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Aaron Swartz : un héros contemporain

« Militant d'un Internet libre et ouvert, il est accusé en 2011 d’avoir téléchargé 4,8 millions d’articles scientifiques. Le gouvernement américain a voulu en faire un exemple… »

Si vous ne connaissez pas Aaron Swartz, honte à vous, rattrapez-vous !

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Nos grands parents dans les années 2010 : "Vous ne vous rendez pas compte du confort que vous avez, quand on avait votre âge on n'avait pas Internet ni les ordinateurs et on allait travailler au champ plutôt que rester assis toute la journée".
Nous dans les années 2030 : *s'installons vivre à la campagne élever des chèvres loin de toute technologie après plusieurs burn-outs et dépressions après nous être interrogés sur le sens de notre existence dans la société.*

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Been saying this for years and now it's actually happening

Farmers are buying old tractors that they can actually repair instead of new ones which come with DRM lockdown malarkey

A John Deere built in the 70s is actually reparable by yourself, without a diagnostics computer or a ransom

Ironically, capitalism (which was supposed to drive innovation), is eating itself out of relevance

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Ran `tootctl accounts cull`, which is responsible for removing deleted or unavailable users on other instances from our database. It ran for a full day, made the progress bar overflow, and removed nearly 10k accounts from nearly 200k.

Fun fact, during this run, it tried to contact 1360 fediverse instances which were at one point known to us, but now unavailable. RIP those instances.

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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. ohai!

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Un robot-chat (et pas un chatbot) avec pas mal de fonctionnalités et d’interactions, mais surtout animé par du code open source et programmable avec un raspberry pi

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We have this awesome lighted acrylic glass Dino at the XMPP assembly at 36c3. Come over! You can set the colors of the LEDs via a message to #Dino #XMPP #36c3

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Ok donc notre responsable sécurité a trouvé pourquoi 3 ordinateurs scannaient TOUTES les IP internes à chaque démarrage: Ils avaient Avast installé.

Oui oui, Avast prend l'initiative de scanner votre LAN. C'est activé par défaut.


@ArDubX sérieux ? J'ai trouvé ça à chier !

re: Long post about instance blocking 

@mewmew @Kat it's the "no moderation" part that's scary!

Long post about instance blocking 

@Kat As an admin of a widely blocked instance, I couldn't agree more!

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Russian police raid NGINX Moscow office

Russian search engine claims full ownership of NGINX code.

Equipment was seized and employees were detained for questioning.

Moscow police executed the raid after last week the Rambler Group filed a copyright violation against NGINX Inc., claiming full ownership of the NGINX web server code. The Rambler Group is the parent company of, one of Russia's biggest search engines and internet portals.

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Offre française Elsevier pour 4 ans :
138 946 566,63 € HT pour 227 abonnés


French Elsevier 4-year deal : 138 946 566,63 € HT for 227 susbcribers


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