You're Doing it Wrong: Interesting tips, especially for shorter motorcycle riders, to break bad habits you did not know you had

Date Published: Mon, 21 Jun 2021 19:06:29 +0200

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You're Doing it Wrong: Parking, Mounting & Dismounting (Bike Basics Ep.1)In the first episode of my new series, Bike Basics 101, I teach you my time tested m...

Check who is sending you SMS spam in South Africa if they're registered with WASPA

Date Published: Mon, 21 Jun 2021 14:02:42 +0200

The Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association of South Africa (WASPA) has launched an online platform that lets you type in the number an automated SMS message originated from and find out who sent it.

Called the Codes Project, the platform is intended to help consumers identify the sender of unwanted SMS messages.

WASPA managing executive Ilonka Badenhorst said that unsolicited direct marketing messages may create frustration for the recipient, especially if they are unable to identify the originator of the message.

See Check who is sending you SMS spam in South Africa

#technology #southafrica #spam #SMS #marketing

The Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association of South Africa has launched an online platform that lets you find out who sent an automated SMS message.

Project Liberty – the plan to replace Facebook by using blockchain to construct a new internet infrastructure called the Decentralized Social Networking Protocol

Date Published: Mon, 21 Jun 2021 11:20:45 +0200

Project Liberty would use blockchain to construct a new internet infrastructure called the Decentralized Social Networking Protocol. With cryptocurrencies, blockchain stores information about the tokens in everyone’s digital wallets; the DSNP would do the same for social connections. Facebook owns the data about the social connections between its users, giving it an enormous advantage over competitors. If all social media companies drew from a common social graph, the theory goes, they’d have to compete by offering better services, and the chance of any single company becoming so dominant would plummet.

We have numerous open social media protocols (eg. ActivityPub, XMPP) already, but none have really risen to the top as the go-to alternative that everyone was going to adopt. Maybe throwing real money as a new protocol could help, with the remainder of the money being the incentive for existing networks to adopt it. Facebook won't as it did use open protocols before and then removed them. But if the impetus for this is enough, and enough other networks adopt it, then maybe the "critical mass" on Facebook will switch to one of the alternative networks. We've certainly seen with Friendica, Diaspora, Hubzilla, etc that you can have two or more protocols running and keeping different networks seamlessly connected. So this is fully possible. It just needs to be an open standard, not controlled by any single company or entity.

See Project Liberty – the plan to replace Facebook

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Billionaire is pouring $100 million into an attempt to rebuild the foundations of social media.

How to Browse with The Onion Router (Tor) browser to Protect Your Privacy Online

Date Published: Sun, 20 Jun 2021 21:13:27 +0200

If you are concerned about privacy and want one of the most well-protected browsers available, then you should try the Tor Browser. It is free and open source software that enables anonymous internet communication.

Sure it may a reputation within the cybersecurity world as the dark web browser of choice. But don’t discredit this powerful privacy tool just because a few bad apples use it from time to time. Despite its darker users, Tor offers an unparalleled level of anonymity that can aid anyone in protecting their privacy. At its heart, Tor’s intended to protect the personal privacy of its users, as well as their freedom to conduct confidential communication.

Reasons for using Tor: Perhaps you end up with an embarrassing medical condition, and you want to search for information about it, but you don’t want Google and every advertiser to know about your bodily functions; for anyone who wants to keep their internet activities out of the hands of advertisers, ISPs, and websites. Journalists, for example, use Tor to protect the identities of their sources. Citizens who live in countries where internet access is heavily restricted use Tor to bypass those restrictions. Victims of violent crimes might turn to Tor to engage in confidential discussions with a support group.

Last, but not least, Tor can also protect your data from hackers on your network.

See How to Browse with Tor to Protect Your Privacy Online

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If you are concerned about privacy and want one of the most well-protected browsers available, then you should try the Tor browser.

Best Straight Razor for Beginners and Pros

Date Published: Sun, 20 Jun 2021 15:55:13 +0200

Straight razors are also often referred to as straight edge razor, cutthroat, barber, cut-throat, cut throat, open, open-blade, straight edge, straight blade and straight-edge razor -or as Shakespeare put it: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet“.

With the many straight razors on the market all claiming to be the top pick of the century or the best straight razor for beginners, it is a daunting process to choose the straight razor most likely to provide you with the best result. We all want the best for ourselves which is only natural.

However, finding the perfect straight razor is not always an easy process. The fact that there are several brands, makes and models of the straight razor in the market do not make the decision-making process any easier.

Personally I think you can learn better with a proper straight razor vs a shavette as I found the shavette was not as forgiving (maybe that's just me). Startup costs for a straight razor will be more, and you can delay getting the honing stone for a year, but costs after that get very cheap as you're not replacing and disposing of blades at all. Allow a good 15 to 20 shaves to get the hang of stropping as the initial muscle memory takes a while to get just right.

See 10 Best Straight Razors for Beginners & Pros (Review & Buyers Guide)

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Finding the best straight razor depends on your preference and experience. Our guide tells you what you need to know before you buy and where to get good deals.

