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Johan Bové

Johan Bové

First reaction to Zoom buying Keybase

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At first, the Keybase acquisition by Zoom comes as a shock to me and I actually immediately thought of deleting my account. But I have invested quite some time and effort in the account and the platform. I use it as my main encryption and signing tool and I've got a decent network and some Stellar Lumens in my account which I'm not sure where to transfer to at the moment. I get it how the people behind , who are actually really cool, want to finish their "incredible journey" with some honestly hard-earned money; and on top of all the current features Keybase offers, video chat makes a lot of sense if they want to compete with MS Teams and Slack. But the whole thing still feels like a sell-out and it is totally unclear what will happen to the current user base. Is Zoom going to charge us for our accounts now? It would have been cooler if Keybase has aquired Zoom instead. Worried about the future of Keybase, so I will be looking for an alternative tool in the next days. Not going to delete my account, just yet.

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Was feeling super nervous and on-the-edge earlier this evening. A cup of chamomile tea later I am feeling again more relaxed.

Johan Bové

Johan Bové

Enjoying recording my music to and listening to the music on my Sony MZ-R500 from 2001. The original iPod was released in 2003. Who is still listening to music on their first iPod devices today?

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Two days to go and we may know what plans will be made for the Kitas to reopen in some number of weeks. These uncertainties really are troublesome.


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Today our eight week of us being stuck at home begins.

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I'm enjoying listening to music on my re-discovered players. Pop in the disc, press play and listen to about 150 minutes of your own music in clear digital quality.

And it all works offline and no need for recurring subscriptions and disappearing tracks, when the streaming site decides to no renew their licenses.

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Earth Day: The Official Site | Earth Day Network https://www.earthday.org

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Online auctions as a spectator sport

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Discovered an exciting new online spectator-sport: following Ebay auctions for rare(ish), yet popular devices.

The last auction I followed for a Sony MZ-RH1 player was a real nail-biter. Within the duration of the final 60 seconds four bidders competed with each other, with the bid going up from €188 to €289.

The winning bid went to someone who made a bid only 4 times for this item and only followed a single auction in the last period. They won against someone who, looking at their bidding history, is going through some effort finding the rare gem.

ps. I am not going to make this a regular report - just thought this last auction was particular and I was personally glad the winning bid was just a little bit more than what I offered for a similar device just last week.