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Alright, I might have gotten a *little* excited when I learned about the `.buzz` top level domain, because I just bought 😃

Right now it just forwards to the project repository on GitLab, but in the future it just might be the domain for the first hive! 😄

The renewal rate is currently about $30, so I'll have to figure that out next year, but hopefully by then the project will be viable enough to justify the price! 🙂

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's goal is to keep only community interactions and reviews in its database and just pull book information from external sources. Currently, it's using @inventaire 's API as its source for book information.

Since there's a lot that still needs to be set up before coding contributions can be really helpful to the project, one great way to contribute to the project is to actually help clean up and expand 's database!

See this page to learn how:

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Lemmy Release v0.6.0 - Avatars, email notifications, and a lot more.

v0.6.0 is here, and we've closed 41 issues! This is the biggest release by far:

Another major announcement is that Lemmy now has another lead developer besides me, @felix Theyve created a better documentation system, implemented RSS feeds, simplified docker and project configs, upgraded actix, working on federation, a whole lot more.

#lemmy #activitypub #fediverse #reddit

It doesn't look like WorldCat doesn't provide enough data for it to be useful enough to include in ...

(I /had/ been working on front and back end in tandem, but I think that's just slowing things down at this point. I need to make sure I hammer down all the important stuff before moving on to the front end display and interaction stuff!)

I realized that I need to focus on just the back-end for *first* so that anyone making a front-end will have the same consistent set to work with and so that different servers will be able to consistently communicate with each other.

I spent some time today working on getting the database structure into a more acceptable place, and I'll work on building the back-end out more completely before I worry too much about working on the front-end...

Less exciting, but more important. 🤷

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So I was recently asked why I prefer to use free and open source software over more conventional and popular proprietary software and services.

A few years ago I was an avid Google user. I was deeply embedded in the Google ecosystem and used their products everywhere. I used Gmail for email, Google Calendar and Contacts for PIM, YouTube for entertainment, Google Newsstand for news, Android for mobile, and Chrome as my web browser.

I would upload all of my family photos to Google Photos and all of my personal documents to Google Drive (which were all in Google Docs format). I used Google Domains to register my domain names for websites where I would keep track of my users using Google Analytics and monetize them using Google AdSense.

I used Google Hangouts (one of Google’s previous messaging plays) to communicate with friends and family and Google Wallet (with debit card) to buy things online and in-store.

My home is covered with Google Homes (1 in my office, 1 in my bedroom, 1 in the main living area) which I would use to play music on my Google Play Music subscription and podcasts from Google Podcasts.

I have easily invested thousands of dollars into my Google account to buy movies, TV shows, apps, and Google hardware devices. This was truly the Google life.

Then one day, I received an email from Google that changed everything.

“Your account has been suspended”

Just the thing you want to wake up to in the morning. An email from Google saying that your account has been suspended due to a perceived Terms of Use violation. No prior warning. No appeals process. No number to call. Trying to sign in to your Google account yields an error and all of your connected devices are signed out. All of your Google data, your photos, emails, contacts, calendars, purchased movies and TV shows. All gone.

I nearly had a heart attack, until I saw that the Google account that had been suspended was in fact not my main personal Google account, but a throwaway Gmail account that I created years prior for a project. I hadn’t touched the other account since creation and forgot it existed. Apparently my personal Gmail was listed as the recovery address for the throwaway account and that’s why I received the termination email.

Although I was able to breathe a sigh of relief this time, the email was wake up call. I was forced to critically reevaluate my dependence on a single company for all the tech products and services in my life.

I found myself to be a frog in a heating pot of water and I made the decision that I was going to jump out.

Leaving Google

Today there are plenty of lists on the internet providing alternatives to Google services such as this and this. Although the “DeGoogle” movement was still in its infancy when I was making the move.

The first Google service I decided to drop was Gmail, the heart of my online identity. I migrated to Fastmail with my own domain in case I needed to move again (hint: glad I did, now I self host my email). Fastmail also provided calendar and contacts solutions so that took care of leaving Google Calendar and Contacts.

