"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
Arthur C. Clarke
"Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced."
"Any technology, no matter how primitive, is magic to those who don’t understand it."
Florence Ambrose (Freefall, Stanley)
"It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done."
So how did we get from the gleaming promise of the digital age as imagined in the 70s to the harsh cyberpunk reality of the 20s?
Centralization, rent seeking, planned obsolescence, surveillance, advertising, and copyright.
How do we move forward?
Re-decentralization, a rejection of the profit motive, building for the future/to be repaired, building for privacy, rejecting advertising, and embracing Free software.
Imagine if YouTube was shut down.
It would be a literal tragedy for the human race. Billions of hours worth of creativity would disappear in an instant.
"That would never happen!" some believe.
But it already has.
Remember Google+? All of it's gone forever.
Or remember all that media stored on MySpace? It's vanished.
We must stop depending on Big Tech to archive our data. Their mandate is to profit off our data, not preserve it.
@LasseGismo Absolutely, we're committed to offering it on F-Droid even after it evolves into Thunderbird.
If we lived in a city or area that's heavily car dependent, my son would be unable to gain the organic experiences that makes life worth living. There's no serendipity and a very rigid flow to one's daily schedule. He'd be in a virtual prison.
Not sure if I'll use the external monitor much, but connecting a physical keyboard opens up new possibilities.
For example, I have never written a long-form document on an Android phone. Termux will feel more like a standard Unix terminal.
(Typing this toot using a mechanical keyboard.)
Take the rapidly spiralling American worries over "who is accessing all our TikTok data, since ByteDance is based in China",
and then pretend for a moment that you live outside the USA and yet Silicon Valley companies are still the ones managing all the data your entire country runs on.
I'm not saying the USA is the same as China. It's differently dysfunctional. But it's, uh, not exactly leading the world in functionality and yet it's wired into everything.
When I was small, and first heard about the UN, I wanted it to be like this.
When I wanted to switch AntennaPod between Android devices, I was using the OPML export and import feature.
AntennaPod also has a full database export and import feature which can restore your listened episodes and queue on the new device in addition to the subscriptions. This is under Settings -> Storage.
Tip: Use a Syncthing folder to get the exported database on to the new device.
To folks who think the Microsoft Corporation is A-Ok, consider: https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/25/22995144/microsoft-foreign-corrupt-practices-bribery-whistleblower-contracting That's been Standard Operating Procedure (combined with its time honoured Embrace, Extend, Extinguish playbook) for decades. That's how you get to be a $ trillion corporation. Not by playing fair, or by being ethical. Anything Microsoft (or any of the Frightful Five) is involved in is tarnished by association, and we shouldn't let it go by without comment.
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