Mechanical keyboard modifications: Everything you need to know because these keyboards cost more and should last you a long time

Date Published: Sat, 19 Jun 2021 10:51:37 +0200

Mechanical keyboards are not just reliable, but are often more customizable when compared to regular keyboards. With some modifications, you can improve the performance and overall experience of your mechanical keyboard. In most cases, this is also more cost-effective than spending money on a brand new keyboard. As a bonus, it’s fun, especially if you are someone like me who loves to tinker around with tech.

If you own a mechanical keyboard and are interested in taking things to the next level, then modding is the way to go.

Here are some of your options at Mechanical keyboard modifications: Keycaps, stabilizers and more

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Want to take your keyboard experience to the next level? Read on for some simple and not-so-simple mechanical keyboard modifications.

Open standard but not open access: Schematron (a popular XML standard) author complains about ISO paywall

Date Published: Sat, 19 Jun 2021 10:26:34 +0200

Schematron is a language for validating XML, designed for processing XML documents and reporting on errors. Version 1.0 was developed in 1999, since when it has been enhanced and standardised, with the latest version being ISO/IEC 19757-3:2020. This replaced the 2016 version: ISO/IEC 19757-3:2016.
Last month Jelliffe, who is no longer directly involved in editing the standard, posted to "note with extreme displeasure that ISO/IEC has recently reneged on its policy of making available free PDFs for standards that were brought into ISO from the outside: they want you to buy it.

"In the case of the 2020 edition, which is some corrections and additional annexes only to the freely available 2016 edition, it is ridiculous bastardry on ISO's part."

Jelliffe said that "the core library technologies are almost entirely implemented or maintained by private individuals as open source projects (such as David Maus' SchXslt): these small or not-for-profit developers should not have to abruptly fork out $175 for the 2020 edition, which differs only in a few pages from the freely available 2016 edition."

My comment is I'd really hope that open standards that we want universally adopted, should be freely available, at least to open source developers whose projects are usually not commercial by nature.

See Open standard but not open access: Schematron author complains about ISO paywall

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'This is shooting Schematron in the heart ... its heart is individual open source developers'

LibrePhotos - a self-hosted open source alternative to Google Photos

Date Published: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 16:02:47 +0200

OK this is not as feature-rich as Piwigo but for those who want something easy to use with facial recognition, support for RAW photos, support for videos, automatic generation of events albums, seeing photos on a map, detection of objects, custom albums, and easy sharing options to friends and family, this may be well all that is needed.

It has an easy Docker install option too, and there is a demo to try out on their page below. If you want more then consider Piwigo which auto-imports from Flickr even.

See LibrePhotos/librephotos

#technology #opensource #alternativeto #googlephotos

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A self-hosted open source photo management service. - LibrePhotos/librephotos

Ex-Brave Browser staffer (not relevant to story) taking aim at the Real-Time Bidding practices of IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) TechLab which governs global online advertising industry

Date Published: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 16:00:56 +0200

Former Brave chief policy officer Johnny Ryan is continuing his crusade against the online advertising industry by filing a lawsuit against Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and US telco AT&T in Germany.
RTB is the process that matches adverts with viewers advertisers want to reach. As a technological innovation for Big Tech companies to make money from advertisers, it has far surpassed anything anyone else has devised for microtargeting ads at consumers.

A machine-translated version of the ICCL's complaint to the Hamburg Landsgericht, a court of first instance, can be read on its website as a PDF. It calls for a €250,000 fine – or a prison sentence of two years.

This lawsuit will certainly open up more information about how all this matching goes on, and how various Big Tech companies like Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, AT&T and Google make use of it. Yes potentially it could affect job prospects, careers, pricing, etc but as of yet we have not seen evidence about that.

See Ex-Brave staffer launches GDPR sueball in Germany over tech giants' real-time bidding for ad inventory

#technology #privacy #advertising #GDPR #bigtech #EU

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Privacy browser's former chief policy officer calls web advertising ecosystem 'the Biggest. Data. Breach. Ever'

In Argentina, cheap government-issued Linux netbooks sparked a musical renaissance and helped close the digital divide - Working-class teens turned junked machines into musical instruments

Date Published: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 14:16:55 +0200

When he first opened his Conectar Igualdad netbook in 2014, the 10-inch black screen reflected Mateo Palacios Corazzina’s face back at him: a 12-year-old-boy from La Boca, one of Buenos Aires’ historic slums, about to turn on his first computer. What neither he — nor those who had handed out the device — knew, was that a new era of Argentine music was about to be launched by that 1GB RAM machine. Using his netbook as a makeshift studio, Mateo became the star that millions today know as Trueno, one of the fastest rising stars in Latin American rap.

In the mid-2010s, dozens of kids discovered that by getting these very basic devices, they were suddenly able to harness the power of the internet, music, and their own freestyle skills. Present-day stars like Neo Pistea (Sebastián Chinellato) and L-Gante (Elian Valenzuela) also had their netbooks to thank as their key to the door out of marginalization and into Latin American stardom.

Looking at the specs of the Classmate PC on their Wikipedia page the 1 GB RAM model was specced only for Mandriva Linux. In Argentina, they developed their own local Linux distro called Rxart. But it goes to show what can be done with really affordable hardware, open source software and the ingenuity and creativity of the youth. It's an effective way of spreading limited government funding as widely as possible to tackle the digital divide and give the youth a leg up on launching careers and giving them better access to free education.

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Working-class teens turned junked machines into musical instruments.

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