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A mature fellow, with a hankering for control over my own computing.

I've admired Linux over the years, but have only just moved my main box over.

My distros:
Desktop: Mint 19 Cinnamon
Laptop: Mint 18 MATE
Old Laptop: Bodhi 4

Previously bewitched by OpenSUSE, Peppermint, Porteus, Lubuntu, Linux Lite.

Simplicity, Choice, Freedom and Control - along with Ethical, Sustainable computing all figure into my love for Linux.

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#Email is the oldest and most popular way to communicate online.

However, some email providers don't respect privacy. For example, Gmail reads your mail and lets third parties read it too.

There are much more privacy-friendly email providers out there, for example:






#AlternativesAtoZ #DeleteGmail

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Getting really friggin' sick of having to prove I'm human by training non-humans on how to recognize traffic lights like a human just so I can submit web forms.

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If you missed the broadcast this morning, you can watch our recording of Inside Story on how to regulate surveillance capitalists like Facebook and Google and replace them with ethical alternatives at your leisure at

#SurveillanceCapitalism #EthicalTechnology

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Lots of great work by user adelie behind this!

Added a lot of mirrors :

It's nice to have that ready for the MX-18 release.

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I added a new page to my site today; useful CLI commands.

It's still in its early stages, but I thought it would be a nice addition to the site.

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Do you ever miss the days of old when the internet was young, and you thought it was scandalous and cool to do something like download a txt file of the anarchist cookbook to a floppy drive?

Or you thought you were a hardcore hacker because you read about phone phreaking?

I would spend HOURS (mostly due to low bandwidth 28.8 baud modems) poring over a website like this:

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So far, the biggest problem getting people from using Windows to using #Linux is that there are a million different distros and 500+ solutions to every problem you can encounter. It's overwhelming. It then becomes an "evil I know vs the one I don't." But what the hardest obstacle for me is explaining that EVERY combination of distro versus solution is about 80% valid as long as you are willing to use your head, where as Microsoft would rather you use your wallet and be too scared to leave.

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Here's the post about the RP+Syncthing = Org sync I asked about earlier... consider it as draft, let me know if you have any comments, pretty please :)

And the blog might have some weird design design "oopsies" as I iron out my CSS, that too.

@danesprite @spelk @Strev @mmin @ArthurDent @kaushalmodi

#raspberrypi #orgmode #luks #linux #syncthing

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For those of you who didn't know, there's a directory of users based on their interests.

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"The story of Signal" by David J. Lumb

Interesting history. Signal is still a great app.

spelk boosted is live on the web as wou well as gopher. We've got the basics in place for an awesome collaborative storytelling adventure.

If you want to join the tilde, send me the following:

1) your username (used internally on the system only)
2) your first ship name (used in the story)
3) a link or contents of a public ssh key for access

#tilde #gopher #writing #scifi

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#Briar is an unusual kind of messenger for Android devices: there are no servers, messages are stored on your phone and sent directly to your contact's phone through TOR, wi-fi or bluetooth.

It's designed for journalists, activists, people working in disaster zones and anyone interested in "off the grid" communication.

The official site is here:

The app is free, open source and available through @fdroidorg and Google Play.

#AlternativesAtoZ #Privacy #MeshNetworks

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I recommend this article by Mark McGranaghan about latency in software and what effect it has to users (you and me):

#softwareDevelopment #latency

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I saw this on a comment thread on open source project interaction with community members (and vice versa). I’d say it nails it! #programming #foss #opensource

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Black Friday. The day you discover who didn’t really take you off their mailing lists in May…

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@mike Check out Shaarli. It's a lightweight flat-file no-database linklog.

I used to send e-mail messages to myself with things to check out later. Then in found Shaarli and I haven't looked back since then. :)

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A reminder that this Black Friday, rather than putting on an enormous sale, @itchio will be donating their entire revenue share from all sales on the site to a pair of LGBTQ+ and climate change charities

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Some more book-related #alternatives: - Community for swapping books powered by libre software & WikiData, follow them on here at @inventaire - eBook storage site with social features, follow them on here at @kevinbeynon - Huge non-profit online library with downloads for PD books and lending for non-PD titles. - Open source eBook organiser/editor and format converter

#Books #eBooks #Literature

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