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It should work yes, but their won’t be any follow button once the person arrives at the Lemmy profile. That said if you go to https://nerdica.net/profile/liwott, you see see lost of “posts” so maybe following @liwott@nerdica.net may show those posts elsewhere?


Their goal is to encourage the adoption of the fediverse by providing an extensive guide and lists of resources for the community. It uses the hashtags found on your profile to establish what your interests are. All you have to do is to add a supplied hasthtag #fedi22 to your profile, and then add t…

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After so many years of the Internet being in place, the many Chinese and other languages should also be just as present. I think the issue is maybe that English speakers do English searches in Google (or similar) which return English results mostly. If a searcher lived say in the Far East and did a search in Korean or Chinese, I’ll bet the results look different to what an English searcher sees.

That said, I’m also not too sure how well Google is optimised for returning non-English results. Do French or Italian speakers find search engines up to par for their languages?


Well not “problematic” as it actually works great, and I’ve never had to touch it. But yes, I’m not sure all the mobile app clients have implemented this option, which is why I mainly use the desktop browser. Having such a “watchlist” is essential for me for monitoring topics of interest. I prefer to follow topics, than profiles.


I have a couple of hashtags pinned in a column (desktop browser), so can see any of those topics as they are posted. For me this is actually better than Twitter has?



I’ve been using self-hosted Piwigo for years now. You can backup photos to it, and perform many other of the Google Photo functions on it too.


Yes I forgot I already post to a Matrix room using RSS, and to Twitter I’m using Integromat as I’m only using the Title, link and hashtags whereas my RSS feed is a full length post.


I have to post manually to about 8 and then that replicates to the others. I keep this diagram updated to keep track of what is being used where, as it changes. But I am actually active daily on 80% of these social networks, so it’s not just blasting out on its own.


RSS is popular as it is one feed that can be used across numerous networks to make a post if auto-post from RSS is an option. With most plugins, it means adding an extra plugin for every network you post to externally.


Pleasure - no not on Wikipedia as that would be pretty global ;-) Very likely here as I do post a bit, but also on about 14 other social networks.



You don’t think that their comparison matric table with some other products shown on their website, is sort of leaning towards the pro’s? That to me did sort of highlight their pro’s vs what the other producst don’t do?


They do say it is early days still and not fully dependable V1.0. So there is work in progress, and they still want to have an independent security audit done. I think they are pretty open and forthcoming about what is not yet done. They were quite clear to state the product is not ready yet for the Ukraine war for example, and state people should not consider it for that use.

Certainly in principle one does not want to build on unmaintained code (different from code that has not requited an update for any good reason for a while).

So it is really a proof of concept now that is usable, but not yet declared finished as far as the security side goes (implying some of those loose ends mentioned). I gather from that we should not yet be judging it as a finished or production ready product.



It installs but for some odd reason I don’t see any family or friends, so have not tested messsaging yet…


That’s good to hear. As always with P2P networks though you have to know some people to get connected as otherwise you have a messenger with zero contacts. And that is always the part of the more difficult onboarding for P2P.




It’s not just ads, but also trackers. Idea is to filter all devices across the house. So far about 20% of all my devices’ DNS queries are blocked ads and trackers (that’s on Linux, Android, iOS, etc). I notice as soon as I hit a news site, things go sky high on the blocking.

But remember, a VPN is not going to filter out DNS ads and trackers - it just routes to a remote point and drops you out there. But yes this is a transparent on-site solution where we spend 98% of our time. Out and about is not covered by this.


Well maybe but that product only covers Windows and Linux desktops so my Macbook, phone, TV, and other devices are not covered. By doing this upstream on my router I have the whole house’s devices covered by one product that I can manage globally. AdGuard is not a VPN product though, for that I have a product which I can enable per device or also on my router for the whole house.


