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Do you like Mastodon, but wish there was a privacy option to only post on your home instance without federating?

There's a fork of Mastodon for that called Hometown:

github.com/hometown-fork/homet

You can still post normal posts that federate, but Hometown also lets you post non-federating posts if you prefer.

It also has other differences such as rendering full articles from Write Freely (and other federated blogging services).

It's by @darius

#Mastodon #HomeTown #Alternatives

The menstruation app you use may be sharing data about your sex life with Facebook. Read the BBC’s coverage of our research ➡️ bbc.co.uk/news/technology-4964

We're been campaigning against SIM card registration for a long time. Here's the latest example of misuse:
The Bangladeshi government has been cutting off mobile access to the #Rohingya camp.
nytimes.com/2019/09/05/world/a

Sensitive personal information about mental health is routinely being traded to advertisers around the web, research we published earlier this week has shown. @BBCTech
bbc.co.uk/news/technology-4957

"Smart cities" is just a fancy term to talk about surveilled cities. The technologies involved can be abused in several (and scary) ways, as @alexandrinepdec says in her tweet.

More info about this 👉🏼 privacyinternational.org/topic twitter.com/alexandrinepdec/st

Amazon's attempt to control the book world extends everywhere, they own the following:

Goodreads
Abebooks
Librarything (40%, through Abebooks)
Kindle
Audible

You don't have to get your books from Amazon or use Amazon book services. There are much more ethical alternatives available:

switching.social/ethical-alter

Some of these alternatives are also on the Fediverse:
@inventaire
@libreture

#Amazon #Alternatives #Books #eBooks #DeleteAmazon

Reminder why switching.social does NOT recommend using Brave:

-Brave is a for-profit ad sales and cryptocurrency promotion company, funded by venture capital firms. Its primary purpose is to make money, not protect privacy.

-Top of the list of Brave's VC owners is Founders Fund, which is Peter Thiel's company ( web.archive.org/web/2019083116 )

-Peter Thiel is also the head of Palantir, which makes its money by spying on the general public ( bloomberg.com/features/2018-pa )

#Brave #PeterThiel #Palantir

Much better options for browsers are Firefox or @torproject browser.

Firefox is the best for non-tech people, it has good support and it's easy to use.

Whatever browser you use, remember to install both uBlock Origin and Privacy Badger addons. Together they will protect against most forms of tracking and are very easy to use too. (Note, "uBlock Origin" and "uBlock" are two totally different addons. "uBlock Origin" is the one switching.social recommends.)

There's a free open federated network for storing and sharing music called Funkwhale:

funkwhale.audio

You can follow them on here:

@funkwhale

A really good example instance is open.audio, which is entirely Creative Commons tracks:

open.audio

You can use it through the web, or through subsonic-compatible apps:

funkwhale.audio/en_US/apps

#Funkwhale #Fediverse #Music

THE VIKING LUNAR CALENDAR

Skol
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Tvímánuður

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" The fifth summer is a bit unclear what the name was, either it was, there are now only two more months of summer left or grain cutting month. "

Source: norse-mythology.net/the-viking

NORSE DAYS OF THE WEEK

Skol!

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SATURDAY

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GET BEHIND THOSE EARS!

" ... The name means bathing day or literally translated pool day. The Viking was actually pretty clean and not just some dirty barbarians, they probably had better hygiene than other societies in that time period."

Source: norse-mythology.net/the-viking

In case you missed it, Glimpse is a fork of the excellent photo editor GIMP:

getglimpse.app/

You can follow Glimpse on here:

@glimpse

The name is changed for those who find "Gimp" problematic/offensive, and there are plans to tweak the interface too 👍

There's a good article discussing the project on The Register:

theregister.co.uk/2019/08/28/g

#GIMP #Glimpse #FLOSS

NORSE DAYS OF THE WEEK

Skol!

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FRIDAY

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" Friday is either named after Frigg or Freya, the reason why it is unclear is that of conflicting sources. This is probably because some areas worshipped Frigg more than Freya and vise versa. "

Source: norse-mythology.net/the-viking

THE VIKING LUNAR CALENDAR

Skol
==========

Tvímánuður

==========

" The fifth summer is a bit unclear what the name was, either it was, there are now only two more months of summer left or grain cutting month. "

Source: norse-mythology.net/the-viking

" US wireless carriers limit speed without need - No matter the day or the hour, watching your favourite online video content may be a frustratingly slow endeavour in the US. New research explains why (Bloomberg).

bloomberg.com/news/articles/20

" 📺 Your evening viewing, brought to you by humans - Stumped on what to watch tonight? Netflix employees — rather than the streaming platform’s categorization algorithm — may soon have a suggestion for you (TechCrunch).

techcrunch.com/2019/08/23/netf

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