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...
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To everyone who still makes text-based tutorials, thank you!

I'd much rather follow a text tutorial than wait 15+ minutes for a video tutorial to load.

Your work is very much underappreciated. Thanks again! 💜

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."
guix.gnu.org/blog/2019/joint-s

The real draw of retrocomputing 

@codesections @schlink non-POSIX shells should *only* be used in interactive mode and should not be the basis of new shell scripts

WTF Lowes? "Passwords may not *exceed* 12 characters" Seriously?

Oh, and also: "click here to save credit card to account". Mmmm... how about "no"?

Kinda saw that coming.

"Richard M. Stallman resigns — Free Software Foundation — working together for free software"

fsf.org/news/richard-m-stallma

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".

What OS camp are you in? Hopefully this will be big so please boost so we can get as many votes as possible

For those of you under 30: are you aware of the free software (as in GNU) vs. open source (as in OSI) debate?

Please RT for visibility, I think my immediate circle is mostly older people 😆

"Heard of a cool tech-bro-weeding interview technique the other day. A male and female engineer conduct the interview session together. If, when the female engineer asks the candidate a question, he directs his answer to the male engineer,then he's out.They said it happens a lot"

Black Hat Attendees: Sponsored Session Was 'Snake Oil Crypto'

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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.
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pcmag.com/news/370119/black-ha

#news #infosec

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.

dailyherald.com/business/20190

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?

techradar.com/best/whatsapp-al

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