“How to avoid Amazon: the definitive guide to online shopping – without the retail titan” — https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/apr/27/how-to-avoid-amazon-the-definitive-guide-to-online-shopping-without-the-retail-titan
I really <3 freecycle.org and use it all the time, but it's so terribly transactional and devoid of community vibe.
Dunno if it's deliberate or not, if it's because of its mailing list roots, or the effectively anonymous web site, or the moderation rules, or some combination of the above.
But it's sad how it compares to what people tell me is their experience of alternatives, e.g. rough trade groups on Facebook — a total lack of joy by comparison.
GNOME OS progressing nicely on Pinebook Pro: https://valentindavid.com/posts/2020-04-14-gnome-os-pinebook-pro/
Jami, XMPP-based clients, other random distributed WIPs: Who knows?
So the executive summary is something like: Use Signal if possible, otherwise Wire if possible, otherwise use WhatsApp?
Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts Meet: secured against eavesdropping, but the companies that make these have the keys, so they can access calls, as can anyone they give the keys to (employees, contractors, advertisers, governments, hackers, etc).
Skype - totally insecure. Don't use.
Signal: Secure, but desktop client doesn't support video calls or group calling
Telegram: Secure, but doesn't do video calls.
WhatsApp: Secure, but has a history of bugs that make it possible do end-runs around the security.
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