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Mike Macgirvin

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Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Delivery reports and message tracking are coming. So you'll be able to visit a webpage and see who got your post and who didn't, and for zot hosts, why they didn't get it. For Diaspora hosts all we can say is we did our job and they accepted it and returned a success indication and then just lost the darn thing.

#redmatrix #hubzilla #diaspora
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
I've been steadily making headway through the V3 roadmap, rewriting huge chunks of the project to improve performance dramatically, fixing lots of bugs, and improving federation. Mario has pretty much revamped the entire UI/UX and made webpages accessible for everybody. Along the way we've been steadily introducing new functionality and features.

#redmatrix

You might think that nothing is happening with this project or that things are happening at glacial speed; as sometimes it seems like that,

...but you'd be wrong.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
#redmatrix
[master 85f546e] crude but more or less functional event import from thunderbird ics files
Vote Now

Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
This is a #redmatrix "consensus item". If you have up-to-date software and you have permission to comment on this post you may register your vote and participate in the decision using the buttons in your toolbar below.

And before you ask: the ability to vote on consensus items does not currently federate to #diaspora. Votes will however be visible on Diaspora as they are generic ActivityStream objects. They will just appear on other networks as comments instead of being tallied.

Should #redmatrix allow voting on posts?
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Yawn, keep beating those sticks together guys. Owncloud is all well and good - unless you want to restrict who can see your shared files and realising that not everybody you want to restrict the files to has or even wants an account on your server and you are unwilling to make the files "public".  

We have a solution for that: it's called #redmatrix

Server 8 | ownCloud.org

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ownCloud Server 8.0 has significant feature improvements for users, administrators and developers.                     This page contains an overview of the most important features and improvements. Want to learn more about ownCloud from somebody in person? Meet us at an event! ownCloud Server 8 improves Federated Cloud sharing, allowing users to share files by d...
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Mike Macgirvin
  
#redmatrix - putting the decent in decentralisation.
Mike Macgirvin
  
So I'm looking at #redmatrix documentation. We aren't doing that bad. If nobody reads it, that's a different problem. But here are some mental notes I took and would like to share....

- Technical documentation should be devoid of politics. We can provide another section of "why you should use the redmatrix" or "why you shouldn't use spyware". But it doesn't belong in the basic documentation. Let's keep it to how you do get around and do stuff.

- We're missing a lot of necessary "configuration guide for hub admins". We've got a lot of install stuff, but we let somebody configure their site in a zillion different ways for a zillion different uses. Let's show them.  Include all the critical stuff like service classes and default privacy settings, through how you take a site off the grid and provide a different selection of apps and profile fields. And how to configure the home page. Let's list a bunch of the different config settings that one can tweak and the reasons why they might tweak it.

- Probably best to separate documentation into
    redmatrix for members
    redmatrix for hub admins
    redmatrix for developers
Mike Macgirvin
  
#redshare

The #redshare Firefox addon has been updated to the updated RED_PLATFORM generator string and the current project icon and the version incremented to 1.0. It will be available at addons/mozilla.org after preliminary review (which could take a week or three). If you want it today, point your browser at https://zothub.com/redshare.xpi

#redmatrix
Mike Macgirvin
  
Facebook tests Snapchat-like vanishing act for posts

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Faceboook's going Mission: Impossible, ephemeral-message on us, having confirmed that it's testing an auto-delete feature that will let users schedule their posts' demise.


#redmatrix had it almost two years ago...
Mike Macgirvin
  
#redmatrix

Have been having many thoughts about privacy. People find it complicated. They are sceptical. After ten years of Facebook many don't want it, because it just complicates everything and they don't think they have a need or use for it. The biggest complaint about redmatrix and the misunderstandings and most of the support requests have been about mis-configured privacy settings. People flock to networks and projects that have none - because they don't have to think. I can't emphasise that last point enough. Thinking about complex topics like privacy and what that means and how to configure it makes ones' head hurt and so they avoid it.

Anyway we've proposed various solutions - tons of documentation, various "instant profiles" that pre-populate a channel with a collection of settings that are mostly idiot-proof.

So... let's make it an optional feature and leave it off until somebody decides they need or want it.

Perhaps give them PMs by default, and maybe collections, maybe not. Hide the ACL selectors or change the icon so it only brings up the cross-platform share options. Let them have their fantasies of "it's a stupid simple social network with some other cool features". Then let them go "holy !@#$" when they eventually discover that under the hood and under their nose is the most advanced and capable decentralised privacy platform that ever existed.  

All they have to do is flip the switch.

Also remember that hub admins can enable or disable features on a site level. So if you've got an organisation or company that really wants privacy - you can set it as a default for your hub. Let's just completely take away from the default out-of-the-box experience everything which might require a person to think and therefore scares people away and intimidates them.  

Thoughts? (I'm referring to those of you who still have the ability to create independent thought, which is thankfully most people reading this)
Mike Macgirvin
  last edited: Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:57:02 +1000  
In order to use RSS feeds as channel sources and let them federate elsewhere (instead of just viewing them in your own matrix) took one line of code -  to change the default permissions. Damn, I love this platform. #redmatrix
Mike Macgirvin
  
Coming along nicely...
#redmatrix

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Mike Macgirvin
  
Working on a utility to migrate #friendica photo albums to #redmatrix. Oh and I've started to port the #diaspora federation module from #friendica to #redmatrix, even though I'm guessing 90% of our content will have to be stripped since it just doesn't translate to legacy social networks.
Profile Changes

Mike Macgirvin
  
Redmatrix profiles are now a whole lot simpler. We now provide just slightly more fields than are available on all those other indieweb projects. You know which ones. But if you miss having the ability to enter lots of stuff in lots of different categories and tell everybody about your favourite bands and tv shows and having limitless gender and marital options - no worries, we've got you covered. Visit Settings -> Advanced Features and turn on "advanced profiles" and you'll find all the #redmatrix profile options you know and love. Everything is still there. We're just hiding it all from folks that can't handle freedom and choices.

@Channel One+
Announce: Red Matrix release "stable-1.6".

Mike Macgirvin
  
Announce: Red Matrix release "stable-1.6". This release incorporates a number of bug fixes and theme/UI enhancements; the introduction of the Red app control panel and the ability to easily create and share your own webapps. Additionally birthday event notifications have been revived. New plugins include Diaspora posting, and apps for QR generation, hex conversion, project donations, and a flashlight.  And much more.

https://redmatrix.me

#redmatrix
Mike Macgirvin
  
#redmatrix: noun - Where you go when you want to be in complete control of your online persona and privacy.
Mike Macgirvin
  last edited: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:03:36 +1000  
@Channel One+

In looking over the various JS editor interfaces we have, it looks like a plugin editor isn't horribly complicated. We just need to provide a few standard methods on the JS side:

initEditor
getEditorContents
replaceText
appendText
getEditorOffset
closeEditor

(optional but desirable) positionCursor

Then on the server side we need a function for each that does any necessary input filtering prior to handing it off to our main input filter.
Mike Macgirvin
  
Unbelievable amount of work left to do. But this is what I'm talking about. The red matrix - just another storage device.

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#redmatrix #cloud