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I don't know what I am, but I'm here.

I write a lot about feelings (especially grief) and dissolving the plutonomy. I code; I record original music; I build shelves; I pull out wisteria; I parent; I friend.

In suspended transition from 2000-2016, struggling towards transgirl since then.

#softwareGripe #webDesign #Mastodon

Do not ever change the meaning of a thing while the mouse is hovering over it. Someone might be about to click on what's there *now*, and there's a small amount of inherent time-delay in the whole "read - process - decide - act" loop.

Just now I was trying to select the "Nextcloud" hashtag, but every time I clicked on it I got a different spelling.

After some experimentation, I realized that the drop-down list was being populated while I was hovering, and apparently the update must have *just* propagated to the screen as I was clicking -- changing the one item I was hovering over and moving it down the list (to a place where I could no longer see it, as it happens, even though it was actually the correct choice) so that I ended up clicking on something else entirely.

Just... why.

Don't do that.

Oh, and also: There is no way to clear the error list, so you can see which errors are new and which are old. Does this mean that the list only represents errors from the most recent sync attempt? Starting a new sync does not clear the list either, though, so it could be cumulative... and since new errors get added to the existing list while the sync is in progress, this would seem to be the case.

There should be a way to clear the error list.

Timestamps would be nice too. ...oh wait, "now" and "1 minute ago" are technically timestamps, aren't they... except that they're only updated when the list is modifie...can I please just have YYYY/MM/DD HH:MM:SS pretty please?

Or if the devs really are hell-bent on "friendly" quasi-timestamps that give the time relative to the last update, how about a header showing what that time was? Or at least a header for each sync session, so I can tell which errors are current?

Nextcloud desktop client gives errors during sync, but very unhelpfully:

1. You can click on the folder icon to browse to your local copy of the file at issue, but:

1a. There's no hover-text to indicate that you can do this.
1b. There's no visual feedback, when you click, to indicate that something is happening. (Sometimes, nothing does.)
1c. There does not appear to be any way to configure which file browser is used. It apparently uses the system default, but this is only updated when the app starts.

2. The messages are very uninformative and often unnecessary.

2a. e.g. item #4 -- why is this even an error? If the file is supposed to be ignored, then *ignore it.*

2b. Many of these turn out to be empty folders, with no other evidence as to what the problem is.

2c. "Access forbidden" -- access forbidden *where?* Locally, or on the server? (It often turns out to be a permissions issue in the server's file repo.)

cc: @nextcloud

Caja (file browser for MATE, generally better than Nautilus, Dolphin, Thunar):

1. Does not give destination files temporary names while copying is in progress.
2. Does not provide an option to verify-after-copying or even just compare-these-folders (you have to run a separate app such as kdiff3, not included, and re-navigate to the folders in question) if a copy operation is interrupted in the middle of a file, there is no clear indication of whether you have the whole file or not.

#2 at least is a problem with just about every file-browser in existence -- and yet the problem of files being incompletely copied is also quite common. .

Also, why is copying via browser so much slower than rsync? Why don't browsers offer an option to use rsync for copying multiple files?

The whole time you have Spectacle open, it apparently keeps a cache of the filesystem.

KDE does not provide a way to refresh file listings (typically right-click -> refresh or F5).

So if for some reason you need to add a folder from outside of Spectacle for Spectacle to use, you have to close and reopen Spectacle before it can see the new folder.

(In this case, I wanted the folder to be a link to my screenshots folder in Nextcloud, and the dialog doesn't provide any way to make a link.)

TFW you want to start writing down all the problems with a given piece of software, because you're dealing with them *right now*, but it just doesn't seem worth the time because you know nothing would be done about it even if you filed issue-tickets.

...unless the community has already decided to do something about it, in which case it'll get fixed whether or not you do anything.

Masto hot take 

I'd like to report a murder.

(The opening lines of Greta Thunberg's speech at Davos)

A thing I want to read but probably won't have time for: tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society - Vol 18 No 1 (2020)

Table of Contents

  • Communicative Socialism/Digital Socialism
  • Democratic Socialists on Social Media: Cohesion, Fragmentation, and Normative Strategies
  • Theory, Reality, and Possibilities for a Digital/Communicative Socialist Society
  • Rising With the Robots: Towards a Human-Machine Autonomy for Digital Socialism
  • Left Populism and Platform Capitalism
  • Spaces of Struggle: Socialism and Neoliberalism With a Human Face Among Digital Parties and Online Movements in Europe
  • Digital Socialism Beyond the Digital Social: Confronting Communicative Capitalism with Ethics of Care
...and that's only about half the listing.

Pet peeve:

people who pronounce "Batesian mimicry" as 'baTEESian mimicry'

...yes, I am a dork. Why do you ask?

~The Two Genders~


You have to be one or the other.

Also, no switching.

We don't cancel people who make shitty jokes about trans people, only people who seriously explore the issues behind shitty trans jokes.


Pessimism is the luxury of someone with something to lose.

I have far too many friends (also white) whose long term plans are to just die in "the climate wars".

Whereas my Indigenous friends are thinking decades if not centuries ahead.

I know which one I prefer.

Youtubers, and any other content creators that receive adshare from their platform, are also workers in the gig economy and should organize for their rights

So uh moving our stuff is a little expensive considering how much we spent to move in, and we need a bit of money to get the rest of our shit out of storage for a U-Haul. We need to conserve our money for next month's rent and food.

Like another $100 would probably do the trick. Already got $100 from fedi. :3

Good news is once it's emptied we can save $50 a month by getting rid of one of our units.

From here on out we'll be self-sufficient.

Tech gripe: I hit the wrong button while trying to play a voicemail, and instead deleted it.

There was no confirmation prompt. There is no "undelete".

This is just one more example of the terrible UX around telephony in .

The HTML option in GlitchSoc is a long-awaited and much-needed (as in, why was it ever omitted??) feature, but OMG CAN WE PLEASE HAVE TOOT PREVIEW NOW?? ( I can check the rendering before posting, instead of ending up sending multiple notifs to everyone following me as I draft and delete and redraft and re-delete...

As a footnote to that toot: of the many times I have seen the "you need to enable DRM" warning, I have not yet encountered a page where not enabling it actually seemed to have any negative impact on the page.

To be clear: I have never once enabled it.

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