Phones Make Me Counter Productive

vertical image ~ 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....

Cold Turkey 2021

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.. into 2021 and it starts today the 18th of December, starts right now with a cold shower and hiting git push for this quick post and hype for a productive blogging session....

Archiving Google

Google.com is probably your search engine. Google Chrome your web browser. Stock Google flavoured Android + an OEM skin, the OS your phone runs on. Peha on degooglisons-internet.org Google builds high quality products with great security like the Pixel or Chromium but they suck in Privacy and freedom in software. It’s not their concern. They entangle you in their proprietary ecosystem and mix it with their great projects like Android or Chromium....

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. 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 ahem, mainstream media - confuse the term hacker. I mean - ‘hacking’ as in ‘a hacksmith’ - “someone who is playfully clever”. I love tinkering stuff, not just computers. Desktop GNU+Linux is not something hard. GNU/Linux is about freedom. You get to modify each and every thing about your system to get your perfect match...

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....

Instant Messengers

Unless you’re from the USA, the land of free SMS. You probably use a messaging app like WhatsApp, Signal or Telegram. Why? You get cross device sync, newer features, you can ditch phone numbers as identifiers, privacy controls, cool stickers and emojis Does Privacy = Security? A prime example of this is ‘WhatsApp’. News and media websites keep using that buzzword ~ End To End Encryption and say your messages are secure....

Fedi First

I posted recently, on my Mastodon As you can deduct, I’m a big fan of the fediverse and I blogged about me-switching to the fediverse a long while ago. I deleted Snapchat too. YouTube turned on ads for everyone A concept ~ How it works Post content to the decentralized fediverse first, before they air on corportate social media ~ reboost it, cross platfrom and aim for organic growth not to please an algorithm Post content to PeerTube a day or two before it goes to YouTube, post to Mastodon and use IFTTT to auto fetch the rss feed and post the link to your toot to Twitter....

Dishonest TrebleShot Clones in the name of MadeInIndia

The Chinese app ban confused a lot of people when they see the app they used is no longer available. Most of the apps are bundled with Google and Facebook Ads and are malicious they are filled with bloat and only aim to betray the user by mining their data. I blogged in my previous article on #SurveillanceCapitalism. The move was a good but biased step ahead, for the user’s privacy but the ban is partial and limited to few apps, particularly Chinese ones, and Big Brother apps like Facebook’s bundled App Manager in OnePlus and other major smartphone vendors and the GAFMA are not in the list....