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I am the editor of an online writing magazine called The New Leaf Journal. We post articles on a variety of topics that interest us. To learn more about our project and find a sample of the 300+ articles that we have posted since launching in April 2020, please see our "About" page below.

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Revision 2 of the PinePhone keyboard, this one is actually nice to type on :D

Charlotte Becker was a prolific poet from Buffalo, New York, who was published in many magazines and newspapers in the early twentieth century. One thing led to another, and I ended up collecting 34 of her 300+ poems in their entirety into one article. Poems illustrated by some of my photos.

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I forgot how I found Elephind, but I have found it to be a useful resource for research. Elephind is a search engine for old scanned newspapers - mostly from the United States and Australia. In addition to having a large (and growing) library of papers, its search engine consistently returns relevant results for event general queries.

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Monopoly as usual:
Google's Unfair Performance Advantage in Chrome

#Google Chrome for #Android has a feature that gives Google Search an unfair advantage over its competition. It reserves a performance-boosting feature for it - so other search engines will always have a slower startup.

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I purchased a refurbished 2013 Asus Nexus 7 to try Ubuntu Touch. I used the UBports Installer and got it working with little hassle. In this post, I describe the process and offer some (very) early and brief impressions of Ubuntu Touch. I look forward to learning more about it and writing a longer piece in the future.

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#CallOut to our #Android devs:

GpsIcon needs help. No idea why this useful featue was ditched with Android 4.4: a GPS indicator that blinked when looking for a signal, and switched to steady when a fix was aquired. The tiny app (<50k!) even shows how many sats were found already, and how much are used for a fix.

But with Android 10, it not longer works reliably, see – and the author has no idea how to fix that.

Anyone? Boosts welcome!

On July 4, 1926, then-President Calvin Coolidge commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence with an address. In my post, I examine Coolidge's views from the speech on why the United States commemorates Independence Day.

(Additional Fact: July 4 was also Coolidge's birthday.)

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#followerpower Anyone knows this fellow? Flora Incognita failed to do its job here. And me too.😶

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Out of sight is not out of Minion's - a Minion windshield sunshade in Downtown Brooklyn. I wrote a short article describing some of the landmarks in the area and pointing to the location with Open Street Map:

#nyc #brooklyn #minion #sunshade #windshield #windshieldsunshade #car #citibike #park
#trees #motorolae6 #opencameraapp #thenewleafjournal #newleafjournal

I wrap up June with a 24th and final article - the month in review. In the post, I recap our best content from June 2021 and June 2020, list our most read articles of June and of Q2 2021 (according to privacy-firendly Koko Analytics), and explain some improvements I made to the site and how I plan to build on them in July.

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Choosing a communications platform based on where the people are is sadly a bad idea because the masses do not make smart decisions. Choose the platform that has the proper privacy-respecting technology and policies. Let the smart ones migrate.

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While looking for an article topic the other day, I came across an interesting piece from 1880 discussing the introduction of sparrows to the United States. Did you know that sparrows were brought to the U.S. in the 1850s? How about that part of the reason they were introduced to New York was to deal with measuring worms? You can learn what I learned and read a few charming stories in my post.

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When fighting for privacy online, the successes are rare. Here is one: Google delays FLoC rollout until 2023 because of strong headwind from privacy advocates: 😀😎 To fully check out our recommendations:

✅ Email & calendar: Tutanota

✅ Search: Searx, Ecosia, DuckDuckGo

✅ Browser: Firefox, Tor

✅ Translate: DeepL

✅ Drive: Tresorit

✅ Maps: OpenStreetMap

✅ Appstore: F-Droid

✅ Social: Mastodon

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Excited to see this new offering:

You can host one too, if you know how. Probably too complicated for me. haha

In this article, I discuss and reprint a 1923 Independence Day oration by Reverend Charles W. Lyons, a Jesuit priest who was notable for serving as the President of four different colleges. His speech, titled "The American Mind," examined the famous phrase from an 1825 letter by Thomas Jefferson.

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List of GNU/Linux Distros at Mastodon | 2021 Edition

Please help share.

Calculate @news Canaima @canaimagnulinux
Elementary @elementary
Endeavour @EndeavourOS
Kubuntu @Kubuntu
Lubuntu @lubuntu
Mageia @mlo
Manjaro @manjarolinux
Mint @linuxmint
MX @mxlinux
Nitrux @Nitrux_NX openSUSE @opensuse
PureOS @purism Regolith @regolith Tails @tails
Ubuntu @ubuntu
Ubuntu MATE @ubuntumate
Void @VoidLinux
Xubuntu @xubuntu

#FreeSoftware #GNU #Linux #OpenSource

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