 15GB SSD)
* Backups (20% of monthly cost, about 2$/mo)
* Domain (Namecheap, .club), 2$ first year
So about 12$/mo. Not expensive. And quite funny. Let's deploy your own instance!
Proud of how the server architecture of mastodon.social and the code of Mastodon is keeping up with the load, but wishing for this to transform into new Mastodon servers springing up.
If you were considering starting a Mastodon server, right now would be a pretty good time. Anyone can do it from source, see docs:
There are also hosting providers (not affiliated with me) which are super easy to work with without technical knowledge, like masto.host and hostdon.jp
☝️ If you started a new server for the Spanish community, let me know and I'll give you a shout out.
There's a few basic requirements for it to be listed on joinmastodon.org as well, such as having a backup admin ("bus factor" 😅) and having some basic rules against harassment, so if you pass those as well I'll gladly put your server on joinmastodon.org.
Here those requirements are spelled out:
As an organization, what options exist for getting on the Fediverse? https://instance.community/as-an-organization-what-options-exist-for-getting-on-the-fediverse