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Google is bringing AMP to Gmail not for your convenience or to increase speed, but to change your mailbox into a platform for marketers. Better switch to an email service that respects your right to privacy. 😉

#google #gmail #amp

So I had fun this evening. Had a couple of SSDs I had turned on the built-in OPAL hardware encryption using sedutil to test the feature months ago. I wanted to use the drives but forgot the encryption password. Was finally able to reset the drives back to factory default using the ID on the drives. The ID had dashes, which you can't enter to reset. Basically no documentation of course. Only took me four hours!

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Hey! Let's welcome @codeberg at Mastodon – the real free alternative to the walled gardens of MS Github, Google GitLab etc.! Love to see you here! 😍 👍 🎉

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To support Press Freedom, we're donating our encrypted contact form Secure Connect to journalists. ✊😃 Here's why they chose Tutanota to offer a secure communication channel to whistleblowers:

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#privacy The Court of Justice of the European Union (#CJEU) has ruled that websites hosting #Facebook Like buttons can be held liable for transferring data to Facebook. While the third-party website cannot be held responsible for the data processing carried out by Facebook after the data has been transmitted, it absolutely can be held liable for facilitating the collection and transmission of the data.

Saw this on reddit. There are a lot of sites on the web that give you disposable/temporary email addresses but often the domains they use get blocked. adds new domains every 1-2 weeks.

So mad I bought 32GB of memory (4x8GB) to upgrade my PC I built four years ago. Doesn't fit under heatsink. I can use my old 16GB and 16GB of the new memory since only one slot is blocked, but I have to remove the heatsink to get at it and my old thermal paste tube is dried up! Another of a long list of delays. 😡

What do you use? I believe everyone should use a VPN, especially here in the US where ISPs are legally allowed to sell your data. I know a VPN is just shifting your risk, but most VPNs are better than Comcast!

I've tried ExpressVPN, NordVPN, & TorGuard. I'm currently using which has twice proven in court not to log.

I want to try next. Open source software, can pay with cash, fast servers and outside the 5 eyes. Check out 4 more info.

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Just watched #TheGreatHack on #Netflix. What I appreciated about this #documentary on #Facebook and the whole #CambridgeAnalytica scandal, is that it's one of the few #privacy #documentaries to get that protecting personal data isn't just about not seeing personalized ads for stuff you're more likely to want. It's about protecting ourselves from mass psychological manipulation and behavior modification techniques. These are techniques that actually work *best* when people believe they don't.

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Are you a frequent user of Google Search, YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps or another tool connected to Google? Almost everyone uses at least one Google product (“I’ll Google that”), but do you really want one company having access to so much of your activity?

Speaking of firewalls I use pfSense. I highly recommend it. is an open source router based on FreeBSD. An addon called pfBlockerNG blocks ads/trackers for all my devices. You can run it on an old PC. Mine runs a separate VPN connection for each person in my house, plus it does DNS over TLS. I also setup a OpenVPN server so I can connect remotely when on public WiFi to protect my device and take advantage of the blocker. If you just want ad/tracker blocker try -Hole.

Anyone using Rambox? I use it for webmail (, Tutanota) and social (, lrby, invidios, etc) the community edition is completely open source. What I like about it is every app/tab you have open is completely sandboxed from the others and the status bar icon and each tab icon will tell you the number of unread messages/notifications. Keeps my Firefox clean. I only use it for sites I trust and I have an ad/tracker blocker installed on my router firewall.

Was thinking about trying out @debian . I run and the latest kernels removed SIMD support which caused my system to slow down. Its either switch to an older kernel or the ZFS on Linux beta until their patch goes live. Figures this was a good excuse. Luckily, I can just create a new ZFS dataset and install Debian right along side Arch. ZFS is more complicated but man it is sooo worth it!

If you were forced to, in what order would you cut the (Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft) out of your life? Couple years ago the NYT posed this question.

For me it was:
* Apple - never used them
* Microsoft - gave up windows a long time ago
* Facebook - deleted my account last year
* Google - easy except for YouTube
* Amazon - toughest for me, big prime & kindle user

Let me know what you order to give them up would be!

Been using on my Pixel 3 for a few weeks. Been putting it through its paces and its been rock solid. Except for a few minor variations between the Google and AOSP apps, I can't tell the difference. I love the fact that I can actually set network permissions! All my apps are from @fdroidorg. Been running Blokada, but the only blocks in the logs are from ads/trackers that one of my browsers missed! Can't believe I can run Android without Google tracking me!

I'm curious what apps people use to access their email.
* On desktop I've been using Thunderbird, but I heard that Evolution has gotten better.
* On Android I use K-9 Mail. I tried FairMail, but on my tablet in two-pane landscape their no space between the two columns. Makes it hard to read.

I setup several email aliases for the services I use and email rules to auto move email to folders based on To: address. So far it's made it very easy to organize my email without labels.

I chose to replace Gmail. Chose because:

* Inexpensive - 2.5€ per month (around $34 per year)

* Recommended by @privacytools

* Can encrypt all email with my public PGP key

* Use my own domain, with 25 email aliases

* Includes calendar, contacts, online office suite, tasks. Great till I get @nextcloud setup

So far its worked great!

Mark the date - Tuesday, July 23, 2019 I deleted my Google account after 15 years! I was one of the original beta testers, signed up in fall 2004 and switched my family to Google Apps/G Suite in 2010.

Still trying to get my family off Google. Working on moving their calendars to NextCloud right now. Wish me luck!

Not sure how to do this I was told I should make a welcome post as a new user.

I'm an old disabled guy that loves free and open software and privacy. I'm in the process of getting rid of the fatal five (Google, Apple, FaceBook, Microsoft, Amazon). Just got rid of my Google account on Tuesday! FaceBook went over a year ago. Found out about this on YouTube. Looks like a great community!

Btw, I use Arch :)

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