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Hello 👋

I'm a SRE (Site Reliability Engineer) living in Potsdam, Germany. I'm generally interested in many things, but with this profile mainly following topics around , , , distributed systems and similar things.

I'm currently taking a sabbatical and intend to look for new opportunities in spring of next year. 🙂

I like friendly discussions and disputes and despise insulting behavior, pre-justice and assuming bad intentions.

For my systems programmer job search, I wrote a resume that tells the stories of my 7 #bestbugs. I'm going to post them here one by one. Please reply with your #bestbugs!

"Why is shooting a giant laser at my satellite not working?"

bit.ly/bestbuglaser

(If you've already read this one, click on the link at the end of the story to read 6 more)

Dentist: So, do you floss?
Me: Do you use a unique password for every account?

I'm really not worried about Mastodon scaling issues at all.

When I left Twitter in 2008, we had roughly twice as many users as the current combined Mastodon network, all running on one MySQL server that had the same specs as a high-end 2013 MacBook Pro, plus roughly 10 web servers and 5 queue servers.

To be fair, growth wasn't as rapid, and we had local-infra advantages over federated systems, but these problems are solvable and I have no doubt will be fixed soon.

*Hugops to all admins!*

Often times people ask me, "But how do I learn about how ActivityPub works? Where do I get started?"

Friends! The ActivityPub spec itself is here to help you! There's a really lovely story-driven tutorial about ActivityPub right at the top of the spec in the "Overview" section! w3.org/TR/activitypub/#Overvie

Give it a read! I tried really hard to make it easy to follow, and it has beautiful illustrations from @mray!

Developing Mastodon, I strive to use terminology that is familiar to as many people as possible so as to not put up unnecessary barriers in understanding. For this reason I am happy that we went away from calling posts "toots". It has always been a point of friction for people. Not that I dislike branding, quite the opposite, but in my experience receiving feedback over half a decade, it had a negative effect on the platform for little benefit.

de.wikisource.org/wiki/Ornamen
"Ornament und Verbrechen" von Adolf Loos ist der Text, der die Moderne in der Architektur begründet und am Ende zum bauhaus, zu modernen, glatten Stahl und Glas-Gebäuden und den Würfelhäusern führt.

Und wenn ihr moderne Wolkenkratzerstädte langweilig und menschenfeindlich findet, dann lest mal diesen Text.

Ugh.

I read this elsewhere: If trusted news outlets would start offering #Mastodon instances to their staff, that would bring some sort of verification and visibility. Think social.nytimes.com, social.heise.de etc. I'd love to read more from trusted journalists on the #fediverse and this could greatly help. (Again, not my idea but couldn't find the original author.) Boosts for visibility would be great. Reminder: Favorites don't help as on this other platform.

I've written and spoken a lot about the illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine. But it was this article that I wrote back in April which I think helps people understand the leadership delta between the two armies...and I've observed them both.
thebulwark.com/i-commanded-u-s

Here's my blog entry about moving from Twitter to Mastodon

It has a couple of salty notes in that people might enjoy, plus first impressions and some thoughts on stuff I plan to do with the Mastodon API simonwillison.net/2022/Nov/5/m

Tip: fill out your profile *before* you start following people.

If folks can't tell who you are, they're not going to follow back.

#FediTips

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Hello 👋

I'm a SRE (Site Reliability Engineer) living in Potsdam, Germany. I'm generally interested in many things, but with this profile mainly following topics around , , , distributed systems and similar things.

I'm currently taking a sabbatical and intend to look for new opportunities in spring of next year. 🙂

I like friendly discussions and disputes and despise insulting behavior, pre-justice and assuming bad intentions.

I've just set up a new .

Say hello to @k8s_releases :kubernetes_party:

It'll toot out whenever there is a new release available on . 🎉

Quick writeup of the first week of operating a production Mastodon instance under heavy load due to the Twitter exodus. Graphs, data, and privacy. Enjoy infrastructure nerds.

This is the blog that has all of the good infrastructure knowledge in it! Let me know what you think.

#hachyderm #thefuture

medium.com/@kris-nova/operatin

I wrote a nano tool that tries to extract the #Fediverse accounts of your #Twitter followings: fedifinder.glitch.me/

It searches for the patterns @user@host.tld, user@host.tld and host.tld/@user in the screen name, description, location and URL field. It displays them to you in the correct format for easy copying as well as a CSV download that can be imported to #Mastodon.

New version: fedifinder-backup.glitch.me/

Kubernetes community on the Fediverse

Unofficial ⎈Kubernetes Mastodon instance for container and cloud native enthusiasts.