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  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 4:11 am on April 6, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , fediverse, , Lemmy, , , , projects, Raddle, , ,   

    2021: Changes 

    It’s been a month since my last post.

    I’ve been trying to reconcile with the fact that 2021 wasn’t going to be any better than 2020.
    On the contrary, it could quite possibly get worse.

    I stopped following my schedule and decided to go with the flow. I wanted to see how I spent my time and where I spent it. I wanted to stop doing the things that I didn’t like, continue doing the things that I loved, and find more things that I liked.

    I stopped following the news.
    A lot of my time was spent following the news for the latest Covid-19 updates and tech updates and events worldwide.
    But I realized that news is only relevant for a short duration – as long as it gets publicity. With the clock ticking, passing time generated more events, more updates, more news. It was becoming mentally exhausting to keep up with things that would barely affect my personal life in any way.

    Look at the Covid-19 news for example. What a bummer! It’s like a drug addiction with highs and lows. When does it stop?

    I’ve been meaning to explore my creativity side for a while now. I wanted to create a work of art, something unique, something special. Constant rants on the latest events in the news wasn’t cutting it.

    I had hoped I would get a camera at the beginning of this year. But with my meagre budge, I could only afford the laptop, which I went for, because I needed a serious upgrade.
    So vlogging has taken a back seat in the list of things I wanted to pursue, once again.

    With the news gone, Lemmy and Raddle had dropped down my frequented site list.

    I had planned to resume my daily journal in February. That didn’t happen. And from a privacy perspective, I think it’d happened for the best. From a creative standpoint, I’d documented an entire year of my life. I don’t think another year was going to make it any better, particularly this one.

    I had a run-in with some pricks on the internet. What can I say? Speaking facts comes at the price of not being popular.
    I also had an encounter with a group of assholes who just didn’t like me. It wasn’t because of the facts for sure, because I hardly ever interacted with them. I think it’s because they were secretly jealous of me. Why? Because I was better than them, that’s why. Or perhaps they were racist. They definitely wouldn’t admit to that one because then they’d be the bad guys. One guy didn’t like me for my religion – clearly this dunderhead had a single interaction with me, formed his shitty opinion, and stopped following me. Now if he’d stop flapping his gums spitting lies about me, that’d be great! These hypocrites love to lie and kiss ass to appear favorable in popular opinion. And so they banded together to shun me, silence me, perhaps make me disappear? Only from their little bubbles folks. The moment they stepped out of their bubbles, reality in the form of my presence would smack them across their faces.

    It’s occurred to me that I should stop socializing on the internet, just like in real life. Because most people are like assholes, they’re best kept hidden from my view.

    My DJ schedule has been cut down to one session daily. That’s on me, because I missed a bunch of sessions on the schedule. It’s a pleasant change though, because it gave me a chance to explore, discover, and try new things.

    And I think, streaming 3 hours of music everyday on a niche station is overkill anyway. I had very few listeners to begin with. So if I was going to do it, it was solely out of passion, and not for popularity.
    I do love music, and a daily stream sounds right up my alley.

    I’ve decided to cut down on news articles, because I needed some time to focus on myself. I have an opinion on a lot of events, and writing an article on each one would take up a lot of my time.
    I will, however, continue writing articles, even about news from the past few months, if I consider them worthwhile. Just because an event occurred in the past doesn’t completely erase it’s significance. On the contrary, humans can learn a lot from the past, especially when history repeats itself.

    I’m planning to spend more time writing in creative projects. I recently discovered midnight.pub which has expanded to Nightfall City, complete with the web, gopher and gemini. And there’s Geocities and Cosmic Voyage.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 8:28 am on January 10, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ban, , , , Diaspora, , , fediverse, , , GNU Social, , , , ,   

    Facebook And Twitter’s Trump Ban – Analyzing The Corporate Agenda 

    So Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been suspended.
    Well, that’s what it said when i visited it.

    I’m not on Twitter.
    I rarely check anyone’s Twitter.

    Has Twitter permanently banned Trump’s account?
    This guy is still the President.
    If Twitter can ban his account, then who’s safe?

    There’s a lot of people who share Trump’s political beliefs. Are they going to be banned too? If not, why?

    Three days days ago, Trump’s Facebook was banned.

    I think Facebook has paved the way for corporate social networks to ban anyone who doesn’t follow their political ideologies.

    From an anarchist’s perspective, this is dangerous for everybody.

    I am an advocate for free speech.
    I want to hear my fellow anarchists’ opinions.
    I want to hear what the liberals have got to say.
    And I want to hear what the conservatives have got to say.

    Freedom of speech provides the platform for an open debate.
    If people are silenced, then there is no freedom. Everyone will hide their real thoughts and opinions.
    That’s how you create a mass of brainwashed robot-like citizens, like in China and North Korea.
    Has anyone been to China?
    There are no opposing views in China. It’s just one mass of 1.4B people choking on Xi Jinping’s stinking nuts.
    Is this what America wants?

