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I've put off using #umatrix for a long time. There's a bit of work you have to do to make a few websites work the way you want. I finally took the plunge this week.

It's horrifying to see how many trackers there are on some very basic pages.

Both Purism Librem 5 and PinePhone are shipping in September! :blobaww:

Librem 5 shipping announcement

PinePhone shipping announcement

Both are somewhat unpolished early-adopter versions though. But it is good to see that they're real and coming soon! 🎉

Hello fediverse! is a free/open/nonprofit alternative to proprietary review sites like #Goodreads, #Yelp, #IMDB.

It plugs into #opendata sources: #Wikidata, #OpenLibrary and #OpenStreetMap (OSM integration is very basic at this point). Still a long way to go but we have a small community and lots of reviews already. On GitHub at: - IRC: on - Matrix:


#GMail is harmful to e-mail ecosystem; its antispam blocking policy matches too many valid messages as spam.

It blocked LastPass email leak warning email, because it contained "a link" to a leaked site.

It blocked an e-mail from goverment agency addressed directly to me.

It discriminates all non-gmail servers, and it's pretty much impossible to own a private SMTP server these days, because GMail will classify everything as spam.

It's not how e-mail should work.

Consider dropping GMail.

Hey, the Eyeo Festival talks are now online! I know some of you were asking to see my talk that included this slide. Well, it's here!

tired: DIY tutorials that start with "go buy this expensive gadget on Amazon that will do 80% of the work"
wired: DIY tutorials that try to use as much junk hardware as possible and tell consumer culture to just fuck off already

the main commercial tech "revolution" of the late 2010s has been founded on one idea: "people hate marketing surveys, so what if we just took the information instead of asking"

#CoryDoctorow from the same podcast:
"Mark Zuckerberg will tell you that there's no way to imagine a search engine or a social media tool that isn't spying on you and taking your information and trying to manipulate you, right? He'll tell you that some dude came off a mountain with two stone tablets saying 'stop rotating thine log files and start mining them for actionable market intelligence, right? That never happened."

@zkat enthusiastic employer support would be the most helpful.

People think of education as something they can finish. ISAAC ASIMOV

OpenSource cloud and file-hosting service provider Nextcloud to power the French Ministry of the Interior - You can use it too

@lightweight :1000:

my friends question my morality when i say id be evil af if i had >billions of dollars, but they don't understand that the process of becoming a billionare is itself corrupting

When Google puts 4 paid ads ahead of the first organic result for your own brand name, you’re forced to pay up if you want to be found. It’s a shakedown. It’s ransom. But at least we can have fun with it. Search for Basecamp and you may see this attached ad.

NEW: We analysed 136 popular web pages about mental health in France, Germany and the UK and found that websites share users' personal data with advertisers and other third parties. Some also leak depression test results.

More here:

>happy sigh<

it's one of the best times of year when I get to read the final reviews of mentors for all of the #outreachy internships. So many glowing stories! Seriously great work, mentors and participants!

"The corporate cultivation of digital resignation" 

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