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In the 1890's bicycles were all the craze.  Cyclists "Wheelmen" had to fight for acceptance, permission to ride on public roads and for better built, paved roads.   Over 100 years later, scooters are in the same position.

Hardware & Technology / 3 Privacy Smartphones for 2019
« on: August 22, 2019, 07:05:24 PM »
Take that Android and iOS!

We've mentioned these before but we are getting close to release and/or pre-order dates so here goes.
Where Canonical failed it looks like Purism will succeed in bringing out a Linux phone from scratch.  Due out in the Q3 of this year they should start shipping within weeks.  You can pre-order.  Looks like this will ship with the basic apps needed (think the first iPhone) to get by plus an App Store as more apps get added.  What is better now than when the first iPhone launched in 2007, there are now many HTML5 web apps available plus 4G LTE.

More info on last minute tweaks.:
Another Linux core phone.  This should be quite a bit cheaper than the Librem 5 (above).  A lot of different OS's have pledged to run on the Pine Phone.  The two that caught my eye: Sailfish OS, which has not been available in the US, UBports, which is the continuation of Ubuntu Phone project Canonical gave up on.  There are other OS's too.  What I like is the idea of an inexpensive Linux phone.  Not yet available for pre-order, but Pine is moving fast so this might be ready by late 2019 or 2020.
This is not Linux, but an Android fork.  What /e/ did was strip out all the Google stuff and spyware and have replaced all the Google cloud based services with their own open source equivalents.  So Gmail has been replaced , Google services replaced, Google store replaced, Chrome replaced, etc.  I like this approach for recognizing that in Android the threat of Google spying come from both the OS and from the suite of Google apps that Android depends on.

No smartphone OEM wants to p##s Google off, so /e/ Foundation is supplying the OS on the best class of refurbished phones.  Currently shipping to the EU only for right now, they are trying to find North American phone refurbishers to partner with.  So you lucky EU folks can get one now.

Water Cooler / The Dawn Of Low-Carbon Shipping
« on: July 17, 2019, 10:58:56 AM »
"If shipping was a country, it would be the sixth-largest polluter in the world," says Nerijus Poskus of the shipping technology company Flexport. "About 3% of global emissions are released by ocean freight shipping."

One solution: hydrogen.

I'm pretty sure I don't know what I'm talking about here but I thought I'd throw this out there anyway in relation to Mojeek in particular.

My thought goes something like this:  right now DDG provides site search for me via some sort of combination of Bing and Yandex crawlers.  What if I and other webmasters could pay or subscribe to have Mojeek deep crawl our sites for site search purposes, but by design also be subsidizing Mojeek's crawl of the web with deeper content?   WOuld that be worth the effort by Mojeek?  I'm not sure there is even enough demand for paid third-party site search, but with Google dropping older pages from their serp and privacy problems with Google there might be.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Traffic / Google and Privacy
« on: July 11, 2019, 10:03:03 PM »
These quotes came from my social network timeline.  Posted by bloggers who were quoting Pell and Zuboff.

”Google went from wanting to give you access to the whole world to wanting to be your whole world.”

-- Dave Pell

"Once we searched Google, but now Google searches us."  -- Shoshanna Zuboff

These bloggers are not SEO's or marketers, just mainstream people.  I think Google is losing the hearts and minds battle.

Water Cooler / What Happens in an Internet Minute in 2019
« on: June 09, 2019, 09:17:04 PM »
The visuals are on the link below.  There is a good comparison between 2018 and 2019.  A lot of you are good at spotting trends so this might interest you.

Email is still growing!

Water Cooler / Redneck Answer Desk: Help needed, pickup trucks
« on: May 25, 2019, 10:07:05 PM »
I’m starting shopping for, probably a midsized pickup truck in a week or two.  Will also look at full sized but they cost a lot more and are the size of semi’s these days so midsize is the focus.  Any advice or brand reviews?

Hardware & Technology / Darling!
« on: May 03, 2019, 05:50:43 PM »
Darling lets you run macOS apps on a Linux computer.  Much like Wine lets you run Windows apps on a Linux machine.

Hardware & Technology / Microsoft Azure?
« on: April 30, 2019, 12:29:00 PM »
Does anyone here know what Microsoft Azure is?  If so, can you explain it to me as if you are talking to a 4 year old?  hhh.

Traffic / Is DDG's Search Quality Slipping?
« on: April 23, 2019, 01:55:14 PM »
I'm still pretty happy with DDG, but this came up on a social network and a few people chimed in to agree:

If this is true it means DDG's main feed from Bing is degrading because that is where most of DDG's results come from.  Hopefully, DDG has a Plan B, like running their own crawler more.

Also there might be an opportunity for Mojeek here as they increase their index.

Have any DDG users here noticed a slip in quality?

Hardware & Technology / Linux Based PinePhone Coming Soon $149
« on: April 19, 2019, 12:48:54 PM »
PinePhone, running KDE Plasma Mobile Linux UI, for $149, might be out by 4th Quarter 2019.

Traffic / Search Engine Map
« on: April 05, 2019, 10:33:37 AM »
I think cooked this up:

We all pretty much know this, but this is handy to explain things to civilians who are confused.

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