Here are some other alternatives that I moved to:

Gmail → Fastmail → Self-hosted (via Cloudron)
Google Contacts → FastmailNextcloud Contacts
Google Calendar → FastmailNextcloud Calendar
Google Search → BingDuckDuckGo
Google Maps → Bing MapsOpenStreetMaps and OsmAnd
Google Analytics → Matomo Analytics
Google Drive → Nextcloud Files
Google Photos → Nextcloud Files/Gallery
Google Docs → Collabora Office (Nextcloud integration) and LibreOffice
Google Play Music → Spotify / PlexSpotify / Jellyfin
Google Play Movies/TV → PlexJellyfin
Google Play Audiobooks/Books → Audible/Kindle
Google Play Store (apps) → F-Droid / Aurora Store
Google Android → Lineage OSUbuntu Touch on PinePhone (coming soon?)
Google’s Android Apps → Simple Mobile Tools
Google Chrome → Mozilla Firefox
Google Domains → Hover
Google Hangouts → Matrix and Nextcloud Talk
Google Allo → Signal
Google Podcasts → PocketCastsAntennaPod
Google Newsstand → RSS
Google Wallet → PayPal and Cash App
Google Voice →Ting Mobile

Migrating away from Google was not a fast or easy process. It took years to get where I am now and there are still several Google services that I depend on: YouTube and Google Home.

Eventually, my Google Home’s will grow old and become unsupported at which point hopefully the Mycroft devices have matured and become available for purchase. YouTube may never be replaced (although I do hope for projects like PeerTube to succeed) but I find the compromise of using only one or two Google services to be acceptable.

At this point losing my Google account due to a mistake in their machine learning would largely be inconsequential and my focus has shifted to leaving Amazon which I use for most of my shopping and cloud services.

The reason that I moved to mostly FOSS applications is that it seems to be the only software ecosystem where everything works seamlessly together and I don’t have to cede control to any single company. Alternatively I could have simply split my service usage up evenly across Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple but I don’t feel that they would have worked as nicely together.

Overall I’m very happy with the open source ecosystem. I use Ubuntu with KDE on all of my computers and Android (no GApps) on my mobile phone. I’ve ordered the PinePhone “Brave Heart” and hope to one day be able to use it or one of its successors as a daily driver with Ubuntu Touch or Plasma Mobile.

I don’t want to give the impression that I exclusively use open source software either, I do use a number of proprietary apps including: Sublime Text, Typora, and Cloudron.

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Gah, I'm hitting a huge snag with shelf items because I haven't fully worked out book references yet. I may need to refactor the database again—I think I need more tables and a better way to think about the data structure... I was hoping I could keep the database relatively small/clever, but I'm seeing now that it won't really be possible with such a large project...

I have a headache from trying to figure it out right now... time for a break so I can process and mull over options.


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Well, my wife is going out tonight, which means it's #Readlebee dev time! I probably won't stream it this time, but I should hopefully be able to finish shelves, shelf items, and maybe even get started on book references!

I'm excited to see how much I can get done!

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Just confirming that the #Glimpse project is moving to @glimpse

Make sure you update the account you're following to keep up-to-date with the latest news about us. 🎉

We will be exporting our account archive from here so we have a backup for posterity.

I just encountered this "DeGoogle" list on GitHub that might be good for @switchingsoftware to take a look at for potential options that may have been missed before:

I keep remembering little things that I need to put in place for eventual federation ability like specifying the domain of a given shelf or username... this'll be tricky, but hopefully it won't be too hard!

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I noticed that some of the Fastify (web server) plugins I was using for were using outdated versions of the dependencies they were wrapping, specifically Sequelize (database connector) and Nodemailer (email daemon). So I opted to wrap them myself and install the dependencies separately so I could better control what version was being used!

There are some plugins still being used that are fastify-specific, but if they become outdated, I'll fork them and do the same again!

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Hi Fediverse 👋

what do you think of this new landing page design? ✨

Feel free to leave your feedback here 🙂

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Little Library will be going offline soon because my Google Cloud free trial ends at the end of the week. There are still a few ebooks on the shelf if anyone wants to snag them before it goes offline!

