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"Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy, and mutual valuing."

- Rollo May

tiny thing to fight surveillance capitalism 

As of yesterday #Microsoft's #DRM server is gone. If you have any ebooks through their store . . . bid them adieu ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Users will be given refunds but the books themselves will no longer be readable. If you made notes on the titles, you'll get $25 credit as a, "we're sorry you'll no longer have access to the notes you took on all those books. Here's $25 and we'll call it even!"

#DefectiveByDesign is a campaign run by the #FSF to combat Digital Restrictions Management and they work to prevent this exact kind of thing from happening.

Courtesy of Karl Fogel, there will be a Benefit Concert for the Software Freedom Conservancy: Schubert's "Winterreise" on Thursday, 7/18 from 7–8:30pm in Portland at Classic Pianos! Hope to see you there!

Are you in Portland (Oregon) this week? Do you like chatting with folks about #freesoftware? Join us at the Broadway McMenamins tonight at 7 for Conservancy pub night! We'll have snacks and there will be non-alc and alc drinks for purchase.

I forget who asked this question earlier, but I'm at a conference with a company that provides a "Green" hosting solution. has a server bank powered by hydro and wind.

How can you reduce the amount of social media you're consuming?

Is anyone working on open source Duolingo / Memrise? Or any floss social language learning software?


Instead of enshrining Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft as the Internet’s permanent overlords and then striving to make them as benign as possible, we can fix the Internet by making Big Tech less central to its future.


Interesting post-mortem on what happened when Mozilla's certificate for the Add-Ons expired.

"Add-Ons Outage Post-Mortem Result"

#firefox #mozilla

"Another interesting factoid: my amazing e-mail provider, ProtonMail, rejects about 1.2 million mis-addressed e-mails per week to the domain."

A Good Place: The happy accident of mistakenly logging onto

'Stop Surveillance Humanitarianism - Requiring biometric data, like iris and facial scans, sets a dangerous precedent for vital aid.'

By Mark Latonero

Free and open source software's all about the fact that no one and nothing is perfect. #reminder

I'm a big fan of brew cask for its library of zap instructions, which remove all traces of an application, however it was installed.

The Zoom one has just been updated to remove the persistent server.

brew update
brew cask zap -f zoomus

fun fact about browser location reporting 

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