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This is what I use to listen to music every single day, it's light, resistant, repairable, standard, carries 64GB of music and will play music for nearly 100 hours.

I paid 16$ for it.

New poll for Emacs and Vim users only, which is your favorite.

#Emacs #spacemacs #DoomEmacs #doom-emacs #Vim #Linux #cs #it

Is there any reputable port of doas to Linux?

Upgraded the router and switch that powers most of the services - for example matrix.

I am always scared before upgrades like there.
It is either - everything went well


Shits fucked I have to work many hours in order to solve this shit.

Seems like a lot of mastodon accounts have died. I remember so many that I never see around anymore. I guess that's how things are on social media, and it seems like there are a loot of new peeps as well.

#mastodon #fediverse #mastoart #fediart #art

I remember when I used to import Tabasco gallon jugs from the US, it has been a while since last time.

Would you join/enjoy a cooking stream?

Upcoming maintenance in 30 minutes. Nextcloud will be offline for a couple of minutes - up to one hour.

Older client does not have this problem, so that rules out any missconfiguration on the server.

the Nextcloud Client 2.3.2 works - 2.6 does not.

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What is your favorite Text editor for programming (IDE):

#programming #cs #linux #it #software #emacs #vim #vi #spacemacs #jetbrain #intellij

Friendly reminder to please not crosspost Retweets etc. from Twitter on Mastodon.

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鈥檚 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.

鈥淵our account has been suspended鈥

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鈥檛 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鈥檚 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 鈥DeGoogle鈥 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 鈫 Fastmail 鈫 Self-hosted (via Cloudron)
Google Contacts 鈫 FastmailNextcloud Contacts
Google Calendar 鈫 FastmailNextcloud Calendar
Google Search 鈫 BingDuckDuckGo
Google Maps 鈫 Bing MapsOpenStreetMaps and OsmAnd
Google Analytics 鈫 Matomo Analytics
Google Drive 鈫 Nextcloud Files
Google Photos 鈫 Nextcloud Files/Gallery
Google Docs 鈫 Collabora Office (Nextcloud integration) and LibreOffice
Google Play Music 鈫 Spotify / PlexSpotify / Jellyfin
Google Play Movies/TV 鈫 PlexJellyfin
Google Play Audiobooks/Books 鈫 Audible/Kindle
Google Play Store (apps) 鈫 F-Droid / Aurora Store
Google Android 鈫 Lineage OSUbuntu Touch on PinePhone (coming soon?)
Google鈥檚 Android Apps 鈫 Simple Mobile Tools
Google Chrome 鈫 Mozilla Firefox
Google Domains 鈫 Hover
Google Hangouts 鈫 Matrix and Nextcloud Talk
Google Allo 鈫 Signal
Google Podcasts 鈫 PocketCastsAntennaPod
Google Newsstand 鈫 RSS
Google Wallet 鈫 PayPal and Cash App
Google Voice 鈫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鈥檚 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鈥檛 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鈥檛 feel that they would have worked as nicely together.

Overall I鈥檓 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鈥檝e ordered the PinePhone 鈥淏rave Heart鈥 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鈥檛 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.

@privacyint So are you saying that Google鈥檚 own apps and services respect people鈥檚 privacy? Because I don鈥檛 understand how this doesn鈥檛 just whitewash Google as the good guys. Very disappointing to see this own goal.


I swear i didn't arrange this on purpose. They line up to stare at me when they're hungry

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