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✨✨ Geary 3.34.0 out now! ✨✨

Improved contacts popover, autocomplete contacts from desktop address book, spell checker for the subject line, and a whole lot of bug fixes. It's the best Geary yet!

Now available on flathub.org

mail.gnome.org/archives/geary-

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Going to just leave this here, because frankly, everyone deserves to see this lovely bike.

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Anyone need a part time Vala/Python/Java/etc. desktop, web developer? Or AI/vision/robotics research assistant? I'm currently looking for some work to pay the rent while I finish off my PhD.

My CV is here: mjog.vee.net/curriculum-vitae/

Boosts appreciated!

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So this is what I have been working on for the last few years: hri.edu.au/ – the Facility itself, not just the web site. :)

Need an experiment space for HRI research? We have one of the largest and most highly instrumented in the world, and it's available for you to use.

It's pretty depressing how many job ads for charitable organisations use terms like "customer service", "business value" and "users".

Good to see Zero finally starting to make motorbikes that don't look like flimsy dirt bikes: zeromotorcycles.com/eu/zero-sr

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’s 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.

“Your account has been suspended”

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’t 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’s 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 “DeGoogle” 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 → Fastmail → Self-hosted (via Cloudron)
Google Contacts → FastmailNextcloud Contacts
Google Calendar → FastmailNextcloud Calendar
Google Search → BingDuckDuckGo
Google Maps → Bing MapsOpenStreetMaps and OsmAnd
Google Analytics → Matomo Analytics
Google Drive → Nextcloud Files
Google Photos → Nextcloud Files/Gallery
Google Docs → Collabora Office (Nextcloud integration) and LibreOffice
Google Play Music → Spotify / PlexSpotify / Jellyfin
Google Play Movies/TV → PlexJellyfin
Google Play Audiobooks/Books → Audible/Kindle
Google Play Store (apps) → F-Droid / Aurora Store
Google Android → Lineage OSUbuntu Touch on PinePhone (coming soon?)
Google’s Android Apps → Simple Mobile Tools
Google Chrome → Mozilla Firefox
Google Domains → Hover
Google Hangouts → Matrix and Nextcloud Talk
Google Allo → Signal
Google Podcasts → PocketCastsAntennaPod
Google Newsstand → RSS
Google Wallet → PayPal and Cash App
Google Voice →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’s 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’t 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’t feel that they would have worked as nicely together.

Overall I’m 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’ve ordered the PinePhone “Brave Heart” 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’t 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.

https://www.kylepiira.com/2020/01/09/why-i-quit-google/

Lol:

```
Jan 12 06:31:42 pacific named[606]: … query: QUuxO.NeT IN MX -E(0) (45.33.105.153)
Jan 12 06:31:42 pacific named[606]: … query: QuUXO.net IN NS -E(0) (45.33.105.153)
Jan 12 06:31:43 pacific named[606]: … query: qUUxo.NEt IN A -E(0) (45.33.105.153)
Jan 12 06:31:43 pacific named[606]: … query: qUuxO.neT IN AAAA -E(0) (45.33.105.153)
Jan 12 06:31:43 pacific named[606]: … query: qUUXo.nET IN TXT -E(0) (45.33.105.153)
```

Is this a... security vulnerability?

Nothing is more entertaining that looking through your dns server's query logs.

Now i wanna know who is spongebob'ing my host names: "WEBmaIL.vee.NET"

tfw you forget to update your domain's glue records on the tld name servers...

RFC 3501 slowly making its way up my browser's most frequently visited page list. You know, like it does for normal people everywhere.

Haha, and AppImage apps won't run with /tmp mounted noexec.

*facepalm*

> /tmp/.mount_deviceZxqFF8/usr/bin/device-configurator: error while loading shared libraries: libz.so.1: failed to map segment from shared object

Something this has been the result for every AppImage app I've run. Heaps good.

I've been building a Facebook Events style event organizing system for the Fediverse. It's based on the simple, open source, privacy-respecting event organizing tool gath.io

The attached video is a work-in-progress preview and shows compatibility with Mastodon. My hope is to get it working with lots of software, including stuff like Friendica that supports events and calendars.

Check out more at my Patreon: patreon.com/posts/organizing-o

Fascists: Fascist is an insult

Liberals: Liberal is an insult

Tankies: Tankie is an insult

TERFs: TERF is an insult

Anarchists:

Yesss! GNOME Maps in 3.36 is going to start getting public transport directions: ml4711.blogspot.com/2019/12/ch

I wonder if it will work in Melbourne?

Google's "less secure app access" bullshit really, really shits me.

I feel called out by this. :)

“In a weird kind of backwards way once we had the correct solution, we could finally understand what the real problem was.”

— What can clang-format teach us about the human condition? nibblestew.blogspot.com/2019/1

@flowless

today's hackers are pacified by an economy that prizes their skills and then pays them fantastic salaries to do entirely banal, pointless work.

every software engineer working on site reliability for a pointless online ad platform could maybe some good in the world, if only it weren't so dang expensive to live the bay area.

in this TEDx talk i will

Here's a quick mock-up of a "Bullshit Jobs" flyer (black and white to save on ink). The QR codes link to the full book on The Anarchist Library, and the Audible Anarchist recording of the paper through Invidious

Let me know your thoughts. I'm still tweaking it

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