Quicksy can help you find your contacts on XMPP as XMPP does not require any personal data to register so there are no alerts of contacts joining

Date Published: Mon, 25 Jan 2021 13:29:57 +0200

The only downside (for many) to using super secure messengers is that they do not require any e-mail address or phone number to register, so the net result often is you have no idea if some of your contacts join later, and they won't see you either.

For XMPP Quicksy allows you to create a separate account on their service with your phone number (if you wish to) and in this way you can be alerted if any contacts join via the Quicksy service. This account is completely separate from your day-to-day XMPP account (or you could use it for day-to-day if you wanted to make your phone number known).

It is a fully functional fork of the Conversations app for Android. They explain the privacy policy and data storage policy at the link below. For normal XMPP usage though with existing contacts you have, there is no need to ever advertise your phone number or e-mail address. This is really ONLY intended for those who want to be found by their contacts, and I'd still recommend that you have, and use, a separate XMPP account for your daily usage. Of course if your contacts don't know about Quicksy, or don't use it, you still won't know they are out there on XMPP. If you know your contacts' XMPP ID's there is also no need to use Quicksy at all.

See Quicksy

#technology #opensource #XMPP #securemessenger #quicksy

A spin-off of the popular Jabber/XMPP client Conversations with automatic contact discovery. Sign up with your phone number and Quicksy will automatically—based on the phone numbers in your address book—suggest possible contacts to you.

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Africa may have no Mastodon instances (I could not believe this) but it does have a decentralised Lemmy (Reddit clone) instance to foster social dialogue across African nations

Date Published: Sun, 24 Jan 2021 19:42:14 +0200

Baraza is a digital public square as imagined in Bantu philosophy. Share and discuss news, resources, howtos, ask questions, or anything you like. While not required, posts related to Africa would be appreciated.

The site looks like it is physically hosted in Germany in the EU which is probably a good thing, but it's focus is on things African and will appeal to Africans. Lemmy is unfortunately not federated with the Fediverse but it federates with decentralised Lemmy nodes. So I was able to post a post on a community at Baraza that related to an African theme, from a different node.

It is not only great that Africa has a social media focal point, but that it is also for all African countries, so it keeps perspective and context instead of only being dominated by one country. Africa has many languages and cultures, often existing within each country. Establishing social dialogue across all African countries is of immeasurable value to all citizens.

See Baraza

#technology #decentralisation #reddit #alternativeto #Africa

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Lemmy

India is a massive market, and now it will search on its self-made search Engine called QMAMU

Date Published: Sun, 24 Jan 2021 18:54:39 +0200

The first private Search Engine has been developed in India and ready to be launched on Indian Republic day, 26th January 2021.

Some advance featured in a search engine is also added, the engine has morphological analysis, it can accept Indian language besides English. Once the user types for search, various forms of the same keywords are listed. The search engine is user-friendly and portable for Windows and Linux operating systems.

How well it will work we'll only be able to tell after a few months of use. But it is really high time that countries started to assert their own identity and presence on the Internet as too many services have been totally US dominated and do not reflect the cultures and languages of 150+ other countries. Hopefully it is the start of a decentralisation and localisation of many services whilst retaining the connectivity between all of them.

See Now India will search on its self made search Engine! - IssueWire

#technology #india #qmamu #search #degoogle

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India’s first private Search Engine “QMAMU”, is ready to be launched on Indian Republic day.

Web Annotation with Hypothesis allows you to highlight text or leave notes on any web page to enable a conversation over the world’s knowledge

Date Published: Sun, 24 Jan 2021 14:01:27 +0200

Hypothesis is a new effort to implement an old idea: A conversation layer over the entire web that works everywhere, without needing implementation by any underlying site.

Using annotation, this enables sentence-level note taking or critique on top of classroom reading, news, blogs, scientific articles, books, terms of service, ballot initiatives, legislation and more. Everything built is guided by Hypothesis' principles, in particular that it be free, open, neutral, and lasting to name a few.

The group feature is great for groups of students or researchers working together. Features include highlighting text, annotating specific text, or leaving page notes which are not anchored to any text. I see there are some independent mobile apps available too.

There is a good video explanation of what you can do at Introduction to Web Annotation with Hypothesis

#technology #opensource #annotate #knowledge #hypothesis

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In this video, you will learn the types of annotations you can create with Hypothesis, how to sign up, and how to create groups to annotate with your student...

