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I mourn the days when TVs weren't 'smart' and did no more than faithfully display the signal you fed them.

Same as I miss the time when compilers didn't try to second-guess my intent and competence as a programmer.

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Also on the subject of domain names: there are a surprisingly large number of short English-word domain names under the .cx TLD that are available at base price. Why is that? Sure, it's not exactly as prestigious as a .com domain, but surely it's better than, like, .online and all the other absurdly long gTLDs. Am I missing something?

Revising this: if you prefer I will create A, AAAA, CNAME, or DNAME records myself for your ⟨⟩ subdomain rather than NS. (I'm not sure why anyone would prefer that but I also don’t see a downside of offering it.) No MX or other records, if you want those then please take the full NS delegation.

Again, boost for visibility, I’m hoping this can be a useful if small service for aspiring self-hosts.

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Back in the 90s (or, as the kids call them now, “the late 1900s”) I had this wild idea that I could buy a bunch of short simple domain names as an investment of sorts. But then why would someone buy one from me when they could just get a different one straight from the registrar? Dumb idea, glad I didn’t waste money on it

YouTubeDrive: Store files as YouTube videos == infinite disk space

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Boost for visibility, plz

To anyone interested in self-hosting a , , , or other instance:

I own the domain <> and will freely delegate a subdomain thereof to anyone who plans to use it for hosting a fedi instance. Mail me at if interested.

One per person; no obviously confusing names e.g. "mx" or "www"; no support given beyond setting NS records. Other conditions may apply but I haven't thought of them yet.

How does one create/suggest an RFC? And is there any lower bound on how 'big' a new RFC should be? Just thought of a small but generally useful extension to an existing open standard and wondering whom I need to tell about it.

I'll probably get cancelled for saying this but [mainstream opinion that probably about 50% of everyone in the country holds]

Websites repeatedly demanding that I set up 2FA and then implementing it as TOTP, which is fake 2FA

All it would take is a quorum of Alphabet, Microsoft, and AOL to abolish HTML mail forever in favor of some sane format like text/enriched. So of course that will never happen

Thankfully Oracle knows what's up and has some good advice to offer for designers

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I tried to submit a report about this issue to Substack but, uh

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There are many terrible things about HTML mail, but the one that annoys me most often in practice is when the sender sets a text color but not a background color, or vice versa, forcing me to continue using light-on-dark defaults if I want to actually read my email

If you ever want to make a whole room full of people hate you, I’m here to tell you that many karaoke song lists include Daft Punk’s “Around the World”

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Institutional religion, especially churches, are rapidly declining in America and there is no lack for explanations from all sides -religious and secular explanations.

Yet, any explanation for why religions are declining must also be able to explain why virtually every secular social institution, like the boy scouts, the free masons, and the NAACP, are also declining in membership.

It's not just churches, people just don't know how to be a part of a community anymore.

Just happened across RFC 3043 ( describing "A URN Namespace for People and Organizations", while trying to figure out what I could possibly put in the href field for an <a rel="author" href="..."> tag, if not an actual document link. But can't find any evidence this namespace has ever actually been used. Is it even possible to get one of these?

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