Giving up the smartphone (currently in airplane mode in the drawer) for a dumb phone. I want my attention span back. I want control over my computer. I want to eschew mobile computing for good old fashioned desktop computing.
TIL: trackers/spyware can bypass even third-party blocking and same-origin-policy by using CNAME cloaking. There's almost no hope of having privacy on the web, other than to resort to other protocols like Gemini.
Characterizing CNAME cloaking-based tracking
Not really about 5G, the article mentions ways that SAPS could get hold of your data. FYI My phone was confiscated and searched at OR Tambo without any warrant. #surveillance #privacy
5G opens the gates for surveillance on steroids
Photos from a recent #hike near Hartebeespoort dam
I was recently treated to a visit from an African Grey Hornbill. Right on my doorstep!
A #loadshedding solution I've been playing with: Blue Nova 280Wh LFP battery + 300W inverter. Runs my laptop for over 6 hours, charges with standard car battery charger, over 10 years of cycle life, weighs less than 3kg, costs under R3000.
Analysis of how Google's FLoC can hurt users.
"FLoC is meant to be a new way to make your browser do the profiling that third-party trackers used to do themselves"
Google’s FLoC Is a Terrible Idea
Not super proud of this, but when it's a choice between tossing out an old tablet because of a broken USB charging port, or an ugly fix to save it, I'll do the ugly fix.
This article explains why a few kilobytes of macOS updates ends up as gigabytes of downloads and 45 minutes of updating.
Users are losing out against Big Sur’s sealed System
'People often ask: “What’s the next Covid?” An attack on our digital infrastructure is a leading candidate.' and other interesting insights in this great read.
Yuval Noah Harari: Lessons from a year of Covid
I have added a section to my #gemini capsule
for aggregating what people are saying about Gemini, e.g. tweets, toots, and now also the Gemini mailing list, where most of the announcements and spec discussions take place. You can now browse this on Gemini itself!
Gemini mailing list archive on Gemini
FreeHacker is an ezine "created to help the spread of DIY culture in cyberspace". A good, if somewhat short read.
FreeHacker: Issue 2
Few years ago I moved my personal projects from #Git to #Fossil, and can recommend it. It is easy to host (single binary file), feature full (bug tracking, wiki, forum, etc), and all the repo data is stored in a single sqlite db (easy to backup). You can also allow anonymous access so that people can collaborate without creating accounts. That's 2 files you copy into a machine and you have your entire source control and repo up!
Fossil: Fossil Versus Git
My #Gemini capsule is up! It includes my #gemlog which is generated from my website microblog, which is also syndicated as tweets/toots via #IndieWeb. Very cool that all these technologies can play well with each other and are easy to script to my liking.
A well written blog post (from a Google dev advocate) about using machine learning for baking, resulting in inventing a new dessert. Much 'maker' spirit, such wow. #ai #machinelearning
Baking with Machine Learning