Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaMon, 03 Aug 2015 10:57:21 +1000 
There may be a bit of instability in the hubzilla repository while Diaspora protocol support is moved from core to a plugin (called "diaspora"). This work has begun and is in progress. You must install the diaspora plugin to continue providing Diaspora communications. This may take several weeks to fully migrate, so if you encounter Diaspora issues, please pull both hubzilla and hubzilla-addons to ensure you catch updates to both. FYI, The old "diaspora cross-post" plugin is now called "diaspost".
Haakon Meland Eriksen
 Sun, 02 Aug 2015 22:59:47 +1000 
As long as I do not have to butler for Batman, this is good advise.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaSat, 01 Aug 2015 18:24:59 +1000 
Not Got Zot.

Snake-Handling Pastor Dies From Rattlesnake Bite


Pastor Jamie Coots of Middlesboro, Ky., refused treatment after being bitten.
Jake Moomaw
 TatooineSun, 02 Aug 2015 02:54:32 +1000 
Nope. No Zot there.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaSat, 01 Aug 2015 09:53:03 +1000 
@Channel One+

Just a heads up....

Youtube and vimeo specific bbcodes are going away in hubzilla; along with reducing or eliminating any other 3rd party branding from our code. We haven't used these codes internally for quite some time but I see a few cases where folks are probably typing them in manually. Just use the "insert web link" button and we'll take care of generating the appropriate bbcode for whatever link you provide. Getting rid of the youtube special cases for oembedding so that we get the https version of the videos instead of their broken http oembeds is still to be worked out.
Sean Tilley
 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 05:43:05 +1000 
Good to know. I've been manually typing them in for a while in the interest of having an embedded player rather than a thumbnail.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaFri, 31 Jul 2015 13:53:19 +1000 
I just managed to use DAV to copy a photo to my hubzilla photo album within the Windows 7 filebrowser, behind a fascist firewall;  on a different continent. You've no idea...
Giaco Jazz
 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:19:35 +1000 
Sean Tilley
 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 05:49:49 +1000 
You're a fucking wizard, Mike. Good job!
Mike Macgirvin

Redmatrix 2.7

 High Range, AustraliaTue, 28 Jul 2015 10:39:31 +1000 
Announcing Redmatrix 2.7

Redmatrix is an open source webserver platform for linking decentralised communities, applications, and other websites using shared authentication, access control, communications, and directory services.

Notable changes since 2.6:

Connection filter which allows members to filter and ignore stream conversations from any of their connections based on a number of criteria:
    - text string
    - regular expression pattern matching
    - post hashtags
    - detected post language

Event calendar export *and* import from Thunderbird/Lightning (should also work with most other calendar and event software such as Outlook)

Web module to set and query advanced configuration data for members (analogous to Thunderbird's about:config)

Increase default "profile photo" size to 300px from 175px. Margin width in the default theme was raised accordingly.

Provide the ability for website resources ("sys channel") to include menus to work well with the other page construction elements (pages, layouts, and blocks).

Provide the ability to import/export and otherwise share menu design elements within posts.

Add the ability for addons to catch and handle URLs as arbitrary modules other than those based on their plugin name.

Account export - provide export files containing any given year of posts to work around resource exhaustion during export/import when processing all conversations belonging to the channel.

Allow themes to declare/create theme specific widgets.

Continuing UI/UX improvements, notably the Connection Edit page, but also extending the overall page layout and improving the usability of sidebar(s).


A community proposal resulted in a decision to re-brand the project under the name "Hubzilla" in order to mitigate the cumulative effects of mistakes, missteps, and overall confusion about the Redmatrix project. These marketing issues were identified/highlighted in "Zotopia" earlier this year; which was a live brainstorming session between outgoing project leadership and selected industry executives to identify the weaknesses in the project and reconcile with current technology trends as it transitions to community leadership.

