WindTalk

Reply to comment by /u/bootes in 404 errors with index.php by /u/bootes

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WindTalk wrote (edited )

4GB of memory? I'm running fine on 0.8GB. It isn't even touching that. With apache2.

What is top telling you? is it PostgreSQL using all the memory or nginx? Try apache2?

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WindTalk wrote

Not sure where you live, but you didn't mention: Uber, Lyft, public transportation. Ridding public transportation can be an excuse to get out of the house and be independent. Even if you have to take 10 trips a month to get stuff, it's out and about.

But to me, what matters more than cleaning the house, is transportation.

I would really focus on the cleaning and keeping up with the cleaning. Living at the bottom of society, it can be a factor in things getting worse real quick.

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WindTalk wrote (edited )

sure. It's open, but I've been distracted with some software projects and haven't really told anyone about it, so it has no users ;) But it's fine. I do need to get it on port 80/443 soon (users may be confused by the port on the URL), but that shouldn't change anything in terms of it's running. I also have to upgrade the Postmill to newest version. I haven't even changed any colors or replaced the frog icon ;)

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Where did you find jstpst?

Here, on Raddle a couple weeks ago. (I'm RoundSparrow on jstpst) I installed and am running a Postmill site, so I was reading about other System Operators.

Here is where jstpst came up in my reading: https://raddle.me/f/Postmill/20635/thank-you-emma

I have my own Postmill online for two months, but it's just me participating. http://WakeThunder.com - which has a kind of cluttered link to http://WakeThunder.com:8000 - as I haven't even bothered to wrap Postmill proper on port 80 and port 443! I am slowly hacking on the software code, so I haven't done much other than to express what was on my mind.

I used to write social media software back in 1985 era, and was an early user of Quantum Link, GEnie and CompuServe, so I have a lot of time-travel translation thoughts on what I want to experiment with the Raddle code ;) And I have zero visual graphics talent, which these days, is gold, and I'm all lead alchemy.

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Black Panther was a supremely political piece of work that was pretty, yes, but it hit very hard and it came from a place of ... rage.

I think the writer is bandwagon riding too much. From what source? The Civil Rights social movements of the USA, that perhaps inspired the 1966 comic character, or exclusively the film? is this writer telling me that rage is the theme of the comic and the film, and it was expressed equal, larger, or smaller?

It's very hard for me to see that this film's primary concern is not profit making. It took an existing comic and applied a film-factory treatment to it. And I'm not sure we even have the vocabulary yet to discuss mass media with this kind of budget and beautiful actors... and if that big chunk of money really delivers the artistic messages, or actually subverts the artistic message. The sheer technological investment and grooming of the actors in a film like this is so detached from most people's daily life. Not only that, the marketing and advertising money to make the opening weekend of such films a cultural event is also very difficult to measure on a personal and geographic community level.

If the film lost money and was a financial failure, the people who made it would likely be rather upset. They would alter how they make and market future films. The message core of "rage", may only be there if they think that is what will sell. Not only that, they may sell a particular message for the sake of a future film in the series. This is no charity art event. And, again, I don't even think humanity has developed much in the way of vocabulary for that kind of social issue. Mass media made by armies of corporate artists is a very complex thing, on the scale of the largest religions in human history. Complex, messy, to deconstruct and relate to.

P.S. It's very hard for me in 2018 from a USA film maker and artist (Stan Lee, etc) to not look at how race, weapon violence, and wealth division has become a near obsession of the nation. There is a concept in story telling to have a "token black character", can you have a "token black film series" for the sake of profit-making and keeping certain groups satiated? Do billionaires with agendas think of such things? Again^2, do we even have a decent and fruitful vocabulary for such topics, given how new mass media really is to humanity? When I study the history of world religions, expensive art work in the name of said religions, and billionaires - I tend to become analytical as to "what is the intention and gamble of outcome here". I also have a keen sense that the way people react to the marketing and opening event of a film is often very different from how they relate to a film a decade later. Same with social movements, civil rights movements.

