I'd love to form more of a community with other designers, especially those focused on #UX and who share #Libre slash #OpenSource values.

If you do too, respond to this thread and we can see where it goes from there.

(boost appreciated!)

#LibreUX #OpenDesign #FreeSoftware #Design

I wonder if we should declare April 1 "Covid-19 Remembrance Day" and forever quash the plague of corporate April fool's pranks.

I'm now at the point where, if I see a link to an article on Medium, I go 'mmm, yeah, maybe not'. Even if the summary makes it look like an otherwise interesting article.

It's because of Medium's aggressive paywalling; I'm now locked out from reading Medium articles. Also, I now realise that the point of using Medium is just to make money, so it's a clickbait flag.

Just in case anyone is thinking that using Medium makes your article more likely to be read. For me, it does the exact opposite.

Dear tech wizards,

How do you stop and start work? That is, how do you pick up mentally a project where you left off? Notes? Saved tabs? Reminders?


I often think there's a heck alot of privilege in our projects in FOSS. I say this as a white cis woman. I'm well aware of the fact I have no frame of reference for what others go through. But when I hear the argument of we use "propriatory hosted tool" as it's easier to join I feel a massive sense of failure. I also feel folks in my space are in a huge bubble, especially when they are from the Open Core side of things.

@zensaiyuki @vfrmedia

also thanks for letting me know about Mozilla Fathom! I hadn't heard of that at all until just now!

A Prolog-like language, eh? hmmmmmm


Just read: The rise of community-owned monopolies

Thought provoking piece for anyone working on open source.


Warrens and Plazas

Interesting look at what form a new community might take, depending on the goal.

Found in a hn comment by @dredmorbius


@ademalsasa It does seem to be a pretty major factor. I'd like to see that change though. I'm not comfortable with for-profit orgs being in control of things not-for-profit orgs rely on.

‘The only uncertainty is how long we’ll last’: a worst case scenario for the climate in 2050

The Future We Choose, a new book by the architects of the Paris climate accords, offers two contrasting visions for how the world might look in thirty years



For Valentine's I got something pink. 

"People who work on social software are closer in spirit to economists and political scientists than they are to people making compilers. They both look like programming, but when you’re dealing with groups of people as one of your runtime phenomena, you have an incredibly different practice."
#ClayShirky, 'A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy'

Y'know, if Microsoft _really_ wanted to court disillusioned Mac users they'd put together a series of 'Macintosh' variations of their existing keyboard layouts.

Mac keyboard layouts are so, _so_ much nicer for typing pretty much any character outside of the basic ASCII range

This is one thing that Desktop Linux does well: its extreme configurability which normally is a UX hazard means it has mac-style variations for almost every keyboard layout in existence.

hello! i wrote (!) about has css has evolved over the past 20 years, at least as i remember it eev.ee/blog/2020/02/01/old-css

Y'all, imma issue a challenge:

Before buying a thing on Amazon, take just two minutes to see if it's available elsewhere online.

There's very often another seller that is price competitive, and free shipping is super common these days.

If you still wanna buy from Bezos I'm not gonna stop you, but it's worth at least checking for alternatives. Divesting yourself can be easier than you might think.

You know, for all of Google’s integration in / tracking of my life, I expect a completely different experience:

“Ok, Google, what is today’s weather?”

“Not enough snow for anyone in Buffalo to notice, so go ahead and wear those sweet new kicks with the suede uppers.”

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