Congratulations to Debian on their exciting new Debian 10 "buster" release! Go get it while it's hot and enjoy some GNOME 3.30 goodness 👍
I always use Firefox for web browsing and Emacs for text editing and programming. My other application usage seems to periodically switch between three states:
1. everything in the terminal as that's fast and effective (mutt, newsboat, etc)
2. everything in Emacs for the superior integration (mu4e, elfeed, etc)
3. use GUI apps (Geary, Liferea, etc) as they are typically easy to setup, and I need to use what normal people would use in order to promote FOSS usage (and help to improve those tools that normal people would use)
I'm currently in the process of moving from state 2 to state 3. I expect to rotate back to state 1 again sooner or later 🙂
#FOSS apps that need push notifications get problems: Google wants to force all apps on #Android to use its proprietary service Firebase for push notifications.
That's why we need F-Droid and/or #Linux based smartphone OS without Google. #UBports
What are people's feelings about the #FSFE (Free Software Foundation Europe) these days? There was some controversy when they canceled the Fellowship in 2017 (?), but I haven't really followed the debate or been able to form my own opinion.
I started to read this book: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullshit_Jobs - quite interesting.
I just donated to Software Freedom Conservancy, a not-for-profit home to many of the most admirable Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects in this planet. Today is a good day to donate if you have not done so. Let us help the home base do work to help the software which help us do our work.
If you're using Android on some phone or tablet and you're not using #fdroid yet, do yourself a favor and install it.
It's an alternative appstore with purely OSS software apps. Overall improved security and privacy on your mobile device (alternative apps for pretty much everything are available, with reduced tracking, no ads, no backdoors, reproducible builds, and so on).
Also follow @fdroidorg while you're at it.
If you really want to help Firefox succeed, file a bug on https://webcompat.com/ when you find a broken website. Don't just switch back to Chrome; let Mozilla know there's a problem so they can try to fix it.
When browsers lose market share, they fall into the "compatibility death spiral." Sites don't bother to test, they break, and users flee to the browser that "just works." Mozilla is fighting this battle every day, and it just got harder.
Apparently I will be using RHEL in my new job, so I thought I would try Fedora on my old laptop just to reacquaint myself with that ecosystem. Now I'm playing with the heretical thought of replacing Debian with Fedora on my main machine. I'm using Gnome anyway, and would get newer packages. So far I haven't seen any stability issues... hmm, I need to sleep on it.
I finally decided to quit academia. I love research and teaching, but constantly having to apply for funding and doing a lot of extra work trying to improve your chances to maybe some day getting a permanent position was getting rather stressful.
I was offered a job as Machine Learning Specialist at CSC, starting January, and I feel pretty good about that 🙂 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSC_%E2%80%93_IT_Center_for_Science
I just shut down the last thing I was self-hosting: "Gandalf" - my trusty home server running in our living room book shelf. Over the years it has hosted, among other things, my personal web page, my OwnCloud/nextCloud and last my pump.io server. It was a Mac mini (from my old freedom-hating days 😉) running Debian GNU/Linux.
It's now two months since I deleted my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I can't say that I've missed them so far. Mostly it's a sense of relief that I don't have to think about if I should check my feed or not. On one occasion a friend wanted to tag me on a photo in Facebook and complained that it wasn't possible. I was quite happy with not being tagged ☺
I'm a computer scientist. I care about social and economic justice.
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