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https://www.jstpst.net is one site using Postmill software that seems open to anyone

Postmill is relatively easy to install and host. You can rent an ultra-low-budget server for $8/year (yes, $0.67 a month) capable of hosting a site as large and as active as Raddle.me. You could use the raw IP Address, or spend $1 more and register an .xyz domain name for one year.

$8/year hosting plan I'm referencing [1024MB RAM, 25GB storage], I suggest go with Ubuntu 16.04 x64 server, and I can help you with the steps to install Postmill on Ubuntu 16.04. https://lowendbox.com/blog/woothosting-chicago-launch-amazing-deals/

This specific deal only offers Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Chicago. I know some people want to host in other nations, LowEndBox is a good site for people discussing and commenting on the rock-bottom deals. Be aware: Rock-bottom price hosting companies - you should have some experience or turn to forums for questions and problems - as they often aren't trying to offer hand-holding to newcomers, not with their profit margins. And they can have a tendency to go bankrupt - so best be willing to deal with a day or two to change hosts if they go under. Also, computer security won't be the best, so I would consider the content of your forum in selecting a hosting provider. And, of course, back up (I backup to my home system, people can discuss the specific steps).

If you have less Linux server skill and a little more money, probably $30/year would be a more reasonable low-end server host. As the $8/year one I referenced is absurdly inexpensive.

Running Postmill, doing server upgrades and security patches, policing the content and dealing with spam will take labor, but people could help share notes on that here on free forums. The technology cost and effort to install it is pretty low.

I hope this helps.

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I take this to mean the massive budgets of the campaigns shouldn't intimidate us.

Which religion do you believe or disbelieve? As people can be incredibly loyal to the symbols of their childhood. The cost of them isn't nearly as important as the repetition. And religions of the past didn't have electronic duplicate. The brain hasn't changed (evolution) in the past 100 years, what's changed is media.

When people admire massive media efforts that are centered on cosmetic patterns, we should all worry. As all it takes is standing in the cosmetic spot. Just pattern-matching images and verbal patterns. The lust for CGI patterns. Twitter was created by millions of technologist-minded people: once the social pattern of concentrated power emerged, people stepped into it.

I take this to mean the massive budgets of the campaigns shouldn't intimidate us.

Twitter was created by millions of technologist-minded people: once the social pattern of concentrated power emerged, people stepped into it. Once the group-popular mental real-estate is recognized, the real-estate investors step in to "invest in the future" of audience platform.

Reply to comment by /u/jankarl in How to enable thumbnails? by /u/jankarl

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WindTalk wrote (edited )

What could cause this?

Theoretical answer: The security / file permissions model is much simpler when running the PHP server. That's what would cause it... file permissions. With the PHP server, the user login you created the directories with is also the user account who is running the server.

In computer security, reading files is much more lax than writing files. And when a user submits a new link, the JPG they provide (from the URL they send) is being written to your server. So write permission is much more serious topic - as one person is able to publish a JPG that potentially billions of other people would then download.

Does that high-level answer make sense?

Or, it could be an environment variable is set in a different way via Nginx, and it not being set disables the Postmill feature.

I don't know, but if you find out - please share what you had to do to fix it. And if you can't fix it, let me know and I can install Nginx and Postmill and try to study the situation first hand. Tell me what operating system you are running on.

Reply to comment by /u/jankarl in How to enable thumbnails? by /u/jankarl

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Looking at the install we are conversing on, this is exactly how it works for me... for example, /f/Postmill has this one:

https://raddle.me/media/cache/resolve/submission_thumbnail/7ae504fe4f68fdebb3c2034e36621930cd36ea87924c11ff65dbcb8ed50dca58.png

On my Ubuntu Server 16.04 install, I didn't have to enable anything for similar thumbnails to start appearing.

The link has to conform to some kind of convention to get one. This link should produce a thumbnail, it does on Raddle.me https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/junot-diazafrican-diaspora-systematic-rape_us_5a7dbbefe4b08dfc9303693f

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I didn't have to turn anything on after I installed it. Maybe check file permissions? Look if files are showing up in public/media/cache/submission_thumbnail/ folder