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Like anything else in digital communications, it's really just connecting a bunch of endpoints.

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I have to admit, it can be a bit hard to follow things on this AppleII when the feeds really get flying by, but it is surprisingly usable.

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I was fortunate enough to find the paired color CRT, a JVC branded Atari SC1224 for mine locally on Craigslist. It makes a -huge- difference with the ST, imo, if you can find one and you have room for it.

A bit of inception..scanning my Mastodon notifications feed from the A2000.

Once you get the syntax down, you can do a lot with this.

I'm sending this from my 2000. Specifically from the Raspberry Pi at the core of the PiStorm in the 2000.

Contrary to what the Amazon page says, you do not need a special hub. Both Amazon Echo Plus and Home assistant can control all of these bulbs directly.

Typically, I let home assistant do low-level control, then feed a virtual device to the Echos.

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Lately, I've mostly been buying these Sengled RGB Zigbee bulbs.

These are full RGB bulbs, so they can do 24 bit color, as well as different "temperatures" of white.

I really like these. All of the pictures I post online of my retro computers in crazy light is mostly backed by these.

The only possible downside is that these do NOT act as routers, at least not in Home Assistant.

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These GEs are dimmable, but they're not RGB, so they're one color.
The nice thing about these is that they can act as a router for other Zigbee devices, so you can use them like a relay as well as a bulb.
I bought all of these a few years ago though, and they may not be easy to find and may have been replaced by other models. I have a -LOT- of them though (it was a good sale).

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I have a bunch of these GE bulbs around that I've had for years. I originally bought them at Home Depot on sale...

So, there are two primary types of Zigbee bulbs I use now.

Hang on and I'll dig out the info...

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I'm Willard. I live in Socorro, New Mexico, USA
I work in fast food and it has eaten my life, i don't really do much else. So I boost the people on here that do.

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If history is any guide, a lot of the people who joined those really big servers are going to hit a wall at some point. They've joined spaces that are fast and chaotic and difficult to moderate. Much of what makes Mastodon great can be hard to grasp there. Some will migrate, but others will quit. If you find yourself getting frustrated, my sincere recommendation is that you try out one of the smaller, more focused servers before you give up on Mastodon. People are happy to offer recommendations.

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Another thing that new users may not realize is that your Mastodon account isn't limited to following other Mastodon accounts. Mastodon uses a common open source protocol called ActivityPub, and can interact with other services that use that same protocol. Pleroma, for example, or PeerTube, or PixelFed. It's like being able to subscribe to Instagram or YouTube from your Twitter account.

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Mastotip: If you tag person x in a DM with person y, both x and y will be able to see what you said. A common workaround is to put spaces between the @ sign and the username (I.e. @ sandrockcstm @

This is really key if you are discussing a moderation related issue with an admin, say if person x is harassing you. If you tag that person you can inadvertently get them to see the conversation. This is not clear from the UI and a common trap for new users.

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Another tip: Every Mastodon account has RSS built in. Just add .rss to the end of the URL for your account, e.g.

That lets people follow your public posts from an RSS reader, but it's also useful if you wanted to use IFTTT to crosspost your public posts to another platform.

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