Man, First paragraph of https://thedorkweb.substack.com/ and I'm on a very strange adventure... I'm counting it as a historical artifact, preserving a period of time in which things were very different. A time after we defeated the horrors of the world, but before they showed back up in a new suit and reminded us we're still fairly terrible creatures on a whole...
People using their Iphones or Samsungs don't want to think, they want to click it and install it and have it work. Not because they're dumb, but because they don't have an interest in these things. They want to talk to their friends and family easily and quickly, not debate the finer points of licensing and privacy. I don't know what the ANSWER to this is, I would prefer we use matrix or XMPP personally, but you know... I run my own synapse/prosody server. I don't think that makes me the norm.
The reason I think people are switching to signal, over the less centralized alternatives, is related to ease of entry.
For whatsapp, all you had to do was download it from the app store and give it a phone number, and you're off. Your contacts are already there, everyone is good to go. Signal mirrored that, but removed facebook, so it seems to be a better secure alternative. Things like matrix, XMPP, even IRC require that you pick a server, find your friends, put in some effort.
CalyxOS, long post.
So, I installed #CalyxOS on my phone. Here's what I learned. 1. It works perfectly, no complaints in regards to phone based functions. 2. The auto installer requires that your phone be close to stock. Mine wasn't, so I had to go with the old school flash all technique, but I assume this is planned since clearly if you're not stock you already know what you're doing. 3. #Aurorastore works if you turn on internal storage for downloads. Otherwise, it's a no go.
Debating swapping my server (in normal people terms a 15 year old laptop with a 1tb USB drive attached) over to a #docker setup. Just run all the various things in docker containers so I can fudge with them without breaking the entire system. Dunno if that's smart or not, but it's certainly tempting.
Debating going a little more private on my phone, I have #lineageOS installed right now, but it still runs opengapps, and all the google that entails. The issue is I need to be able to use my phone, and some things aren't easily accessible via #fdroid. I'm thinking I might try #calyxOS, since I like what I see over on the #calyx site, and it seems to allow access to the play store via alternative means.
So, I've been hanging out in the #gemini space for a bit, Not really doing anything exciting, but watching it interestedly. The people over there seem so smart, and at the same time actually nice. Im debating throwing up a blog just for the heck of it. I don't really have anything to say, but I love the idea.
You know, it occured to me that I could basically use ANY linux distro, or even windows, in exactly the same way, if I trusted in #emacs. I have jabber running through it, mastodon, my email. All I need to do is backup my init file and let it do it's job on pretty much any system, and I'm back to basically the same workflow instantly.
And then, I forgot to git push my dotfiles, and had to start my init file over.
So there's that.
I realize I just keep asking dumb questions, BUT, are any of you on twtxt as well? I was debating setting myself up a twtxt feed on silentfoof.rocks, but no one seems to have one, since mastodon sorta fills that niche already. #twtxt
I won't lie, I am LOVING the #emacs thing. I got use-package up, installed znc-erc, fixed mu4e so I can get my email, and installed the emacs application framework so I can get my web browser working. Then I loaded pianobar in ansi-term so I could rock out as I did it.
Posting this from the mastodon instance i loaded into emacs as well.
Just an individual, seeking as one does.
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