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Keine Werbung mehr in der Post: Wie Amsterdam 6.000 Tonnen Altpapier spart! - In Amsterdam findet man keine „Bitte keine Werbung“-Sticker an den Postkästen, sondern welche mit „Bitte Werbung“. In der Hauptstadt der Niederlande darf nämlich nur dann Werbung in den Postkasten gelegt werden, wenn man das ausdrücklich will. Dadurch spart die Stadt jährlich 6.000 Tonnen Müll. #ShareDichDrum

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alias airport=/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/Current/Resources/airport # Mac users may want to use (and alias) this airport utility to list available wifi networks. Try airport -s

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Please do not use Slack for your open-source project. For the minority of loudmouths demanding it, there are many others who will quietly just avoid the project.
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Es werden in den nächsten Wochen viele Laptops in den Müll wandern, weil a) die Besitzer nicht wissen, dass man (noch) kostenlos auf Windows 10 updaten kann und/oder b) die Besitzer glauben, dass Windows 10 auf ihren Laptops nicht mehr (richtig) funktionieren würde.
Da müssen wir alle Aufklärungsarbeit leisten (und dabei am besten auf die Vorteile von Linux ggü. Windows hinweisen)!


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OK everybody, we have just 2 days to raise $17k. We have no marketing or campaigns staff @conservancy so we count on you to spread the word. Please help!!

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tar tvf potential_tar_bomb.tar # Just print the contents of a tar file instead of untarring it. Good for knowing if it's going to create it's own subdirectory or not. It may be obvious to a lot of you, but for the ones that don't know dare I say it.... disasTARous.

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Es nervt, wenn die Kollegen andauernd nach einem Vorgehen beim Supportende von bei mir nachfragen.

Wenn ich genervt sage, sind sie wenigstens auch genervt 😂

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So I was recently asked why I prefer to use free and open source software over more conventional and popular proprietary software and services.

A few years ago I was an avid Google user. I was deeply embedded in the Google ecosystem and used their products everywhere. I used Gmail for email, Google Calendar and Contacts for PIM, YouTube for entertainment, Google Newsstand for news, Android for mobile, and Chrome as my web browser.

I would upload all of my family photos to Google Photos and all of my personal documents to Google Drive (which were all in Google Docs format). I used Google Domains to register my domain names for websites where I would keep track of my users using Google Analytics and monetize them using Google AdSense.

I used Google Hangouts (one of Google’s previous messaging plays) to communicate with friends and family and Google Wallet (with debit card) to buy things online and in-store.

My home is covered with Google Homes (1 in my office, 1 in my bedroom, 1 in the main living area) which I would use to play music on my Google Play Music subscription and podcasts from Google Podcasts.

I have easily invested thousands of dollars into my Google account to buy movies, TV shows, apps, and Google hardware devices. This was truly the Google life.

Then one day, I received an email from Google that changed everything.

“Your account has been suspended”

Just the thing you want to wake up to in the morning. An email from Google saying that your account has been suspended due to a perceived Terms of Use violation. No prior warning. No appeals process. No number to call. Trying to sign in to your Google account yields an error and all of your connected devices are signed out. All of your Google data, your photos, emails, contacts, calendars, purchased movies and TV shows. All gone.

I nearly had a heart attack, until I saw that the Google account that had been suspended was in fact not my main personal Google account, but a throwaway Gmail account that I created years prior for a project. I hadn’t touched the other account since creation and forgot it existed. Apparently my personal Gmail was listed as the recovery address for the throwaway account and that’s why I received the termination email.

Although I was able to breathe a sigh of relief this time, the email was wake up call. I was forced to critically reevaluate my dependence on a single company for all the tech products and services in my life.

I found myself to be a frog in a heating pot of water and I made the decision that I was going to jump out.

Leaving Google

Today there are plenty of lists on the internet providing alternatives to Google services such as this and this. Although the “DeGoogle” movement was still in its infancy when I was making the move.

The first Google service I decided to drop was Gmail, the heart of my online identity. I migrated to Fastmail with my own domain in case I needed to move again (hint: glad I did, now I self host my email). Fastmail also provided calendar and contacts solutions so that took care of leaving Google Calendar and Contacts.

