minimalism

Things that add value to your life It’s an aesthetic, a vibe, a mindset that I swear by. The rule - seemingly simple; the comprehension? There are ‘n’ number of ways that you & can add value to your life, buying everything you need, in the hope that one day it might be useful to you. Refuel on caffeine, energy drinks staying up late night. Start fasting for days, weeks give up, get back to the same old binging habits & then call it ‘minimalism’....

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 mountain load of FUD. If you’ve been living 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....

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’....

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 Xiaomi’s MIUI, OnePlus/Oppo/Vivo’s Oxygen OS, Color OS, Samsung’s OneUI, literally anything other than iPhones probably run Android + proprietary Google software. YouTube? your source for video content Often the only source of video hosting at such a cheap, subsidized rate. Not to mention - censorship 😷 and corporate gaslighting with the deadly recommendation algorithm....

Firefox a mess by Mozilla

“I trust Mozilla more than Google; the problem is Mozilla trusts Google more than you” Google is the default search engine on Firefox. All their app store screenshots feature Google Search. No self hosted F-Droid repo. It’s again Google Play. Google is their primary & only ‘real’ source of income. Ironically their only real competitor. Do they want to promote privacy friendly social media? I see no PeerTube or Mastodon accounts to follow; it’s again Twitter & YouTube....

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, they too are hackers but not the only ones :0 GNU+Linux gives me the Freedom to get my perfect look ~ this is what I meant by ‘hacking’ 👨‍💻 A musician has total control over their guitar, an artist over the paintbrush 🖌 me & (hopefully) you over our computers It’s the perfect OS for hackers - people who want control over the tools they use You probably use a partially libre software operating system already!...

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 Signal out of the box still lacks a bit of polish....

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, better features, ditch phone numbers as identifiers, privacy controls, stickers & share huge files 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 account As you can deduct, I’m a big fan of the fediverse and I blogged about switching to the fediverse a long while ago and it’s going great Wait? why not Twitter?, YouTube or XYZ? Any social network is only as valuable as their users - Network effect Post content to PeerTube a week or two before it goes to YouTube, post to Mastodon and use IFTTT to auto fetch the RSS feed and don’t look back on Twitter Another way to think is - the only reason to be on YouTube or some proprietary service is to get everyone to join the fediverse and discover alt-platforms through your account Post content to the decentralized fediverse first, before they air on centralized social media ~ reboost it, cross platform and aim for organic growth not to please an algorithm, plus it saves you time and effort because it’s modifiable to serve your needs....