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Need a good writing tool for your Linux PC? Check out Manuskript. It has some seriously awesome features that any writer will love, such as an outlining tool, distraction-free mode, a built-in assistant tool, importing and exporting tool, spell and grammar checking, frequency analyser, index cards, …


Designated Judge for the Interception of Communications has revealed that there is no way to verify whether the applications they receive from law enforcement are truthful or not

According to Nkabinde, there are now several cases in the public record where law enforcement officers lied to get interception orders against targets such as journalists and prominent businesspeople. “Undisputed evidence was before Court that in certain instances the agencies can obtain fictional i…


Kape used to be known as Crossrider until it changed its name in 2018 to move away from its advert-slinging past and reinvent itself as a cybersecurity outfit. Crossrider was founded in 2011, and in 2012, billionaire Teddy Sagi took control of it for $37m. …


Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and Twitter all have their European headquarters in Dublin, making Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner the lead EU regulator responsible for holding them to the law. …


Why I'm interested in BTRFS filesystem instead of ext4 on Linux

According to the lead author the calling it Butter-FS originated because it comes from CoW which stands for copy-on-write, but many call it Better-FS, and it actually stands for B-tree file system. It’s been around since 2007, so is relatively new versus other file systems, but the feeling seems to …


Facebook has had a string of disasters around trust with user privacy (just think of Cambridge Analytica and WhatsApp metadata). Their philosophy has been shown to be: Cross the line as quietly as you can, and if caught, apologise, and do it later in a better way. Mark Zuckerberg has publicly made p…


This guide explains what is KDE Connect and its features, how to install KDE connect in various Linux platforms and Android and finally how to sync Android phone with Linux desktop using KDE connect in order to access files and notifications from Android devices to Linux and vice versa. …


“The objective of the study was to investigate and quantify the economic impact of OSS and OSH [Open Source Software and Open Source Hardware] on the European economy,” the study’s authors, working for the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology at the European Commis…


Having spent two days exploring the wonderful features of the BTRFS file system (copy-on-write, fast auto snapshots, rollbacks, RAID across different sized drives, etc) and having converted my /home partition to BTRFS, I was exploring possibly doing my / boot partition too, but I see so many people …


Know when web pages change! Stay on top of new information! Live your data-life pro-actively instead of re-actively, do not rely on manipulative social media for consuming important information. …



An instance allows for localised following and connections between everyone with a similar interest. So this may be of interest to those in ham radio or amateur radio. …


This application used to be called PulseEffects but it was renamed to EasyEffects after we started to use GTK4 and replaced GStreamer by native PipeWire filters. …


Note this was announced back in 2019 but new is features such as geofencing, fact is now in mass production, and can potentially affect USB-C as well… it’s a potential nightmare. …


Seems the page linked here may have been last updated in only 2014 but the original author did respond to me so I’ll include his comments in this post for context:

I’m the ex-webmaster, and I’ll leave the current webmaster, Liam, to reply on behalf of APF. (I’m still on the Tech Committee with him).

I created that page back in about 2000, as one of a set of 4 resources. I moved it onto the APF site (where I’ve been active for many years), but received no support, little interest, and fewer hits than I do on my own web-site.

So I moved three of them (Aust national, Aust subsidiary jurisdictions, and international instruments) back to my site c. 2015, e.g. here: http://www.rogerclarke.com/DV/PLawsClth.html

Even those three need some updating - it’s been very busy lately (for me personally too, but I actually meant for developments in privacy law).

I don’t think any of the four have been touched on the APF site since my last updates, maybe about 2014? (WordPress fails to carry decent meta-data, so I can’t tell).

There’s a link on WorldLII, here: http://www.worldlii.org/catalog/2972.html

But Privacy International are as bad as so many other sites and fail to provide permanent URLs, and http://www.ictparliament.org/node/2089 has disappeared as well.

If you send a URL for the ZA law, or for a site that indexes ZA privacy laws, we’ll see if we can get it updated.


Good list but they excluded South Africa which also has a Constitution for that, a POPI Act, etc. I sent feedback to the page owners though. So it is not necessarily a comprehensive list.


I self-host open source Matomo instead and it provides all the basic stats I need locally for my sites.


Every now and again (sometimes after a software update) my Brave Dev browser loses its tab groups on restore. It always restores the 48+ open tabs, but my tabs are in Tab Groups, so I can collapse what I’m not busy with. This loss of the groups can be very irritating, and so far I had just not seen …


Yep it’s really sad. Challenge for me the other day, was just realizing I had no clue which was Google’s “current” chat app…



Google’s 16 years of messenger wheel-spinning has allowed products from more focused companies to pass it by. Embarrassingly, nearly all of these products are much younger than Google’s messaging efforts. Consider competitors like WhatsApp (12 years old), Facebook Messenger (nine years old), iMessag…


Today, August 25, is the day most open-source folk bust out the bunting to celebrate the famous kernel’s formal founding. It was on this day 30 years ago that a fresh-faced Fin named Linus Torvalds sat down to type out a small announcement and share it with the Minix newsgroup. …


Ouch thanks for that. Yes, governments are often at odds with citizens’ views. Obviously, hosting BY government (or a central big IT company) is not the best idea. But decentralisation also offers the opportunity for a few independent groups to host their own services, ensuring they still federate. The challenge is always getting any traction and take-up by citizens. A government can easily use it’s PR machine to push a new service but it is a lot more difficult for independent hosters to get that traction.

