I’m a computer science researcher. I care about digital rights and social justice issues. It might be a good idea to also follow my backup account: email@example.com.
Keeping in touch
As I'm about to shut my pump.io presence down in a week or two, I'm wondering where I can keep updated on my Pump-friends? Are people here present on GNU Social or Mastodon, have blogs, etc?
I'm currently here on Mastodon, but my personal web page will always have the most up-to-date contact information. My web home is https://sjoberg.fi/, if you're having trouble remembering that http://sazius.fi (sorry no TLS yet) should work as a redirect.
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Yes, I agree. I personally also prefer the slow and more deliberate process of blogging and reading blogs, as opposed to the quick back-and-forth of social networks.
I've been trying to get back into blogging more myself, but I rarely have anything interesting to say... :-)
I wrote a blog post about not using Google, syncing, (most) apps, etc. "Simplifying my digital life": https://sjoberg.fi/blog/simplify.html
I'm happily using Nextcloud and a F-Droid only Android device with a few more applications, but I still strongly agree with the approach and especially the conclusion:
In many cases I’ve been an early adopter of technology, but sometimes I’ve come to the conclusion that the old way was better. Unfortunately new technology is often adopted just for the sake of being new. I think, in general, we should be a bit more skeptic about new technology, and in particular about its effects on society, and carefully consider the pros and cons. Of course in many cases the pros outweigh the cons, but not always.
Naturally, it’s also about getting older and more conservative. I no longer switch Linux distributions every other month, I’ve been quite happy with running Debian stable for many years now. I’m still fascinated by technology, and I especially like programming, however, I try to use it more thoughtfully in my daily life, and leave some time for other important things.
pump.saz.im and Pumpa development shutting down
I've decided to shut down my home server at the end of August (i.e., in about two months). This also means, unfortunately, that my pump.io server pump.saz.im will go down, thus ending my presence on pump.io. I know I could move to one of the public pump.io servers out there, but I'm also trying to consolidate my "social media" presence - and Mastodon seems to be winning out for me. You can find me on Mastodon as firstname.lastname@example.org. (I've also recently deleted my Twitter and Facebook accounts, of course for even better reasons...)
This decision also means that I'm no longer actively maintaining or developing Pumpa, the Qt-based pump.io client that I created. It doesn't make sense for me to work on something that I don't use anymore. If anyone is interested in continuing Pumpa development, I would definitely be open to transferring maintainership. Anyway, the source code will always be out there if anyone wants to use it. For a good and actively maintained pump.io desktop client, I recommend people instead use Dianara by @JanKusanagi.
It has been fun over here, and I still love the community. Perhaps we can link up again once the ActivityPub flows (or pumps) all around :-)Show all 5 replies
Any progress on pump.io - mastodon compatibility, i.e., ActivityPump support?
I'm asking because I'm looking to shut my server down at some point in the not too distant future. (It's a physical server in my living room, and the only thing it runs anymore is this pump.io instance.)
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My pump.io presence is unstable...
The server running my pump.io instance is probably on its last breath... my son rebooted it earlier today (he can't resist glowing buttons - and who can blame him?), and it took a few retries until it finally booted up again. I've seen this already for some time now, it just freezes in the bootup, and then starts working after a random number of retries. I have no idea what the problem is, and I don't have the time and energy to get to the bottom of it. It's an 8 year old Mac mini running Debian. I've already replaced the hard drive on it once.
So a heads up: if I suddenly disappear from the pumpiverse, I probably won't invest in another server I'm afraid. I might set up a new account on someone else's server, but I'm not sure. Anyway, I'm also @email@example.com on Mastodon, and hopefully it will federate with pump.io soon :-)Show all 12 replies
Going Luddite :-)
I turned off my Nextcloud some time ago. I plan my work in a paper notebook, and use an old fashioned paper calendar. My address book is just locally on my devices (of course backed up). I don't use email on my phone so that works out surprisingly well.
I use Syncthing for syncing a few files between my phone and laptop, which doesn't require a server. The only thing still running on my server is this pump.io instance. I'm afraid when my server dies (it's a pretty old computer) I won't be replacing it.
I guess I'm getting old and going Luddite :-)
New phone camera
I just got a phone with a better camera, without changing the phone :-) https://shop.fairphone.com/en/spare-parts/fairphone-2-camera-module
Mike Linksvayer likes this.still curious about the fairphone .. I do want to get a new phone and now I'm in Europe it ight even be possible to buy one of these .. but still have a few questions and would need to actually see it before buying.
(its not cheap so would need to make absolutely sure it can do what I want)
I've noticed theres a fairphone meetup in Munich that might be possible for me to get to..
maybe I should go?
