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I haven't introduced myself yet:

I'm a computer science student, developer and blogger. I'm also very interested into Open Source, Linux, and Privacy. My website (with more information about me) is:

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In light of Australia's anti-encryption, this is an important message from

It's not enough for services to state they decline to add a backdoor. It should be practically impossible to do so. Based on their architecture and verifiable by public source code. #aaBill


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But documentation is also imported. I keep a file where I note all packages etc I changed on my Ubuntu setup, so that I can install and configure everything the same way when I reinstall or setup a new PC.

I love automation. Although it takes time to automate things in the beginning (like today writing a user.js file for Firefox) it helps simplifying things. When I setup Firefox on a new PC, I don't have to remember all the things I changed in about:config (and probably forget most of it), but just copy the file. I also do the same with my Hosting setup where I use docker-compose to keep all configurations.

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Anyone else got a 91 y.o grandma who sends you emails from their Debian-based Linux laptop? 🤗 #hacktheplanet

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@feoh @thegibson

People end up thinking there's nothing outside the walled garden, that Google or Facebook *are* the Internet.

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Hey Mastodonians, #GNUSocial citizens and others! Gear up for tens of millions of Nextcloud users spread over several 100K servers who can now join the #fediverse in just one click!

Join the global social network!
#mastodon #selfhosting #federation

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If you really want to help Firefox succeed, file a bug on when you find a broken website. Don't just switch back to Chrome; let Mozilla know there's a problem so they can try to fix it.

When browsers lose market share, they fall into the "compatibility death spiral." Sites don't bother to test, they break, and users flee to the browser that "just works." Mozilla is fighting this battle every day, and it just got harder.

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Company A makes a product used by 60% of the world.

This, rightly, worries people. When Company C’s product (used by 3% of the world) switches to using the core of Company A’s product folks suggest people use Company B’s product (used by 5% of the world).

Plot twist: Company B gets ~all its money (hundreds of millions of $) from Company A.

Welcome to the sewer of monopoly, institutional corruption and surveillance capitalism we lovingly call The Web circa 2018.


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Mozilla's take on the Edge news.

"By adopting Chromium, Microsoft hands over control of even more of online life to Google... We compete with Google not because it’s a good business opportunity. We compete with Google because the health of the internet and online life depend on competition and choice."

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Pixelfed has become the #1 alternative to Instagram. 😳 😮 😄

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We all know who pays for surveillance capitalism in terms of privacy. But who pays financially? Show more

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FOSS is free as in toilet

Excellent statement, absolutely true

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To the Tumblr refugees: welcome!

Having been on the Internet for over thirty years, I have one piece of advice for creative folks working online:

Control Your Platform.

Don't build a business around Facebook, Tumbler, G+, Geocities, MySpace, AltaVista, or any of these other third parties that claim to offer quick and easy results.

They all go away. Every one of them.

Build your own site. Use third parties to steer people to your site.

Third parties are the devil--useful devils, but devils.

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Can't tell you how pleased I am with Linux these days. I had to wipe my drive yesterday and start from scratch. So I moved some files from ~ to a separate drive to back them up, then I just wiped everything. After getting back online I simply did "yadm clone <gitlab url>", moved the files back to ~ and then "pacman -S --needed - < packages.txt" and bam! Everything was back in order.


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Mastodon is like elementary school in that you basically run into someone on the playground, find out that you both like [thing] and then are immediately friends.

So after actively using and the for a few days, here are my thoughts:

1. I like it more than Twitter. I find more interesting content here in the. My Twitter feed is less and less interesting (algorithms..)
2. (most) People over here are nicer
3. It isn't all about numbers
4. Mastodon definitely needs a filter feature: I want to follow a few people because they post interesting stuff, but want to filter out things based on hashtags or words in the toot. (@Gargron)

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People have such low expectations of smart home technology. None of the stuff on the market today is actually very smart.

Not even if you use IFFFT. You're still severely limited, especially given the potential of the hardware.

If I were the product manager at Philips, the Hue lights would basically behave like magic. You'd walk around your house and the lights would follow you around. You'd enable the daylight extension feature and the system would match outdoor conditions. You'd enable the daylight simulation feature and it would help you with your S.A.D. by giving you a summer-like daylight cycle in the winter. You'd turn off a light in a room every night and turn it on every morning, and one day you'd notice that the system had learned to do that on its own. THIS is what I expected when I heard about smart lighting. Instead, what we have is basically a glorified remote control and some useless colour effects.

As for other smart home devices? They seem really gimmicky too.

I saw a fridge in the electronics store today that would help you keep track of the food in your fridge and propose recipes for you, which is good, but it was also the most expensive fridge in the store, which is not good. I can make up my own recipes. What I *actually* want from a smart fridge is this: Every food item has an RFID tag added in the factory that stores the barcode and expiration date, and when the food is placed in the fridge, the fridge will detect it and keep a list of foods about to expire so you can plan what you're going to eat first. That's the #1 thing I want a smart fridge to do, and no one's working on making that happen.

These companies aren't trying to create useful products. They're just catering to technology fetishists.
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