DuckDuck(HERE We)Go.

The other day I suggested you listen to an interview with Gabe Weinberg from DuckDuckGo (or, as I called him then, Dave Winberg from DuckDucGo, because typo), where he sat down with Kara Swisher talking about privacy and what you can do. Although I didn’t mention it in my post, they did talk about Apple Maps being used as the ethical alternative by DuckDuckGo (and Kara mocking it a bit for quality). I don’t know about Apple Maps, maybe it’s shit, maybe it’s good. On my phone I’m using Google Maps and HERE WeGo (I just realised it was renamed from HERE Maps to HERE WeGo… in 2016) next to each other for navigation. I like the ui of HERE WeGo, it contains speed limit data and it has full offline maps.

How-e-ver. Continue reading DuckDuck(HERE We)Go.

Side note on unclouding.

On the back of my unclouding drive, and the previous post: in case you want to understand a bit better the “why” for all of this, I strongly suggest hearing what DuckDucGo’s Gabe Winberg has to say on the matter, to Kara Swisher’s questioning:

DuckDuckGo CEO Gabe Weinberg on how Congress (and you) can fix online privacy

There is a part in the second half of the interview (starting around 00:34:45), where discussion starts on alternatives. I’m not going to deeplink to 00:34:45; you should listen to the first 34:44 (the problem) to be interested in the solution. But it’s good to listen to the discussion on the solution: there are good privacy-aware solutions to almost any of the cloud apps (Youtube was mentioned as one distinct example where there isn’t), and Gabe makes a good job explaining how, with minimal extra effort, you can find these and start using them.

Calendaring vs. Nextcloud.

Now that I finally (yay!) exported my calendars from Google Calendar, imported them to Nextcloud and fully made the switch to Nextcloud calendar…

Okay a little side track here. My typical use of Gmail and the Google Calendar lately has been opening them to search for something in the past — times before going to Nextcloud. So clearly, the way to fully uncloud myself is to actually migrate my old stuff to the new systems. In this context, calendar is the easy thing. Email will take longer because of the size. Side track over.

…I have a shortlist of stuff I want to see in Nextcloud, calendaring-wise: Continue reading Calendaring vs. Nextcloud.

A note from the Fediverse: a Pixelfed update.

Lately I’ve been photo blogging to Pixelfed instead of Instagram. (Pixelfed.social, to be precise, which is an instance running Pixelfed. I wrote a note about Pixelfed a while ago where this is explained in slightly more detail.) Although of course Pixelfed is still beta, and Insta is the top dog in the photo/micro/blog scene, there are quite a couple of things now to love about Pixelfed. Continue reading A note from the Fediverse: a Pixelfed update.

Unclouding update: I’m loosening the Google grip (and other (re)movements on my mobile.)

I cleaned up my phone a bit (a bit further) recently. Continue reading Unclouding update: I’m loosening the Google grip (and other (re)movements on my mobile.)

Skype for Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.

Dear Microsoft: if  your web app requires Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome to work, it’s not a web app. Name it Skype for Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome and I’ll stop complaining. Or just make it a proper web app that truly runs on web browsers.

Web apps that only run on Chrome or Chrome based browsers, are not web apps; they are Chrome apps.

Continue reading Skype for Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.

The Trusted Partners of Tumblr; a fairy tale.

Not being a Tumblr user sort of has its benefits. One is that, well, you’re not using Tumblr. The other one is you never accepted their cookie and tracking policy and can have a beautiful view into not only how ad tracking works, but a bit into dark patterns, and how companies, that really don’t want to, reluctantly comply with the GDPR.

Let’s look at the particular example of Tumblr! I’ll be honest, this is the first time since (presumably; see also: GDPR) last May that I actually dug into what they want you to accept without thinking. Luckily Tumblr is a site that you don’t really have to see (especially since, you know, the purge… would say a lot of other guys), so whenever I was presented with their full screen consent request by accidentally clicking a link I just closed the tab. But now I had some free time to read, and I went down the rabbit hole. Continue reading The Trusted Partners of Tumblr; a fairy tale.

The funny thing about Facebook’s “Messenger-WhatsApp-Instagram can chat to each other” idea…

…is that they could actually do this in a way that doesn’t upset users, the press, European data privacy watchdogs, and Cory Doctorow (and me.) Continue reading The funny thing about Facebook’s “Messenger-WhatsApp-Instagram can chat to each other” idea…

The invaluable Facebook Messenger. (A rant.)

By now I’m down to Messenger only, when it comes to Facebook. Not that I officially stopped using Instagram, I still have an active account… it just so happens that the iPhone’s hideous camera killed my creativity and there’s no new content — helping me delay the “quo vadis, photoblog?” question until I get a proper phone, or camera. But I digress. Continue reading The invaluable Facebook Messenger. (A rant.)