This article explains why a few kilobytes of macOS updates ends up as gigabytes of downloads and 45 minutes of updating.
Users are losing out against Big Sur’s sealed System
The #SmallWeb is Beautiful: A Study of Web Development as if People Mattered. https://benhoyt.com/writings/the-small-web-is-beautiful
'People often ask: “What’s the next Covid?” An attack on our digital infrastructure is a leading candidate.' and other interesting insights in this great read.
Yuval Noah Harari: Lessons from a year of Covid
@fdroidorg e.g. WebApps Sandboxed Browser https://f-droid.org/packages/com.tobykurien.webapps had a release Feb 9th and Deedum is quite out of date with the repo.
@fdroidorg I noticed that apps are now taking much longer to update on f-droid. Is this an issue on f-droid side, or a policy change, or something else?
New #blog post: “Keeping platforms open”
Gemini version: gemini://seirdy.one/2021/02/23/keeping-platforms-open.gmi
It’s a follow-up to my previous article, “Whatsapp and the domestication of users”.
Hard problems, by definition, lack easy solutions. Simply choosing (or creating) a platform that avoids user domestication isn’t enough if that platform can change. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance; in addition to settling on the right platform, we must ensure that it honors its users in both the present and the future. Keeping a platform FOSS and simple is more straightforward than keeping a platform “open”.
How do we keep an open platform from becoming a closed platform in the future?
Blogged about how I integrated Webmentions into my Hugo static site: https://www.jayeless.net/2021/02/integrating-webmentions-into-hugo.html #indieweb
Trendy Talk - No server twitter and creating a standard because we said so. https://share.tube/videos/watch/c5dd1b84-0b30-400c-aba3-f817d3c95de2
I have added a section to my #gemini capsule
for aggregating what people are saying about Gemini, e.g. tweets, toots, and now also the Gemini mailing list, where most of the announcements and spec discussions take place. You can now browse this on Gemini itself!
Gemini mailing list archive on Gemini
"Culture I/O is a website about utopia as seen through the haze of the dystopian present. You’re laughing, but we’re serious. There’s a manifesto. That’s how serious we are."
Culture I/O — The Road to Utopia
"Why I still use RSS...I firmly believe the Internet, and what it stood for, peaked with RSS....Having only the content I want to see only be shown when I want to see it with the freedom to jump between readers as I please, all with no ads? For me, no other service comes close to the flexibility, robustness, and overall ease-of-use that RSS offers."
Here's the #gemini verion of my blog post:
My war on doomscrolling
My attempts at avoiding doomscrolling and living a healthier digital lifestyle: https://tobykurien.com/war-on-doomscrolling/
FreeHacker is an ezine "created to help the spread of DIY culture in cyberspace". A good, if somewhat short read.
FreeHacker: Issue 2
The Digital Detox Challenge, freeing yourself from gadget enslavement
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