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I deleted my personal Google account (and Gmail) several years ago. This surprises people when they learn that I still use an Android phone :-)

I use the Fairphone Open OS, and F-droid for apps. No Google account needed :-)

(I still maintain a G account for work, though, but that's strictly used for work - basically accessing Google Docs and the like.)

Just deleted (or "deactivated") my Twitter account. Still building up the nerve to do the same to Facebook...

Boy, is that creepy, "Google’s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering": theverge.com/2018/5/17/1734425. (Via identi.ca/evanarkisto on pump.io.)

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You can turn off the news and sign off social media for a bit. It's okay.

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I love the complaining about GDPR coming from the US. Yep, that is how it feels when regulation of another country affects you. You are welcome.

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This is an important article. Chollet is the author of the Keras deep learning library, now at Google research. "What worries me about AI" - medium.com/@francois.chollet/w

My 2 year old son woke me up this morning at 7 AM by excitedly explaining something about garbage trucks 2 cm's from my face. It was a good morning :-)

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Our 2-year old learned to say "Cthulhu" today. I'm a proud father :-)

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All should move to Signal | Telegram loses Supreme Court appeal in Russia, must hand over encryption keys 9to5google.com/2018/03/20/tele via @benlovejoy

I just switched to using Signal only on my phone instead of Telegram. This was mostly up getting friends and relatives to switch as well 🙂 For those like me not using Google services, there's a special version for that: signal.org/android/apk/

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Confession: I have never given much thought to Mastodon instances.

Too lazy! It felt like information overload, where the signal/noise ratio wasn't that great. IMO the Federation's reliance on people intelligently choosing instances is actually a significant usability problem.

I just signed up for an instance I'd seen someone else in my Twitter network using.

And now that I know a bit better, I just hope the federation works and I can connect with people wherever they are...

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I'll select one person for #followfriday: @mairin

Máirín is a free software advocate and a person pushing for making free software to be beautiful and usable. She's inspired a lot of my work on where I think FOSS needs to go in order to be used by real humans.

Her work on teaching digital illustration with Inkscape to girl scouts quite a few years ago also is one of the things that inspired @mlemweb and I's recent workshops on Racket and Scribble!

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"I've never felt less in control of my own hardware" kimonote.com/@mildbyte/ive-nev

Reminds of something I believe Tim Wu said, about how it feels like today's computing devices are "half for us, and half against us."

I'm reading "Deep Learning with Python", so far liking it a lot. manning.com/books/deep-learnin - it explains how to get started with Deep Learning using the Keras library, and with just the bare minimum of theory needed :-)

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I studied urban planning in San Francisco, and I just gotta say, the answer to our urban transportation problems is not self driving cars or 'ridesharing' taxis, all of those things are the way that established tech cos attempts to replace and commodify public services. The real answer is less car traffic, more (and more accessible) busses and trains, and shared public transport priority streets with bike and ped priority streets too. And affordable tickets + paid operators of vehicles.

I'm pretty happy about my Fairphone :-) "Fairphone is now the first phone manufacturer that offers a phone and an operating system that supports auto-updating [F-droid]" fairphone.com/en/2018/01/23/f-

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