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Mittelalterliche Technik ist faszinierend. Der Kerzen-Wecker war mir neu.

Ah, that's Group folders... maybe another color than black would be easier to understand... like turquoise or something...

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@jcbrand - is there a Converse.js Debian repository somewhere with latest versions? Just being curious... :-)

Thanks to @Thib support for #XMPP URIs got merged into mastodon a few days ago. This should make linking to external discussion channels and moving a conversation to a E2E encrypted chat a bit easier on the fediverse:

Hmmm, can't get rid off of that shared folger in Nextcloud... Does anybody know how I can remove those directory with a black shared icons in ?

I am a current member of ISOC German chapter.

I have asked the board of the German ISOC about the .ORG sale, but their answers did not convince me that the sale is any good.

I fear ISOC is lost to the money.

I waited for positive developments around the .ORG sale.

Critical voices coming from ISOC NL and CA.

But it seems neither ISOC Board nor ICANN are listening.

I decided to leave ISOC. That is sad. 🙁

Ich denke, ich werde dann demnächst mal weg von Lichtblick und hin zu einem anderen Ökostromanbieter gehen, da würde bei mir "Hamburg Energie" passen.
Einstiger Ökostrompionier nicht mehr öko: Einfach aussortiert

@cstrotm @jpmens - mal ne DNS Frage: gibt es eine logische Erklaerung dafuer, dass bei Eintraegen in einer Datei per $include der eine Eintrag existiert, aber der andere nicht? Z.B. vs.
Ich raetsel herum...

So I was recently asked why I prefer to use free and open source software over more conventional and popular proprietary software and services.

A few years ago I was an avid Google user. I was deeply embedded in the Google ecosystem and used their products everywhere. I used Gmail for email, Google Calendar and Contacts for PIM, YouTube for entertainment, Google Newsstand for news, Android for mobile, and Chrome as my web browser.

I would upload all of my family photos to Google Photos and all of my personal documents to Google Drive (which were all in Google Docs format). I used Google Domains to register my domain names for websites where I would keep track of my users using Google Analytics and monetize them using Google AdSense.

I used Google Hangouts (one of Google’s previous messaging plays) to communicate with friends and family and Google Wallet (with debit card) to buy things online and in-store.

My home is covered with Google Homes (1 in my office, 1 in my bedroom, 1 in the main living area) which I would use to play music on my Google Play Music subscription and podcasts from Google Podcasts.

I have easily invested thousands of dollars into my Google account to buy movies, TV shows, apps, and Google hardware devices. This was truly the Google life.

Then one day, I received an email from Google that changed everything.

“Your account has been suspended”

Just the thing you want to wake up to in the morning. An email from Google saying that your account has been suspended due to a perceived Terms of Use violation. No prior warning. No appeals process. No number to call. Trying to sign in to your Google account yields an error and all of your connected devices are signed out. All of your Google data, your photos, emails, contacts, calendars, purchased movies and TV shows. All gone.

I nearly had a heart attack, until I saw that the Google account that had been suspended was in fact not my main personal Google account, but a throwaway Gmail account that I created years prior for a project. I hadn’t touched the other account since creation and forgot it existed. Apparently my personal Gmail was listed as the recovery address for the throwaway account and that’s why I received the termination email.

Although I was able to breathe a sigh of relief this time, the email was wake up call. I was forced to critically reevaluate my dependence on a single company for all the tech products and services in my life.

I found myself to be a frog in a heating pot of water and I made the decision that I was going to jump out.

Leaving Google

Today there are plenty of lists on the internet providing alternatives to Google services such as this and this. Although the “DeGoogle” movement was still in its infancy when I was making the move.

The first Google service I decided to drop was Gmail, the heart of my online identity. I migrated to Fastmail with my own domain in case I needed to move again (hint: glad I did, now I self host my email). Fastmail also provided calendar and contacts solutions so that took care of leaving Google Calendar and Contacts.