I’m just surprised that the popularity of a network like Mastodon, had next to no instances actually hosted anywhere in Africa when I last looked at end of 2020.


The point is so many open source alternatives already exist to Facebook and WhatsApp, all of which can be locally hosted and can federate where required. Local rules can also be set and managed for these networks, and they can be easily branded to suite Ethiopia. Open source means you can see how th…


The problem I have had with Proton GE, is that some updates (two for me so far) had broken my racing wheel support. Took quite a bit of messing around before I tried reverting to a previous version, and then all worked again. So yes, for Proton GE I stay on an existing version, and only move to a newer version if I have some new game, and it does not run on the Proton GE version I’m using.


Yes probably not about the distro itself as it merely depends on what software and drivers you are running.

But what is working well for me currently for 99% of the 80+ games I’ve bought on Steam Games is:

  • Manjaro KDE running on AMD CPU with Nvidia card using Nvidia driver.
  • Steam Games with the Proton GE drivers.
  • Recognising my Logitech G29 racing wheel, pedals, and gear shift.

I just notice that if changing the Proton driver version, it can be worth deleting the compatdata folder created by the previous version, if you have problems. And it works best with games installed in the Steam folders on EXT4 drive. Installing to a NTFS shared drive is sometimes problematic for some games.


Linux Mint also has a KDE version which I use as our media machine connected to the TV


Their platform makes it easy and safe to trade fresh produce with multiple producers across different regions. They aggregate supply across the SADC region to offer buyers access to high quality fresh produce at transparent prices. …


SA Gov prohibits free open source ERP solutions for tender in contravention of own policy to promote open source and small business

Sad that open source gets specifically excluded by a government which approved a policy to promote open source software. If you want to help, please consider at least liking and resharing that tweet. …


Friendica and Hubzilla are both “closest” to Facebook with long posts, photo albums, calendars, events, etc.


I did do a video about Lemmy at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5axSUJj0bBY intended as a “what is it about if I’m considering it”


True they did not mention, but yes as ebook files are not actually executable, or executed, they are interpreted.


Which actuially means we don’t “know” any of that - difference again with Facebook is it has sated in it’s privacy policy that it is sharing the metadata, so we do “know” that. We can’t just speculate about what others do unless we have evidence in some form. We do know that Signal and Telegram (as at now) are not in the advertsiing business, nor that their privacy policies state data is being passed on.


It’s not always directly executable code - it often exploits shortcomings with the viewer or interpreter, triggers out of range memory errors etc.


Yep there being metadata, and it being abused, are also two subtle differences. We know with WhatsApp there is metadata including IP address, location, phone number, etc, but it also gets actively sent to a company (FB) whose business is to profit from that data and advertising. We know Telegram and Signal have some metadata but neither are in the business of selling data. Yes Wire, Threema, etc don’t have as much metadata and don’t have an actual phone number or e-mail to even tie it too, but how many of our friends are actually using the services… There has to be some dose of actual reality too.

Hosting own e-mail has some issues unless you put it on some server service and the domain is usually tied in some way to you, and yes that e-mail is often accessible in transit because again 99.99% of our friends and businesses that we mail, have not got OpenPGP or similar E2EE on all their e-mails. I have only one family member who exchanges fully E2EE mail with me. Every other one is using GMail standard or a work server etc. The fact of life is that very few people are able to fully setup e-mail servers with all the validations etc required so that the server is not blacklisted. I can just imagine my doctor, plumber, local hardware shop, etc all setting up their own privately hosted and fully encrypted mail servers - I just hope they’re using the same encryption standard I’m using otherwise neither of us will read each other’s mails ;-)



And of course the phone number… I really prefer something that requires zero phone number (like Session as an alternative) but thing is you’ll find most people on Signal (through their phone number)…


Secure (knowing but not being able to access) being different from privacy (no-one knows who) and of course remembering that the more private especially, the more difficult to locate anyone you actually know as zero e-mail, phone numbers, etc should be used… I’d still say Matrix is the simpler and easier secure messenger for most to use and where they have a good chance of finding others actually using it.

Can also mention Wickr Me, Wire and Threema. Briar Project would have been a good option except it is only Android which really holds it back from broader use. Another consideration is whether mobile to mobile is satisfactory (peer-to-peer is sometimes an issue with mobile) or whether you would use desktop clients along with mobile, as that then also narrows some choices. From a privacy perspective, specifically metadata is important and why Signal and WhatsApp fall down even though they may have secure E2EE.


Briar is still Android only I think?


Book #4 of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series… just been on my bucket list for long