November 2022

Twitter alternative: how Mastodon is designed to be “antiviral”

Friction is good for you. What a surprise. (Not really.) Speaking of which: dude, IP blocking is a thing, too. Don't push it.

#social media #software #design

October 2022

4 Twitter features Mastodon is better for not having

#social media #software #design

August 2022

Volkswriter Deluxe: The Most Popular Word Processor for the IBM Personal Computer (according to the ad)

#vintage #software

Folk Interfaces

People reappropriating existing software to solve their own unique problems

#software #culture

Ransomware Actor Abuses Genshin Impact Anti-Cheat Driver to Kill Antivirus

In plain English: more security always ends up being less security, as people with bad intentions inevitably abuse complicated, obscure systems.

#games #software #security

This Program is Illegally Packaged in 14 Distributions

Also a stark reminder that software dependencies are out of control.

#software #law

July 2022

Why MS Word jumped from version 2 to version 6

A good reminder that version numbers are pure marketing, they were always pure marketing, and trying to make them "semantic" misses the point by cosmic distances.

#software #business

April 2022

SELinux is unmanageable; just turn it off if it gets in your way

An object lesson in why policing must be transparent, accountable and flexible. Wait, what were we talking about?

#software #security

March 2022

The Static File Startup

The satire would be hilarious if it wasn't painful.

#software #business #humor

August 2021

Mastodon Is Dead, Long Live Misskey

#social media #software

July 2021

Hundreds of AI tools have been built to catch covid. None of them helped.

#software #pandemic

How to Make Twitter Suck Less

#social media #software

June 2021

Licenses Alone Do Not Govern Behavior in Open Source

#software #society #law

May 2020

Introducing Inkscape 1.0

#art #software

April 2018

Blushy-Crushy Fediverse Idol: A Chat with Lain about Pleroma

#social media #software

February 2018

The Do-Everything System: An in-depth review of Hubzilla 3.0

#social media #software

March 2014

Surfing Modern Web With Ancient Browsers

#vintage #web #software