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You'll find Gus at The Balm on Valencia most Saturday Mornings. 



At DNA Lounge - Hackers 25th Anniversary Movie.



Yeah, it's great. Perfectly sized for my commute and oh so relevant.


The "Internet Gopher and Adversarial Interoperability" EFF Deeplink Blog post is now on Cory Doctorow's most excellent Podcast.

@doctorow @eff


I miss the local ILEC ISPs. They really got so many people online while remaining true to their communities.

Glad that Gopher got the job done for you!


In 1991 a GB was ~$7k

Still amazed that we could pay for all that expensive hardware and had such lousy salaries.. At $30k/year 1 disk would be .3 SWE/y



Date: Thu, 21 Nov 91 13:51:07
From: Bob Alberti <alberti@boombox>

Clarinet archiving looks to be taking up about 100K blocks (~50 Meg) a month, and if this is the case, we're going to want to get another disk for it, ideally 600+ Megabytes.


Bob forgot to mention that he maintained, a Mac IIfx running INN for a good long while. That enabled Clarinet UPI news.

Having full text searches in 1992 blew people's minds. Plus you could bookmark a search, which was another game changer!


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Cory did a great job of capturing the early days of Gopher in his article.


Sad to hear about the death of Larry Tesler.

“Every application has an inherent amount of irreducible complexity. The only question is: Who will have to deal with it—the user, the application developer, or the platform developer?”





A heartfelt thank you to @djkevincole @ACertainAbbie and @RadioCoachOwen for playing two of Julie's favorite Minnesota songs on very powerful : Beyond Cancer day on @KEXP


@lindner @c_lindner Thanks everyone for making this my most popular tweet! Can someone explain what this AfD oaf is saying? Google Translate doesn't have a &quot;white supremacy&quot; setting...

Guess I need to learn some German insults. (Or aggressively block)


@vonneudeck @haekelschwein Thank you! Being mistaken for a @c_lindner is okay. Where else would I see this:

Maybe someone can give me a German language joke I can use to respond to mistaken identity? Maybe a Stilblüten ????


I just wish I got mistaken for @patricklindner instead. Volksmusik is better than Neoliberal Politics!


Everything I know about German Politics comes from mistaken rage mentions for @c_lindner

Sadly it appears that the centrists once again prefer fascists to leftists. Also see "The Iron Law of Institutions"


@TheCurrent @twinkiejiggles Would love to hear Mr. Blue Sky by ELO. The perfect sunshiney song. It's from Paul in Oakland remembering Julie tonight.

She originally requested it July 26, 2014 from @thewombatt


Thank you @BillDeVille for the heartfelt dedication of my request this morning on United States of on @TheCurrent

And thank you to Frank Randall of the Sycamores for this song and his kindness.


Ya my flight just landed. What's up in MN?


Will be attending the DWeb SF Meetup tonight at @internetarchive Quite the lineup including @ara4n and @bluesky


about Nightcore via @RadioK

I think it's the only way I'll want to hear 80s music from now on.


Converted my withknown instance from docker to podman. Replaced docker-compose with a pod. Upped Known version. Fedora 31 here I come...



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My wife Julie passed away from breast cancer last month. Today I published her obituary in the Star Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, the Rochester Post Bulletin and at

We knew right away that we completed each other and fell deeper in love for 27 years. She meant everything to me.

Thank you for bearing witness to Julie’s life, for the condolences and for honoring Julie's memory.



@dietrich Looks like @AudiusProject is funded by VCs who will want a return on their investment. Seeing very little about governance on their site.


@groby this @supermicro_SMCI mini-tower is one of the best investments I've ever made. ~35W idle power draw, 4 hot swap bays, 8 Xeon-D cores. Add a NAS distro like UNRAID or OpenMediaVault and you're GTG


Algedonic Meters? Real time citizen feedback? For Chilean people? Looks like Cyberfolk 2019!


@mulegirl I also sent a copy over to the Cybernetics Library in NYC. (@cyberneticslib) Check them out at

aside: ... thanks for all the superb @muledesign work for Six Apart back when..


@mulegirl if anyone wants to buy this book you can get it direct from the author

Let's start the Cybernetic Renaissance -- anyone up for organizing a 2020 Macy Conference?


@bentarnoff The Team Human podcast (@teamhumanshow) by @Rushkoff is left oriented and covers varied topics including platform coops, media, climate and how technology affects society.


@n_srnck @bentarnoff also check out the @giunitpod episode with Logic contributor Wendy Liu (@dellsystem)


Did you know your hard disk is descended from a streetcar? Learn how in "Solid State: Minnesota's High Tech History". Also includes Cray, the Oregon Trail and yes, Internet Gopher.

via @tpt


Apple: Introducing Dark Mode for iOS 13
Android: Try our new Dark Theme in Android Q


Expect outages of my @withknown host due to @PGE4Me power cuts.

My low-power home server, solar panels, and batteries are pretty solid. ISPs? Not so sure....


10 Years ago today: Sundar Pichai tells you why SideWiki is cool.



@textfiles when I lived there 20 years ago the cool folks hung out at L'Usine


Ruha Benjamin presented this 1957 robot future by SuperGirl creator Otto Binder today. Prescient and horrifying at the same time and brings to mind Graeber's take on flying cars.

@ruha9 @davidgraeber


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Every developer should ask themselves what they will do when their software is used to further hatred and human suffering.


Small world. Bumped into @micropixie today in the Mission. A reminder to support your local artists and musicians. Also do check out "Dark Sight of the Moon" which is vg


Game Services and Digital Preservation

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I think it's time for a Legal Deposit scheme for Games.

- Game publishers would put their games in Escrow when they publish.  
- Game Services could publish a spec on how to interpret the game contents.
- 'Orphan' games would actually be preserved.- Users that purchased the Game would then be entitled to a copy of the escrowed item, plus the design on how to run them.

This, combined with an export of user-generated data would allow for usability after Stadia or the Game Publisher sunsets the service/game.

And to be honest I'd love to see this extended to all Online "Stores" that don't let you export usable contents.

Barring that Game Services could enter a Ulysses Pact with users if they are serious about the long-haul.. 

 For each purchase a user makes put 10x in a locked escrow fund.  When the service cancels that money can be used to migrate the games to a new provider or payout back the user.

- If a Game Service gets few users it's not a lot of money to exit and actually would increase satisfaction.
- If a Game Service does get popular then there's an explicit feedback loop that reinforces the durability of the system and alignment of interests.

Evernote announced something like this, but never really followed through.   A small company called Forever actually does have a preservation fund that is purpose driven.


@Greg I don't see anything online -- there are some links to papers on the 2018 site


TODO(lindner): attend tech debt conference


@piccolbo Looks like there's a whole conference dedicated to the study of Technical Debt (!)

Looking through the proceedings it appears that there is hard data. We just choose to ignore it...


Fowler's latest is good reading. Breaks down the either/or choice of speed vs quality. (Hint quality wins; because cruft)


@Albatross Wendy Jedelicka @wjedlicka did the Gopher T-shirt art and design. There was some talk of doing a reissue a while back.


@pzriddle The computer history museum might want the original Gopher T. I gifted the other two:

I should see if I still have the GopherVR shirt


@resonatecoop really enjoying @BurialUK and the rest @Hyperdub catalog.

@AngelHo_Studio is another gem worth checking out.


Arrived Sydney, Australia.

Smells like wild fires.