The musings of a South African living abroad

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Hello Debian 11

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.

Returning to WhatsApp

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?

Typing Joy

I recently picked up a Keychron K2 mechanical keyboard that was on special, and I’ve fallen in love with the tactile feel of typing with mechanical switches.

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Experimenting with Mastodon and Pleroma

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.

Trying Out The Self-Hosting Lifestyle

With 2021 slowly going by, I’ve tried to keep myself busy by experimenting with new things. And one of those experiments has been with the fediverse. This meant that I’d need to try my hand at self-hosting on a VPS, something I’m not proficient in at all.

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Leaving Facebook

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.

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On Mastodon

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.

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Moving Back to Linux

Twelve years ago on this very day I took a leap of faith into the wonderful world of Linux.

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Social Starvation

One of the habits I wanted to break in 2016 was the large amount of time that I wasted using social media sites. Day after day I would keep on checking Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram several times during the day.

Thinking back on it I have no idea why I became so reliant on social media. It’s great being able to see photos and status updates of my family and friends back in South Africa, but for every useful post I see on Facebook I’m having to sort through 100 posts or ads for things I have no interest in.

Thoughts on iOS 8

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.

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