A #feature #idea for #Mastodon just popped into my head and I wanted to run it past more experienced users and developers before considering an Issue on Github: guest posts on local instances where an user of one instance could drop an occasional guest toot onto another instance's local timeline. In my head it makes sense as in the real world you're fine to visit other people's homes and even stay with them, provided you abide by their house rules. Methods of keeping things clean could include: manual approval, a list of authorized users or instances and inclusion of a codeword hashtag which is unique to each instance that confirms the acceptance of the rules under which a guest posting can occur. Any flaws in my plan?

Oooh nice, the new #Pinafore release has a bit more #a11y. Now it gives screen reader feedback when boosting a toot, for instance.

@Brynify @MayAnderson2022 Do y'all remember the Top It? And this guitar style thing?

So now some Android users are going to the cell carriers about all this. It's really sad, and there is blame to share among all companies, especially Nuance and the split off TTS company who could have open sourced Eloquence 10 years ago. But Apple now has the voice, no matter how bad it sounds and how unconfigurable it is. Android won't for much longer at all, and new users can't buy it. I'm sure there are cracks though.

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Meanwhile, CodeFactory could be sitting there supporting Eloquence for new Android versions, maybe with the awesome dictionary files to improve pronounciations, and future-proofing it for 64-bit and Android 14. But nope. If Voxin on Linux can do this, and Apple can do it, I'm sure CodeFactory can. The Apple a11y team isn't *that* big.

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Granted, this is new, but they leaned their argument that Google couldn't possible get a license for Eloquence on Android, because Apple had to get it because they're the supposedly only people that can make voices for iOS. Granted, both companies could have had Eloquence, the new Vocalizer voices, and so on for years, and I'm sure Apple pushed all that through because Ukrainian voices, but the point is, they have the voices. Google doesn't.

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I've not listened to have much in the last year or so, but tech reviewers should be diving deep into all available operating systems, to better understand what is possible, and push companies to actually compete. Like the blind android users, they didn't know about iOS 16 allowing people to make new voices for iPhones.

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I've been thinking about tech commentators like Rene Richy, (spelling) who, memorably for me, said that Dolby Atmos couldn't be put on iPhones, when it's been on Android phones for a few years at that point. He like does this "you poor viewers just don't know about tech" laugh, and says it's not possible. And then on the iPhone 11, boom, spatial audio.

@freakyfwoof Love that I currently have 3 twitters, 4 mastodons, Telegram and a couple other odds and ends, one of my home buffers having upwards of 700K items in, and not using more than 200 megs of RAM and the app is just as responsive as if I had no items at all. @joshms has done a great job with memory/resource management 😁

My goodness! Does no podcastplayer on iOS support chapters?

TLM spoilers 

@cublanco Yes, it does. I have the book ordered too.

TLM spoilers 

@cublanco Gosh yes! I'm ready to know who Trell is. Also, spoilers, Maracy is being helped by the ghost bloods.

@Brynify I'm sorry, where is that GitHub page with all the cool Mac Hammerspoon addons and such?

@lynnskyi @robdz53 I'm just saying it doesn't work yet, but Q can fix it.

@robdz53 searching for someone not on a known instance is broken for now.

Hey amateur radio operators out there looking for some help. If life will stop throwing me into a tailspin, ha, doubt that I'm trying to get more involved. Can someone point me into documentation to read to set up an Openspot 3 and a clear node? Both those things will be set up with the Radioddity GD-77. Also trying to figure out repeater phone if someone can help there. I don't think I have it set up right. 73 WE8MAY

I can’t believe I am actually following people who are into photography. They add such vivid image descriptions to their pictures, I’m really enjoying visualising the images.
I’ve seen more image descriptions on here than I ever did on Twitter. Let’s hope the new arrivals adopt the habit as well. It makes Mastodon such an enjoyable forum for browsing. Thank you all for those descriptions.

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Just a fun server for anyone associated with the blind community!