Is Brave Really brave?

Brave is a web browser based on the Chromium web-engine influenced by Google. The Brave browser is Free/Libre licensed under the same Mozilla Public license as Firefox Before you @ me, this is not like the many, many one sided posts about Brave with a mountainload of FUD. If you’ve been lving under a rock - Brave Software (the company behind the browser) take vanilla Chromium, add their many patches, privacy-protections and a coat of their branding....

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. Sometimes lengthy codeblocks would crash my computer and the JavaScript engine in Chrome (while working with cloud variables) on a 2 Megabytes/s internet plan....

Big Break

I’m preparing for competitive entrance exams for engineering 1.2 Million kids write this exam each year & it’s really tough 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 16:9 (1920x1080) screen. Hopefully I’ll cope up with school work during the the course of this year and find pockets of time to make videos....

Phones Make Me Counter Productive

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. Although it’s not as toxic / invasive of your privacy....

The Apple Illusion ~ On Privacy & Freedom

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’? 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? your source for video content. Google excels as a product company Google builds high quality products with great security like the Pixel or the Chromium web browser but that isn’t their goal. Google is an advertising company disguising itself as a product company. All attempts at making their projects good are neutered by anti-features like data collection, telemetry and straightup spyware, F/OSS builds of the operating systems don’t ship by default....

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 They violate many of their original policies listed in their Mozilla manifesto...

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 media - have confused us with the term hacker. I mean ‘hacking’ as in ‘a hacksmith’ someone who is playfully clever. Tinkering stuff, not just computers, hacking as in life-hacks, not breaching security as such. GNU/Linux gives me the Freedom to get my perfect look ~ this is what I meant by ‘hacking’ 👨‍💻 You probably use partially libre software operating systems already....