I still think about that one day in July 2020 when verified accounts couldn't tweet anymore, what a weird day that was

For the tiny cross-section of folks who (A) follow me, (B) live in Quebec, and (C) care about urbanism: consider taking 15 minutes to share your thoughts on land use in the province. Let's ask for better cycling- and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure. consultation.quebec.ca/process

To be clear: let's definitely do everything we can to slow down (and reverse!) climate change: reach out to your elected officials, fly less, eat less meat, drive less, etc.

But in the event that we fail, keep in mind that from a global perspective, "this too, shall pass".

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"The desertification of the West is no more permanent than anything else on this planet of ongoing change."

Somewhat comforting perspective on the future of our species on this planet. A well-needed read following the IPCC report released today.


It's 2021 and there's a guestbook straight from circa 1999 on my personal website. I love it.

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I wrote a tutorial explaining how to set it up on your own site. ✨


@nemo switching.software is great! I came across it a few months ago. Excellent resource.

Kudos for giving away the Raspberry Pi, I'm sure they'll love it. :)

@malteengeler @aral @x2ero

Fair point Aral, I hadn't seen it this way. Makes complete sense now that I read it out. Thank you for sharing your point of view, I appreciate it.

@gnufella Thank you for both suggestions, I'll look into them. :)

@ilyess Thanks for the kind words! Google products are quite good indeed.

Regarding Standard Notes: yup, that's correct. What I meant in the blog post was to have access to them from other machines as well (say, a public computer). I have to admit though, this hasn't happened yet, and I don't foresee this happening in the near future, so likely a moot point. :)


Thanks for the kind words!

I feel you on this one. I don't know of a good solution at the moment (and trust me I searched for one!). I explored creating my own a few years ago, but ended up tangled in XML parsing and the timing didn't line up with other stuff in my life, so I stepped away. Maybe I should get back into it!

... although I have to say I don't have a strong need for such a solution at the moment. Thunderbird and Etar work well enough for what I need.

@malteengeler @x2ero @aral

I don't disagree with you, you have good points there.

If anything, to me it's more of a hobby than a political statement (though I see how it could be considered so). I'm privileged that this hobby lines up nicely with the opinions I have on data privacy.

@lazalatin Thank you for the suggestion! I'll check it out.

Thank you for the kind words!

@grimfrenzy Great, I was planning on going with andOTP but Aegis is also recommended by other folks. I'll explore both options a bit more, thanks for sharing! :)

@Bunnyhammer Yup, andOTP is likely where I'm going next. Thanks for the vouch!

@pimoore Thank you for the kind words Pete!

I also tried TinyTinyRSS before, but somehow it didn't click for me. Feedbin is great! I had a great experience using it in the past.

For 2FA: I think I'm going towards andOTP, though I heard good things about Authy too. Will dig into it a bit more.

FastMail was my runner-up to ProtonMail. The deal breaker was the location of their operations (USA for FastMail, Switzerland for ProtonMail).

@x2ero @aral @malteengeler

Even if not self-hosted [1], it's already a great step in the right direction.

[1] nextcloud.com/signup/

8 years ago, my digital life was almost entirely stored in Google data centers.

Today, I self-host a handful of services on a Raspberry Pi on my LAN and use privacy-friendly services. Small tech feels good.

I wrote a few words about the moving process 👀

cc @aral: I'm a big fan of your work. I donated to the Small Tech foundation recently, and you + Laura are an inspiration in this space. Keep up the great work!

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