Something that has surprised me over the few weeks I've had this phone is the rapid progress. Each week brings at least one big improvement. Case in point, yesterday's kernel update (should hit main repos in a few days) made a noticeable change in the phone's heat and touchscreen performance.

I've really been enjoying how easy it is to write simple, useful GUI applications for the and I wrote two posts this week that describe how I wrote a simple screenshot and flashlight app:

puri.sm/posts/easy-librem-5-ap
puri.sm/posts/easy-librem-5-ap

More worrying for me: what happens to the data if one of these DNA companies fold? It's a valuable asset they will be tempted (if not required) to sell. Think of the well-funded companies who would line up to buy it...

It's happening. People are becoming aware of the implications of services around them and are voting with their feet.

cnbc.com/2020/01/23/23andme-la

In a world where everything must be "connected", this means ever more eWaste (and wasted developer time) when companies inevitably pull the plug. Since the software and protocols are proprietary, customers can't revive them or switch services.

arstechnica.com/information-te

Apple canceled the project to encrypt iCloud backups two years ago due to pressure from the FBI because it "would deny them the most effective means for gaining evidence against iPhone-using suspects"

reuters.com/article/us-apple-f

Update: I gave up and decided just to fix my tags. I used Picard for the first time and it made what would have been a horrible task surprisingly easy.

@Phaserune Yeah I think at this point it's actually less effort to painstakingly fix tags than it is to find/patch a media player.

@iooioio I have cleaned tags up over the years but I haven't gone album-by-album. It's the inconsistency in tags (slightly different artist/album spelling) that ends up being the most annoying.

I have a well-organized but inconsistently-tagged music collection, so it's frustrating that music apps rely so much on tags and infuriating that most remove file browsing entirely.

Update: Kashmir Hill's piece in the NYTimes today describes a US startup that's providing law enforcement the exact kind of facial recognition tech I was warning about in China. China's present surveillance state is becoming our future. nytimes.com/2020/01/18/technol

Popey suggested I try out yad and I like it! Looks like it supports some more use cases than zenity, is supposed to be lighter weight, plus it's faster to type. Check out the file dialog on the Librem 5!

I discovered today that zenity works as well on this screen as it does on a regular desktop to create basic shell-driven GUI programs on the so you can expect to see some simple apps from me in the future.

@ehowell @setthemfree I don't know. While there are many issuers for credit cards, there are only a few networks (Visa/MC/AMEX/Discover/etc) so even if your issuer doesn't sell your data (the one I built infrastructure for didn't), if the network does (as this thread shows MC does) there's not much you can do.

With a strictly debit card (no CC features) I suppose the issuing bank and/or company managing the card infrastructure could offer for you.

There's also always cash :)

@kyle mastercard sells realtime transaction data: mastercardservices.com/en/data

There was some way to opt out per card, but you need to look that up.

@daniel The phone doesn't know its location yet (GPS isn't enabled, I don't believe Epiphany browser even supports such a thing if it were enabled). It was a *competitor* to the specific medication I bought but in the same category of drug.

1. Buy medication I never have bought or even searched for before at local pharmacy w/ credit card
2. Go to car, decide to test cellular by visiting my account on mobile.twitter.com
3. Immediately see ad for type of medication I bought!

No location tracking possible on this Librem 5 (used browser, not native twitter app), so either a crazy coincidence, or near-real-time reporting between CVS and w/ linking between my name, card, and twitter account.

Something I didn't know I was missing but now use all the time on my is writing a shell script to perform a task along with a local .desktop file to run it from the home screen. Adding notify-send commands gives me feedback as the script runs in the background.

This is a fun story describing the security measures Tiffany used when it moved millions of dollars of jewelry down to street to a new location: nytimes.com/2020/01/13/nyregio

It's refreshing to see a major vulnerability with vanilla advisory pages and no branding. Anyone but the NSA would have registered ecc.fail or ecception.org to pair w/ their BH submission.

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