Oooh. setting up your own instance has become *amazingly* simple. If I didn’t spend 90 minutes figuring out that my DNS config was pointing to a different server I would’ve been done in less than half an hour.

@thebestsophist A colleague and me have been tinkering with sandstorm, too. We found that containers/apps inside are quite closed and can not easily be customized. We switched to a Docker-based system instead and build images ourselves. May I ask: What are you going to use sandstorm for?

@xldrkp currently testing it for my personal use/tools library. but also testing to see if it’d be a good set of productivity tools for a new writing/media collective

@thebestsophist I think sandstorm is a great kind of catalogue to show people what tools exist to collaborate in projects. I also used it for testing and learning how tools work without much admin efforts. After testing, I'd prefer a dedicated installation of the tools chosen.

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@xldrkp i’m not a devops person (content strategist), so I like having it one-click to let teams determine which tools they need for themselves is super compelling to me—especially when coupled with having some sort of system for single sign on.

@thebestsophist That's right, single sign on is great with sandstorm. I'd like to hear about your experience in the future.

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Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

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Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

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