A reminder that when greed gets in the way, the pendulum of technology often swings away from serving the user, and towards walled gardens that restrict and manipulate us. Mastodon is one of the few recent instances I can think of a social service with *more* user freedom appearing.
There was a point in the 2000s when I could open Gmail and IM almost any of my contacts via an interoperable, open source protocol with chat rooms. Everything since has been an enormous regression.
A look at the history of Google and chat apps; the world's longest, most expensive performance art
New York Senate Passes Electronics Right-to-Repair Legislation
PSA (doubt many Fedi users also use UC but still worth sharing)
I have long been a fan of the Thunderbird email client. After many years of struggling for resources in the shadow of big brother Firefox, they now are doing quite well in terms of donation revenue, under the semi-independent MZLA corporate structure. It's good to see them doing well, and I hope they can claw back marketshare in desktop email! #opensource https://www.ghacks.net/2021/03/22/thunderbird-financial-report-2020-shows-strong-year-to-year-growth/
"This disconnect between our love of authenticity and the virtual world’s inability to provide an alternative isn’t resolved by owning tokens that barely even exist. Digital rarity is a pretense."
Corporate sportsball is in decline and I love to see it
Icon pack: Borealis
Current #android home screen, using AIO Launcher and a gradient background I made with an app called Gradi
I switched to @Tusky and I'm liking it!
Improvements over my previous app:
- up to date f-droid version
- way, way faster to load
- switches between dark and light mode with system
meanwhile from our growing panopticon https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/11/police-will-pilot-program-live-stream-amazon-ring-cameras
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