I used to make the gift box for my wife's birthday present. It definitely helped add to the mystique.

I've really enjoyed processing our new-and-improved anti-interdiction orders. So far I have to say out of all the glitter nail polish, orange is my favorite (looks so cool against the black case) followed by rainbow.


@kyle It was quite difficult to justify the price. However, it is now understandable as to why you would want a considerable profit margin with a phone that is built to last. I commend you for this effort. Keep going! 👍 😃

We are living in an age where everything from clothing to furniture to technology is cheap and disposable. The assumption is that nothing lasts, so one might as well buy the cheapest thing and throw it away when it inevitably breaks. Nowhere is this more true than the phone market, but it's something we want to change with the Librem 5.


Why has it taken me so long to learn about set pgp_auto_decode=yes in mutt? So many mail clients skip MIME and just embed armored PGP in-line.

TIL: Many people believe govt. intelligence agencies only operate effectively within their own borders, in particular that NSA/FSB/PLA are powerless in Europe.

It's been so difficult to keep quiet about Librem 5 USA! It's a Librem 5 phone with electronics fabricated in the US like our Librem Key and devkit. As I mention in the post, our goal is to shrink our and directly oversee as much of the process as possible.


"These owners can choose to share some, all, or none of their footage with police; police do not need a warrant in order to request camera footage from residents....when camera owners are "uncooperative or unavailable," officers are instructed to contact Ring and request that the captured video be preserved."


We promised to publish the hardware schematics when the shipped and we delivered: Hardware Schematics and X-ray Scans for Librem 5 Birch puri.sm/posts/a-different-kind

A German beer Advent calendar for him. A French wine Advent calendar for her. A good start to the season for everyone.

I don't play many board games but I bought Wingspan recently. It's not just a fun family strategy game w/o war or battle, it's deep enough that it's more fun each time I play. Recommended.

@fsf Lists the Librem 5 in its Giving Guide fsf.org/blogs/community/ethica The Purism Librem 5 cell phone is another exciting addition to the Giving Guide this year: we're giving it a tentative recommendation because the company has publicly committed to doing the right things for prioritizing user freedom and privacy. We also have evaluated and endorsed the operating system that the Librem 5 will run, the fully free PureOS, and the phone is designed for maximum privacy, security, and user freedom.

I love this post:

"When we first approached hardware manufacturers almost two years ago with this project most of them instantly said “No, sorry, impossible, we can not help you.”. Others warned us, that it could never work, that it was too complicated, “the industry does not do that” and so forth.

And yet here we are, later than we wanted, but we are actually shipping first hardware! It is possible but it comes at a price."


Many tech companies tout and security features that coincidentally also increase their own control and your dependence on them.

In this case, the feature protects user location data from competitors but not from Apple:


This opt-in clause is the critical reform we need. As in California, tech companies will lobby to remove it.

"Companies further would have to obtain a person’s permission to collect and share their sensitive data."


Et tu, DMV?

"The California Department of Motor Vehicles is generating revenue of $50,000,000 a year through selling drivers’ personal information, according to a DMV document obtained by Motherboard."


This opt-in requirement is critical, and the precise thing tech orgs successfully lobbied to remove from the CCPA:

"As a first step, governments must enact laws to ensure companies including Google and Facebook are prevented from making access to their service conditional on individuals “consenting” to the collection, processing or sharing of their personal data for marketing or advertising."


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