Book recommendation: Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport. Talk about discovering the right book at the right time! After ditching my smartphone, I needed answers: why was it bad? what do I do with my time? This book answers that and more.

Digital Minimalism
calnewport.com/books/digital-m

Try opening a Microsoft e-book. It breaks because they closed the DRM servers.

The books stopped working.

PS3? Wii? Same story.

The only way to get the same freedom and privacy with digital media we had with physical media, is piracy.

We got scammed.

nofilmschool.com/apple-movie-b

#Huawei must recognize that two kinds of phone users exist: those who care about Google services, and those who do about unlockable bootloaders.

No wonder the business strategy is failing if a walled garden is replaced with another, less attractive one.

slashgear.com/huawei-is-no-lon

By a truly unbelievable coincidence [...] I saw a small package fall off a truck ahead of me. 😂
Turns out the software used to extract data from your phone when seized, has security vulnerabilities 😁

Exploiting vulnerabilities in Cellebrite...
signal.org/blog/cellebrite-vul

Heard about #Gemini, want to try this new way to access information on the Internet but you're not technically inclined and you don't appreciate instructions such as "git clone, and read the INSTALL.md file"?

Then read the Gemini Quickstart:
geminiquickst.art/

Also on Gemini, of course: gemini://geminiquickst.art/

I made a music player using the awesome Pimoroni Pirate Audio HAT for . It plays any format including OGG and even videos, remembers where it left off, buttons work exactly how I like it because I wrote the code, and it has outstanding audio quality (24-bit DAC + headphone amp). The UI needs work tho!

tobykurien.com/images/microblo

Don't be fooled: Google's latest announcement on third-party cookies doesn't mean it will stop tracking you. We’ve built a new site to tell you whether or not you are a test subject in Google’s latest tracking experiment: amifloced.org/

I let out some of my frustrations in a ranty response to a Github feature request for my app. I love that a user was invested enough in my app to write a long and frustrated feature request.
Quote:
I sense your frustration in that the app is close to what you want and how you use it, but not quite there. Unfortunately the bad news is that I will probably stop supporting this app this year, despite this app being a labour of love and one I'm proud of. The above-mentioned… tobykurien.com/post-1618742136

Giving up the smartphone (currently in airplane mode in the drawer) for a dumb phone. I want my attention span back. I want control over my computer. I want to eschew mobile computing for good old fashioned desktop computing.

Nokia 105 Smartphone in airplane mode

@eff We’ve built a new site to tell you whether or not you are a test subject in Google’s latest tracking experiment. Visit Am I FLoC’ed to see if your browser is putting you into one of their new advertising categories . amifloced.org

TIL: trackers/spyware can bypass even third-party blocking and same-origin-policy by using CNAME cloaking. There's almost no hope of having privacy on the web, other than to resort to other protocols like Gemini.

Characterizing CNAME cloaking-based tracking
blog.apnic.net/2020/08/04/char

Listening to podcasts on the PocketCHIP while I workout outside.

Delete Chrome. Now.

Google is using its exceptionally powerful position to make *the browser itself* analyze your browsing behavior and serve that on a plate in the form of "cohorts" to anyone interested.

They are transforming Chrome into a "browsing-history-passport" - right now.

If you care about your intellectual freedom even a little bit, you must put Chrome out of your life as soon as possible. Support others doing the same.

eff.org/deeplinks/2021/03/goog

#DeleteChrome

All 3 Browser Ecosystem Suck!
Look's like everyone is following 's model.

on device
Brave's on device BAT Rewards
and this new Scroll thing
firstlook.firefox.com/betterwe

All 3 browsers are 'owned' (influenced) by Google.
The rendering engine (Chromium/Blink) & Funding (Mozilla/Firefox)

Alt browsers like qutebrowser don't have a cross device ecosystem

won't release as
We don't live in the magical
We are at the mercy of

Cory Doctorow talking about Facebook: "Facebook has such a sweet racket. First, they used the Roach Motel model – data checks in, but it doesn't check out – to trap you and all your friends in a mutual hostage-taking situation, where you can't leave because they're there, and they can't leave because you're there."

pluralistic.net/2021/04/05/zuc

A switch has silently been flipped in millions of instances of Google Chrome: those browsers will begin sorting their users into groups based on behavior, then sharing group labels with third-party trackers and advertisers around the web. eff.org/deeplinks/2021/03/goog

Great video with a LOT of information for privacy-aware smartphone users. Sadly, even us hackers have lost control of our tech.

Spyware-Free Phones in 2021: We're being Squeezed!
youtube.com/watch?v=IPrugkYJpO

In case you’re a person on here who’s still trying to get away from Twitter, I wrote a user stylesheet that might help you: laurakalbag.com/write-only-twi

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