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 ☺
@rgggn Yes, that's what I've been running for some time now: Fairphone Open OS + F-droid, and I'm pretty happy with it. As for the modularity, I've already upgraded the camera and replaced the screen (because I broke the old by dropping it on the floor one time too many...). Replacing modules was really easy :-)
@liw I agree, and I've been getting rid of a lot of stuff lately. I still have a lot left, though. Some of it that I've collected over the years, and much of it inherited from my dad. It's just a long process for me, especially with books... also I somehow really prefer reading physical books over ebooks, I don't know why.
I just pruned our bookshelf and removed around 80 books. Duplicate books and books that I won't ever read. We're taking them to the local Reuse Centre. I estimate that we still have more than 900 books left, so I've still got stuff to read 🙂
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