Dustin Wilson @dustin@dustinwilson.com

Had some permissions problems with my Mastodon install (that's impossible!). Hopefully got that sorted.

Zora Neal Huston interviewed the last known survivor of the Clotilda, the last known U.S. slave ship — that smuggled enslaved Africans to Alabama in 1860, a full 50 years after importing slaves was outlawed.


I wrote a bit today about 1Password, software subscriptions, and pass:


I was talking with folks earlier about how people don't use hashtags as much as they could on #Mastodon, and it's because seeing a post full of tags is kind of icky, and people don't want to feel spammy.

It's actually really cool that people are being considerate and trying not to spam each other! I'm into that. 🙂 But I'm also sad because it means it's harder to find posts.

So I made a Github issue for putting tags at the end of posts under a "show tags" button.



We got an email that #Flickr was acquired by #SmugMug.

I closed my account after Yahoo purchased it, in 2005. Why am I getting email about this? Also, why didn't I get an email about Flickr going to Verizon!?

This is a reason the #GDPR was created.

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Pinafore is an alternative web client for Mastodon that I'm releasing today. The goal is to make a lightweight standalone web app that can plug into multiple instances, with a UI focused on speed and simplicity.

Pinafore is still beta-quality in places, but it's already the main client @ElfLord and I have been using for the past few weeks. I've been working on it since the start of this year. Hope y'all like it. 😊

Was nice driving home today and spotting a funnel cloud forming on the horizon. My phone blared with a tornado warning. “No shit. I see it.”

Farewell, Takahata-san. Grave of the Fireflies is the absolute perfect sad movie. It is so depressing I haven't seen it in years yet have vivid memories of scenes from it.

I can think of no higher praise for a filmmaker, animated or live action.

communication about systemd remains the godwin's law of free software

Huh. I found a password manager that's "unix-like" in the sense that

Passwords are just GPG-encrypted files laid out in a particular way. This means you can arguably use git to version and distribute your passwords file.

The amount of plugins suggest that modularity is paying off. I wonder what the browser and mobile experience is like. I wonder if there is yubikey support.

I like the idea of not needing a self-hosted DB, or something like dropbox.


I wrote a bit about a method of creating icon fonts which use ligatures to replace text with icons :


We live in a mad world now where things that happen on computers actually influence billions of people and get reported on in the media, and everyone carries a powerful Internet connected computer in their pocket at all times. We live in a world where presidents are on Twitter and where Mark Zuckerberg is held accountable for an election result. All of this was completely unimaginable to IT people only a few years ago.

I haven't been posting much of my own content here recently. I do check Mastodon daily and have interesting things in my feed, but discovery on this for me is lacking. Discovery is geared toward communities, but since I set up my own instance I get very little benefit of it.

In the ye olden days of Twitter we would do a "Follow Friday". I found a lot of people with that.

What you should not forget is that: public posts are public, private posts may still be public if sent to dishonest servers, DMs are not protected by encryption and rely on both involved instance's honesty.
If you allow everyone to follow you your data may get mined just as on the commercial platforms.
If you have a commercial bot (in disguise) in your followers, it will see and mine those toots.
Just being a federation is no silver bullet to the privacy issue. But ou aren't the product anymore.