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


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


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


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

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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


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


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


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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How to Install Docker on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Beginners Guide)

Date Published: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:00:26 +0200

Ever had that issue with some dependencies clashing with others, or missing dependencies either stopping an installation or an application from running properly? Upgrades for applications also can run into similar issues. More and more excellent self-contained options are appearing, but Docker has been around a while and there are numerous images ready for instant use as well as easy updating. This is the simplest guide I've seen so far, and I hope it has some future editions being published. For too long I avoided Docker because I just did not bother to understand it.

Containers contain everything an app, tool or service needs to run, including all libraries, dependencies, and configuration files. Containers are also isolated from each other (and the underlying host system), but can communicate through pre-defined channels.

See How to Install Docker on Ubuntu 20.04 (Beginners Guide)

#technology #linux #opensource #Docker


This guide shows you how to install Docker on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (and above). We keep things simple, teaching you the process step-by-step.

Lemmy is similar to sites like Reddit,, or Hacker News but it's open source, it's federated with the Fediverse, and zero lock in

Date Published: Wed, 20 Jan 2021 21:55:30 +0200

You subscribe to communities you're interested in, post links and discussions, then vote and comment on them. Lemmy isn't just a reddit alternative; its a network of interconnected communities ran by different people and organizations, all combining to create a single, personalized front page of your favorite news, articles, and memes.

Each server can set its own moderation policy, to help foster a healthy environment where all can feel comfortable contributing.

With Lemmy, you can easily host your own server, and all these servers are federated (think email), and connected to the same universe, called the Fediverse. For a link aggregator, this means that someone registered on one server can subscribe to communities elsewhere, and can have discussions with people on a completely different server.

Lemmy is free, open-source software, meaning no advertising, monetizing, or venture capital, ever.

See Lemmy - A link aggregator for the fediverse

#technology #opensource #fediverse #alternativeto #reddit


Lemmy is similar to sites like Reddit,, or Hacker News: you subscribe to communities you're interested in, post links and discussions, then vote and comment on them. Lemmy isn't just a reddit alternative; its a network of interconnected communities ran by different people and organizations, all combining to create a single, personalized...

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