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Thanks to everyone who helped out with our user research interviews the past few days, it was extremely helpful as always. We're much clearer on how the first Fluidkeys team alpha will look as a result :)

Lovely warm welcome from coworking space in Lisbon. This place is slick, bustling and it *works*. Would recommend.

Trying out digital nomad-ism in Lisbon later this week.

Can anyone point me to a nice coworking / makerspace / hackspace I could work from?

I wrote up some observations about the OpenPGP Email summit in our most recent weeknotes.

Spoiler: usability is high up the agenda, Autocrypt is awesome and Delta Chat is my new favourite app:

Who runs this instance and how can I support its running?

I "chose" this instance only because I knew people here - it wasn't a real choice because I didn't understand mastodon when I made it.

I suspect it's important we feel connected to our instance for long term health of the network and keeping it decentralised.

(This totally does not apply to pgp key management, which humans were never supposed to be good at. Bring on the automation.)

Just missed my stop on the underground. I was subconsciously relying on Citymapper's "get off alert" , which fired just after the doors closed.

I'm becoming a worse human as machines try to automate things for me: navigating, parking, spelling, memory, arithmetic come to mind.

Should I try and reverse this or am I being a luddite?!

While most startups are focused on finding ever new "whats" and "for whos" (i.e. staking out as-yet unexploited niches), social innovation can involve rebuilding alternative versions of existing things from the ground up while rethinking their "ifs", "hows" and "whys" (eg. the fediverse).

So while "move fast and break things" may be the most "efficient" approach for capitalist projects to find what they call "product/market fit", what would be the most "effective" approach for those who put humans above profit?

I think my latest throwaway prepaid SIM belonged to someone very popular in a past life. Never had so many voicemails before

Would it be reasonable to use mastodon itself (not just ActivityPub protocol) as a backend for sending machine-to-machine messages? It would be extremely helpful to use global infrastructure that someone else runs. Is this abusive / annoying / something else?

MozFest is awesome, if overwhelming. Went to @dajbelshaw's fun (yes really!) session on decentralising, met some great people there

I'm totally delighted to announce Fluidkeys 0.2, which lets you create, import, fix and automatically rotate PGP keys.

We've worked hard to avoid asking difficult questions and to automate everything by default.

Also check out @idrysdale's awesome animation :D

Incredibly nice bunch of people at the OpenPGP summit - *intense* and stimulating day thinking about email encryption.

My favourite quote: "the threat model is that no-one encrypts emails because it's too difficult". Yep! Most folks accepting we need to hide and automate encryption. Bed now.

Android friends: when I switch to a different app, the previous app unloads and loses its state (for example Citymapper is no longer on a journey, Firefox private tabs all close) Have I enabled some silly overaggressive setting?

Just arrived in Brussels for the OpenPGP Email summit. Yep that's how much I care about open source emcryption ;) Anyone here going too?

Love this:

"Facebook and Google are the only two big tech companies that are unable to diversify their profit centers. They’re addicted to their stupid business model in the same way that a petro state is addicted to oil. You know, once you’re hooked on oil as your national economy, you just kind of stay there."


I'm in the market for a well-looked-after second hand iPhone, anyone upgraded recently looking to shift their old phone?

Can anyone recommend bike lights for city centre road cycling? I haven't bought any since LEDs and li-ion batteries got dirt cheap so I don't know where to start, thanks!

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