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Welcome to the new TWiT Mastodon Instance! It's like Twitter but open, federated, and dedicated to TWiT Fans. My new handle is @leo - see you there!

I love voting! It makes you feel like you have a say.

I fucked up. It’s a long story but we were testing a new re-direct with a company called Barometric. The pi-hole, NextDNS, uBlock Origin (and I’m guessing most other ad-blocking filters) see the redirect as connecting to an ad server - which it’s not, it’s for ratings not tracking - and block the download.

We’re working on changing the redirect now. You might get a second copy of TWiT, but the downloads should work from now on.

I apologize.

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digged "An app can be a home-cooked meal" by Robin Sloan:

'But let’s substitute a different phrase: “learn to cook.” People don’t only learn to cook so they can become chefs. Some do! But far more people learn to cook so they can eat better, or more affordably, or in a specific way... The list of reasons to “learn to cook” overflows, and only a handful have anything to do with the marketplace.'

OMG. Have you tried note taking with Roam, yet? 🤯 - if only it were open source and something I could run on my own server. Nevertheless, awesome.

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Want to know the best deal in music?

Magnatune has their entire catalog of music available for a single one-time $300 fee.

That means you can download every single album from their catalog.

(new link)

#magnatune #music

Long day at CES - time for steak. With @Lisa Ant Scott and Matthew.

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Where here! Ready for CES 2020 & we have 42 Mbps upstream. @leo is happy. Ready for coverage? Tomorrow!

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Read this Guardian piece.

It seems increasingly obvious to me that mainstream social media has failed us. It's being weaponized by propagandists in the same way Goebbels used the new medium of radio to manipulate the German populace. You could say the same thing for mainstream media like the 24-hour news channels.

Fleeing to the suburbs of Mastodon and small forums like seems like burying one's head in the sand, but what else can one do?

I'm packing for CES - we leave tonight. @Lisa already has a cold and I'm desperately trying not to get it.

The plan is for Ant Pruitt and me to rush around the show floor capturing 3-5 minute videos of every booth with something interesting.

We're shooting 4k video on my Sony A7RIV with a 16-35mm lens. The hope is our editors can "pan & zoom" by cropping into our normal 720p posts. The biggest unknown is audio - I'm hoping the Sony Digital shotgun mic will get the job done.

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Right now, I’m thinking that for me, will be where I post when I feel like I have something to ask or share that is worth an amount of community good that is greater than the inherent cost associated with forum fatigue.

On the other hand, feels like a space where it’s safe to make the posts more about me and less about the topic. Here the topic feels like an implied and informal, “what’s up?”

Am I the only one thinking about this?

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A simple tip for those new to Mastodon servers and the : the “local timeline” is a great place to find good content when you’re on a good instance, like

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malware authors today don't even include ASCII art of laughing skulls in their viruses. where is their respect for the craft

I just bought a 16 terabyte Seagate Ironwolf NAS drive for $450 ( Installing it as we speak in a Synology 1515+ NAS. replacing a 2TB drive. More than doubling the capacity of the NAS. What a world.

Up early for the 8:38 Amtrak back home. Funny thing about train travel, it takes a couple of hours more than driving, but it seems to pass faster.

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This is awesome! Going to update my profile now. For those new to the Fediverse. Fedilab and Tusky are great mobile clients for Android. Take a stance install them from F-Droid not Google.

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A Mastodon instance dedicated to TWiT listeners. Think of a Twitter just for geeks, sharing content with other Mastodon servers all over the world. If you're a TWiT fan, consider this your home! Our TWiT Forums live at TWiT Community. Post conversation starters there. is for quick thoughts, fun pictures, and other ephemera. Keep it clean, keep it friendly. Looking forward to your Toots!