Keyoxide

2022-11-13 14:48:50 +0100

Recently this post about Keyoxide came up in my Mastodon timeline and of course made me curious. Turns out Keyoxide is a little like Keybase: based on GPG you can claim an identitiy and have to add a prove then. At first it might be a little confusing because in Keyoxide you cannot just sign up for profile but in fact it’s pretty straight forward and simple - I really like this approach!

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Snowflake

2022-10-21 14:38:25 +0200

Countries which heavily censor internet access usually have a non-democratic and oppressive government - and thus very likely no free press (s. currently Iran or Russia for example). Sometimes the only way to receive or post information about what is actually happening in those countries is by circumventing the censorship by using VPNs or tools like “Snowflake”.

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UnifiedPush and ntfy

2022-06-25 19:09:06 +0200

Running an Android phone without Google’s proprietary Play Services - which drain your phone’s battery like mad - comes with the downside of not being able to receive push notifications. As I’m running CalyxOS with microG enabled basically all apps from Play Store (via Aurora Store) still will receive push notifications. However, if I have the choice I always opt for installing apps via F-Droid and those apps have all proprietary code removed and thus the dependency on Play Services.

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Installation of Prosody XMPP server

2022-04-22 19:22:39 +0200

Choosing “the” right messenger is not an easy task as you (or at least I do) want to pick one with a good balance of usability on the one side and security/privacy on the other. And of course your friends and family need to agree on it as well - otherwise it’s a pretty lonesome experience… ;-)

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Installation of Jitsi Meet

2022-03-06 08:57:54 +0100

Once I took care of my Matrix-Synapse server I also wanted to upgrade the OS of my Jitsi Meet server - which of course would force me to re-install everything. Getting a basic Jitsi setup running is quite easy. However, each time I install it I’m struggling with the right sequence of steps and I’m trying to remember what I’m usually customizing. So I’m putting it down here now.

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