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24 October, 2020

Websites and energy

post by Kev Quirk led to some research on how to reduce the digital impact of websites and turned up the links below.

My Hubzilla page got a very poor rating. I will at least try to optimize images better. The only pluses are that
a. It is hosted at home and does not have many visitors. My own visits are only via the local network.
b. People don't need to visit the site at all if they see the posts on the fediverse, or use a feed aggregator

 this has made me think that maybe my custom of aggregating various items throughout the day into a single post may be less effective than, in the traditional way of social media, i.e., creating a separate post for each item. When a post federates to hubzilla servers, aggregated items will usually be re-sent with each new edit, and, if the post is quite long, this will result in energy waste. If a post is edited, the edits, as far as I understand, are not re-sent to other fediverse sites.

✭ How Local Fonts Can Save The Environment - Kev Quirk
✭ The Green Web Foundation | Directory
 directory of green hosting
✭ Webwaste – A List Apart
 say a picture paints a thousand words but sometimes it’s a thousand words of crap."
✭ Website Carbon Calculator | How is your website impacting the planet?
✭ This website is killing the planet

Red spotted longhorn beetle

My son sent a photo of one of these he found on our patio. We had one also last year, which proved almost impermeable to drowning, starving or anything except bug spray. It's the red spotted longhorn beetle, Batocera rufomaculata; scary and huge. It attacks fig, mango and avocado trees in Israel/Palestine, and a few years ago decimated most of the fig trees in our village.



Saturday morning so far has been helping wife with Zoom (not that I'm better at those things than she is), and she too is just assisting by Zoom-hosting an online "day of mindfulness" of the Thich Nhat Hanh sangha, which a couple of other people are leading. The mission was to share a screen in which an audio clip would be shared together with having the lyrics appear on the screen. Of course, when the session actually started, nothing happened quite so easily as in the couple of practice sessions we did. She had to search frantically in Nautilus for the audio file, remember to un-mute her microphone, then look for the PDF with the lyrics.

Somebody else is supposed to divide them into breakout rooms and she planned to do that by making him a co-host. Zoom claims that a co-host can arrange the breakout rooms, but the button doesn't appear on his screen, meaning that he will need to be the host. Etc.

At least Zoom, to its credit, has a Linux version, though, in a previous session, I think we discovered that the Linux version was a bit behind the version for MS Windows and Mac, and thus lacking a couple of features. (It may have caught up by now.)


Jitsi-meet might be a simpler option that we all could be using, but it would mean that just when people are getting used to Zoom, we will ask them to try something new; and I'm wondering whether it has all the features needed. Breakout rooms, for example, seems to be still a beta feature, and not in Disroot's version. But I'm more worried about the smoothness of the streaming; I won't know until I can properly experiment with it.