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Home but never alone: Celebrating World Amateur Radio Day 18 April

On this day in 1925, the IARU was formed in Paris. Since then, on 18 April every year, radio amateurs worldwide have taken to the airwaves to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day. Today, the hobby is more popular than ever, with more than 3 million licensed operators worldwide, according to the Interna…


The eyebrow-raising design pulls no punches in the uncanny department: the eye behaves as you’d expect (if you could have expected this) — it blinks, looks around, and can even waggle its brow. The eyeball, brow, and eyelids are actuated by a total of six servos that are controlled by an Arduino Nan…


3D animation isn’t an easy task. Each stage in the process is incredibly complicated, often taking large teams of people to create even small animated scenes. Google wants to beginners learn the tool of the trade with a new tool called Monster Mash, a web-based open source project that lets anyone e…


TrueCrypt eventually closed down, but a replacement project called VeraCrypt quickly sprang up to fill the void. VeraCrypt is based on TrueCrypt 7.1a and features many improvements over the original (including significant algorithm changes for standard encrypted volumes and boot volumes). With VeraC…


In a strange twist of fate, Nvidia quietly patched its RTX Voice app at an unknown time to support all GeForce GTX graphics cards supported under Nvidia’s 410.18 driver or newer. This means RTX Voice works with all products from the best graphics cards in the RTX 30-series down to the GTX 600-series…


OpenEVSE provides open source EV charging stations ready to use, in kit form, or just parts

OpenEVSE supplies open source charging station hardware and software solutions to manufactures and individuals. OpenEVSE SAE J1772 compatible charging station controllers are available in quantities of 1 to 10,000+ for requirements big or small. OpenEVSE controllers allows manufactures to bring thei…



South Africa’s plan to launch state-owned cloud computing mega-network biased towards open standards and open systems, including open source frameworks rather than closed and exclusive systems

“The Data and Cloud Policy seeks to strengthen the capacity of the State to deliver services to its citizens, ensure informed policy development based on data analytics, as well as promote South Africa’s data sovereignty and the security thereof,” the draft policy states. …


With reserves across Africa cutting back on anti-poaching patrols amid a coronavirus-induced tourism lull that has hit funding, Balule has teamed up with handset manufacturer Samsung and tech pioneer Africam to supplement staff numbers with eyes and ears online. …



CryptPad is built to enable collaboration. It synchronizes changes to documents in real time. Because all data is encrypted, the service and its administrators have no way of seeing the content being edited and stored. …


Ah yes I forgot about that ownership issue - no wonder they can set up shop right near each other.


Yes the article does mention about just moving a single monitor slightly back, but I guess a full wall of screens is a lot more extreme.


Looking at screens for too long can cause eyestrain, but eyestrain existed long before screens. (Driving long distances is another cause, the Mayo Clinic notes.) Eyestrain may involve fatigue of the tiny muscles in and around our eyes, and people who get eyestrain may experience discomfort that incl…


Photos of the process for the computer I assembled for my daughter today

My daughter needed to save money on a desktop computer for College so I specced the parts, she bought them, and I built it. I thought it may be interesting to show a few photos of the typical process as it is much the same for all desktop based computers. The biggest difference is the case layout re…




Yes true, the pity is that complaints / issues etc like taht SHOULD be able to be handled within institutions themselves it they were mature and ethical enought… but then usally you should not even have an issue with the institution.


For sure your own ISP is the weak link… I suppose those really concerned will be using an offshore VPN service would prevent snooping by the ISP.


Yes I was thinking that too afte ri posted… Parler’s first move surely was to host offshore. That was really pretty dumb of them (or intentional).


Chris Pinkham - The South African who helped build Amazon Web Services with a team of Cape Town engineers

Pinkham was well-known in South Africa’s tech circles for having founded the country’s the first commercial ISP in 1993 – The Internetworking Company of Southern Africa (Ticsa). …


Seriously any centralised social network hosted in the USA, Russia, China, Australia (to name but a few) is fully traceable, can easily be censored, and can be held legally accountable. …


And people know about it, but they are rightly scared to speak out. This app is one way but I suppose it needs to be adopted. We’ve just had bad stories publiscised this weekend about whistleblowers about our Sasol company polluting rivers etc and the whistleblower suffered. That should just not happen.


Yes with this app it is firstly not requesting any of taht info and allocating an ID number that both parties can communicate through. I think too though there is a 3rd party receiving the info so the company, or governmebt, is not managing the app data. Corruption just costs citizens / taxpayers money and reduced services - the only winner is the few that exploit it.