    Does America wants a population of 332M asleep on Jack Dorsey’s dong?
    Does America want 332M people constantly surveilled and watched by Mark Fuckerberg’s corporate platforms?
    The lobbyists have granted these capitalist corporate conglomerates a massive amount of liberty to dictate people’s lives. And fundamentally, that’s not how it should be.
    Twitter and Facebook aren’t supposed to tell me what to do and what to think.

    A social network should be dictated by it’s base users, not the other way around.
    That’s how the Fediverse was created. People wanted an alternative platform that would replace Twitter. That’s how Gnu Social was born. People wanted something that worked like Facebook, but federated. That’s how Diaspora was born. Nobody on Diaspora tells you what to think and what to say. You can speak your mind. That’s the beauty of it.
    People wanted to write blogs, so there was Plume, and so on.

    How do corporate platforms operate? Facebook and Google push their crappy products on users. Here! Try this! Try that! Use this! Use that!
    I’ve been using YouTube for a long time. It keeps pushing me with stupid banners and ads that cover the entire screen to sign in and use YouTube TV and YouTube Music. I don’t wanna use all that crap!

    They literally force people to use their crappy products. Want to view a Facebook profile? Sign in or Sign up!
    Want to read more than one article on Medium? Register an account!
    As soon as you create an account, they’ll create an advertisement profile for you. They’ll track you and show you stupid crap that they think you wanna see.

    YouTube has had a history of censoring videos related to Covid-19. Facebook has done the same.
    Why are they deleting relevant important information? Why are they forcing the mainstream propaganda on people?

    They ran the Russian interference propaganda for 2 years straight after Trump won.
    They ran the impeachment bullshit for 4 years straight – up until the very last minute! Trump’s almost on his way out yet they still publish articles about impeaching him. What the actual fuck?!

    Try posting a video titled “Chinese Virus” on YouTube. Try posting a video about Li Wenliang, Dr Ai Fen, Chen Quishi, Fang Bin… they’ll be discarded so fast, they’ll never reach a dozen views.
    Try making videos about capitalist corporate surveillance. Your channel will NEVER EVER hit the front page.

    These corporations don’t care about the people. They care about profits.
    Ban Trump on his way out? Profit!

    They think that banning Donald Trump on his way out will make them popular and win over people’s hearts and minds.
    And they might!
    There’s a lot of stupid folks on the planet.

    But what I see is censorship.
    I see a bunch of capitalist corporate crooks playing a game of chess.
    They’re doing what’s best for them – what’s profitable for them.
    They’re creating a monopoly where they’re the overlords and everyone answers to them. But they answer to nobody.
    Anyone remember the Mark’s response to the senators in 2018?
    And there have been multiple hearings since then.

    Anyway, I recommend people to switch to the Fediverse. Stop using capitalist corporate platforms that profit off of your data.
    And don’t go with the herd mentality. Don’t let CNN or Fox Spews tell you what you should think about events. The mainstream media should only deliver the news, not biased opinions.
    Let the viewers form their own opinions.
    Don’t tell me, “Trump said this…” and then proceed to tell me why Trump is wrong.
    I’ll decide whether Trump is wrong or right.
    There is hardly news anymore. News is being replaced with biased opinions. Everyone has their own agenda.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 8:27 am on July 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ActivityPub, BBJ, , , , , federated, fediverse, Finger Protocol, , , , git, , , IRC, , mailing lists, , phlog, plan, , , RSS, SFTP, SMTP, SSH, , Terminal, , , Unix, WebDAV, weechat   

    Tildeverse, Gopherspace and Geminispace 

    It’s been a while since my last article.
    I know I said I would post an article everyday for the month of July, but hey – I had a headache for a few days and then went exploring through the internet. And guess what I found?! It’s been totally worth the wait.

    Let’s start with Tildeverse.
    dun dun dunnnnn… boom! boom! Fireworks everywhere!
    Haha.
    Tildeverse is like the Fediverse but retro.
    Tildeverse is what the Fediverse would’ve looked like if it had been invented in the late 90’s.
    And I like it!
    How would I define the Fediverse? Open source, decentralized, federated social networks hosting different services that are integrated together by one protocol – ActivityPub. Phew! Did I nail it or what?

    Now the Tildeverse has some similarities with the Fediverse, and some differences.
    First of all, there is no single unifying protocol; BUT, there is the Terminal! Oh yeah!
    While exploring the Tildeverse, I discovered the use of SSH, SFTP, Gopher, Gemini, HTTP, IRC, Finger, SMTP, RSS, SIP, ActivityPub and even WebDAV! Is this cool or what?
    I think it is!

    Now, if I examine the Fediverse in a similar light, it also uses several different protocols, but the ActivityPub is the main unifying protocol.

    So what is the tildeverse? It is a collection of communities just like the Fediverse. But they’re all centered around one thing – *nix. That is, Linux, Unix, and BSD.
    Each community has a shared Linux system that users can log into via SSH and do various things like programming, creating web pages, play games, chat on IRC, read and send emails, browse and post on Bulletin Boards(Bulletin Butter & Jelly/BBJ), mailing lists, ttbp(tilde town blogging platform)/feels, ttrv(tilde town reddit viewer), use the finger protocol (for lack of better words), use git repositories and so on.
    Each community offers a given number of services, so don’t expect a server to have all services.

