In these COVID-19 pandemic times, especially if you're some kind of team leader, don't forget to check on your teammates. Don't exchange messages only to ask about work, take an interest in their health and well-being. If you think you don't care, think again! It's not that hard to be human.

The best thing about Corona?

We鈥檙e finally finding out which meetings could have been emails instead... 馃槀

Here's some exciting news: My latest paper entitled "Utilizing Neurons for Digital Logic Circuits: A Molecular Communications Analysis" has been accepted for publication on IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience and it's already available on the Early Access area of IEEE Xplore: and a shorter and more friendly overview is available on the TSSG website:

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Tutanota is open source so security experts can verify the code that protects your emails. 馃槂 Our Android app is Google-free making Tutanota the best open source email service. 馃憠 Read more on our blog:

One of the best decisions I made was to deactivate those 'read receipts', aka blue ticks, from the IM apps that I use. Not only people stopped asking me for an answer right away but also I stopped waiting for other people's answers as soon as the ticks went blue.

Are you interested in a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon?

because I'm making a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon

#Ubuntu is placing ads in its motd when you ssh in.

The way it fetches this ad is by doing

USER_AGENT="curl/$curl_ver $lsb $platform $cpu $uptime cloud_id/$cloud_id"

curl -A "$USER_AGENT" ...

In other words, Ubuntu is sending Canonical tracking information so it can serve you an ad.

This doesn't exactly run every time you log in (it caches the ad in /var/cache), but still... phoning home for a frickin ad?

I've been trying to stop replacing finished TV Shows with new ones. The idea is to dedicate more time to read books, (re)start a hobby and finish some personal projects that have been put aside for whatever reason. Sometimes I felt like my whole free time was being devoured by only one, entertaining but not productive, activity.

When hosting your own instance, is it better to self-host it at home using some , such as Raspberry Pi, or pay for a ?

Besides sharing their source-code, @libreflix also tries to share their methods, experiences and knowledge. Recently, a paper entitled "Libreflix: A Peer-to-Peer On-demand Video Platform for Free Streaming" was published and presented on the XXV Brazilian Symposium on Multimedia and the Web (WebMedia 2019). Check it out:

TLDR: Running a personal server should be just as simple as using a smartphone.

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If you can't fix it, you don't own it.

- Is better than recycling
- Saves you money
- Teaches engineering
- Saves the planet

"You shouldn鈥檛 name your variables after their types for the same reason you wouldn鈥檛 name your pets 'dog' or 'cat'."

-- Dave Cheney

隆Fediverso entero!, 隆Aliadas y aliados!

Comienzo una campa帽a para la promoci贸n del software libre. He creado este slogan y esta etiqueta
Si os gusta, os animo a utilizarlo, a ver si nos hacemos o铆r.

Este es un ejemplo de c贸mo podemos ir lanzando la campa帽a:

"Si t煤 quieres, es libre"

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By zazakhuna

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鈥檚 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.

鈥淵our account has been suspended鈥

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

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鈥檚 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鈥檛 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鈥檛 feel that they would have worked as nicely together.

Overall I鈥檓 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鈥檝e ordered the PinePhone 鈥淏rave Heart鈥 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鈥檛 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.

Software Livre 茅 um movimento social, pol铆tico e filos贸fico que promove o empoderamento dos(as) usu谩rios(as) atrav茅s das liberdades de software. Este movimento j谩 existe h谩 mais de 30 anos. N茫o 茅 de cunho t茅cnico, mas 茅tico.

I feel disgusted by the number of so-called "tech blogs" publishing ways of keeping Windows 7 even after its support from Microsoft has ended. This is not only a bad advice but also a harmful action to take, (it doesn't matter which version) is full of backdoors and tracking elements that do not respect your right to and compromise the confidentiality of your data. Don't be treated as a product, upgrade to GNU/Linux:

Twitiverse para mim 茅 como WinLinux e outras fic莽玫es ruins que soltam por a铆.

Twitter apoiaria #activitypub e todos os c贸digos e APIs existentes? Se n茫o.. sigamos.

Para os que s茫o dependentes qu铆micos do twitter, meu conselho 茅: Fiquem por a铆, o Fediverso seguir谩 se expandindo a seu pr贸prio ritmo e l贸gica, n茫o somos um neg贸cio, somos uma coletividade.

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