Ethical, easy-to-use and privacy-conscious alternatives
For facebook, twitter, gmail, yahoo, youtube, instagram, google play, google docs/calendar/maps, amazon books/kindle, ms windows, ms office, office, steam, minecraft, patreon, internet(!), grooveshark...
I think Wine (and emulators in general) are going to be key for keeping control of our computers from being wrestled away from us. Personal Computing (not just PCs but computing in general) is being subsumed by cloud providers and subscription models and I for one am not about to give up the idea of Personal Computing.
If there's anything that I've learned from 30+ years in computing is that corporate interests are never in the users long-term interests. Ever.
Big move from GNu maintainers: "We believe that Richard Stallman cannot represent all of GNU. We think it is now time for GNU maintainers to collectively decide about the organization of the project. The GNU Project we want to build is one that everyone can trust to defend their freedom."
Kinda saw that coming.
"Richard M. Stallman resigns — Free Software Foundation — working together for free software"
Wired, 1993: Rebels with a Cause - Your Privacy. "On the cover were Eric Hughes, Tim May, John Gilmore, holding up an American flag, faces hidden behind white mask, their PGP fingerprints written on the foreheads. Gilmore even sporting an newly-founded EFF T-shirt. (from Thomas Rid, CS Monitor)"
Wired, 2019: YOU'RE IN PRIVATE MODE. To continue using a private window, sign in or subscribe. The title of the article being denied reads "It's Time to Switch to a Privacy Browser. Ad trackers are out of control".
Opening Inform (Narrascope 2019 talk) | Inform 7
Black Hat Attendees: Sponsored Session Was 'Snake Oil Crypto'
This year, a sponsored session drew ridicule from attendees who claim it was little more than pseudoscience, and the uproar prompted Black Hat organizers to remove the content from the website.
Got my Spring 2019 #fsfbulletin on Saturday!
Bloomberg thinks that Microsoft has won over Open Source. I can't speak for them, but they certainly haven't won over me or any Free Software folks I know.
Every action they've taken is in line with their Halloween Document goals. They've embraced through acquisition, and they've put themselves in the line of information and fiscal flow through controlling Github and now this payment system.
The risk to our community by them taking it away is too great to ignore.
I don't understand tech writers. I swear they receive kickbacks to keep users from using privacy-respecting software.
Just read an article listing 'Alternatives to Whatsapp' for when you no longer trust Whatsapp.
Item #1 - Facebook Messenger
Item #2 - iMessage
Item #3 - Google message.
I mean, wut?