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It was suggested I post, and pin, a toot with information about what it costs to run this instance.
I like this, I want to be transparent, and I think it's important that the community have trust and confidence in me, and the hosting.

Currently the costs looks like this:

* £112.50 a year for a VPS
* €25.00 a year for the domain name

All media (avatars, etc.) are sotred on the server, we use 20G of 40G so far.

More details (and optional donations) at
liberapay.com/M0YNG

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5. It gets better.

It gets better.

I swear to Gods, it gets better.

I didn't think it would, I was so miserable. But it has, beyond my actual pre-transition ability to even imagine.

Don't think about how long it'll take, because guaranteed, it'll take longer than you want it to.

Just keep breathing and doing what it takes to pull through, and life will feel 100% less cursed.

I love you. You got this.

:transgender_flag::hug::transgender_flag:

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Everyone, Please welcome @fallenoracle !

Please toot an so we can get to know you 😁 add some hashtags too so we know what interests you.

You can find more people in the instance in the directory
mastodon.radio/explore
(you can opt into this too once you have 10 "friends", and add tags to your profile) and the local timeline.

And this list of radio amateurs on mastodon, may be of interest: pad.dc7ia.eu/p/radio_amateurs_

And there are apps!
joinmastodon.org/apps

Can't stop thinking about this fortune cookie I got earlier in the week...

Please welcome me to the community of gemini site owners: gemini://qrz.is

It is 100% automatically generated by Hugo from the same sources as qrz.is.

That is great fun!

For any trans people who need to hear this:

Your body is beautiful. You're worthy of being desired, if that's something you want.

Whether you choose to transition (and in whatever direction you want), and wherever you are in that process -- you're seen, you are believed, and I'm proud to be your sibling.

When you look in the mirror, you deserve to hear, "Hey, Beautiful." If you don't hear it in your voice, hear it in mine.

Your strength is incredible. You come from a long tradition of transgender people, stretching back to the earliest days of humanity.

Let the haters shout into the void. You don't need to. The Void already loves you. ✨​

(cis people please boost)

How do you power your raspberry pi zero?
Solar panel to buck regulator to super capacitor to lipo shim is a sensible way, right?

#amateurradio #antennas

It's well known that my interest in VHF/UHF is relatively low: I use it to chat with some friends late at night, but that's about it. (I don't get the thrill to make long distance contacts with equipment that actually isn't meant for this purpose. And there are almost no repeaters existing any more in Estonia - but that's another story.)

Recently, however, it came up at the Estonian hamfest that the tradition of VHF fielddays seems doomed to die: hardly any youngsters are interested in going out into the field with all the equipment (and do they even have access to it?), spending hours setting up stuff, and then making a few contacts with people they could meet on the air anyway.

I can be baited with traditions, though: don't like to see them dying. As the weather forecast is favourable, I'm considering to take part in the VHF fieldday coming weekend for the first time myself.

For preparation I put up a yagi (7 elements) and testest it at the monthly Estonian VHF Cup contest. In about 2 h I made only 12 QSOs - I have no idea how these local VHF contests work - what are the frequencies people are hiding at (more than calling)? But the antenna is working: longest distance: 262km to Sweden in SSB.

I start getting interested. Will try to get my 'big' yagi (11 elements) up and see what happens. (For the moment I rotate the antenna manually - but that's not a long-term solution.)

ARGH!
Why does 404 everything?

I have index.html file, 404
I specify a text file, 404
I copy the html file to .php and it works?

What stupid config file mistake do I have?

#!/bin/bash
upower -i $(upower -e | grep BAT) | grep -E "state|to\ full|to\ empty|percentage"

What really doesn't help is the . key being missing on this tiny keyboard, which isn't backlit (so is very hard to use in the dark)

I'm getting much better with tmux though, because I sure can't multitask anything with just one framebuffer!

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@solene 's old computer challenge.

My little eee has been fairly ok today, I've reworked my tmux dashboard to fit onto the smaller screen, and been able to do most things.
But I've had to resort to my main laptop to edit the club newsletter because even if I had a GUI on here I'd struggle to run libre office to view submissions, handle images, write the newsletter, generate PDFs etc.
I can't find a way to access @Tutanota from the command line either.

this toot sent directly from the Eee using Toot (and the WiFi and the mobile)

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This toot sent from my ASUS Eee PC 701 4g via toot (app) via a computer at home via ssh via Wireguard VNC via WiFi via mobile phone hotspot.

If there were more awareness in fedi and tech circles they'd use a tag like #UbuntuLinux and leave the #Ubuntu tag for African solidarity and discussions of the actual African philosophy Canonical took the name from... but you're not ready for that conversation.

Everyone, Please welcome @r2akf !

Please toot an so we can get to know you 😀 add some hashtags too so we know what interests you.

You can find more people in the instance in the directory
mastodon.radio/explore
(you can opt into this too once you have 10 "friends", and add tags to your profile) and the local timeline.

And this list of radio amateurs on mastodon, may be of interest: pad.dc7ia.eu/p/radio_amateurs_

And there are apps!
joinmastodon.org/apps

with JA8KSF from Japan : 9300 km 😜
We seem to be at the same latitude.

I finally managed to work 100 confirmed entities :) My new adventures will be working QRP with my recently purchased FT-817ND and building a small PA for the times I need a small boost.

I did open the IT-100 and couldn't see any obvious issues, no components have let smoke out as far as I can see.

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Looks like I've killed my LDG IT-100 automatic matching unit...

I was running 6m FT8 on a half size G5RV.

The ½G5RV is not rated for 6m (as far as I know) but the matching unit seemed to manage it - just.

Now it won't match anything on any band.

I've dug out the old manual matcher and I can get the ½RV to good SWRs on the bands I tried (it doesn't do 6) so it's not the aerial, or the feed-line, or the radio, or the coax that goes from radio to matching unit.

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