By the way, I think it's a great alternative to having your follower and following exposed to the public to search through.

As you notice, my followers and following is set to private. But this feature allows me to still push profiles I think would be great to follow.

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As I just came across it in the docs. Mastodon lets you feature people in your profile. It'll show 5 random profiles of all profiles you selected to be featured and present them on your profile's sidebar.

Quite nice way to push your own project and friends as well as people you enjoy reading on Mastodon.

Good commit messages are in most cases longer than the changes they provide.

They should explain how things are changed, why it's done the way it is, and where one can read more about it.

I guess, I have another example for that:

Mastodon and referrer policies

Great, where is the time, when people wrote down a PoC for a thing and then provided a protocol spec in order to establish a standard? Looking at the current trend of end-to-end-encrypted calendar and contacts clients it's kind of worrisome that no one came up with a proper standard there.

Get things standardized to allow more than one software to implement things and this way reach all people instead of keeping tight control over your users.

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@aral somehow I feel I'm going to point you at @sir and his articles about wayland... because... well quite frankly I can't find any of the early articles that I read about it that got me interested anymore, and he solved the issues I had with the "reference compositor" - but in doing so, also solved my need to create a minimal tiling window manager (I use i3 on x11, and sway just uses it's setup. Though I tweaked it to fix various things with the keyboard, and so on.)

Um, let's see, this hardware is from... 2012. Thinkpad W530.

I should use Sway more.

I may have also misread your sentence as "I would like to learn more about this interesting subject" rather than "mah masheen, eet wint beewm!" but - I still recommend looking at his material.

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@wiktor I'm currently a bit curious about the best way to select the right encryption key based on the keys one discovered.

My project currently still has the very stupid approach to encrypt the email with all available, valid (i.e. not expired or revoked) encryption keys. But that's of course imperfect. Any recommendations there?

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How to de-Google-ify your website to make it faster and more visitor friendly

Today I checked the in from . Looks usable on first sight. For most people that's a nice and easy step forward in browser security. Sadly I can't use it due to my integration with Yubikeys and other programs. But for most users who aren't using all this fancy stuff, It's a great option.

And for those worried "flatpak leads to outdated dependencies", nope, the version from uses basically the same CI mechanisms as the RPM version.

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Probably everyone on had some kind of contact with dependabot or greenkeeper. Those are bots that check your dependencies and try to help keeping them up-to-date.

You don't have to miss this useful feature if you run a instance. The software allows to do basically the same for your own repositories.

For my Gitlab instance I step a repository and simply added a weekly CI job that runs renovatebot. All it needs is an own account.

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Leb wohl #Google! Ein sch繹ner Beitrag aus der #taz, der nochmal aufzeigt, wie m瓣chtig Google geworden ist und warum es wichtig ist, Alternativen bekannter zu machen und zu nutzen.!

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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 Googles 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 hadnt 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 thats 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 Fastmail Nextcloud Contacts
Google Calendar Fastmail Nextcloud Calendar
Google Search Bing DuckDuckGo
Google Maps Bing Maps OpenStreetMaps 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 / Plex Spotify / Jellyfin
Google Play Movies/TV Plex Jellyfin
Google Play Audiobooks/Books Audible/Kindle
Google Play Store (apps) F-Droid / Aurora Store
Google Android Lineage OS Ubuntu Touch on PinePhone (coming soon?)
Googles Android Apps Simple Mobile Tools
Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox
Google Domains Hover
Google Hangouts Matrix and Nextcloud Talk
Google Allo Signal
Google Podcasts PocketCasts AntennaPod
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 Homes 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 dont 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 dont feel that they would have worked as nicely together.

Overall Im 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. Ive 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 dont 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.

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Unsere Hochschule-IT hat von Twitter auf Mastodon umgestellt. Hier die Offizielle Meldung:

Und hier der Account, dem ihr folgen k繹nnt:

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"Should you self-host Google Fonts?

Yes it's better to self-host as the performance gains are substantial."

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Learn how to send encrypted emails using PGP encryption with this simple guide.

After learning how to do it, I've become very interested to do it again. So if you want to practice it with me[please], feel free to DM me. Don't worry I'll not spam you.

Here's link for the guide:

#gpg #pgp #gnu #linux

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