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I've been attending the MyData 2017 conference (and involved in organising the academic part). This session today was pretty interesting: Building Blocks of the Decentralised World. Tomorrow I will attend this one Self Sovereign Identity.
McClane shared this.now that I'm in EU (AT) would love to find some interesting events to go to!
the laptop I'm travelling with only has 1GB ram - and that would no doubt be pretty common.
this laptop should be more than enough for browsing.. any site needing more without first asking the user whether its ok to load it is either ridiculously bloated and broken or downright malicious!
the latter is how it will seem to users whether or not it actually is that when they are left there unable to even move the mouse pointer for over a MINUTE.
Back on the balcony
We moved the boy into his own room (slept in our bedroom before). Cons: I no longer have my own home office aka man cave. Pros: I can now access the balcony in the evening, and have a beer/coffee/tea there. I'm currently enjoying the latter.
Vacation = cleaning
My vacation means cleaning and getting rid of stuff. Our 1yr old needs more space, so my man cave is slowly being converted into a kid's room. Unfortunately I really have a lot of stuff. Partly because of having lived a typical consumerist life style, and also because I inherited a lot of stuff from my dad (who basically never threw anything away). Yesterday we took 5 bags of clothes to recycling, today 100 books, a VCR player and a DVR to recycling, and there is still lots to do! (We have a great place that actually recycles stuff that is usable!)
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I'm on mastodon too
I'm @firstname.lastname@example.org on Mastodon if anyone is using that. For people on both networks, do you have any cross-posting solutions?
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What do people think about Hyperledger Indy "independent identity" project?. Looks interesting, and it seems I could become involved in a research project related to this later this year.
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“At least from my vantage point it seems to have a lot of momentum as several companies seem interested. It's just that fact that makes me a bit suspicious :-)”
Ha, i understand that coroporations supporting something like that it's doesn't look good, but who knows? :-)
sazius likes this.The technical challenges are probably very interesting to work on, but the real challenge in making it useful is the social and political challenges. The chicken-and-egg problem. There is no lack of people having tried to standardize identity.
The stated technical problems they aim to solve seem to be the right ones, and the zero-knowledge proof approach to asserting things about you without revealing everything about you makes me think of Dick Hardt's amazing Identity 2.0 talk from 11 years ago:
If I had the chance to work on this, I would take it.
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Finnish government coalition collapsed
Finnish government coalition collapsed due to the new far right leadership of the Finns party. This was the first time I've seen the conservatives being concerned with human rights. But better late than never...
Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) shared this.Show all 11 repliesAfter reading https://svenska.yle.fi/artikel/2017/06/13/ett-dygn-av-regeringskris-detta-har-hant I have to wonder, is Niinistö a super common Finnish name, or only a super common name among politicians? :-)
One President, one party chairman and one MP. Any relation? Would be interesting, as I think all three are in different parties.
Yes, a lot of people have commented on that :-) I guess it's a relatively common name, but at least Ville (Green party leader) is the nephew of Sauli (the president). The third one (Jussi, minister an MP of Finns party) isn't related to the others AFAIK :-)
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National Library of Finland
The National Library of Finland (in Helsinki) is unusually fancy for being in Finland. I had a meeting there today, and looked around a bit while I was there :-)
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I just discovered
M-x re-builderin Emacs. Makes life so much easier :-) It opens a small window where you can try your regular expression and shows the matches in your previous buffer above :-)
Pump.io social media icon?
Is there some "official" pump.io "social media icon" that one can use as a contact link like those "t" and "f" icons people use for popular proprietary social media sites?
Shell in Emacs?
In my quest to ultimately run everything from Emacs, I'm now playing with running shells inside Emacs. What do people use?
eshell? Unsurprisingly they all seem to have their respective advantages and disadvantages, and no single one is perfect.
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I've been crazy busy the last few weeks. Academic funding applications, preparing lectures, preparing a benchmark, etc. This was my first free evening in several weeks, where I didn't have to continue working after the kid went to bed... Well, what did I do on my first free evening, you might ask. Yes, I spent it messing with my Emacs configuration of course!Show all 5 replies
Email in Emacs
I seem to be in my yearly I-should-use-emacs-for-email phase again. (I know I'll be back with mutt pretty soon, though :-)
What do people use for email in Emacs these days? @cwebber: do you still use mu4e?
Christopher Allan Webber likes this.Show all 8 repliesI ran "grep -ri ^User-Agent . | cut -f 2 -d ' ' | cut -f 1 -d '/' | sort | uniq -c" on recent guix-devel messages and saw these MUAs with a defined user-agent. (Shockling guix is filled with emacs users)
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