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Johan Bové

Johan Bové

Three week vacation is coming up. Thinking of going offline for that long and reading books for a change. Got a whole stack "to read".

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The extraordinary heat wave in India and Pakistan, explained

Reading this put the World's problems in a different perspective...

Johan Bové

Reading the 134 pages of the bill, I understand the proposal to be a state-run "antivirus" program that must be installed on every digital device and server connected to the Internet, analyzing every text, image and video. If it finds something, you will be reported automatically to Interpol and the program will read the file and remove it from your device and any other server. Before you can use any device, you must identify yourself, no matter if it is a cell phone or a computer.

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Replaced Rainloop with Roundcube on my Yunohost server after reading about the severe security issue and the lack of patching from the maintainers.

Johan Bové

Johan Bové

Johan Bové

I'm doing this thing again where I am collecting more articles and books to read than actual doing any reading.

Johan Bové

Johan Bové

Johan Bové

Johan Bové

Just wanted to say it here today for everyone reading this: THANK YOU to everyone who is contributing or using anything related to the . You are all heroes and wonderful human beings in my eyes!

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Director’s Cut: Ted Nelson on Hypertext, Douglas Englebart, Xanadu and More - YouTube

Reading "Weaving The Web" by Tim Berners Lee on his history of creating the WWW and he mentions his encounter with Ted Nelson in 1992. Looked up the state of Xanadu and found this video of Ted. Wondering that his vision of how we can access and handle digital documents away from the "paper-plain" will some day become reality. Was wondering if Chris Aldrich would have written something about these ideas and just recently he did.

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I've set up Delta.Chat on Windows 10 and my Android phone (F-Droid) and got one person to test this with. Why did I not hear of this before? It's really cool how it extends the e-mail accounts we - probably- all already have. Reading more about the features it has here: https://delta.chat/en/user-voices

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The children's books "Elephant & Piggie" by Mo Willems are highly recommended. My three year old loves them. We got the full 25 issue box set for Christmas and have been reading one or two of them to him every night now.

Johan Bové

Johan Bové

Tired Of The Social Media Rat Race, Journalists Move To Writing Substack Newsletters

As a tech journalist for the website The Verge, Casey Newton established himself as something of a Silicon Valley institution. Known for a mix of original reporting and gimlet-eyed analysis, his writing has become essential reading for those who want to better understand the industry. internet, journalism, social media, syndicated

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My reasons to support the Gemini Internet Protocol

3 min read

Why do I believe Gemini is great for personal Internet presences? First of all, it's a real grass-roots initiative which I am very excited about.

If you're reading this, chances are high you are already using Gemini. But for history reasons and to share my opinions of Gemini I would like to offer you here some views of mine.

Collecting some of the strong-points of Gemini from my perspective of having some experience with Gopher and running personal websites.

Fast and lightweight

  • It's very easy on the system resources. So the protocol works really well on slower hardware without any problems. Hosting on a Raspberry Pi3 is easy-peasy.
  • Since there are no fancy design in Gemini capsules, it is really optimized for low bandwidth.
  • It should work really fine on a feature-phone, like for KaiOS. I don't believe there is a client yet for KaiOs at this time.
  • It's fairly easy to build clients and servers for the protocol.

Simple yet complete

  • The specifications provide enough functionality to do basically what you would expect to be able to do online.
  • Much lower learning curve compared to Gopher and HTML. You can start publishing Gemini pages within minutes.
  • Even-though the syntax is limited, it still gives enough playroom for creative expression.
  • Use of TLS certificates promises security and privacy.
  • It is more international than US-centric Gopher.
  • The procol supports the UTF-8 character set so any language can be used to publish sites in.
  • This should help make the protocol more popular in non-ascii wielding regions in the World.

Easy to publish

  • Content will be probably first of all stored in static text files which are future-proof and easy to maintain.
  • Many servers already available that require minimal technical skills.
  • Yes, you still need a server, but there are many collectives which you can join to facilitate this.

Focus

  • No popups, animations, videos, sound effects.
  • Focus on actual content instead of fluff and effects.
  • No advertisemens and commercial tracking.
  • No Facebook, Google or Twitter.

Accessible

  • Power of formatting goes into the clients or readers. Like in the good old days of the early Web, people are expected to style the content to their own liking.
  • It's pure text, has simple navigation rules, so should be great for people with disabilities.
  • No JavaScript so you really see what you get.

And on top of this, the young Gemini community is driven to make this a success!

I'm sold.

ps. I published this first in plain text on my Gemini capsule and now that I copy paste this into a HTML document I can really tell just how easy it is to publish on Gemini.

Johan Bové

Johan Bové