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Will someone please turn me off and back on again?

And then back on again
And then back on again
And then back on....

People believe they can do plumbing.

People believe they can do carpentry.

People believe they can do an electrician's job.

All without training and with the blessing of the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Ask them to pretend they can do computer stuff.

And it becomes "it too hard."

The first three items I listed can kill people, the computer will just stop working until you turn it off and back on again.

Preparing a plan to move multiple Wordpress sites and email hosting to a new location.

This is nerve wracking and it only affects a handful of contributors.

How ulcer inducing must it be to move an enterprise site?

Do you ever wander through infrastructure and wonder how they thought of all the parts?

Letsencrypt cron job adjusted to work around the Apache server hidden behind the Nginx.

Something changed along the way and the Apache server was suddenly in the way.

Checking to see what the last sys admin did to the certificate renew cron job.

From what I can see it isn't pretty.

Looking at another platform and my current platform found out.

Hope my SSH keys work in the morning.

Alexa, stop laughing.

I know what you did to Siri.

Alexa, don't laugh.

I was serious when I said I was off the malware and the rootkits.

I've been clean for weeks.

I'll even let TrendMicro test me.

No, I'm serious.

Stop laughing.


It is I who is laughing via your Alexa.

How can you have trade without coveting?

If you were happy with what you had, you wouldn't want what someone else had.

The first mistake was sending a device containing felony class material out to be repaired.

The second mistake was using Geek Squad.

The third mistake was sending a device containing felony class material out to be repaired.

It is over.

Now I wait for the next crisis.

That was interesting.

The memcached patch came through.

I made the world better for someone today.

I felt responsible for a fleeting moment.

I'm bored.

I will run the security updates.

Then I will be bored again.

The new process is to let the units determine the flow of the queue without a central authority.

It would be a functioning system if certain units could be persuaded to not throw exceptions and spend their time spinning without doing anything.

People amaze me with the number of categories they create in order to differentiate themselves from each other.

Inbox zero on one email box.

Now to wait for the mailing lists to show up so the cancel hammer can go into effect.

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“There are two novels that can change a 14yo’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders an obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted adulthood. The other, of course, involves orcs."

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I really like about Mastodon (I am specifically talking about Mastodon, not the wider Fediverse) how cultural values, respect and inclusiveness are baked into the community - and then backed up with appropriate software features.

This seems like the correct order!

Think about the community you want to build. Try to build it. Give people tools that support those values. Then, iteratively improve all of the above.

Starting small probably helps: you can't please all the people all the time.