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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.

"Working towards a future where communities can assemble their own social networks like lego blocks, to cultivate safe and private spaces while being interconnected with the rest of the "fediverse" and the internet at wide on their own terms."
-- we've just updated our new bonfire homepage :)
bonfirenetworks.org/

It mystifies me that people aren't willing to spend tens of hours learning to use something that they will spend tens of thousands of hours using over their lifetime. Talk about hyperbolic discounting.

Replaced the back cover on my 4.5 years old phone today.

With Hundred Rabbits, we get to cross path with a lot of folks who are interested in exploring alternative ways to live, or even just adding a bit of resilience in their life - it has been a constant source of trust in humankind's creativity toward problem solving.

Watching people work on their projects is one of my absolute favourite things on the fedi, and it lifts me up more than you can know.

I wrote an article about the need for low-carbon and #sustainable #computing and the path towards zero-carbon computing.

tl;dr:

** The problem:
* By 2040 emissions from computing alone will be close to half the emissions level acceptable to keep global warming below 2°C. This growth in computing emissions is unsustainable: it would make it virtually impossible to meet the emissions warming limit.
* The emissions from production of computing devices far exceed the emissions from operating them, so even if devices are more energy efficient producing more of them will make the emissions problem worse. Therefore we must extend the useful life of our computing devices.
** The solution:
As a society we need to start treating computational resources as finite and precious, to be utilised only when necessary, and as effectively as possible. We need frugal computing: achieving the same results for less energy.
** The vision: please read the article, I'm out of characters.

wimvanderbauwhede.github.io/ar

Great video by Dr. Vandana Shiva, 'Alternative Noble Prize' winner, who explains in 87 seconds concisely how #Open #Source #Software and Open Source #Seeds are the same: "they are a way of spreading prosperity and knowledge in society rather than creating scarcitiy and povertiy."

youtube.com/watch?v=CfNCCJECps

Here's a little thing that may not be obvious to many people....

When you install an open-source app from Google Play or the Apple app store, there is no guarantee that what you install actually matches the public code.

@fdroidorg are doing a great service. They independently build the public source code for apps from scratch, review for common issues, and publish their builds. Thanks to "reproducible builds" it's possible to verify they do not tamper with the code.

f-droid.org/en/docs/Security_M

Being able to monitor all the DNS queries everything in your home is making via pihole is an enlightening experience.

Turns out the little security cameras we have are some of the chattiest devices we own, second only to our @Samsung TV, which the pihole is blocking ads and metrics from with wild abandon :)

Because fuel tax basically never covers the externalities (pollution from burning it, plus the cost of the road infrastructure), car travel is heavily subsidized by everyone who isn't driving a car, and this fact is very rarely talked about in the mainstream.

Perhaps there is no perfect way to convey how absurdly obscene it is that a single person can "have" over a hundred billion dollars.

But "You Are Jeff Bezos" is damn close:
direkris.itch.io/you-are-jeff-

Also, perhaps there is no perfect way to satirize #DonaldTrump.

My little parody of the aforementioned game is definitely not even close:
rys.io/you-are-donald-trump/

A sad day for , forgets its legacy in leading the world and falls for Google's 'free of cost' service.

thehindu.com/news/national/ker

I think we should educate teachers and general public about dangers of surveillance capitalism where you pay with your data, privacy and even at the cost of losing our political agency to big companies. is providing 'Free of Cost' only because they know to make money out of people's data and has a monopoly in online ads. Would you join me?

@lordrishav
Yes, it is a hard battle. I think many don't really understand the business models or those who understand don't value their privacy. Unfortunately nothing to hide argument works for a lot of people, even when they see innocents go to jail for speaking up truth to power.

Q: What is an experienced Emacs user?
A: A person who wishes that the terminal had pedals.

Das #Fediverse - als Schaubild. Hier nun die endgültige Fassung. Vielen Dank an @imke!

What uses the most energy in your life? How can we, as a society, make it easier for you to eliminate or reduce that thing?

Individual and community action are entwined.

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TIL: #gitea has a migrate function to make it super duper easy to migrate projects off of #github. That's pretty awesome.

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