    Then there’s tilderadio, a really cool radio station.

    I like it. Tildeverse is sort of like an underground network of communities free from corporate spying, marketing and advertising.

    Okay. The Gopher protocol.
    This is a protocol that preceded the www in the early 90’s when computer resources were still quite minimal. The approach is simple, minimalistic and very resource efficient.
    Unfortunately due to corporate bureaucracy, the HTTP took off, and Gopher was slowly killed due to the lack of support by newer clients.

    As a 90’s kid, I’d never heard of Gopher until I stumbled onto Tildeverse. Then I came across Tomasino’s YouTube video explaining the Gopher Protocol and a few minutes in, I had to go explore it myself and do my own research.

    The Gopher protocol is mainly used for text based websites, though there are options for documents and images as well.

    To my surprise, there are actually hundreds of Gopherspaces existing underground, with thousands of users scattered across the globe.

    The Tildeverse refers to these sites as gopherholes while the rest of the Gopher community refer to them as gopherspaces. I like the sound of gopherspace. Gopherhole sounds like some garbage pit in the jungle.

    If you want to search for gopher sites, there’s the Veronica search engine which has a HTTP proxy if you’re using a regular Browser. I checked it out and it works pretty well.

    I spent two days setting up my own gopherspace.
    And then I came across the Gemini protocol.

    Now, the Gemini Protocol is a new protocol similar to the Gopher protocol that adds privacy and supports MIME and TLS.
    Essentially, the Gemini Protocol brushes up the shortcomings of the Gopher Protocol.

    Even though the protocol is new, there are already a few communities providing Gemini hosting. That’s nice.

    If you want to search for gemini sites, there’s the Gus and Houston search engines, as well as aggregators that show recently updated sites.

    I’ve yet to set up my own Geminispace, but I’m looking forward to it.

    Okay. There’s a lot more that could be said that I can’t remember or have yet to discover.
    But this article pretty much summarizes everything that I’ve learned so far.

    Personally, this is my alternative to SSB. Ever since my terrible experience with Secure Scuttlebutt, I’ve constantly been on the lookout for a viable replacement.
    This is it.

    Gemini and Gopher are low-resource, minimalistic and quite private.
    Anyway, as far as privacy is concerned, it’s quite a relative subject. How do you want your privacy to be implemented? Who do you want to access your information? Whom do you want to protect your information from?

    Using Gopher, I don’t have to sync several Gigs of data in a span of a few weeks of casual usage. Neither do I have to worry about my slow CPU throttling and crapping itself because of one application.

    I’ve downloaded and tested several gopher clients and all of them work flawlessly. Wish that could be said of the SSB clients.

    The only drawback for Gopher and Gemini is that there are no mobile clients.
    And I’m currently wondering if I could use a Terminal on Android to access gopher and gemini sites.
    Well, that remains to be seen.
    I’m not particularly worried about it though, as I’ve limited my use of phone to surf the web, browse 4chan, Reddit and HackerNews and set my alarm clock.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 5:22 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , fediverse, mastodon, , ,   

    The Privacy Hyprocrisy 

    Does anyone find it odd when some privacy enthusiast keeps active profiles on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit etc? Not just some anonymous profile but a real personal profile with true information.

    The Snowden era has spawned hundreds of such “privacy advocates” who have profiles on the mainstream social networks that they actively and primarily use for their online interaction.

    It occurred to me some time in 2016, when I joined Reddit to interact on the /r/privacy and similar subreddits, that I wasn’t helping the cause. Then I quit it.

    Sadly, there has never been a viable replacement for Reddit, and many privacy enthusiasts still flock over there. I still browse Reddit without an account to stay updated on the latest privacy trends.

    In contrast to all the “privacy gurus” on mainstream social media, I’ve come across random individuals on the Fediverse and privacy oriented social networks that have a great deal of knowledge on the subject and actually put it into practice. I’ve found these rare individuals to be disciplined and focused on preserving their online activities from the government and corporate surveillance net. And a discussion with them would have more impact than the hypocrites playing both sides.

    Actual privacy comes with a highly definitive threat model. The privacy celebrities don’t seem to have a convincing threat model; privacy to them is a hobby of sorts and something to brag about rather than put to practical use.

    On the same note, almost every privacy oriented service on the internet has accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit etc. While that may be understandable, given that these services need to marketed to the general public, so that they too can be educated and make changes, I’ve found that almost all the developers of these services, also have accounts on mainstream social media, and use these accounts for their personal as well as professional activities.

    It’s quite disheartening to see the developers of privacy services and networks, actively using the mainstream media. What kind of message does that convey to an intelligent regular person?

    This reminds of me of some memes showing Google Devs using Macbooks and iPhones at work.

     
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