This name change will not officially take place until we finish website and marketing tools and merge the exploratory "redmatrix version 3" branch back into a single repository.  New exploratory projects with skilled development resources  are encouraged to make use of the "hubzilla" repository on github  if their production schedule is more than 3-4 months out; and help us sort out any remaining issues. The two project repositories are currently believed to be 100% compatible at a protocol level, but database configuration is somewhat different. Those projects/clients desiring overall stability or that lack skilled developers should stick with the more stable redmatrix repository and wait for database conversion tools to become available later this year along with the official launch of Hubzilla..

@Channel One+
Mario Vavti
 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 05:20:19 +1000 
Mike Macgirvin
 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:33:46 +1000 last edited: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:51:19 +1000  
What about ?

Sure - we've already got the code.

And the key to sanity in timezones is to use UTC everywhere for transport - and indicate if the time should float to the observer timezone or be independent of it. 99.99% of the time the observer timezone is expected for floating times. Independent times are like holidays - "New Year's Day is January 1, regardless of what timezone you are in".  The remaining minority of cases can be handled with a conversion tool to display a chosen time as something else. [We also once had such a tool as a friendica module for the benefit of Diaspora folks.]

Anyway we don't need to generate ics files with timezone info. We just need to be able to parse them so we can convert the events that were transported in named timezones (which our platform has different names for) into UTC so we can use them.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaMon, 27 Jul 2015 13:00:43 +1000 
Seems legit...

Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaMon, 27 Jul 2015 10:03:20 +1000 
The mother-in-law bought me a new #chainsaw to replace the old one that sort of got bartered away behind my back. It isn't quite as powerful overall but I'm not complaining because this one just works and is powerful enough for my needs. The old one always had "issues" that demanded your attention and wasted a lot of time before you could use it.
Mike Macgirvin
 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:49:20 +1000 
They do.
Marshall Sutherland
 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:33:55 +1000 
This reminds me... I need to get out and see if my back is feeling up to swinging an ax again. I've been chipping away at this log for years.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaTue, 21 Jul 2015 06:50:51 +1000 
The Red GitThe Red Git wrote the following post 2 weeks ago

Fixes regarding the new default profile photo size. The default profile photos are just renamed. People which provided the originals are invited to reproduce them in the new 300 by 300 px format.

Fixes regarding the new default profile photo size. The default profile photos are just renamed. People which provided the originals are invited to reproduce them in the new 300 by 300 px format.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaTue, 21 Jul 2015 06:29:49 +1000 
Thunderbird now contains calendering functionality by integrating the Lightning extension.

Redmatrix/Hubzilla will export their calendars and events to Thunderbird (need to test in any event). We need to import them as well. That's reasonably important in the bigger picture.
Waitman Gobble
 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:25:25 +1000 last edited: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:26:11 +1000  
I'm sure it's better now, I don't remember when I last tinkered with ical - it could have been 2002. I remember that apple's handling of timezones was nutty, and a glance at wikipedia under 'bugs' = are all timezone related lol.

I'd have to find some sample ical files to take a look.
Waitman Gobble
 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:44:30 +1000 
I spent a moment, can't find /. i used to work on this phpicalendar project back in 2002, found some ancient mail list posts.. anyway  i'm sure everything is sorted out by now! :)
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaMon, 20 Jul 2015 19:30:30 +1000 
The connections filter feature should now take a construct like lang=de and do the right thing, assuming the post was lengthy enough to evaluate the language (128 chars by default, but a site can change this). You can still accept or block any specific channel from sending you stuff based on tags, regular expressions, or straight text matches.

I'll add this to the doco after it undergoes a bit more testing.
 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:17:34 +1000 
I will be glad to do that Mike, but I'm now on my summer holiday. So everyone has to wait a couple of weeks or they can try it themselves.
 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:08:51 +1000 
After evaluated this function for a while, it seems it doesn't work at all. I'm trying for example to exclude German posts with lang=de, but all German post for this particular Redmatrix channel are imported. I can't debug any further, because I'm on vacation, what means I'm not near my regular PC.
 YaxchilanFri, 17 Jul 2015 17:55:08 +1000 
Snow in australia is something weird ... compared to the other pictures from your area ...