With Websites and Pages disappearing more often it is more important than ever to install the Wayback Machine Web Browser Extension for Chrome and Firefox

Date Published: Sat, 23 Jan 2021 21:20:54 +0200

People disappear and along with them their website hosting, or websites get taken down, etc. An excellent solution to at least finding the pages again is with the Wayback Machine Web Browser Extension installed.

If a page is not found the extension will prompt whether you want it loaded from the archive. You can also use the extension to quickly save any page you are viewing to the archive to have it preserved. I even have Wayback Machine's 404 handler on my website where a search page is not found, to offer to check the Wayback Machine Archives.

By opening the Archive you can also browse back time to see how a page changed from the past and the extension will also quickly search Twitter for any mentions of a page.

See internetarchive/wayback-machine-webextension

#technology #opensource #archiving #preservation #404error

A web browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari 14. - internetarchive/wayback-machine-webextension

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Retro Tech: Pocket Computers from the 1980s

Date Published: Sat, 23 Jan 2021 13:27:48 +0200

This brings back memories! I had the PalmPilot and the Psion 5 back then, and after that a HP41CV which was not shown here maybe because of the form factor, but it has alphanumeric and was fully programmable complete with tape strip storage and a printer.

One forgets now that back then that cassette tape was the standard for storage, and I remember my Sinclair ZX81 used cassette tapes too. Glad he mentioned the Tandy brand as yes elsewhere we had the Sharp and a good friend of mine used one of those for his engineering studies in the mid-1980's.

The late 1980's was really the advent of proper pocket organisers and 'computers' that all synced via cradles or docking stations to your desktop computer.

Watch Pocket Computers from the 1980s

#technology #retrotech #1980s #vintage

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OpenBoard is a privacy respecting open source alternative keyboard to Google's Gboard and Microsoft's SwiftKey for Android

Date Published: Sat, 23 Jan 2021 10:18:06 +0200

I've only been using this keyboard for a day but so far it's been fully usable for me. It does not have swipe yet but that was not something I'm using.

Yes at the end of the day a lot of what you do on your phone is via the keyboard, so it is good to know this is all pure open source. Strictly speaking you anyway do not want to be typing passwords in and should be using an open source password manager like Bitwarden.

Good to see also the app is available directly from F-Droid or the Google Play Store and there is no dependency on any Google binaries.

See dslul/openboard

#technology #opensource #alternativeto #privacy #keyboards

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100% FOSS keyboard, based on AOSP. Contribute to dslul/openboard development by creating an account on GitHub.

Google Duo and Messages might stop working on uncertified phones soon - Which is why 3rd party Signal, XMPP, Telegram is way better

Date Published: Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:01:47 +0200

It's becoming quite a problem now with WhatsApp already discontinuing support for older phones, Google getting ready to enforce its rule around "uncertified phones", and Apple limiting iMessage only to Apple devices. Certainly looks like it is better to just adopt something that works across all devices no matter what age.

Signal, XMPP, Telegram (secret chats) and others all work across everything and with full end-to-end encryption. Even XMPP that has been around for many many years has got OpenPGP, OMEMO or OTR chat capabilities. When did you last year of any government blocking XMPP chat?

It's really time consumers put their choices towards services that support all users broadly.

See ^Google Duo and Messages might stop working on uncertified phones soon

#technology #google #bigtech #messengers

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Duo and Google Messages are among the best communication apps Google has ever released, so it's no surprise that they're incredibly popular even among

A free listing of popular Telegram Channels, Groups, and Profiles for South Africans

Date Published: Fri, 22 Jan 2021 11:43:43 +0200

Some of the most popular features of Telegram are the Channels, Groups, and Bots – these let you chat with multiple people, receive news updates, and integrate with other services. This resource allows you to browse by category or search for channels, groups or bots which have a specific relevance for South Africans.

See Southern African Telegram Groups, Channels, and Bots

#technology #southafrica #telegram

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The SA Telegram Groups website lists popular Telegram Channels, Groups, and Bots relevant to Southern Africa.

6 reasons the decentralised Fediverse is better than regular centralised social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc

Date Published: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:19:34 +0200

Social media sucks. Platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are designed to turn your precious free time into money. What we see as a nice way to stay in touch with our friends, in reality are just many hits of dopamine stimulating precise spots in your brain, leading to you spending more time on the platform consuming ads.

But what if I told you that there is a huge ad-free social network out there, not governed by a central authority, full of great people and completely free to use? This place is called the Fediverse. Well, it's not really a place, it's many places.

See the 6 reasons and a good short overview of what the Fediverse is about at 6 reasons the Fediverse is better than regular social media

#technology #opensource #fediverse #alternativeto #privacy

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