Clario’s summary on the types of personal data collected by various companies is a sobering / fun (depending on which side of the aisle are you on) article. Continue reading The companies that know most about you – which ones do you trust?
After god-knows-how-long, last week I finally attended a conference. (I guess the last one was MWC and the Digital Dutch, which are more a trade shows then conferences… and before them, some Hungarian mobile related ones and Mozilla Summit back in the early 2010’s… So it was long ago.)
Anyhow, so I was at a conference, out of my own will — it was the Nextcloud Conference 2020 in Berlin, or in my case, my desk with my cat: Continue reading Nextcloud conf 2020.
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:
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.
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.)
I know I’m a weirdo: I run my own NextCloud, I use Mastodon and Pixelfed but not Facebook, I run Linux (Mint flavoured) on my notebook, and I have UK English as my default spellcheck language (see? “flavoured”). But maybe you’ll still agree with me when I say the EU antitrust decision against Google (which they just appealed while also complying) is an important milestone.
Because yes, now Samsung can start developing their own search, or Amazon can put Play store and Google Maps on their Fire devices… but there’s more, and again, I know I’m a weirdo, but bear with me. Continue reading On Google’s $5b EU fine.
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 thought 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.