Forecast today 36°C, it's already 30°C in my office.
I like seasons. I like hot summers and snowy winters and rain, storm, everything. I like weather :-)
Haakon Meland Eriksen
 Sat, 18 Jul 2015 08:38:35 +1000 
Nice bit of fresh morning dew there, but where is this snow you speak of? ;-)
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaThu, 16 Jul 2015 09:52:48 +1000 
Really like the connedit changes. Thanks again @Mario Vavti
Mario Vavti
 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 20:50:02 +1000 
Glad you like it :)
Sean Tilley
 Sat, 18 Jul 2015 03:22:11 +1000 
Time to pull the latest code in! :)
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaWed, 15 Jul 2015 16:03:12 +1000 
Survey reveals who are the happiest Australians


Australians who live in towns with less than 1,000 people are significantly happier than those in big cities, a survey finds.
Tazman DeVille
 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:57:07 +1000 

Now I live in a city of almost 900,000 people (okay, 862,477 according to last census) with 6 colleges in it.

Nowhere near 20million...that really sounds overwhelming...but still a pretty good sized town, yet still has a kind of small-town feel to it in some ways to me.
Tazman DeVille
 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 20:02:34 +1000 
In all truth, I was perfectly miserable when we lived out in the cornfields of Colorado.
But I've always felt very happy living in the sticks in CT.
The forest is home to me, but cornfields not so much.
Of course, I was 11 - 14 in the cornfields, a perfectly miserable age.
Mike Macgirvin


 High Range, AustraliaWed, 15 Jul 2015 06:27:02 +1000 
The goal - speak directly to your target audience and tell them your value proposition.

The best I can come up with at the moment is

Personal and community websites working together.

We can add 'commercial' later when we've got eCommerce ability but this keeps it simple now when we need the simplicity. You would think that "websites working together" would be even simpler, but it's too general and we need to zero in on our core audience; the builders of sites. Adding that description triggers my personal mental content alerts as something I should look at rather than skim past, don't know about you. "Working together" is our value proposition. Anybody can build a website. We let John's website work seamlessly with Larry's.

Anyway, you're welcome to take a stab at it.
Waitman Gobble
 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 06:55:56 +1000 
Awesome. I'm just tinkering around with it. I have an idea where there is no cart really, everything is handled as a private message. So a person connects to a store channel, adds the items they want, puts into a private message and receives an invoice to pay. Already there's an established connection for customer support. I think it's a step different from the original ebay model. The privacy and customer-business relationship are perhaps a little skewed from the norm, but perhaps worth research. (?)
Giaco Jazz
 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 23:11:55 +1000 
"If you want an "anti-Facebook" Diaspora is the logical choice"

with all due respect, but here I can throw up: certainly this is not anti-facebook thing ... most of the people who use diaspora, use and coexist very well with facebook... then say that it is against is wrong.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaTue, 14 Jul 2015 12:34:38 +1000 
It has begun.

WA woman jailed in Abu Dhabi for 'writing bad words' on Facebook


A West Australian woman is arrested and jailed in Abu Dhabi after being found guilty of writing bad words on social media.
Marshall Sutherland
 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 13:33:12 +1000 
Inquiring minds want to know... What were the "bad words"???
Tazman DeVille
 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:45:40 +1000 
article doesn't say
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaMon, 13 Jul 2015 12:20:54 +1000 
I just wonder if the person who thought up the dandelion meme for Diaspora ever tried to grow a lawn. Probably not. That's why I get a blood pressure rise every time that logo (or a variation of it) comes into view. I want to drown the infernal thing in Round-Up and kill it dead. This has nothing to do with the project, it's a pure psychological reaction to the image of that nasty weed trying to propagate itself on somebody's lawn. Saw it again today. But I'm not here to throw rocks. I'll just offer an alternative weed to counteract all the hostile imagery.

Sean Tilley
 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:04:13 +1000 
It might also make it insanely difficult to criminalize.
Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:08:52 +1000 from Diaspora
in the province where i live it's not a criminal offence to grow a few in the garden for personal recreational use, BUT they are rather strict about driving a car while under the influence of it, and will even take blood samples if they suspect that is going on
Sean Tilley
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 06:02:10 +1000 
You know what, after thinking about it for a while, I feel that Hubzilla is actually a really great name for the project. :)