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2019 is the year of FreedomBox Pioneer edition home servers, Purism Librem 5 smartphones and the growing Fediverse.

This year marks a point in history where people have started to rebel against the surveillance capitalist platforms threatening our democracy and take back control over their digital lives with freedom-respecting products and services.


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Freedom in a Box

My talk about privacy, decentralization, self-hosting, freedom of speech and FreedomBox.

It's a non-technical talk meant to spread awareness about the dangers of mass surveillance and the alternatives that exist to centralized systems.

Links to slides are in the video description.

Delivered at ThoughtWorks Hyderabad for the 46th edition of GeekNight on 2nd Jan, 2019.

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Digital Empowerment in Rural India - powered by FreedomBox.

Sudhamsh Kandukuri and I presented yesterday at XConf India 2018.

An inspiring story of a grassroots movement where people rejected Facebook's Free Basics and installed low-cost community Wi-Fi networks instead.
A FreedomBox on the network provides most of the essential digital services required, offline.


Video recording: coming soon!

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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.

Did you know that you don't need X-Windows for graphics on Linux? Here's a few console programs that can display graphics using the framebuffer:

- fbi
Display and manage images directly from the command line.

- links2
A simple web browser without CSS and JS, can display inline images when switched to graphics mode with the -g param: 'links2 -g'

- mplayer
Play videos straight from the console! Can be a little tricky.

(And yes, I used a 5:4 monitor the screenshots.)

:crt_w_prompt: :blobowo:

Hey, I have a blind friend who might want to join us on the Fediverse. Does anyone have a guide to accessibility etc that might be more useful than me just sending her a link to an instance?

Remember when Google Hangouts removed XMPP support?

Just like that.

I was talking to my mom this weekend about scholarly publishing and she told me when she was academia-adjacent (before I was born!) she wrote 2 papers & the process for publishing was awful in so many ways that she never did it again.

I looked for her work and I found one.... and it's open access :blobheartcat: 🔓🖤 In the Journal of Applied Meteorology!!

"Sky-Cover Correlation within a Sky Dome" --

Good thing to do for friends: remove the utm_source from the URL before you share it with them.

Remember: in 1968 NYC garbagemen struck and within a week, the city's mayor was on his knees begging for mercy. It lasted all of 8 days.

Then, two years later in Ireland, bankers went on strike for *6 months* and the economy kept on growing and history has largely forgotten it even happened.

Capitalists need you more than you need them.

Google is tracking what places people visit at what time and showing this as some kind of generally useful information in Maps.

Lately I've been using this awesome #Firefox addon named Temporary Containers.

You can set it on automatic and every time you open a link or a new tab it creates a fresh container for you, then destroys it when your done. This way the fact that every damn site wants to put a cookie on your system doesn't matter anymore.

With sites I want to keep login cookies for, like Mastodon, I just create dedicated containers and have the site always load in them.

Great addon.

Venus and global warming 

Dyson spheres and Kardashev type 2 civilizations 

Black hole efficiency 

Are you at #Wikimania ? Then join us tomorrow Sunday 2pm at Szymborska (A5137) and learn how you can set up a Wikipedia hotspot with 4 clicks and a #RaspberryPi !

For every one weird trick successful people do, there are millions of unsuccessful people who also did that one weird trick.

Santhosh Thottingal wins the President's Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman for 2019

Santhosh Thottingal has won the Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman by the Hon. President of India. This is in recognition of his substantial contribution in the field of Malayalam language. The award, instituted in 2016, is given to the substantial contributions to languages such as Sanskrit, Persian, Arabi, Pali and Classical

When people talk about autonomous vehicles, the prospect of ride sharing is inevitably brought up.

Have these people ever owned a car? Most people keep all sorts of things in their car.

A car is not only a means of transportation, but a closet on wheels. If you have a family or enjoy outdoor recreation, you come to appreciate the convenience of keeping certain items in the car at all times.

A car is also a quiet personal space.

Ride sharing isn't as appealing as the tech utopians think.

The call for proposals for DebUtsav Goa 2019 is now open. You can submit proposals for talks or workshops at

The event will be held on the 14th and 15th of September 2019 in Goa College of Engineering, Veling, Goa.
More details can be found at

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