Atwood's law: Any software that can be written in JavaScript will eventually be written in JavaScript.

There is no word in the English language that will cause me to loose interest in a project faster than "blockchain".

Sounds like MongoDB's Server Side Public License has been a complete failure. Both Redhat and Debian have removed them for their repos. AWS and Azure both built their own MongoDB API compatible databases and have started migrating customers over.

If I owned MongoDB stock I'd be selling.

I wish GitHub would have some kind of built in bounty system for issues where users could crowd source funds to have their favorite features implemented.

I've been trying to find a Calendar app that will work with Syncthing on my phone but it seems that very few apps these days support saving to the local disk.

Kinda scary that something as simple as saving files locally is becoming technically difficult to do.

Would be really great to see an ActivityPub alternative to Medium.

One thing I do really appreciate about Google Play is that they allow you to download all of your purchased e-books and audiobooks as epub and mp3 files with no DRM.

AFAIK Amazon does not allow anything similar with Kindle and Audible.

DuckDuckGo switches away from OpenStreetMap to Apple Maps as their maps provider.

Real shame.

spreadprivacy.com/duckduckgo-a

On one hand Apple say's that they're trying to make their software more privacy respecting than other companies but on the other no company has done more to help the proliferation of closed-source software and they don't even allow GPL licensed apps to run on iOS devices.

fsf.org/blogs/licensing/more-a

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Just found out about G-Droid which is an alternative interface for the F-Droid app store. Personally I think it looks a lot cleaner and has better discovery features.

f-droid.org/en/packages/org.gd

Today marks the beginning of the @debian Buster transition freeze. 🎉

I was thinking about creating a bridge service from Twitter to Mastodon that would allow Mastodon users to follow Twitter accounts. But it seems like the Twitter API Terms of Use prohibit that.

Bummer.

developer.twitter.com/en/devel

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Cool article about using URLs as a UX tool: alexpounds.com/blog/2018/12/29

I especially like the Reddit example since it's similar to some work I did on @prismo for Atom feeds a while back.

I decided to transfer my phone number from Google Voice to Ting. They said it might take up to 5 days for the port to complete but surprisingly it only took 2 hours. Very impressed.

Looks like GitHub now supports free private repos. I recall that being the main reason that I started using GitLab a few years back.

I don't think I'll be switching to GitHub any time soon, but its cool that they support that now.

I found this really cool tool that converts RSS/Atom feeds to ActivityPub feeds.

bots.tinysubversions.com/conve

I'm thinking that maybe I could use it in conjunction with a service like TwitRSS to get my Twitter feed into Mastodon.

Messaging is in a poor state these days.
- SMS is unencrypted
- WhatsApp is proprietary software owned by an advertising company
- Telegram tried to roll their own crypto
- Signal is completely centralized and could roll out an update breaking their encryption at any moment
- Jabber doesn't seem to support E2E group chats and doesn't have any reliable free providers
- Email is slowly being replaced by Slack which itself provides no encryption AFAIK
- Matrix E2E is in beta

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I've been a long time Chrome user, but this week I'm gonna give Firefox a try.

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