Both AdGuard Home and Pi-hole are free and open source, and both do pretty well much the same as far as functionality goes. They can also both be installed natively or as a docker container image, and will run on Raspberry Pi’s or larger hardware. …

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So my Manjaro KDE rolling distro has been running for just under 5 years now, just continuously updating. Looking at that date, I see it was a public holiday and a long weekend, so I probably had my migration to Manjaro Linux penned in as a project to do. The linked post explains a few ways to try t…

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Using SSH profiles can help you in cases where you regularly connect to various servers (especially if you’ve added custom SSH ports to the mix too). No need to remember the IP address and other such details for SSH connection. …

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The plugin implements the ActivityPub protocol for your blog. Your readers will be able to follow your blogposts on Mastodon and other federated platforms that support ActivityPub. …

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Life360, a popular family safety app used by 33 million people worldwide, has been marketed as a great way for parents to track their children’s movements using their cellphones. The Markup has learned, however, that the app is selling data on kids’ and families’ whereabouts to approximately a dozen…

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As alert folks of a cross-platform inclination will have noticed, Paragon’s NTFS driver was accepted into the Linux kernel, and was released as part of 5.15. This has had a consequence they probably didn’t consider, though: you can now boot Linux from an NTFS partition. …

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ToF is a measurement technique that relies on reflected light to quickly determine the distance of objects. ToF sensors are used in LIDAR (light detection and ranging) systems and in other applications that utilize SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) algorithms, all of which involve the ana…

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Spyware maker NSO Group cannot use its government clients to shield itself from litigation, a US appeals court ruled on Monday, a decision that allows WhatsApp’s lawsuit against the Israel-based firm to resume. …

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SimpleHTTPServer is a python module which allows you to instantly create a web server or serve your files in a snap. The main advantage of python’s SimpleHTTPServer is you don’t need to install anything since you have python interpreter installed. You don’t have to worry about python interpreter bec…

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Drupal CMS now has an ActivityPub Protocol module for its websites - It's like a 'Facebook Follow' for the Fediverse

This module Implements the ActivityPub protocol for your site. Readers will be able to follow content on Mastodon and other federated platforms that support ActivityPub. Responses are possible too (Reply, Like, Announce) with more to come. …

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Designated Judge for the Interception of Communications has revealed that there is no way to verify whether the applications they receive from law enforcement are truthful or not

According to Nkabinde, there are now several cases in the public record where law enforcement officers lied to get interception orders against targets such as journalists and prominent businesspeople. “Undisputed evidence was before Court that in certain instances the agencies can obtain fictional i…

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Why I'm interested in BTRFS filesystem instead of ext4 on Linux

According to the lead author the calling it Butter-FS originated because it comes from CoW which stands for copy-on-write, but many call it Better-FS, and it actually stands for B-tree file system. It’s been around since 2007, so is relatively new versus other file systems, but the feeling seems to …

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Facebook has had a string of disasters around trust with user privacy (just think of Cambridge Analytica and WhatsApp metadata). Their philosophy has been shown to be: Cross the line as quietly as you can, and if caught, apologise, and do it later in a better way. Mark Zuckerberg has publicly made p…

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This guide explains what is KDE Connect and its features, how to install KDE connect in various Linux platforms and Android and finally how to sync Android phone with Linux desktop using KDE connect in order to access files and notifications from Android devices to Linux and vice versa. …

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Having spent two days exploring the wonderful features of the BTRFS file system (copy-on-write, fast auto snapshots, rollbacks, RAID across different sized drives, etc) and having converted my /home partition to BTRFS, I was exploring possibly doing my / boot partition too, but I see so many people …

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This application used to be called PulseEffects but it was renamed to EasyEffects after we started to use GTK4 and replaced GStreamer by native PipeWire filters. …

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Today, August 25, is the day most open-source folk bust out the bunting to celebrate the famous kernel’s formal founding. It was on this day 30 years ago that a fresh-faced Fin named Linus Torvalds sat down to type out a small announcement and share it with the Minix newsgroup. …

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The point is so many open source alternatives already exist to Facebook and WhatsApp, all of which can be locally hosted and can federate where required. Local rules can also be set and managed for these networks, and they can be easily branded to suite Ethiopia. Open source means you can see how th…

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