She turned the page, and suddenly felt a cold dread touch her spine. She quickly turned the page back and waited for the feeling to dissipate. It didn't take long.
"Sorry," she muttered.
The ghost that haunted her house didn't always read as fast as she did.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

I'm about to release a new, highly broken alpha for #Tootle 2.0, the native Mastodon client for Linux :toot:

In 2.0 you can expect:

- Improved UI and UX. Thanks to #GTK 4 and Libadwaita, you can expect a massive responsiveness boost!

- New sidebar layout. Now all your accounts and quick links can be found in a separate view.

- Initial Pleroma support (but don't expect full compatibility yet!)

- Improved credential store

- Improved in-memory caching

- 100% more bugs!

"People think that computer science is the art of geniuses but the actual reality is the opposite, just many people doing things that build on each other, like a wall of mini stones."

-- Donald Knuth

Standard Ebooks is a volunteer-driven project that produces new editions of public domain ebooks that are lovingly formatted, open source, free of copyright restrictions, and free of cost


#technology #opensource #ebooks #reading #nodrm

If you're wondering why there hasn't been any #paperOfTheDay for so long, it's just because all the papers we read in my lab during our last journal clubs were simply horrible.
We really need to change publishing incentives in the scientific community :(

Würden wir in Europa nur wenige Jahre das Geld das momentan in Lizenzen von MS & Co. gesteckt wird in lokale Firmen mit Freie Software Lösungen investieren wären wir im Handumdrehen unabhängig und langfristig deutlich erfolgreicher.

Das einzige was wir dafür brauchen ist der nötige politische Wille unabhängig zu werden und die lokale Wirtschaft zu stärken, anstatt Milliarden jedes Jahr aus dem Fenster zu werfen!

#DigitaleSouveränität #FreieSoftware #OpenSource #Politik

Most likely the #Pinephone #Beta edition from @thepine64 will be shipped out to customers in April 2021. Stock OS will be @ManjaroLinuxARM with #PlasmaMobile by @kdecommunity. So get ready for #preorders soon: on use of Galaxy in SARS-CoV-2 data analysis finished two weeks ago, but has just started. Many of those features have profited greatly from our SARS-CoV-2 analysis efforts.
Over the last year, the vast amounts of viral sequencing data coming in have revealed many bottlenecks in tools, workflows and Galaxy itself,and developers and the community have eliminated most of them in a great collaborative effort!

CryptPad is a privacy-friendly free open source online office suite, you can follow at:

➡️ @cryptpad

It can be self-hosted, or you can use the official instance. More info available at

It's collaborative and anonymous with "zero knowledge" encryption, so no one can access your data except you and those you choose to share with.

#CryptPad #FOSS #GoogleDrive #GoogleDocs #Office365 #OnlineOffice #Alternatives #Activism #Privacy #Productivity #Office #SelfHosting

Thanks to #FreeSoftware developers, the German #CoronaWarnApp for tracing #COVID19 risk contacts is available on @fdroidorg without any Google dependencies. This not only fosters software freedom, but also sets the ground for innovative features.

#microg #cctg

Simply great:
Finally, all public gitter channels can be accessed through matrix!
Well done @matrix
Now I'd only wish there was a mobile client with support for multiple accounts that I could use for professional *and* private communication.

Been participating in this week, which was of course virtual instead of in Barcelona. worked really well, but as a colleague put it: participating from at home feels like regular work - just interrupted with more video conferencing.
The socialising part of such a meeting suffers heavily.

Always keep in mind, "despite all our technological advances we are completely dependent on healthy and vibrant ecosystems for our water, food, medicines, clothes, fuel, shelter and energy, just to name a few" #BiologicalDiversityDay

RIGHT!!! Riot has turned on End-to-End Encryption by default for all private conversations, and Cross-Signing device verification has landed and is live (and 🤞 performant!) 🎉🎉🎉 Huge amounts of work went into this: has the overview.

Another article by Tomas Pueyo at
The topic is more complicated than last time, but he explains things really well. Again, a must-read on !

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