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I'm setting up an experimental small-tech creative research studio created to explore code, tools, products and services using sustainable and ethical business practices through the utilisation of open source tools and methodologies.

I'm just starting out. So bear with me.

I realized over the weekend that I had all of the parts for a PirateBox, so... I did the obvious thing and built a PirateBox. It's an old Pi Zero, a cheap USB hub, WiFi dongle, and various junk-box hardware hot-glued into a mint tin, with a large enough power bank to run it for a few days.

(For anyone unfamiliar:

My morning coffee reading. It’s an old one, but explains things _really_ clearly.

Oh and to make music. I have tools to make music. This is very important to me.

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Offline I have to tools to build, make and cook.

I just want to be more in control of my environment.

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Software includes:

- ardour
- blender
- Godot engine
- krita
- Inkscape
- piskel
- some tiny text editor I wrote myself by following a tutorial that I used to build another text editor that I wrote myself by following a different tutorial
- Firefox

Mostly I am going to be using open / free software where I can. When I am skilled / knowledgeable enough I will slowly replace these tools with my own that fit me and the way I work.

I hope.

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Currently my studio contains a few really old laptops with various flavours of Linux on them. A really old mac book pro. A whole host of physical books on programming in C, Ruby and Python. A bunch of woodworking hand tools. Some electronic components and solder things. Loads of cooking utensils, herbs, spices and cookbooks. Way too many musical instruments. And a whole host of open source / libre software.

now = red wine + terminal + git

not sure i like git

tonight = red wine + terminal + homebrew

Friday nights are large in our household.

One of the things I might do with my website is move it over to @codeberg pages:

Where I'm hosting is running off Green Energy, need to check w/ Codeberg to see if this is also the case.

I feel like I need to write a couple of articles about the why of minimal click.

And the how.

Not only will this inform, but will also guide me a little too.

If your newsletter sends me an email more than once a week, I am unsubscribing.

Even once a week could be too much.

I'm trying to tidy up my notes on the various active #permacomputing projects out there.

Send me everything and anything you can think of that attempts to address planned obsolescence and stack collapse through: ease of repairability, scavenge-friendliness, uvms, etc..


Looks really useful if you want to build your own private network.

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Some Fediverse alternatives to "big tech" social media:

Twitter ➡️ @Mastodon

Instagram ➡️ @pixelfed

YouTube ➡️ @peertube

Twitch ➡️ @owncast

Goodreads ➡️ @bookwyrm

Facebook Groups ➡️ @mobilizon

Medium ➡️ @writefreely

You don't need an account on all of these in order to interact with them.

Because they all use the ActivityPub open protocol, you can (for example) use a Mastodon account to follow someone on PixelFed or vice versa. That's why they are collectively known as the Fediverse, because they federate together at a technical level.

Also, this is an incomplete list, there are many other Fedi projects out there such as @funkwhale or @inventaire that are not direct alternatives but are their own thing.

#FediTips #Fediverse #Fedi #ActivityPub

Inequality is already here

it's just not evenly distributed

Google should put on their website: "If you need customer support, please try to create some outrage on social media. We do not provide other channels of customer support."

cEditor text editor updating the library page on the studio website.

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