Michelle and Tzipporah, moderators for Turtle Island, a group of Indigenous social media servers need Apple laptops. Michelle doesn’t have a laptop, just a phone and Tzipporah’s laptop is over 7 years old, underpowered for creative work and on its last legs.
Both Michelle and Tzipporah are citizens of the Mvskoke Nation and live on modest artists incomes. They cannot buy graphics and video editing level laptops without our help, so we are crowdfunding to help them.
They need these laptops to support themselves/family with their creativity, and moderate Turtle Island as unpaid volunteers. Please help if you can.
Instagram-like photo sharing and great for artists/creatives
Sunday, September 10, 2023 – The Turtle Island Pixelfed instance TurtleIsland.art is now in operation. Pixelfed, as you may know, is an Instagram-like ActivityPub enabled app. So it federates with our Mastodon instance TurtleIsland.social and other ActivityPub enabled instances.
Currently, registrations are limited to TurtleIsland.social artist/creative users. If you’re a Native/Indigenous artist/creative and would like to give it a spin, sign up at TurtleIsland.social and send me (@Yehuda) a message requesting a login.
Importantly, Pixelfed is beta software and everything that implies. There are imperfections, but we felt it was important enough to be an early adopter. We haven’t found any managed hosting for Pixelfed that meets our standards yet, so we are self hosting this. However, this is a preinstalled docker container so hopefully the automatic upgrades should be painless. All in all though, everything is beta.
There will be once a week cold bare-vps snapshots on Wednesdays 5am-6pm. Additionally all configuration files, media and database storage are backed up daily to a remote secure object storage. In the extremely unlikely event of a system corruption, Turtle Island can be restored fresh in about an hour tops.
Ditto with system upgrades, due to the more surgical nature of the backups, upgrades will be a few minutes at worst. More than likely most upgrades will be a mere blip and not even noticeable.
Ocmulgee Port of Entrance, 2015, by Richard Thornton. This is a digital reproduction of a historical site in Georgia known as Okmulgee. Mvskoke ancestors built large earthen mounds at Okmulgee and lived there long before Europeans arrived in North America. Fifth slide at Smithsonian Institution.
Help support Indigenous owned/operated/moderated TurtleIsland.social, TurtleIsland.art, TurtleIsland.video, TurtleIsland.blog and Allies.social
Turtle Island Internet properties do not sell anything or charge fees. We are volunteer led and donation financed.
We have 5+ servers, as well as CDN storage, backup storage, domain and occasional software expenses. Monthly expenses to run Mastodon (2), Pixelfed (1), Peertube (1) and Web (1) servers average around $280.
Likely, we are set for any growth over the next few months. However if there is a sudden massive influx of new users, all servers have plenty of upgrade capability and we will revise these estimates.
If you receive Pension/Social Security/Disability or less please do not donate. But if you can help our Native/Indigenous Fediverse instances and websites thrive and grow, it would be very much appreciated.
Monthly goals and donations amounts from all sources will be totaled on Ko-fi. Any donations over goal will be split among the moderators.
Welcome to this brand new NGINX web server. It has been running great so far, much much better than Apache. Still working on optimum configurations though. The content from IndigenousCreatives.social has been moved here, and much new content is planned.
So glad to be getting rid of racist jerks Apache Software Foundation products. Appropriation of Native people and names for products is not cool. I’m glad I have a better option. Sorry, I took this long to completely ditch Apache software.
I have used Apache since sometime in the 2nd half of the 1990’s. I had to compile it myself for whatever version of Unix at that time. Software distribution has come a long way since those days, ha! So here we are – NGINX moving forward.
Michelle Joy Gallagher Soffe is an author of poetry and prose from Sacramento, CA. With an affinity for astronomy and physics, she often makes correlations between the corporeal and the cosmos. She is the author of the book Disremembering, a volume of poetry about love and loss available on Amazon or direct from her at nihtgengapress.com
Moderator – Admin – Web Developer Mvskoke Nation citizen
Yehuda Rothschild is retired after over 35 years in Information Technology. Now he is mostly the under the hood server guy for TurtleIsland.blog, TurtleIsland.social, TurtleIsland.art, YehudaRothschild.com, and general big mouth. He is working hard to fight racism, and seek land, digital and financial justice for Indigenous people, strengthen reconnecting Natives, and educate allies.
Just a reminder that all Turtle Island servers have weekly cold bare-metal or more accurately cold bare-virtual private server backups. In other words, the servers will be shutdown and backups made while they are off.
These backups will happen during the 5:00am-6:30am CST time period on Wednesday each week. Additionally, servers will occasionally undergo unscheduled upgrades and other maintenance events. Ordinarily upgrades include security fixes that need to be applied immediately. Usually these are done in daytime hours.
Hot database backups will also be performed daily, but these do not require downtime, and are fully transparent to users.
There will be no reminders each week for regularly scheduled backups, but know they are planned for every Wednesday. Unscheduled downtimes will be announced on my TurtleIsland.social account shortly before they happen if possible.