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A nice little video with an important reminder about tracking and privacy on the internet, in relation to "Big Tech".

Plus it has cats in it! 😺

For more information 👉 banspying.org

(Disclaimer: This video is by Consumers’ Association of Iceland but done in collaboration with my employer [Vivaldi Technologies])

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Hello, I'm a 🇬🇧, living in 🇳🇴. I write here almost exclusively in English but may occasionally reply to others in Norwegian.

I like minimalist cycles. I commute primarily by unicycle, penny farthing, (non-motorised) scooter (a.k.a. footbike) and "Halfbike™".

I also like minimalist tech: non-smartphones, old school digital watches, Slackware, Gemini/Gopher.

Professionally, I work for the as QA lead and release manager for the desktop (Win/Mac/Lin) version.

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There was recently an article about me and my cycling in a local newspaper. The link is paywalled but perhaps a couple of the Norwegian who follow me can access if they happen to subscribe. I did extract out a couple of the images from the post. Shh… do not tell anyone! 😆

@mastobikes

ao.no/ruari-kan-ikke-fa-nok-av

A nice little video with an important reminder about tracking and privacy on the internet, in relation to "Big Tech".

Plus it has cats in it! 😺

For more information 👉 banspying.org

(Disclaimer: This video is by Consumers’ Association of Iceland but done in collaboration with my employer [Vivaldi Technologies])

I think from now on, rather than the sensible names I have given to unlabelled sections in the past, I will make some reference to unicycling. Just… because… 😉

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There is also a section near me called something like "U2 ARE SHIT" 😆

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Pepsi Max, Coca cola!? Who is naming these sections and why these?

From my unicycle route last evening:
strava.com/activities/71656503

Trying out the privacy focussed search engine Kagi. Anyone else tried it or using it. So far I am pretty impressed.

P.S. It is a closed beta right now and they are intending this to be a paid for search engine.

@mastohost Cheers for all you do for us, it's greatly appreciated. Do what you feel you need to do for you!

Since we've been talking in this space about the Twitter/Musk deal today, I wanted to flag an interesting development on that front for you.

First, credit where it's due: I wouldn't have heard about this if it wasn't for the very good Opening Arguments podcast. If you're a layperson with any interest in the law at all, you should be listening to Opening Arguments. openargs.com/

So... (🧵​)

So why is Elon Musk suddenly sounding like he doesn't want to buy Twitter anymore, you ask?

Two reasons.

1) As we've discussed before, Musk's money for the deal wasn't coming out of his pocket; it was coming from the value of shares he owned in Tesla.

2) Tesla's most recent stock price high was on April 4, when a share was worth $1,145. That was the exact day Musk announced he had bought 9.2% of Twitter, making his play for the company public.

Since then the value of Tesla stock has dropped steadily, down to around $758 today. It's lost more than a third of its value.

Dear journalists. In spite of how the word looks #web3 is not "the future of the web".

@tomasino For anyone else who happens to read this thread, here are the cat stars with their credits

A link to the page about this campaign on Consumers’ Association of Iceland website (in Icelandic)

ns.is/kettir/

You can also find them on the bird site @Neytendasamtok@twitter.com

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A nice little video with an important reminder about tracking and privacy on the internet, in relation to "Big Tech".

Plus it has cats in it! 😺

For more information 👉 banspying.org

(Disclaimer: This video is by Consumers’ Association of Iceland but done in collaboration with my employer [Vivaldi Technologies])

You can create your own Mastodon server even without technical knowledge 🐘

There are companies that provide Managed Hosting, where you pay a monthly fee and they do all the technical stuff including hosting, installation and updates.

You own and run the server, they do the tech stuff behind the scenes.

The best managed hosting companies for Mastodon are probably masto.host and federation.spacebear.ee

It's not just Mastodon either, there are lots of Fediverse platforms and other online services available through managed hosting. Try visiting growyourown.services for more options (or follow them at @homegrown).

#MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon #Fediverse #ManagedHosting

Short rant about misconception of Mastodon 

I read an article where the writer is repeatedly uneasy about how conversations on Mastodon are devoid of politics, ”as if the outside world doesn’t exist.” The idea being that the birdsite is more connected to reality?

It’s frustrating to me that anyone would portray algorithm-boosted rage as representative of the world stage, and real, human conversation as non-representative of the human condition and human desire.

The world is upside-down.

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