Crappy Privacy Alternatives: A Note To My Readers

Yesterday, I was on a roll. This is currently my 10th week in quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There are times when I get frustrated and angry. I need to go out, get some fresh air and get back to my former schedule. But in the interest of self-preservation, I chose to stay in my room all day and night. Physically, I’m quite healthy, and I”m very grateful for that. Mentally though, the isolation is taking it’s toll.

Crappy Privacy Alternatives is a series that I’ve wanted to discuss for a couple of years now. I just never got around to doing it. But the opportunity has presented itself and I’m on it.

There’s a couple of things I’d like to clarify though. I know yesterday’s articles may be misunderstood by some people. These articles are not coming out of malice or hatred. I’m just here to be upfront about things and tell it like it is. I happened to interact with the developer of SSB during my time on it, and he’s a nice guy. If he happened to come across my article, I don’t think it would lift his spirits up.

There are some facts that need to be told and I happen to be the type of guy that is very straightforward about it. I happen to know a thing or two about technology. I’m currently running my own build of custom Linux going by the name Krsnah Desktop OS. It’s been a work of progress and I’ve never been fully satisfied with it. There’s a lot of things that don’t work as I would like them to and sadly, there’s not much I can do to fix it.

So, would I recommend my own OS to someone else? Absolutely not. They’d be better off with one of the popular distros that just work out of the box. Facts.

It takes a lot of passion, dedication and hard work to create something that’s different. Scuttlebutt is one of them. Blockchain is another. Bitcoin another. And that goes for IPFS, Zeronet and so on.

These projects are a reason of hope that commercial corporate products will never take over and rule the market. These projects give people a choice. It’s a tough choice, but nevertheless, it’s worth a try.

I’m a fan of technology, particularly ones that enable people to communicate online. The mainstream options of online communication have become polluted by greed, politics and control. Advertisements, data mining, censorship and surveillance are some of the characteristics of the mainstream social networks. As a result, I’ve always explored the alternative options and adopted the ones that fit my requirements.

Regardless of my opinions on these projects, my readers are free to try out and use whatever they like. My criteria of what’s acceptable may be different from yours.