Update on encryption backdoors in the US: The "E.A.R.N. I.T" act has been modified so that instead of federally mandated backdoors, it is done on a state-by-state basis.

Assuming it passes with this provision, and you live in the US, please be ready to go to state senate and congress meetings to explain to your legislators why mandated backdoors are a horrible idea. I'm considering writing out some talking points to use as a basis for such a thing.

"With so many people becoming unemployed in the pandemic-induced recession, we have no choice but to handle our technology differently. Put another way: We need to make our tech last longer."

We agree! We are solving the problem of disposable technology with our Librem 5 phone: puri.sm/posts/librem-5-longevi

nytimes.com/2020/07/01/technol

Update: The Librem 15 is back in stock!

shop.puri.sm/shop/librem-15/

The first 15" laptop designed to protect your digital life

- Intel Core i7 7500U
- Up to 32GB DDR4 memory
- Output 4K Video

More about the Librem 15: puri.sm/products/librem-15

Mobile App Stores and the Power of Incentives

"A large part of our work at Purism is focused on creating a healthy, ethical, privacy-preserving alternative to the current mobile app ecosystem."

puri.sm/posts/mobile-app-store

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Announcing the all-new Librem 14
puri.sm/products/librem-14

A powerful 14" laptop in a 13" footprint

- Core i7-10710U (Comet Lake) Processor, 6 cores & 12 threads
- Up to 32GB DDR4 memory
- Output 4K Video to two displays

More about the Librem 14: puri.sm/posts/purism-launches-

Be OK with failure. It sucks and makes us feel all types of ways. Through those emotions there is ALWAYS wisdom if you choose to find it. Failure and facing it can be a helpful tool to success.

Whew

Well I made a fucksy.

I upgrade my internet a few days ago, and I noticed that I wasn’t hitting the expected numbers.

Now a few bits of my network infrastructure are pretty old. Good stuff for the day, but .. back when I bought this stuff no one expected gigabit internet to actually exist.

But I wanted to be sure so I switched my equipment out of bridged mode and tested closer to the metal so to speak and the numbers hit in exactly the right places. Good stuff, that means I just need to upgrade one little bit of hardware. Only the modem just would not fucking go back to bridge and I ended up spending hours with tech support. Luckly I had a good guy. Obviously its working again, but what a pain in the ass!!

I’ve been eating healthy lately. Salads and shit.

Now — its been paying off. A little more exercise (I’m pretty physically active at work and that helps, but I could do more. When the governments stops pretending C-19 is a thing maybe a gym is in order) and I’ll be looking good in no time.

However. Its clear that my body has no idea what to do with salad. My stomach has never seen this type of thing before, and sometimes makes its displeasure known to me in very unpleasant ways.

Oh this is much better than the heat, you guys.

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We are an ethical alternative to Instagram.

The project is still young, but we are getting close to a polished v1.0 release with federation support!

We can't wait to join the fediverse. ❤️ #pixelfed

So suddenly there’s a lot of attention around email and it’s exposing how many people in the web community still use Gmail. Like actually trust all your personal information and communication (and that of your potentially marginalised or vulnerable contacts) with Google. 🤮

There are a lot of hard problems and lack of alternatives when it comes to rights-respecting technology. But email (as imperfect as it is) has a fair few affordable alternative providers. Small change, big difference.

Here’s the video of my talk “Beyond surveillance capitalism: alternatives, stopgaps, Small Web, and Site.js.” from Creative Mornings Istanbul on Friday.

Edited to fix the audio sync issue, add captions, chapters, and links to all the mentioned tools, etc.

Enjoy + please share! :)

small-tech.org/videos/creative

Why do the cookie popups start with "We value your privacy", clearly they don't because they would've just not included the crap.

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