I’ve returned from my holidays in lovely Tenerife. Beautiful volcanic islands, grandiose landscapes… you either capture them in panorama or you don’t capture them at all. (In all honesty, even panorama doesn’t do justice, of course.)
So of course standing there in awe, looking at the beauty of let’s say Mount Teide, and thinking about the forces that created it, the question that literally everyone on Planet Earth would be asking is:
How do you capture all this beauty in Instagram?
I’ve discovered Mastodon almost a year ago (already somewhat late to the party of course), and have used it with limited frequency (and unlimited enthusiasm). But a couple of days ago two things happened, curiously coincidentally: during my holidays I deleted the Twitter client from my phone, and then, when I came back from holiday, I discovered that Mastodon, at least in Hungary, suddenly came alive.
So I have been rocking my own Nextcloud instance for a while.
I could say inspired by this tweet…
My personal #gdpr today, May 25th 2018: completed my project to get back all my data from @Google, @evernote et al and host it all by myself with @Nextclouders, #joplin and dozens of other @OpenSourceOrg tools that come with the same convenience but with real privacy. Check!
— Jürgen (@jurgenhaas) May 25, 2018
…but that wouldn’t be true, as I installed it some time before that, and have tested/piloted it by then.
It’s a Nextcloud on one of my servers. It works. I like it. Continue reading Take the power (of my data) back.
I have been de facto inactive on Facebook for a long time. Haven’t used it, haven’t checked it (and it feels good), so I though let’s deactivate it.
Except I need to keep Messenger, because that’s where friends from the old country are. (Yes, I need to convert them to something better, but that’s a separate issue.)
To tell the truth, I have tried deactivating my account before, but somehow always got reactivated, and I never really had time to understand how and why. “Some dark pattern”, I presumed, but didn’t really have time to investigate — until now. Continue reading So I tried to deactivate my Facebook account.
Just about 2 weeks ago I finally installed a Pi-hole on my home network. Pi-hole is an ad blocker that blocks ad queries for your whole network, on DNS level. Continue reading Steps towards a more private life, one DNS at a time.
See me below, having fun with my funny fun face on? That’s me having fun.
WordPress gained a very important milestone recently: you are now able to directly insert media (mediae?) from your Google Photos library.
That’s right: I can now directly insert this photo, for example, without having to download and re-upload into my media library:
So I am sick and therefore grounded, and I decided this is the perfect time to finally clean up my mediacenter setup. A rambling geek post.
This weekend’s hype in the Twitterverse is hands down Mastodon — the free (as in free beer), free (as in free speech), open, federated social network slash microblogging service. Technically speaking it’s a GNU Social implementation, but what it really is in layman’s terms, is a Twitter clone. The service(s) currently count around 128k users, adding a couple of hundred every hour. I can’t explain very clearly why, but this attempt looks very exciting to me. I’m trying to collect nonetheless. Continue reading Let’s talk about the Mastodon in the room