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I've made an alternative frontend to Medium:

scribe.rip

If you, like me, are occasionally forced to read articles on medium.com, now you can read them on Scribe instead! Feedback welcome.

#OpenSource #crystallang

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was published 42 years ago today.

I have been using for more than 12 or 13 years. Sadly, this week I have decided to stop using it for good & the main reason is forcing us to use packages. I want to be in control of what runs as a snap package & what runs as a deb from a disto repo. Being in control is why I use . I moved to today and despite some minor difficulties during installation I have a happier & cleaner setup. I use (much faster than Snap) with Debian for proprietary apps like Zoom.

If you're used to centralised networks like Facebook, you may be wondering why Mastodon and the Fediverse are spread across thousands of sites. Why not just have a single site where people sign up?

There are many important reasons, but maybe the most important is this:

Networks on single sites tend to be bought by bad people when they get popular 😠

It happened to Instagram (bought by Facebook), it happened to Whatsapp (bought by Facebook), it happened to YouTube (bought by Google). It can happen to ANYTHING built entirely around one site.

No matter how much you trust the people who run a site, when someone offers them billions of dollars they may just take the money.

Decentralised networks, where there is no central site, are much more resistant to buyouts.

No one owns the global email network, thousands of indie players like @Tutanota and @protonmail are able to offer alternatives, and if one provider behaves badly you can switch to a different provider.

#FediTips #Fediverse

RT @EFF@twitter.com

Today, we join forces with our friends and allies around the world in calling for the immediate release of our friend, blogger, technologist and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah, from prison: eff.org/deeplinks/2021/09/eff- #FreeAlaa #SaveAlaa

Facebook-owned Whatsapp being down is a reminder that you and your friends should probably be using a more private, non-profit alternative like @Signalapp anyway (or another open-source app of your choice).

It's just as free, and takes like 30 seconds to switch.

#facebookdown

#WhatsApp is currently down. This is your regular reminder that centralized platforms are centralized: a single point of failure and control.

Help spread the word about open decentralized networks.

You can easily host your own services by installing @yunohost on a VPS or local machine.

RT @Baraka18@twitter.com: 600 Egyptian doctors dead since start of the pandemic: Egypt's Medical Syndicate t.co/7Fu5XeUiB1

The Framework laptop is the first laptop to ever score a 10/10 from Ifixit for repairability. But it's no thick-as-a-brick throwback the size of a 2005 Thinkpad - it's approximately the same dimensions as a MacBook.

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لمعرفة المزيد حول قضية @Alaa والطريقة التي يمكن تقديم المساعدة فيها:
eff.org/offline/alaa-abd-el-fa #freealaa

صديقنا @Alaa أمضى وقتاً طويلاً وراء القضبان، ومن دون أيّ اتّصال بالإنترنت. ومع ذلك، لا يزال الأمل يصدح في كتابات #FreeAlaa twitter.com/EFF/status/1438933

EFF stands with Egyptian technologist, blogger, and activist @Alaa, who remains in indefinite detention, denied access to due process by Egyptian authorities. Help raise awareness by sharing his story eff.org/offline/alaa-abd-el-fa #freealaa

RT @asoueif@twitter.com: Yesterday @alaa lost his cool & spoke desperate words. For the first time in TEN YEARS. Alaa is outspoken, sympathetic, a man of strong passions & convictions. It’s a measure of his broad vision, his reasonableness & his intelligence that it has taken so long to get him here.

RT @minathabet1@twitter.com: Alaa has been arbitrarily arrested and detained for prolonged periods over trumped-up charges since 2011. He spent most in prison under president , in extreme conditions. His family issued a statement warning that his life has become in danger: facebook.com/freealaa2013/post

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RT @minathabet1: Prominent activist and blogger @alaa@twitter.com
is facing a life-threatening situation as he admitted reaching a breaking point after continued harassment by national security officers in jail. He has been arbitrarily imprisoned for almost 2 years pending trial.

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RT @monasosh: جاءوا بعلاء فى حراسة مشددة، وكان المفروض التقى به فى القاعة وليس غرفة المداولة، لكنهم أدخلوه للغرفة، وبدأ علاء بالحديث عن وضعه فى السجن وحرمانه من كل حقوقه وقال (أنا فى وضع زفت، ومش هقدر أكمل كدا مشونى من السجن دا، أنا هنتحر، وبلغوا ليلى سويف تاخذ عزايا)

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RT @sharifkouddous: Alaa’s conditions continue to deteriorate. During his detention renewal he said “My situation is horrible and I won’t be able to continue like this. Get me out of this prison, I will kill myself” - he repeated the phrase several times acc. to Khaled Ali

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