This was a great talk about privacy, sanctions, and open source software! youtu.be/XpTrCA3tEKM

If you use Android, you can find lots of Fediverse-related apps and other free open source software on @fdroidorg, an alternative to Google Play which emphasises privacy and ethical software.

Also, some apps which cost money on Google Play are free of charge on F-Droid, such as Fedilab @apps. (This is because the app devs encourage people to use F-Droid.)

Due to Google's anti-competition roadblocks, it's slightly tricky to install F-Droid, but once it's installed it's very easy to use. It looks and works very much like a normal app store.

If you are comfortable using an APK file you can get it from F-Droid's website at f-droid.org

For less technical people, there's a step-by-step beginner's guide to installing F-Droid at:

switching.software/replace/goo

#Fediverse #Android #FediTips #FOSS #Libre #FLOSS #FreeSoftware #OpenSource #DeGoogle #GooglePlay #Alternatives #FDroid

I was listening to Beck's "Mellow Gold" album with my kids the other day, and they were whining and asking "why are we listening to country music?" Hahaha! TIL Beck is a country artist.

What a fascinating journey as the author searches for her missing father and interviews various experts about self-reliance, family, love, anger, pain, and addiction!

audible.com/pd/Three-Million-A

Speaking as someone who knows their way around cryptography and protocols, and has happily hacked on SMTP/POP3/IMAP clients & servers, what *exactly* is the reason why @Tutanota and @protonmail don't support these protocols and/or external clients?

Because all I can see are downsides of this.

Fuck, we shouldn't have to ask for interoperability in 2022.

I need to delete my GitHub and GitLab repos... I'm a Gitea federation developer, why do I even still have them?

There. Deleted all the forks I had on GitHub, moved the very few repos I care about over to Codeberg.

I'm keeping my GH account just in case I need to write issues or whatever on projects there, but no more of my personal code will land on GitHub.

Vote with your feet, people.

...collected from business users to unfairly advantage the platforms' own products.

I want real choices! I don't want Amazon to constantly replace actual products with "Amazon Basics" knockoffs, and I don't want Google to only show me information from Google Images, Google Maps, YouTube (owned by Google), and other Google-owned results!

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For example:

Subject: American Choice and Innovation Online Act

As your constituent, I urge you to support the American Choice and Innovation Online Act (S.2992). The legislation aims to prevent Big Tech companies from "self-preferencing" their own products at the expense of competitors. Under this act, covered platforms would be forbidden from disadvantaging other companies' products or services. The legislation would also prohibit covered platforms from using non-public data... more>

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Step 1: Watch Tech Monopolies: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) youtu.be/jXf04bhcjbg

Step 2: Use EFF's Action Center to contact your representatives about the Open App Markets Act: act.eff.org/action/tell-congre

Step 3: Use democracy.io to write to your reps about the "American Choice and Innovation Online Act".

To #Fdroid users, did you use our custom repository for getting beta releases?

CAN YOU IMAGINE where science and medicine could be today if we had the nerve to smash the publishers in 1999 and had 23 years of building tools on an ecosystem of free knowledge????????? Let's not wait another 20 and collect the courage to look beyond our own careers NOW.

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It bugs me that we need to build our profile in a dozen different places. Especially, but not only, band promo services. Why?

There should be one and only one definitive source for bios etc, and that should be at some homepage url, like the www of the domain for that 'entity'. If some service needs it, and that homepage has #structureddata, a simple Ajax call could fetch it fresh on request, parsing the handy json-ld into whatever their templates require.

#linkeddata #schemaorg #semanticweb

Who called it "malloc()" and not "see_you_later_allocator()" ?

New Mobile Phone Plan

I got a new Pinephone Pro earlier this year, and I’ve been meaning to find an inexpensive mobile phone plan with minimal data. I didn’t want to add this phone to my existing Google Fi account, because I’m trying to de-Google myself, and ... read more at:

ipfs.io/ipfs/bafybeifcs7gvozik

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