Ben Ford

Developer Advocate at @puppetize; I get to build neat things -and- talk to people! *\o/* I run marathons in those funny finger shoes.

Ben Ford

I am drinking a beetroot coffee and I’m not sure how I feel about it.

20 hours ago
Ben Ford

In Bruxelles-midi transfer station; almost to Gent again. It’s kinda fun remembering how the old patterns work again.

23 hours ago
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Steve Silberman

How it started (2015)... how it's going (2023)

5 days ago
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Kris Nóva :ferris:

So we (GitHub) just rolled out support for Mastodon profiles.

Thanks @derekprior for helping us!

4 days ago
Ben Ford

The version of on the is discontinued and . This one is actively maintained. (And the share sheet works too 😜)

January 26, 2023
Ben Ford

Manually resolving dependencies in your Puppetfiles getting you down? How about only listing the modules you actually intend to use and letting this tool resolve all the dependencies for you?

January 26, 2023
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Cory Doctorow's linkblog

Here is how die: first, they are good to their users; then they abuse their users to make things better for their business customers; finally, they abuse those business customers to claw back all the value for themselves. Then, they die.

If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:


January 21, 2023
Ben Ford

"safelinks protection" is laughably . It actively trains you to just click blindly instead of thinking about it first because you can't read the goddamn thing to begin with.

I don't even know if this link preview has any sensitive information or even if I redacted the right bit if it does.

And don't get me started on the garbage spam email link trackers that do the same thing.

January 26, 2023
Ben Ford

Containment has always been kind of a sticky subject in the world. Usually you don't have to pay attention to the finer implementation details, but that just means you’re not expecting it when it does raise its nasty little hobbit head.

January 23, 2023
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Technology Connections

My uncle worked at a computer company, and I've always wanted to see how they are made. So I asked him to show me an assembly line and he replied with a bunch of weird letters and stuff.

January 09, 2023
Ben Ford
January 21, 2023
Ben Ford

Vacuum is the secret! That's fucking cool. (one of the secrets)

January 20, 2023
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Puppet Community Team

@davidsandilands has some tech for #2023. What do you think; did he nail it, or do you have other ideas?

January 20, 2023
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geekysteven :bc:

Philosophy of science teaches us that you can't ever fully prove a negative, so yeah, there could be diggity

January 19, 2023
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Derek Prior

I've read many requests to add Mastodon links to GitHub profiles for verification and discovery purposes.

My team is working on allowing you to add a number of social profile links, but given upcoming holiday vacations, it won't ship until the new year. We don't want to rush something out at the potential cost of disrupting what is generally a quiet time for our engineers.

Ordinarily, I wouldn't talk about in progress work on social media, but y'all seem like you can keep a secret.

December 16, 2022
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David Sandilands

Delighted to say the @puppet Development Kit (PDK) 2.6 has been released. We expect PDK to resume a normal development and release cycle after a long delay between. Great work @chelnak Gavin Patton and Paul Muir

January 18, 2023
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Anil Dash

Okay, here's a fun one for everybody: How you could build a fediverse search that people would actually *welcome*. (No surprise, the key word is "consent".) Let me know what you love or hate about the idea!

January 17, 2023
Ben Ford
January 17, 2023
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Ron Chusid :verified:

WHO updates their recommendations to advise masking by "anyone in a crowded, enclosed, or poorly ventilated space" regardless of local epidemiological conditions in light of its global spread.

January 16, 2023