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....

How I do my computing on GNU/Linux

Whaat? you use LiNuX??? aRe yOu sOmE hAckER? No that’s not how it’s to be perceived, people confuse the term hacker if you mean “someone who is playfully clever” heck yeah, I love tinkering stuff, not just computers. (Desktop GNU+)Linux is not something hard, infact your Android phone runs Linux right now. GNU/Linux ≠ Ubuntu. Ubuntu uses the Linux kernel. Android runs Linux (Android+Linux) So it’s not something new or something that is only for the ‘geeks’...

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. Privacy = Security? A prime example of this is WhatsApp. News sites keep using that buzzword ~ End To End Encryption and say your messages are secure why?...

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....

Digital Privacy and Surveillance-Capitalism

China; heard about China in these recent days? The app bans and censoring websites in the so called name of national security and the privacy of our citizens? Parker Coffman on Unsplash While ironically we use American services and big tech giants like GAFAM YBSLE - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 Google, Apple, Facebook (Instagram and WhatsApp), Amazon and Microsoft and they don’t face the ban hammer because of their privacy violations....

Why I don't do normal phone calls

Huh? What I mean by normal calls is heading to your phone app, dialing my number and hitting the call button. No; Don’t do that. I have the phone app disabled on my phone Airplane mode turned on and most of the year, don’t have an active SIM plugged in, and no I DO NOT use WhatsApp (FACEBOOK) or any app that needs a real, active, phone number. Alexander Andrews on Unsplash...

Circumvent Censorship with Tor

Unblock domains, access websites freely and securely This article is a quick how to guide on circumventing censorship online. What is Tor? Tor is free and open-source software for enabling anonymous communication. The name is derived from an acronym for the original software project name “The Onion Router”.[7][8] Tor directs Internet traffic through a free, worldwide, volunteer overlay network consisting of more than seven thousand relays[9] to conceal a user’s location and usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis....

Digital Minimalism on my Phone (FOSS)

Without the big 5 tech titans. Utilizing FOSS software. Andrew Guan on Unsplash Here’s what’s different from your average expectation from a phone It runs Android, but without pinging Google or the big 5. No ads, spyware, lag or battery draining apps. No locked Google apps, none of the ad infested Facebook apps or random Chinese CM apps, Tencent, WeChat or TikTok. They are tuned to make you feel addicted and blind you into not even looking at any of the better alternatives....

Federating Social Media

Imagine Instagram allowed users to follow and like someone else’s Tweets through the Instagram app or follow their favorite YouTube channel with their Instagram account. You can like posts follow Pixelfed from your Mastodon account. You can watch a PeerTube video on Mastodon like and comment with your Mastodon account that’s the beauty of the Fediverse. This is Federated Social Media, actively implemented by the ActivityPub protocol Mastodon, PeerTube, Plemora, FunkWhale, WriteFreely, Pixelfed and many many more you can discover...

Breaking up with Facebook

Facebook has info on every single internet user, yes including you. If you have friends, family who use WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger, Facebook or an app or website running Facebook’s tracking pixel. A rouge ISP, phone (MIUI/Samsung/OnePlus), or even your workplace knowingly or unknowingly shares your data with F A C E B O O K Let me rephrase Facebook. It’s not just Facebook. I am talking about Instagram and WhatsApp too....