adb is included in the system repositories on Debian/Ubuntu based and Fedora/SUSE distributions. Blows my mind; just a few years ago, this wasn't as simple as apt install adb 🤓

Now that I have a and I'm comfortable with setting things up...

My goal is to set up on an external 32GB USB 3.0/1 flash drive. I want to buy two of these and plug them both into the USB ports, drawing power from the Pi itself.

Is this a good idea? I'm using the official 15W charger for Pi 4B.

I don't want to spend too much at this stage, but still set up a RAID1 so other people on the network are more comfortable relying on a local cloud.

It was time for a refresh... Instead of upgrading 18.04 to 19.10 using upgrade utility, I decided to back up my stuff, have a full wipe followed with a fresh install. is generally more snappy, as well as my laptop isn't running on full blown fans during regular usage. Happy so far. 🙂

After running nmap to discover and fix any open ports on my Pi home server, I think my ISP has blocked most incoming TCP ports.

Unless I'm entirely wrong and have screwed up the config *somewhere* 😅

Speaking of law, the recently discussed Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 - tech.economictimes.indiatimes. - exempts governments from almost any oversight. We're not even trying anymore.

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The rest of is headed on this exact same path.

Police brutality, judicial backlog, ignorance, and no concept of consent and privacy among the enforcers or even citizens themselves, no law is going to help the ordinary citizen against the state.

Been tinkering with my - feels amazing after years of just looking at the buy page of whatever the latest pi was at the time.

is stable, retains data across reboots. Learnt quite a bit of today, but struggling to setup a cronjob on the host to run a docker command. As far as I can see right now, the docker container is unable to resolve DNS requests and I am unsure why. :(

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OpenPush - A Free, #Decentralized Push Messaging Framework for #Android

"Push messages are an essential part of connected mobile devices. They are also one of the critical missing pieces in the #opensource Android ecosystem. Until now, free Android apps would either need to implement their own push notification system, do without any push messaging or use the proprietary Google Cloud Messaging service."

has quickly become my favourite Mastodon instance. A very active and helpful community.

I do miss all the interesting web developers especially in the domain from birdsite.

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Quite happy about the progress we have made in mapping CCTV surveillance in Bangalore.

To participate go to 


Credit: OpenStreetMap and community

Recently came across a concept where users periodically wipe their devices and set things up again/restore content from their backups... this brings evidence based trust to their , and trains them to recover quickly and effortlessly from worst-case scenarios. Also cleans up clutter - you only end up restoring things you're actively using at that point in time while the rest stays backed up?

It's interesting & I'm slowly warming up to the idea of doing it for my devices as well.

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Dear hardware manufacturers: I will not buy any of your product if you put Alexa of Google Assistant into it. Thank you

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@amolith @kyle @caltlgin There's a second side to this: how many gov't agencies or civic organisations use Google captcha? To do business with my local town, city, or national agency I have to accept Google's terms and conditions as well as their tracking of my online interactions. It's one thing when people are choosing Google. It's another when people are forced to do business with Google (or Facebook for that matter).

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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.

@mike Everytime I see your avatar thumbnail in my timeline, my mind immediately thinks of ProtonMail. This is going to take a while to get used to!

All major services need to get onboard the DTP -

It's nearly impossible moving between two services without spending a day (sometimes more!) migrating songs, playlists, artists between them.

That said, I had heard of DTP so long ago, and what practical progress has it even made...

I intend to buy a 3B+ and configure and but have little desire for using the Files hosting.
Is this possible with Nextcloud?

How much work is it exposing both of them to the outside world and keeping it secure (so I can access over mobile networks and such, on the go).

Will the Pi model be fast enough for this?

I would love to be able to have a friendly calendar and contacts host, the mail app and kanban boards are a nice addition.

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@aurora NIce @nitox boost. Here's my quick & dirty translation:

For those that just arrived:
Twitter is free, & this is free. What's the difference?
With twitter you pay with your privacy , with being censored, by letting yourself be manipulated, & by selling you data to companies.
& behind this are corporations with big installations, capital and 1000's of workers..
Here it's free - because the admins are digital rights activists.
They pay for the servers & work free.
Keep that in mind.

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Going through my old back up folders, and then finding more back up folders in there... and then finding another harddrive back up in that one... apparently I used to just copy all my files into a back up folder and then just never look at them again...

This is just telling me that I need to be more strict about file organization...

Gonna Maria Kondo the shit out of my computer...

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