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Hi Fediverse 👋

@LemmyDev is a reddit alternative and currently looking for contributions. They want to join the Fediverse, so there is a lot of work ahead of them 💻

If you are intrigued: With experiences in #rust and/or #activitypub , please offer a helping hand. Without these, feel free to spread the word 🙃

Thread on Mastodon 💬

Issue link 🔧

Either way, we are excited for your arrival #Lemmy 🤗

I'm slowly but surely making progress on ! I'm working on setting up shelves at the moment, which will be followed by adding books and the ability to add them to your shelves, then finally the ability to create reviews and statuses about books on your shelves!

I also just updated the project's dependencies to the newest versions and added a call to to ensure the best browser compatibility possible! I want the app to "just work" for as many people as possible. :)

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Theory: Older people aren't worse at discovering or using new technology. UIs are just worse at conveying function/intent

Some evidence:

"Beginning users and many intermediates relied almost exclusively on visible cues for finding commands. They relied on (and found intuitive) menu bars and tool bars, but did not use pop-up (or “context”) menus, even after training."

"All but the most advanced users did not understand how to manage overlapping windows efficiently."

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@switchingsoftware Looks great 👍 And cool that you finally removed that Startpage shit 😃 Some cool sites you might find interesting:
- (DE) / (EN) is a free and open source meta search engine created and hosted in Germany with good results which respects your privacy.
- is a pretty new search engine which is closed source but uses results from Gigablast which is open source at and independent from any third-party search engines.
And for the category replace Youtube I recommend adding the following:
- Invidious with source at allows you to view Youtube videos without all the ads and tracking.Sure,Peertube is much better but you won't find all content there so Invidious is a useful solution to watch the others.
For the category petitions I see that you don't have a universal solution for every country so let's add one:
- is a German non-profit company which runs this page in many languages and doesn't embed any third-partys in their site
As alternatives to M$ Office you only recommend stuff to install on your computer what isn't bad but please don't forget that they also offer a web-based office so here's how it can be replaced:
- can be installed on your own server just like Nextcloud and offers a powerful and privacy respecting office suite directly inside of your browser.The website of it looks like a commercial thing but it's open source,can be found on Github and can be installed for free
And now I have questions...Why are there pages for both Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp which is basically the same?And why are the recommended alternatives in different orders?That doesn't make much sense to me.And please get rid of that Signal shit 🤢 No,it does *not* respect your privacy and freedom.And especially not so much that it should be listed in the top position.Matrix and Jabber are free as in freedom and open source and decentralized,they are the top solutions.Some information about signal (I guess you understand German,if not the third link will help you anyway)
What can be listed instead?Well,I think the apps you already have in your list are really good.If you totally need a centralized messenger,the following may be interesting:
- is developed and hosted in Germany (server at Host Europe),it's end to end encrypted and deletes the messages from the servers after delivering them.No phone number or other personal details required,works using random IDs and QR codes.
I hope I could help you with some of my suggestions.I really like your site and the projects you list there 👍 Many of them are very popular and well-known but sometimes it's interesting to dig a bit deeper and find alternatives which aren't that popular but also great.I hope I could help you with that.At the end,I want to thank you for your hard work to get the site up and running again and for your big help in informing people about privacy respecting software.Keep up your great work,we need pages like that 👍 And merry chrismas 😉

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Hi Fediverse 👋

as a little christmas present, let me tell you that we successfully migrated all content to the new beta version of the website 🎁

Feel free to have a look around and leave some feedback, thoughts and ideas 💬

Next steps will be to improve the start page and thinking about where to host the new site. 🆕

Furthermore, we wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas. Have a peaceful time🎄


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Should I write #Readlebee's front end in #React instead of what I'm currently using for professional skill-building purposes and maybe a greater range of developer familiarity, or should I keep using the tiny framework I'm currently using that I love called #Choo that's easy to learn and understand anyway and that everyone ought to be using instead.

#webdev #opinionsPlease

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