For the last few years, I’ve been using Linux as my main OS on almost all my PCs, with some brief dalliances with FreeBSD and macOS. Recently, my ancient desktop PC has been sorely in need of a stable and customizable Linux distribution. After numerous hopping between distros, I finally settled on Debian.
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Towards the start of this year I made the decision to leave Facebook and part of doing that meant I had to also move off of WhatsApp to Signal Messenger. A couple of months later and I’m back on WhatsApp. So what happened to my stance on privacy, and why am I using WhatsApp again?
This is just a quick post to give some brief thoughts on my experience using Mastodon and Pleroma. Hopefully, anyone who stumbles on this and is a Twitter user might learn something new and move over to one of these federated platforms.
Recently, on Mastodon someone posted a link to a blog post by Aaron Parecki that dealt with how he left Facebook. Taken into consideration along with the recent WhatsApp privacy debacle, I thought that 2021 was the perfect time for me to finally make the break from Facebook and its services. In this post, I want to go through the why and the how of my exodus from Facebook and the services it owns.
Back when I was living in South Africa I was an avid user of twitter. The idea of short form messages and being able to follow friends and sites without all the cruft of Facebook was appealing. Twitter at that stage was also still very much in its infancy and wasn’t the hive of bots and politics that it is today. So I closed my account years ago and didn’t miss it at all. The along came Mastodon, an open source and federated alternative to Twitter. And I was hooked.
With September and October each year comes the arrival of the latest and greatest phone/s from Apple, and of course that also means that there will be a new version of iOS for those of us who will be sticking with our old iPhones and iPads.
Ever since moving to Japan, I’ve been an Apple device user, and so I thought it might be useful to jot down a few of my thoughts and opinions now that I’ve had a chance to play around with the released version of iOS 8.