Here are some other alternatives that I moved to:

Gmail → Fastmail → Self-hosted (via Cloudron)
Google Contacts → FastmailNextcloud Contacts
Google Calendar → FastmailNextcloud Calendar
Google Search → BingDuckDuckGo
Google Maps → Bing MapsOpenStreetMaps and OsmAnd
Google Analytics → Matomo Analytics
Google Drive → Nextcloud Files
Google Photos → Nextcloud Files/Gallery
Google Docs → Collabora Office (Nextcloud integration) and LibreOffice
Google Play Music → Spotify / PlexSpotify / Jellyfin
Google Play Movies/TV → PlexJellyfin
Google Play Audiobooks/Books → Audible/Kindle
Google Play Store (apps) → F-Droid / Aurora Store
Google Android → Lineage OSUbuntu Touch on PinePhone (coming soon?)
Google’s Android Apps → Simple Mobile Tools
Google Chrome → Mozilla Firefox
Google Domains → Hover
Google Hangouts → Matrix and Nextcloud Talk
Google Allo → Signal
Google Podcasts → PocketCastsAntennaPod
Google Newsstand → RSS
Google Wallet → PayPal and Cash App
Google Voice →Ting Mobile

Migrating away from Google was not a fast or easy process. It took years to get where I am now and there are still several Google services that I depend on: YouTube and Google Home.

Eventually, my Google Home’s will grow old and become unsupported at which point hopefully the Mycroft devices have matured and become available for purchase. YouTube may never be replaced (although I do hope for projects like PeerTube to succeed) but I find the compromise of using only one or two Google services to be acceptable.

At this point losing my Google account due to a mistake in their machine learning would largely be inconsequential and my focus has shifted to leaving Amazon which I use for most of my shopping and cloud services.

The reason that I moved to mostly FOSS applications is that it seems to be the only software ecosystem where everything works seamlessly together and I don’t have to cede control to any single company. Alternatively I could have simply split my service usage up evenly across Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple but I don’t feel that they would have worked as nicely together.

Overall I’m very happy with the open source ecosystem. I use Ubuntu with KDE on all of my computers and Android (no GApps) on my mobile phone. I’ve ordered the PinePhone “Brave Heart” and hope to one day be able to use it or one of its successors as a daily driver with Ubuntu Touch or Plasma Mobile.

I don’t want to give the impression that I exclusively use open source software either, I do use a number of proprietary apps including: Sublime Text, Typora, and Cloudron.

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Kann mir jemand Sprachassistenten für Linux empfehlen?

Bitte um boost.

Einer meiner Ärzte kommuniziert mit seinen Patienten am liebsten per Messenger. Er bevorzugt und alles was nicht ist. 👍🏼🖤

Um allen gerecht zu werden hat er auch WhatsApp, macht sich aber die Mühe erst die anderen Dienste zu checken. 👍🏼

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Können wir bitte mal alle kurz nach Dresden schauen und ein bisschen Liebe rüberschicken für die fantastische Arbeit der @fsfwdresden? Die bauen tatsächlich ihr eigenes Live-#Linux-System für Studienanfänger*innen. 😍👏👏👏 Mehr Infos gibt's dazu hier:

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until yesterday, you could only use Delta Chat on Android, Windows, macOS, and Linux. Since today, all major platforms are supported and you can also use Delta Chat on your iPhone :)

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Eine 2kg-Maschine mit fossilem Brennstoff und Lärm für den ganzen Wohnblock.
Um ein paar Blätter nicht einfach fegen oder harken zu müssen.
Nichts drückt schöner aus, warum wir erledigt sind und es auch nicht besser verdient haben.

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Alles, was wir wegschmeißen, ist nicht weg, sondern nur woanders.

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Hi! We’re a group of open-source developers making the command line a friendlier place, one character at a time.

💁🏻 More info: `ssh`
👀 Check out:


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Wir hatten vor Jahren mal zufällig die #Kartoffel.sorte „#Allizee“, welche uns außerordentlich gut schmeckte. Leider bekommen wir diese hier nicht mehr zu kaufen. Wir würden diese gern bei uns im Garten anbauen.

Könnte meine Bubble hier helfen und mir Quellen zum bestellen nennen? Mir würde auch Supermarktqualität reichen, da ich dann selbst vermehren kann.

#FollowerPower #DIY

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