Free & Libre Software 🗽

Free Software is software that respects the user’s freedom. To someone who is not a programmer, this sounds totally absurd. 🤔 What the heck is freedom? that these people keep talking about? I thought it meant software - that was free of charge? But to a programmer this perfectly makes sense. 👨‍💻 Huh? Let me explain 👀 This is your 💻 It can do all sorts of cool stuff, browsing the internet for dank memes, making art, writing a blog like this one, watching videos and storing photos and other precious memories....

How I Got my Username

It all started from Scratch. Pun intended! The humble beginings of scratch.mit.edu my first social network! 2016 - 5 years ago I decided to sign up for a scratch account to share the programs I made locally using ‘Scratch 2.0’ iirc - an Adobe AIR app built in flash in those days. I recall the easy - drag and drop interface to build programs with jittery animations and SVG sprites....

Big Break

I’m preparing for competitive entrance exams for engineering I’m taking a break from uploading often on PeerTube & Odysee P.S. 1.5 Million kids write this exam each year & it’s really tough to crack to get a good rank. I’ll be focusing more on text posts, back to blogging and learning C++ during the 2nd half of this year. Good videos take a lot of time to produce especially when editing on a non HD screen with Kdenlive....

Phones Make Me Counter Productive

ironic you’re probably reading this on a phone This post is a reflection on Digital Minimalism on my Phone (FOSS) I wrote exactly a year ago. A year ago I yeeted all my apps, disabled notifications, started using FOSS apps in the hope that I spend my time efficienly. After the initial few weeks the ‘FOSS’ and ‘Ad Free’ apps get just as much addictive as the mainstream ones....

The Apple Illusion ~ On Privacy & Freedom

Hussam Abd on Unsplash iPhones and MacBooks are beautiful pieces of hardware that you can ‘rent’ from Apple & that’s about it. Why did I specifically use the word ‘rent’? Ales Nesetril on Unsplash The only thing you ever ‘buy’ from Apple is their marketing Apple devices - natively run their proprietary operating systems. iOS, iPadOS, WatchOS & MacOS. They make is either difficult or impossible to sideload apps (iOS) / run your own OS on the phone - you seemingly ‘paid for’....

Cold Turkey 2021

2021 is the year I complete my general schooling, plan ahead, learn Python, and catch up on my backlog. Because 2020 has taught us that anything can happen at times when we are the least prepared I’m sure we’ve all heard of ‘New Year resolutions’- So cRiNgY.. ew. This post is not that, two weeks before new years. I plan to dive head first, cold turkey whatever you wanna call it....

Archiving Google

Google is probably your search engine. Google Chrome, your web browser. Google flavoured Android + an OEM skin, the OS your phone runs on. YouTube? the only source for video content. Peha on degooglisons-internet.org Google builds high quality products with great security like Pixel or the Chromium browser but they suck in Privacy and freedom in software. It’s not their concern. All attempts at making their projects good are neutered with their proprietary anti-features like data collection, telemetry and straightup spyware....

Firefox a mess by Mozilla

“I trust Mozilla more than Google, the problem is Mozilla trusts Google more than you.” Google is their primary search engine, in all their screenshots they advertise Google Search and Google Play rather than self hosting their own F-Droid repo. Google is their primary and only ‘real’ source of income and ironically their competitor. Social media? No PeerTube or Mastodon accounts to follow. It’s again Twitter and YouTube. Firefox by default, is more invasive of privacy than Brave or Chromium https://fosspost....

How I do my computing on GNU/Linux

Whaat? you use Linux? aRe yOu sOme hAcKeR? No, that’s not how I perceive it. People & the mainstream media - confuse the term hacker. I mean ‘hacking’ as in ‘a hacksmith’ someone who is playfully clever. Tinkering stuff, not just computers. video { width: 100%; height: auto; } There is a glitch in the matrix “OPENSOURCE” “LINUX” ❌ Two faulty words which dilutes what I’m trying to convey Linux is a kernel and not an operating system, it is one part of the operating system and does not do anything by itself....

Hardening Signal Messenger for Privacy

If you’ve searched for privacy oriented messaging apps Signal tops that list. By now you’ve probably heard about Signal the centralized, navy blue, metadata resistant messaging app, now anchored by an ex WhatsApp co-founder. Signal values great security and it has strong, out of the box client side end to end encryption, plus forced 2fa called Signal PINs. For the average WhatsApp user the UX feels exactly the same....