FOSDEM 2023 will take place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of February 2023. We are aiming for a physical conference at ULB again.

“Y’all” is a superior plural pronoun. “Ain’t” is a perfectly good contraction. “Reckon” is a fantastic verb for describing when you are of an opinion. “Yonder” is the only word to describe that way over there.

@jgoerzen This is fantastic, thanks for writing this! It echoes a lot of my experiences. I don't think I had ever internalized how little overlap there was between the DOS/Win3x ecosystem and FLOSS, but you're absolutely right. I never saw the code of any DOS shareware utilities I ran — just the stuff I typed in by hand from Byte, Dr Dobbs, and friends

I write about growing up through the PC and Internet revolution in rural America here: I talk about the difficulties of everything being long distance, #BBS, #UUCP, #PPP, escaping #Microsoft, #DOS, #Linux, #OS2, and Theo de Raadt. Thank you @kensanata and @szczezuja for prompting me to do this. I realize I may have written, uh, SLIGHTLY more than you were looking for 🙂


Today, in the Year of Our Lord 2022, my primary Internet connection finally gained IPv6 support

P.S. If you're a #gemini person reading this and enjoying #smolZINE please consider contributing to a future issue. Write an opinion piece, create some ascii art, make up something totally new, invent a new section, I don't care! Community contributions I've gotten in the past have made for some of the best issues.

You can contact me here on the fediverse of email contributions to smolzine (at)

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We are considering to move postmarketOS to SourceHut:

(Please read the full blog post instead of just commenting based on the headline 😉)

Gemini only for now — again, they're mostly for me, and that's how I want to produce and consume them! If you're looking for a good Gemini client, I'm really enjoying Lagrange by @jk.

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Following Andy Matuschak, I'm going to try keeping “evergreen notes”, in particular about my Swanson programming language work. They're mostly for me, but if you want to poke around, you can find them at gemini://

Rather than make new devices that will turn into e-waste after the event, we're recycling old price tags into networked conference badges.

The video of my talk is live! Check it out if you want a whirlwind tour of some of my favorite programming languages, and how some common programming patterns compare and contrast across them!

I finally wrote some words about no longer needing a laptop thanks to my phone and a lapdock

@graydon Are you at PLDI this week or will you be catching the talk on said live stream?

Doug Gregor will be explaining Swift's ABI stability machinery in a live stream at PLDI this week and if you are the sort of PL implementation pragmatics nerd who appreciates such things I guarantee your jaw will drop when you apprehend how much gruesome and thankless work is embedded in the thing. One of those move a mountain with a teaspoon sort of situations.

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