Bookmarked Perl group chat for the fediverse by Mark GardnerMark Gardner (
It's like a group chat for Mastodon, Pleroma, Friendica, and the rest. Discuss software development in the Perl programming language.
Y U NO guy asks you to follow & tag
If you’re a Perl programmer on Mastodon, Pleroma, Akkoma, Friendica, or any of the other fediverse services, you owe it to yourself to follow @[email protected] so you can join the discussion with almost 200 of your peers. No worrying about missing — if the @Perl group is tagged, you’ll get the message and so will everyone else.

Replied to Yes to ActivityPub, but no to Friends by Shelley Powers (Burningbird)
I decided to disable the Friends plug-in when I realized it was inserting every new feed item as a new post in my database. This could easily become unmanageable. Considering you can use a feed reader to read weblogs AND Mastodon accounts, it just didn’t seem worth the database burden.

I’ve also been messing with the Friends and ActivityPub plugins for WordPress on my blog, and I share Shelley’s concerns about the former bloating the database with feed items. You can control this somewhat by setting retention values in days or a number of posts, but you have to go into each friend’s Feeds tab and do it manually–there’s no default setting.

After reading that post, I’m also considering disabling Friends in favor of a feed reader, especially because (as Shelley also noted) there are gaps when with favorites and comment conversations bridging between WordPress and Mastodon servers. Like her, I’m not keen on installing a single-​user Mastodon instance or other fediverse server that requires managing an unfamiliar programming language.

I’m also trying to do this in tandem with a suite of IndieWeb plugins, and I’m running into an issue with my friends feed page not showing any posts when the Post Kinds plugin is activated. I really want to keep this plugin because it lets me interact better with other IndieWeb sites as well as the Bridgy POSSE/​backfeed service connecting me to other social networks.

My ideal is a personal website where I write everything, including long-​form articles, short statuses, and replies like these. Folks can then find me via a single identifiable address and then subscribe/​follow the entire firehose of content or choose subsets according to post types, topics, or tags. They’d then be able to reply or react on my site or their favored platform, which my site would collect regardless of origin, with subsequent replies and reactions getting pushed out to them. Oh, and it should work with both ActivityPub clients and servers, IndieWeb sites, and syndicate/​backfeed to other social networks either with or akin to the Bridgy service I mentioned above.

So far I haven’t seen anything that ticks all these boxes, and I’m getting itchy to write my own. Perl is my favorite programming language, so I’m looking at the Yancy CMS as a base. But I know that it would still be a hell of a project, and one of the reasons I chose WordPress for blogging was that it was well-​established and ‑supported but still easily extensible so that I could concentrate on writing instead of endlessly tweaking the engine. Unfortunately, I’m starting to fall into that trap anyway.

Favorited How much time until the Epochalypse? by Michael HertigMichael Hertig (
A countdown to the end of 32-bit Unix time

Paraphrasing Jay‑Z: If your time_t is 32-​bit, I feel bad for you, son. I got 9,223,372,036,854,775,807 problems but an Epochalypse ain’t one

Follow-​up: Paul Bennett on Facebook asks, When are we going to move to 128-​bit signed integer epoch seconds with a 128-​bit IEEE 754 floating point offset in seconds?

I’m not sure how useful quadruple-​precision floating point seconds are, but as for epoch seconds, Trond Endrestøl concluded in a  blog that we would need to move by early December in the year 292,277,026,596. It wouldn’t be much of a year, though, as the sun will have long ago engulfed the Earth (so how do you measure a year?), our entire Local Group of galaxies will have merged into one super-​galaxy, and all the other galaxies will have receded outside the observable universe.

So 292 gigayears should be enough for anyone (that’s still recognizably human), just as 640 kilobytes was once enough for anyone”.