Thank you, thank you, thank you @aral for writing this:

#Google #Facebook #Apple #Amazon are such benevolent do-gooders for us all. #SurveillanceCapitalism is a ruse. It had to be said, and we can't thank #FAANG enough for the great stuff they do for #humanity /s

Let's thank them on #HackerNews before the entry leaves the front page:

Published for our Resources section task. I'm using MacOS at the moment so wrote up how I did it from that perspective. ๐Ÿ’ป

Really enjoyed this weeks task. Excellent video series created by @Downes , really clear and thorough. is now #FOSS! ๐ŸŽ‰ We've named the software behind it #WriteFreely.

WriteFreely lets you self-host a single federated blog or a community of blogs. It's written in Go / #golang, it's lightweight, and runs everywhere -- even on a Raspberry Pi! (We tried ๐Ÿ˜)

We just launched v0.1 this weekend, and v0.2 is already coming out early this week. You can try a full demo here:

Get started with hosting or find a permanent instance here:

My thanks to @benwerd Ben Werdmuller for a fascinating #el30 discussion of blockchain, indieweb and open source distributed web development - the video is now available here:

Hi @Downes Hoping the Riyadh conference is going well for you. I just noticed the course feeds OPML (/course_feeds.xml) doesn't seem to include my website? The /course_feeds.*htm* webpage does list it.

My gRSShopper installation is back online this morning! Not sure what the issue might have been.

Is anyone else's gRSShopper installation playing up on them today? ๐Ÿค”

All was working fine earlier, didn't change anything on server, but started getting this error

Just got around to submitting my feed link for harvesting to

I'm a little late to the party so I've a bit of catching up to do.

Reminds me to re-import the course feeds OPML list to update any new feeds in my gRSShopper installation!

As I've been building and delivering the #el30 course I've been documenting the process in very detailed technical posts describing the design and construction - I'm up to seven posts now (and will probably double that by the time I'm done) starting here:

Long overdue to the Mastodon community on!

Hello everyone. I work as Technology Enhanced Learning Manager at the University of Limerick, Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

I'm involved in the design and production of flexible distance online programmes and research of same, and on shaping related policies and processes.

Interested in open, digital, learning, learning experience design, technology and literacies

Did you know that exists?

It's a new project where you can find people in the Fediverse and follow them by topic.

Also, you can request to be included. It's a really cool idea.

If you are new to Mastodon or you are looking for more interesting people to follow, you should check it out.

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Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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