Today I have officially retired my self-hosted matrix server and along with it the custom app service bridge I wrote for pnut.io (pnut-matrix). This comes as a somewhat bittersweet moment as I have been running my own matrix server since the end of 2016 and worked on the bridge since early 2017. I’ve been a fan and user of matrix over those years, the idea of a decentralized chat network built on common protocol that could interface with other networks appeals to me. But as I have come to realize this power and flexibility comes at a cost of complexity and resources. I find myself in need of freeing up my time and money for other ventures. So I must bid farewell to my server that has been my personal playground for the last 4 years. I moved to a managed service which costs me less and still allow me to participate in the matrix network. I have also replaced my pnut-matrix bridge with a much lighter weight plugin I wrote for matterbridge. It is a work in progress and I will share more details as it makes progress.
Today I’m putting Goober for Android officially into retirement status. I received a reminder email from Google this morning that updates to my app will soon require a newer target Android API level. Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal however the framework I selected when I began this effort is now pretty far out of date and requires significant amount of work to bring current. I am no willing to devote time developing an application for Android, an operating system I no longer use or even recommend.
Announcing the second pre-release (or re-release?) of the woodstock client library for pnut.io. This is my continuation of the work started by yukkuri_sinai in 2017. The project is alive and well at it’s new home on sr.ht and plan to continue active development going forward.
I’m going to officially put Goober into a maintenance only mode. The framework I used to initially create Goober for Android has progressed such that I feel some significant refactoring is in order however I’m not ready to tackle it at this time. I’ve got another project spinning up which I’ll discuss more in the near future. For now though Goober will only being getting critical bug fixes.
The pnut-matrix bridge has now reached 1.0. It now runs using pnut.io app streams for improved performance, includes administrative controls for managing bridged rooms, and syncs pnut.io avatars and display names to matrix. You can find the latest release at https://gitlab.com/thrrgilag/pnut-matrix and join the chat at https://patter.chat/room/999
The latest Goober for Android has been released to the Google Play store. This update adds the ability to hide images in the timeline by default and a new profile view allowing you to view a users posts, follow, mute, or block. I also added a couple of tweaks to the post actions menu mostly for myself but perhaps others might find them useful as well.
I’ve finally reached the point where I’m ready to discontinue support for BB10 in my various app development efforts. Specifically those projects are Goober for BB10 (a native client for pnut.io) and Renamed Todo (a task list app using todo.txt format). I hope they’ve been useful for the handful of users I’ve had and interacted with over the years, I know I’ve enjoyed building them. But the time has come to retire them and allow myself to focus on other platforms.
I’ve decided to retire my Friendica instance at monkeystew.social. Mostly to free up some resources from my server and have one less thing to worry about and manage. I’m not going away from the social web, just coming at it a little differently now. If you’re following me from Diaspora, I’ve dusted off my old profile: firstname.lastname@example.org If you’re following me from GNU social or Mastodon: mastodon.social/@thrrgilag If you’re following me from Friendica you can continue to follow me at either of the two profiles linked above.