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Hello everyone!

I use Xubuntu and try to go the way as much as possible :duckduckgo: :gimp: :firefox: :xubuntu: :fdroid: :nextcloud:

I've been using Diaspora and the Friendica for a while—now decided to give Mastodon a go!

Also trying to get my friends to join the (though that's a slow process 😕).

Planning to (finally) move away from . Should I download ✉️ data as a .mbox, or save it from my email client?

I'm asking because of how Gmail's folders vs labels works, and whether that'll cause duplicates. I also don't know how .mbox works: can it be "browsed" using a normal email client, or what?

My eventual aim is to store those old emails in an archive hard-drive somewhere, where I can browse them easily.

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... and in #GoodNews, #Wire not only confirms they're working on secure, federated chat, but #federation will be part of the #MLS protocol being standardized at the #IETF :
"During this interim the proposal was made to include federation more strongly in the design considerations and the proposal was adopted as a future goal for MLS. Wire's goal has always been to achieve federation between different compatible backends and this brings us one step closer to that goal!"

Can't load the on :firefox: for some reason. "Network Protocol Error," it says.

Working fine on 🌐 though. It's weird 😕

Post on and its potential dangers (edited by me @snipette).

All the movies talk of AI turning evil—but maybe it'll simply consider us irrelevant?

Compiling apps from source is so simple! Why didn't I do it before‽

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GUESS WHAT!! I'm so excited to announce that I'll be speaking at #TED2019!!! This year's lineup is terrific, and I'm so honored to be among such amazing people!

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It's deeply disturbing to see well-meaning activists actively campaigning for increased state-corporate censorship of the net. This is why we need our high schools to start teaching #civics to all students. So that every citizen leaves school understanding what a functioning democracy requires, and knowing the political history that shows us why that is.

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5 Types of Household Ghosts

1. When you sneeze and nobody is there to say 'bless you', this ghost appears. It is a small, shy ghost that jumps at loud noises. It likes to play with your cat, who can see it, and it tickles your dog while they sleep.

It doesn't usually remain for more than a few hours, but will usually tidy something away before it goes.


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Dear Indians,
You are not my enemy.
Jai Hind!
A Pakistani

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We'd like to thank you all for the follows, responses and support the last few days... Show more

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UC terminates subscriptions with world’s largest scientific publisher in push for open access to publicly funded research | University of California -

Alexa, Cortana, Google Assistant. When isn't watching you, 's there to take over 👀

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Not to mention the dystopia we're gonna find ourselves in when IoT companies stop supporting their IoT devices and they become barely useful shells of what they once were because the source isn't available.

Does run on devices other than those listed for download?

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Hey, y'all-- Facebook recently announced they're launching a "Patreon killer" service.

Regardless of your thoughts on Patreon, FB's alternative is TERRIBLE!

⚠️ 30% gross revenue fee
⚠️ Automatic LIFETIME IP rights to ANYTHING you put on the service
even if you quit!
⚠️ FB wants to give discounts and freebies whenever they like, w/o creator approval, and then deduct it from creator revenue
⚠️ FB will also control WHO sees your content and how many views you have

Gave a quick spin. Nice, simple onboarding 🗨️👌

There's a bit of a privacy tradeoff, but it's going to be very helpful in getting my friends on the bandwagon!

Always wondered why we never cured the common cold.

it's not one, but a different virus we get each time!

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Last Boost Toot: £50! Come on guys, pass this on to 50 of your friends and tell them to all throw in a pound. We can do this!

For a great kickstarter for an amazing writer.

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#Quicksy is a version of the popular XMPP app Conversations, by the same developer:

It's aimed at non-technical people who are new to XMPP, and lets them register using just their phone number. It tries to make it as easy as possible to get started on XMPP.

If you are an XMPP enthusiast who wants to get non-techie friends onto the network, this might be useful?

(Thanks to @dhanesh95 for info about it)

#AlternativesAtoZ #XMPP

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Fosstodon is a Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.