Here are some other alternatives that I moved to:

Gmail → Fastmail → Self-hosted (via Cloudron)
Google Contacts → FastmailNextcloud Contacts
Google Calendar → FastmailNextcloud Calendar
Google Search → BingDuckDuckGo
Google Maps → Bing MapsOpenStreetMaps and OsmAnd
Google Analytics → Matomo Analytics
Google Drive → Nextcloud Files
Google Photos → Nextcloud Files/Gallery
Google Docs → Collabora Office (Nextcloud integration) and LibreOffice
Google Play Music → Spotify / PlexSpotify / Jellyfin
Google Play Movies/TV → PlexJellyfin
Google Play Audiobooks/Books → Audible/Kindle
Google Play Store (apps) → F-Droid / Aurora Store
Google Android → Lineage OSUbuntu Touch on PinePhone (coming soon?)
Google’s Android Apps → Simple Mobile Tools
Google Chrome → Mozilla Firefox
Google Domains → Hover
Google Hangouts → Matrix and Nextcloud Talk
Google Allo → Signal
Google Podcasts → PocketCastsAntennaPod
Google Newsstand → RSS
Google Wallet → PayPal and Cash App
Google Voice →Ting Mobile

Migrating away from Google was not a fast or easy process. It took years to get where I am now and there are still several Google services that I depend on: YouTube and Google Home.

Eventually, my Google Home’s will grow old and become unsupported at which point hopefully the Mycroft devices have matured and become available for purchase. YouTube may never be replaced (although I do hope for projects like PeerTube to succeed) but I find the compromise of using only one or two Google services to be acceptable.

At this point losing my Google account due to a mistake in their machine learning would largely be inconsequential and my focus has shifted to leaving Amazon which I use for most of my shopping and cloud services.

The reason that I moved to mostly FOSS applications is that it seems to be the only software ecosystem where everything works seamlessly together and I don’t have to cede control to any single company. Alternatively I could have simply split my service usage up evenly across Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple but I don’t feel that they would have worked as nicely together.

Overall I’m very happy with the open source ecosystem. I use Ubuntu with KDE on all of my computers and Android (no GApps) on my mobile phone. I’ve ordered the PinePhone “Brave Heart” and hope to one day be able to use it or one of its successors as a daily driver with Ubuntu Touch or Plasma Mobile.

I don’t want to give the impression that I exclusively use open source software either, I do use a number of proprietary apps including: Sublime Text, Typora, and Cloudron.

Deprecating DNSSEC algorithms 5 (RSASHA1) and 7 (RSASHA1-NSEC3-SHA1)

Viktor Dukhovni calls for migrating away from DNSSEC algos 5 and 7 (RSA with SHA1), as SHA1 is now damaged.

Presently, the DANE survey database shows ~230 thousand domains using algorithms 5 and 7. It would be great to see this number substantially reduced over the coming months.

Get instructions on how to migrate a DNSSEC algorithm:

Warum muss man sich als Nutzer freier Software und offener Standards im Berufsleben eigentlich immer wieder für diejenigen verbiegen, die irgendeine proprietäre Scheiß-Software verwenden? Es kotzt mich so dermaßen an...

@JPEG - in Mast when replying to a Toot and get distracted, you can save the reply as a Draft. But how to get the draft again and then send it? I did somehow managed to sent it, but it was a new toot to Tigase, not a reply to their toot.
Usually I would expect, that when a Draft is saved and I tap on reply again, Mast would ask me whether to make a new toot or work on the saved draft...
Maybe I did something wrong that does not fit into the workflow of the code....

@tigase - in the last days I tried to configure prosody-filer http_upload. According to the webserver logs a code 200 is returned. Tried as well with share.php. Got a plethora of different results with different clients and prosody & ejabberd

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Warum muss das ausgerechnet dann regnen, wenn ich zu Mittag in der Stadt bin und keinen Regenschirm dabei habe, weil das Regenradar unauffällig war?!

@tigase - just another silly question: does Beagle insist of receiving http code 201 when uploading files to MUCs or will code 200 work as well?


Da wir jetzt 2020 haben:

Schreibt dieses Jahr auf Verträgen etc. immer das Jahr aus, also 5.1.2020, nicht 5.1.20 !

Sonst macht jemand leicht zB 5.1.2018 daraus. Und Ihr zahlt.


Frohes neues, feinstaubbelastetes Jahr 2020!
Der nachfolgende Graph wird ihnen praesentiert vom Feinstaubsensor in einem Ortsteil suedlich von . Spitzenwert fast 2000 µg/m³ P10...

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