ExposeIt app – The safe way to report corruption to South African companies

Complete anonymity is achieved by never asking any personally identifiable information from users. Instead, a random ID is used to communicate with whistleblowers. Using this ID, employees and outsiders can report unethical behaviour to companies through texts messages, images, videos, and other fil…


I like the vertical tab layout on Edge, and whilst Vivavldi’s vertical tab code is not open sourced, I’m wondering if Edge’s is… I use neither right now and am using Brave actually.


Anyone with an iPhone can now make deepfakes with the Avatarify app. We aren’t ready for what happens next...

Now with a single source photo and zero technical expertise, an iPhone app called Avatarify lets you actually control the face of another person like a puppet. Using your phone’s selfie camera, whatever you do with your own face happens on theirs. Avatarify doesn’t make videos as sophisticated as pr…


@TILvids@lemmy.ml I will have a look anyway to compare with what I’m using - just want to make sure it federates across Peertube. But I noticed when I try to register it said “Video uploads are disabled on this instance, hence your account won’t be able to upload videos.” which is not much good to me ;-)


I lose track of which network I’m replying on ;-)


You’re welcome to share it share, but I already went through the process just a few months ago of choosing a new Peertube instance (previous one disappeared) and recreated everything again. Each instance has its own limitations etc and I arrived at this one because it offered mostly what I needed.


This reminds me very much of the early Internet where we were mainly concerned about integrity of the data, with social networks about spreading good deeds and messages, motor vehicles with early Bluetooth connectivity, etc. …


It is also a feeling about being included. Nothing worse than going to a conference and all these little clusters are people are around chatting, and you are stuck knowing no-one. Joining a small group is already a way of just normalising everything.

All men are not threats just like all women probably don’t feel afraid. A lot does depend on whether you know a city or not. I as a man may not feel threatened but it can be because I don’t know a city and its dangers (does not mean I’m actually safe - just an accident waiting to happen). Even in my own city there are places I’m not going to after dark, and some places also not in the light.

A conference needs to be safe for everyone - I’d hate to think that men get left to their own risks just because they are all a threat. What is wrong about offering lifts from the airport to the venue for all speakers if they need it? What is wrong with placing some security / car watchers outside the venue for everyone?


Yes is not the right person to be a spokesperson, mainly also because he does not carry his discussion to ‘non-believers’ where they operate. We know he has no compromise, and he can be (no sorry is) unrelenting in what he believes is right or wrong for open source, but his heart is in the right place regarding OSS. The way he says anything, does not always come across well to everyone, and he has put the backs up of many especially commercial companies who want compromise.

But we can’t condemn him for that type of personality - he will typically argue the semantics of an issue (in his way) and if it is a very sensitive issue involving human beings, he is not going to see why that arguments needs some provisos and ensuring it is coming across correctly.

I still don’t know the full context of what was said and why (others are also asking I see). He probably thinks that trying to explain his angle would do further damage, and with him yes probably so, not because of why he said something, but he gets literally interpreted, and we have to be aware of his own way of thinking. I’m thinking he was putting a Devil’s Advocate point of view from a programmer’s perspective, and that is just not the way to approach such a situation. If your expertise is way more technical, on people matters you should just keep quiet and listen.

For the FSF Board maybe he has an important role to play (not being spokesperson or Chairperson), as long as he had no malicious intent. I get the feeling was really naive, and he should stick to topics that he is the expert in.


And Signal still insists on your phone number for registration, and then shares it to any of your contacts (unlike Telegram who gives you the option to hide it). Signal is US based whilst many others are not. I’m not saying Telegram is better (unless you;'ve activated secret chats) but the better ones like Threema, Jami, XMPP, Matrix, and similar are just not the one’s we’re going to see adopted mainstream. Matrix is complicated for average users.

It’s pretty well much a race between WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram as far as ‘popularity’ goes.


Usually best to start by reading the approved standard as it will explain what functionality it provides. The app has to conform to that. For server side Hubzilla uses it it, so it’s source code may provide some good examples. Any existing open source projects that use CalDAV (client app or server) should be good for examples to understand.


NextCloud was one of a few options mentioned. It was not purely focussed on server based options though.


Much like e-mail, calendaring has long established open protocols (like we DON’T have for social media) across services such as WebDAV, ics, etc. So it is usually quite easy to export/import a calendar elsewhere, or even to link to one or more remote calendars. …


ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors is a free open-source office suite (much like LibreOffice) that contains viewers and editors for text documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Along with offline work, it’s possible to connect the app to the cloud (ONLYOFFICE, Nextcloud, ownCloud, Seafile) and collabora…


I’d been noticing regular irritating buffering pauses on Odysee videos. Partly the issue is with high-res creator videos being posted, and Odysee does not (yet) transcode them into lower res alternatives to choose from. No it’s not my ISP link as it’s a 200Mbps fibre downlink, and I see the extensio…