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In the last week I've started moving my calendars 📆 , contacts 👫 and email ✉️ off of Google

It really feels like coming to the end of an abusive relationship 💔 It was worse than I liked to admit, and it's easier to leave than I thought 👋

Thanks so much to the #Nextcloud, #Thunderbird, #Dav5X and #LineageOS people for making this possible! And thanks to my techie buddies who helped me out. Look to your local hacklab for help if you need it! You can do it!

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A grim forecast for The Weather Channel app: it’s owner (IBM) is being sued by @CityAttorneyLA for allegedly tricking users into sharing their granular location info with 3rd parties.

Delete this app along with any apps you don’t regularly use. theguardian.com/technology/201

Original tweet: twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/

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This is so clever: a SCP vulnerability that uses terminal control characters to hide the names of malicious files being downloaded thehackernews.com/2019/01/scp-

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I wrote up the API I'm thinking about for my #ActivityPub #PHP library! If you're interested in building federated PHP applications, I'd really appreciate if you check it out:

github.com/pterotype-project/a

I opened an issue where people can give feedback and discuss the API so that we can make sure it will meet the needs of Fediverse developers. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please contribute to the discussion:

github.com/pterotype-project/a

Taken from hotel Açores on Rua dos Andradas, Porto Alegre. It's a really nice area, very green and always filled with sounds of relaxed cheerful people. 🎉

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Ethereum's Constantinople release is coming a a day or so, but what the heck does it all mean? Here's a good article clearing up a lot of the confusion over all the roadmap changes.
mangoresearch.co/ethereum-road

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post a hot take on mastodon with a punch and then take a nap. I've never seen a more relatable tech product than this

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Don't trust "open source" projects with Contributor License Agreements, they are effectively not open source/free software at all and cannot be trusted or forked in productive ways that eliminate corporate control. (glares at Microsoft with VSCode and Azure)

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Getting distracted by writing a fediverse stats crawler into tootctl

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@wolftune @Shamar @deejoe @aral @oshwm @cwebber @conservancy

My take on what's occurring with Microsoft is that they're transitioning to a new business model. So far as they're concerned the personal computing era is over. From here on out the Azure cloud will manage all the desktops and your OS will be ad supported and monitor your behavior to optimize your user experience. Windows and Azure will remain proprietary, since that ensures the telemetry and content delivery pipeline, but anything else can be "open source" to cut developer costs. You'll be able to tweak some settings on Windows, but everything else will be managed from the cloud. No manual updates. Think ChromeOS, but moreso.

Microsoft will remain hostile, but as a different kind of threat. They'll be nice as pie so long as your open source project runs on Windows, or in a Linux VM running on Windows, Delivered by Azure(TM). Anything else they either won't care about or will be hostile towards.

This seems to have done the trick! It's a 3.1A "smart fast charger" that I picked up from an African selling cables and socks on the street for R$25 😄

First backup froze halfway thru, logs show low voltage detected! Looks like my 1A power supply is too feeble! 🤨

Got a slim 2T drive attached to a Pi to send my backups to instead of pay per month cloud stuff. Oba! 🎉

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ODing in the fediverse!