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@Cambridgeport90, I’m the creator of Yarns. Aperture is great, and has more features than Yarns. Yarns is the easiest way to have a self-hosted microsub server, and it works great for me 🙂 I’m happy to answer questions if you have any!


Replied to a post by Aaron PareckiAaron Parecki
I’ve talked about this a lot with @dcwalk_. My sense is that “decentralization” is often so vapid a term that it’s necessary to investigate exactly what is being decentralized and how, and what’s being missed.

@ntnsndr recently published a great article about this. He points out that many decentralized systems lead to centralized outcomes (Bitcoin mining power is a good example) and argues “The rhetoric of decentralization thus obscures other aspects of the re-ordering it claims to describe. It steers attention from where concentrations of power are operating, deferring worthwhile debate about how such power should operate.”

In other words, beyond not meaning anything in particular, “decentralization” can be deceiving. If we think strongly enough of a technical system to believe it can change the world, we owe it to ourselves to be specific about how this change might occur.

tl;dr: agreed!



Replied to a post by Marty McGuireMarty McGuire

Marty makes a quirky grin while staring into his phone
It looks like I will be speaking at IndieWeb Summit! Specifically, I’ll be giving a keynote about how to “Own Your Mobile Experience”.
As a long-time enthusiast for these tiny computers we carry, I try to make most of the things I can do o…

Sounds great! I’ve been trying to find ways to improve my use of IndieWeb building blocks on mobile. Looking forward to getting some new ideas from your talk
Replied to From Following Posts and Blogrolls (Following Pages) with OPML to Microsub Servers and Readers (BoffoSocko)

Continuing to extend the pathway from easily following websites to having them in your social reader.

Thanks for this writeup, Chris.  I probably haven’t thought as much as I should about following posts, so your documentation is really helpful.

You’ve reminded me that I’d like to eventually figure out a good way to have Yarns import and export OPML files.  Given that the impetus of Yarns vs a hosted server is to own your feeds, it’s a shame I haven’t implemented better data portability yet.

Another idea your post brings to mind, is that it would nice to have an option to automatically create following posts (and add to the blogroll) when adding a new feed (and subsequently remove following posts when unfollowing).  This should be fairly easy to implement, and would take advantage of Parse-This since its integrated into Yarns already.

Additional would be a bookmarklet for adding feeds.

As usual,  you’re a fount of good ideas. I won’t have time to implement any of these things before IWS, but one of them might be a nice project for that weekend.