Cupertino, CA


My handle is “Seirdy” on all the platforms I use:

My preferred forge for personal projects is Sourcehut, but my repositories have remotes for GitHub and GitLab too.


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Re: Editor of The New Leaf Journal - Added Your Guestbook Comment Info to My Post + Feedback 4 days ago

From Rohan Kumar to ~seirdy/seirdy.one-comments

On Thu, Jun 17, 2021 at 11:21:20AM -0400, Nicholas Ferrell wrote:
>Thank you much for your comment in my website's Guestbook the other day responding to my post about alternative search engines.  I am not sure if you saw my response, but I noted there that I would add your notes to my post.

I did see it!

>I quoted your Guestbook comment in my section on 
>DuckDuckGo: https://thenewleafjournal.com/a-2021-list-of-alternative-search-engines-and-search-resources/#bnp_i_6 
>(scroll down a touch to the second sub-head) and included a link to 
>your website homepage.

Much appreciated, thanks.

>I also added your search engine rundown to my list of recommended 
>reading near the end of the 

Re: What should the next chat app look like? 2 months ago

From Rohan Kumar to ~sircmpwn/public-inbox

Hey, loved your article. I'd just like to suggest a couple more things 
for the "next chat app":

- Offline messaging. Peer-to-peer messengers like Jitsi struggle with 
- Minimal metadata leakage. This is the main privacy-related problem 
	with email, XMPP, and Matrix; it allows servers to build social graphs 
	of users based on interactions. The Signal Protocol doesn't let a 
	server connect senders and recipients, IIRC.

That second point makes Signal much more private than alternatives. It's 
not enough to get me to endorse it (far from), but it's enough to make 
it the only good option for people with a more advanced threat model.  
Which is honestly quite sad.

Re: gmni: SSL error 296 3 months ago

From Rohan Kumar to ~sircmpwn/gmni-discuss

This error was just discussed and isolated in the Gemini mailing list:

Subthread 1: 
Subthread 2: 

It's most likely caused by a lack of support for ED25519.


Re: [PATCH] Fix link to music.txt from about page 4 months ago

From Rohan Kumar to ~seirdy/seirdy.one-comments

Thanks, applied!


History will not remember us fondly: Growth vs Profit 5 months ago

From Rohan Kumar to ~sircmpwn/public-inbox

I liked the "History will not remember us fondly" article, but I think 
it's worth being a little more nuanced than (correctly) connecting all 
the mentioned evils to profit.

Lots of companies specifically chase growth, which (as I see it) is not 
exactly the same as what's implied by chasing "profit". There's a 
difference between trying to lower expenses and increase revenue the 
"old-fashioned" way [1], and wooing investors by getting people locked 
into your system/platform and then milking them for all they're worth 
(and then some). The latter is (almost always) a long-term strategy to 
achieve the former, but it's worth highlighting because of how 
unfortunately successful it is and how it basically requires working 
against users.

[PATCH] Add 10kbclub.com, updates URLs 5 months ago

From Rohan Kumar to ~koehr/the-250kb-club-devel

https://10kbclub.com/ is another spinoff from the size clubs; one major
difference is its notability requirements (must have received popularity
on a link aggregator, must contain useful content).
build/index.html         | 13 +++++++++----
pages.txt                |  1 +
src/components/pages.mjs |  2 +-
3 files changed, 11 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/build/index.html b/build/index.html
index b2eb0e6..2d25214 100644
--- a/build/index.html
@@ -74,15 +74,15 @@
[message trimmed]

seirdy.one 5 months ago

From Rohan Kumar to ~ols/indexing


I'd just like to request adding seirdy.one to the index. Also has a 
sitemap (https://seirdy.one/sitemap.xml) and RSS feed 
(https://seirdy.one/posts/index.xml) available, if those help with 

Thanks, and I look forward to seeing this search engine grow!


Re: Contrast issues with new dark theme 6 months ago

From Rohan Kumar to ~sircmpwn/sr.ht-discuss

On Wed, Dec 16, 2020 at 03:18:01PM +0000, Drew DeVault wrote:
>Just finished pushing a round of dark theme improvements which addresses
>these concerns. Thanks for the feedback!

Awesome; looks much better. You have successfully gotten me to disable 
my userstyle!

Thanks for giving Sourcehut such good accessibility.


Contrast issues with new dark theme 6 months ago

From Rohan Kumar to ~sircmpwn/sr.ht-discuss

(Disclosure: I don't have a rigorous background in design or 

First of all, thanks for implementing a dark theme! For photosensitive 
users like me, dark themes are closer to a necessity than a preference.

That being said, I'm not quite ready to turn off my custom stylesheet 
for one reason: text in the light-grey rectangles has poor contrast. 
Most contrast calculators are flawed; see this really interesting 
discussion on the WCAG's issue tracker for more: 

Additionally, several contrast tools use "dumb metrics" that ignore 
context. Font characteristics like weight, size, and density are an

Re: gmnisrv: Logged IPv4 addresses are wrong 6 months ago

From Rohan Kumar to ~sircmpwn/gmni-discuss

On Tue, Dec 01, 2020 at 06:58:46PM +0000, Mark Dain wrote:
>which made me think addresses are intentionally obfuscated for privacy. 
>Is this by design?

Is there any benefit to obfuscating IP addresses for privacy rather than 
omitting them entirely? The mechanism, let alone the rationale, seems 
rather unclear.

If anybody knows more about this than I do, documentation would be