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developers having powerful development hardware is actively harmful to usable software existing

there is literally an order of magnitude of power difference between the machines many developers use to create their software and the machines that their users will have - and that's assuming the users have brand new (but average) hardware

today's developers write software pretending that there will always be infinite resources, because the computers we have *let* them do that without consequences

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@ky0ko I remember John Romero saying how useful it is to have a more powerful machine to develop on (hence why #Doom and #Quake were developed on NeXT), but he also said that every Dev should have a minimum-spec consumer machine right next to their workstation, to make sure it still works even on the lowest hardware.

But instead, we have the current versions of #Microsoft Office that can't even run properly on a 2 GHz laptop with 8 GB of RAM. >:(

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Just a reminder, you can use @nextcloud without self-hosting or any tech knowledge 👍

Nextcloud has an official provider-finding tool called "Simple Signup":


This helps people sign up on recommended third party Nextcloud instances.

(Of course you can self-host your own Nextcloud if you prefer, but third party instances are a good option for non-tech people.)


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If your website gathers analytics on site visits, please consider whether you really need to. (Switching.social doesn't, for example.)

If you must gather analytics, please don't use Google Analytics. GA helps Google to spy on your visitors, and to spy on your site too.

A more privacy-friendly alternative is Matomo (aka Piwik):


It's free and open and can be self-hosted, or you can use their paid cloud service instead.

You can follow them here:



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Some were asking whether there is a Fediverse alternative to Facebook Events/Groups.

There is one on the way!

It's called Mobilizon, and it had a successful crowdfunding to cover development costs. The beta version is due out in October.

It will be free, open and federate with ActivityPub.

You can follow it on here:


The website is here:


You can follow and help development here:


#Alternatives #Mobilizon #DeleteFacebook

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Ever wanted to ditch big tech but had no idea how to? Grab your free Librem One account for social, chat and voice or a premium account with mail and VPN and get end-to-end encryption, no tracking, no ads and no data sharing librem.one

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When we consider what it's like to be "hacked", we should also consider that the companies we happily allow to access our personal #data are just as nefarious as those we fear.

#gettingreal #privacy #infosec

#facebook #amazon #google etc...

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My Recommended Services

Messenger: #Signal #Wire
Email: #ProtonMail #Tutanota
Search Engines: #DuckDuckGo #Qwant #Startpage
VPN: #ProtonVPN #NordVPN
Password Managers: #Bitwarden #KeePass
Browser: #Firefox #Brave #TorBrowser
SNS: #Mastodon
Cloud Storage: #Nextcloud #MEGA
Note: #StandardNotes
Encryption Software: #VeraCrypt #Cryptomator
Send File: #FirefoxSend
File Sync: #Syncthing

#Privacy #Security

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The Register covered my article announcing @linuxjournal closing and included a number of quotes from my first goodbye that add extra context. theregister.co.uk/AMP/2019/08/

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Today Linux Journal shut its doors for good. All staff were laid off and the company is left with no operating funds to continue in any capacity... linuxjournal.com/content/linux

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I'm so sorry to say it, but today @linuxjournal closed down for good. As you can imagine we are all so sad that this is the end. You can read my final goodbye here:

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I've updated the "Alternatives to Amazon Books" page to make it clearer.

If you're looking for alternatives to Amazon Books, or Amazon's book-related properties (Kindle, Goodreads, Audible), here are some suggestions:


#Amazon #DeleteAmazon #Books #eBooks #Audiobooks

More #Alternatives:

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Have you seen this list of alternatives to Amazon's offerings? Not all entirely free/open, but definitely some options to say "not Amazon"


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The reason I've long called them #listeningdevices and people who buy these (for selves or a 'gift' to someone) deserve public shaming and isolation from civilised society (until they throw these bugs away) https://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-alexa-keeps-your-data-with-no-expiration-date-and-shares-it-too/
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