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The underlying assumptions of Big Tech projects are fundamentally different from those of Small Tech projects.

I am collecting my knowledge on this topic on this page.
njoseph.me/mediawiki/SmallTech

^ This is a wiki page and is unfinished by definition.

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@hisham_hm One way I found over the years that prevents wastage of effort of contributors is to do things in the order of low effort to high effort.

1. Open a discussion on the project's forum or mailing list discussing the large feature. The idea is discussed with the existing maintainers and gets approved or rejected.

2. If approved, create an issue about the feature with what's been concluded on the forum discussion.

3. Implement the feature in a pull request.

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All it costs to fulfill the average person's needs for digital services is a $5 per month VPS instance. It's even cheaper if you buy a single board computer and host your services at home.

We've been letting companies steal our personal data and sell it to the highest bidder and destroying democracy in the process all to save what? A coffee a month?

This is one of the worst deals in history.

Discord calling its guilds "servers" is a really neat marketing trick and absolutely insidious because it screws with normal peoples' already bad understanding of what a "server" is, and erases the distinction between itself and decentralised services

Reminder!

Please migrate your Dynamic DNS accounts corresponding to the "freedombox.rocks" domain by December 15, 2021.

Read the full announcement here
discuss.freedombox.org/t/actio

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@strypey @freedomboxfndn @PINE64 @yunohost

I've loved #Freedombox and #Yunohost. They do great things. Both took me considerable time learning about modifying my router configs, opening up ports, port forwarding etc, to a level people outside tech circles just wouldn't bother with. What I wished for was something I could just plug in and have a webpage I could share with others. The strength is not a server, but a server and router working together to make the experience easy and automatic.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to understand that Apple, Google, or Amazon can simply _decide_ to remove access to anything you've "purchased", including many physical goods (if they are internet-connected and running proprietary software), and you have absolutely no recourse.

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From a CO2 emissions perspective, it is better to download a video or music file that you are going to watch or listen to multiple times than to stream it.

Just discovered this issue today. Guess I have to shift to yt-dlp.

YouTube throttling download through yt-dl
github.com/ytdl-org/youtube-dl

Any unregulated big industry pollutes.

Big Tech has polluted the web with advertisements.

Browsing the web with an ad-blocker is like walking through a smog-ridden concrete jungle wearing a gas mask.

Group of Delhi Scholars: "The profit margins of the plaintiffs are higher than the oil. medical, and tech industries. They have effectively priced out the knowledge commons for the elite few. See attached 'Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era'"
Elsevier: "1 sec"

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@rysiek @aral functionally immortal, unable to be held responsible for the consequences of their actions, yes, a new and particularly terrifying form of aristocracy.

Some background:

- "Bill Gates Will Kill Us All" - pluralistic.net/2021/04/13/pub
- "AstraZeneca will now start charging for its covid-19 vaccine, abandoning the non-profit model it adopted at the start of the pandemic. The jab was 97% publicly funded" - twitter.com/parismarx/status/1
- "the power that Bill Gates’ gains through philanthropy over national public health policies" - twitter.com/techwontsaveus/sta

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@lightweight

Absolutely.

When running a support desk, I always told staff "The customer is frequently wrong, and needs to be told so (politely)".

IT is a profession, and IT professionals need to act as such. Just like lawyers and accountants, we have a responsibility to correctly advise clients, even when they are wrong / don't want to hear it.

EU coalition urges EU to push back against gate keeping by Microsoft, files official complaint

“In a repeat from earlier monopolistic actions, Microsoft is bundling its OneDrive, Teams and other services with Windows and aggressively pushing consumers to sign up and hand over their data to Microsoft.”

Just like they did with browsers years ago. They lost that approach. Let’s hope Microsoft fails again.

antitrust.nextcloud.com/

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