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Introduction: I'm a software engineer/musician/oceanographer, passionate about open source, data, and the environment. Originally from Brazil, I live in California since 2012, and have also lived in the Netherlands back in 2004.

Tech enthusiast: "I want smart lights, smart tv, everything, and connect them all to my digital assisstant!"

Tech worker: *looks wistfully into distance* "I should get a small place in a little town, with a garden, make my own furniture."

Okay, why say "web browsers are hard to make, you need a huge budget to do so" instead of

Chrome wasn't built in a day


Got my booster shot today! Decided to go with Pfizer this time, after my first try Moderna doses.

This is a huge deal:

The Open Collective Foundation has just announced: "OCF now offers employment options to initiative workers—with health insurance!"

If your FLOSS project is on OpenCollective, you can hire a maintainer as an employee! With health insurance & 401(k)!

This is such a huge step forward for open source sustainability, in particular for projects with key contributors in the United States. Let's talk about why!

The fact that Silicon Valley companies are reducing the salaries of employees working remotely from cheaper areas only proves that companies will pay the least amount needed to keep you working, regardless of how much value you provide.

job hunting (boosts welcome) 

idk if it's allowed here, but i'm currently on the hunt for a flexible part time job (ideally no more than 16 hours/week, and should be at least £10/hour, or around that much, no less than £9/hour) that can be done remotely/from home, within the UK timezone (if applicable).

i'm mainly looking for jobs that are either:
- tech support
- technical writing
- frontend web development
- editorial writing (i.e. writing for articles)

so if anyone can help me out with this, that'd be great

Tired: static linking for software libraries.
Wired: static linking for web pages.

For example, tech blogger Gwern keeps a local copy of almost all externally linked web pages so they will still be readable decades later. Perhaps more people should do that.

"Meat consumption is associated with better mental health, meta-analysis finds"

Literal quote from the article:

"This study was funded in part via an unrestricted research grant from the Beef Checkoff, through the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association."

I run i3 as my window manager, and newsboat as a news aggregator.

When opening links in newsboat Firefox will steal the focus, even though it's in another screen. That's annoying, and I'd like to open a bunch of links from newsboat, and then go to Firefox to see them. But since Firefox steals the focus, I need to switch to another window and switch back to newsboat to keep reading.

The solution is to set "browser.tabs.loadDivertedInBackground" to true in Firefox.

Seriously, the Chrome team just landed a patch that lets sites block "View Source" _right in the middle_ of the Chrome Dev Summit.


A website selling soap: your password is WEAK, you should try again with capital letters and lower case letters and numbers and special characters and no English words

My literal bank: whoa whoa whoa, you can't put special characters in your password! Who do you think you are, the Riddler

Apple used to get Fitts's Law ('s_) so well in early Mac OS.

Now I have 2 displays organized one on top of the other. When a window in the bottom display is maximized and I need to access its menu I need to play this stupid game of "hover over the 1px boundary between the screens".

I heard that System76 are making their own desktop environment. Does anyone know an email address to contact them about its accessibility, since its so early in the project? I tried putting in a ticket but I couldn't log in, even after resetting my password.

#a11y #accessibility #boosts_welcome

I got zero responses last time I hit up the Fediverse offering paid creative work, but I'm not giving up!

Some #Owncast features being worked on require iconography. And while we could use an icon library or something like Fiverr it'd be nice to work with an illustrator on the Fediverse who focuses on icons to have something that is custom.

This is paid work, so please boost and tell your friends.

Feel free to message me on the fediverse or email me:

If you send me a commercial email saying "we miss you" I'll unsubscribe faster than the speed of light.

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