Today isn't just Valentines day, but also I love Free Software Day! I've been using (and contributing) Free Software for years now and don't want anything else. Even when I've given non-Free Software another chance, every time I was glad when I returned to Free Software.
A big thank you goes out to all developers, sysadmins, network guru's, translators, bugsquashers and all other contributors.
A small selection of tools/libraries/projects/organizations I'm thankful for this year: debian, ubuntu, terminator, mate, vi(m), firefox, thunderbird, postgresql, apache, kvm, libvirt, bash, openssh, nextcloud, workrave, audacious, vlc, mtp (Media Transfer Protocol), ext2/ext3/ext4/btrfs, mdadm, postfix, the linux kernel, fosdem, fsfe, eff, bitsoffreedom, ccc and kodi.
For the next year, let's make sure we don't squabble amongst ourselves. Let us be even more understanding and help each other out more. Let us agree to disagree and be fine with that. I do not care which window manager, editor, desktop or database you use. Of course I have my own preferences and don't mind a good discussion. As long as we give each other the freedom to choose what we want, it's OK. We're all playing for the Free Software team. And yes, each of us known that we are right ;-)
At the previous FOSDEM I picked up the following card and gave it to my wife, she liked it a lot (just a tip)
Earlier this year I went on a long holiday to Japan and China. I have an Android phone and am a very big fan of OpenStreetMap. So I used OsmAnd (which uses OpenStreetMap data) to navigate through those countries. I made a spreadsheet with LibreOffice, which included a few links to certain location which are hard to find or do not have an address. Then I exported that .ods to a .pdf and was able to click on the links, which then openend perfectly in OsmAnd.
Tuesday the 14th of November 2017 was the day that Mozilla released their newest (and fastest) release of Firefox until now: Firefox 57, Quantum. Reading the "marketing" text about more speed, less memory usage and a more beautiful browser, I was skeptical. After a quick download off their archive servers, I was very pleasantly surprised.
Finally I switched solely to Signal Private Messenger today. Signal has an Android and iPhone app and even a Desktop version (for Linux, Mac and Windows) and they work well. They also feature voice and video chat, so basically I'm not missing any features. It is also Open Source and even Bits Of Freedom is positive about it.
Mozilla has just started a new campaign: Privacy Not Included. If you are looking around for a Christmas gift for friends and family, have a look here first. Mozilla helps and states the possible privacy and security flaws a gadget has. At least now, if you choose a product which invades your privacy (or that of a friend or spouse), you know about it before you buy it. You will get bonus points from your geeky spouse when their present is private and secure ;-)
After my Dutch rant, now it is time to do an English one. I've noticed (generally speaking) that customer support does not reply to messages about password insecurity. Since these kind of security flaws do not get fixed, perhaps mentioning them out in the open is the way forward. Nowadays 'social media' are 'news' sources and they respond best to a 'drama' type of news. So let's give that a try, in the hope that the insecurities get fixed and we all get a more secure and safer future.
Today I created an account at AliExpress and noticed the following:
A while ago George Orwell's book, Nineteen Eighty-Four, was very popular again. It was even sold out at several online bookstores, which really surprised me. Anyway, I put in on my "must read" list and did not have to time to read it until now.
Since I commute often (by car), I am a fan of listening to audiobooks. I just got to listening it and it truly is an amazing book, a must read (or listen to)!
It is possible to see quite a lot of parallels with the world today, or at least, the general direction that we are moving towards. Big brother is watching you. The dystopian future described by Orwell is actually feasible (and partially happening nowadays), just have a look at certain totalitarian countries. Education (and information) should be and flow freely and let's be honest, that is the only way to a brighter future for everyone.
I wanted to share my sources to obtain a copy this e-book (or audiobook):