@Tostevn It took me years to get Steve Gibson on Twitter. It will, no doubt, take as long to get him to move. Steve is his own man, and we love him for that!


@Tostevn There are a number of mobile Mastodon clients and more all the time - equally good. For what it's worth, I currently use Mast on iOS and Tusky on Android.

So we're hunkered down in Petaluma, waiting for an epic storm (they call it an atmospheric river). The good news, the UPS guy braved the storm to deliver my copy of David Pogue's new book. Good timing...

@cody Thanks so much, Cody. I never hear that enough! SO glad you listen.

I had no idea that PixelFed was on the Fediverse.

I'm @leolaporte, and now that I know I'll start putting stuff there again!

Chief TWiT :twit: boosted

Mastodon uses the same technical standards as many other alternative social networks, so people on one network can follow people on others. This "network of networks" is called the Fediverse :fediverse:

✅ You can follow people from other parts of the Fediverse just like you would follow any Mastodon account!

Try it out for yourself:

@jett1oeil is an account on Instagram alternative PixelFed

@chriswere is an account on YouTube alternative PeerTube

#FediTips #MastoTips #Fediverse #Mastodon

@tokyotony Hugo @mastohost has explained it to me, and I completely misunderstood what the Federated Timeline was.

In short, only accounts that someone (anyone) follows on twit.social will show up in the Federated Timeline. Follow someone and their toots will show up for all on the twit.social Federated Timeline.

It is NOT a complete set of ALL toots from ALL the instances in the Fediverse. Not even close.

@Bill I'll let you know when I get the Mach-e. Soon! I'll post impressions and photos as I go here.

@tokyotony Our host, @mastohost, won't federate with sites:

"Spreading falsehoods, alternative facts, anecdotal evidence, prejudice or bias towards a social group, inciting violence, circular reporting, shock provoking content, conspiracy theories, dark patterns, deepfakes, disinformation, misinformation, sensationalism, truthiness, propaganda, rumours, hoaxes, urban myths, pseudoscience, post-truth and opinion pieces or interviews that convey any of the previous."

I'm very good with that.

@tokyotony twit.social runs on masto.host. With some limits we're automatically connected to the entire fediverse. It may be that masto.host limits the number of hosts to control bandwidth - I'm not sure.

There are definitely some adult sites in the Fediverse that don't show up in the Federated timeline, and I explicitly block Gab. But otherwise I think you should pretty much be seeing everything.

I'll have to check with masto.host to see exactly what they connect with.

Chief TWiT :twit: boosted

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@djsundog I take it back. Installing RETRO FORTH from the Mac App Store right now!

@djsundog So fun to see that. I read the issue cover-to-cover. We've come a LONG way since 1985. But Chaos Manor is still the best computer column there ever was. I miss Jerry Pournelle a lot.

I interviewed Charles Moore on TechTV about 20 years ago. He was surprised I even knew who he was. I just wish I could still get a good Forth on my M1 Mac.

@Revenar I also recommend using emacs as much as you can - get in the habit. It's the best way to internalize the keystrokes. No more nano! Eventually you'll want to use the emacs daemon so the startup is instantaneous.

The emacs subreddit is a good community with lots of info: reddit.com/r/emacs

@Revenar Do it! Learning emacs is very rewarding. And fun! It's a steep learning curve, but worth the investment.

Start with the built-in tutorial C-h t (control-h then t). Run through it several times to memorize the basics.

Some recommend an emacs starter kit like Spacemacs or Doom. Personally I think it's best to start with vanilla emacs, then add features as you go.

There are lots of online tutorials and videos, but I like the Mastering Emacs book, masteringemacs.org

Have fun!

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