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

My Pioneer edition FreedomBox running on in-built battery backup during a minor power outage today.

I have minor power outages of a few minutes a day at my place during the rainy season. When I was running FreedomBox on a bare Raspberry Pi 2 earlier, I had to replace the microSD card once a year due to damage. The Pioneer edition has solved this problem for me.

"Messaging isn't complicated. We solved this more than a decade ago. It's sending text, emojis and photos, perhaps to a group, ideally with end-to-end encryption. You have five incompatible messaging apps on your phone not from technical limitations, but because greed drives companies to ignore compatibility and optimize for vendor lock-in. Imagine having five different web browsers you had to switch between depending on which website you wanted to visit."

Can anyone share any of their experience hosting a #peertube instance for their own videos? Curious about approximate hosting storage and bandwidth requirements primarily.

I'm considering employing PeerTube as part of an #IndieWeb #POSSE approach, posting all my videos on my own domain first then to other platforms after that.

This gets a chuckle from me:

"We’ve also found that a clean, tailored blog doesn’t actually need any JavaScript to function (a near-blasphemous concept on the modern web!)"

Good deed for the weekend:

Just released mastotool v0.1, a (growing) collection of tools to access the Mastodon API from the terminal.

Generates lovely statistics for your account and lets you search your toots for keywords, so far.

Get it here:

(On Arch you can simply install package 'mastotool')

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This is a general instance supporting toots in English and తెలుగు.

Hero image credit: Sean O'Brien (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)