I turned off comments on this website as I was getting too many spams which I wasn’t able to moderate very good. Since I’m making this a more personal space, I think this would make sense.
13 days ago, I wrote a note saying that I’m gonna take some distance from social networks. After 10 days, I feel I now have what I need. I’ve learnt that I can leave social networks if I want and I can keep my mind away from it.
I’m gonna be active again, but I still won’t spend too much time on it.
There’s an update to this post.
I decided to take some distance from social networks. I’m feeling that social networks are taking too much of our lives and make us more dependable on people’s acceptance. Social networks are generally running on numbers and I’m not OK with that.
Number of followers, following, date of registration, etc. are some stupid factors that are somehow important for many people and I’m very uncomfortable with this.
So I decided to take some distance from them and only use them once in a while, not everyday. To do so, I deleted the Tusky app from my phone, which I used to send toots to my Mastodon account, and I also deleted apps I had on my desktop computer.
Now, only way I can be active is to use the web-based application they have. I’m expecting that this makes me think less about social networks and make me less active on them.
This way I can focus on my blog and make it my personal and ultimate home on internet and web, which I believe is much better. I won’t delete my accounts as I think they are not inherently bad, but somehow can and may have bad effect on me.
I don’t celebrate the Gregorian new year as I was born in a Persian country with Persian celebrations. Our new year starts at Farvardin 1st, which is around March 21. It’s the start of Spring called Nowruz.
However, the world is running with the Gregorian calendar therefore it is important. My blog dating system is also set to Gregorian calendar.
I really like the term “new year new me” as it is used to express the feeling of need for changing the bad habits and replacing them with good ones. However, I think human beings, such me myself, are always trying to be better and a new year, in this matter, is just working as an mental empowering thing.
But aside from that, I think I don’t want a new me. I hope in the new year I keep fighting for justice and I keep providing what I can for the benefit of all. I hope I don’t change much and if I change, it’s for the better of all, not just me myself.
I hope my fundamentals don’t change. Human beings grow and a sign of that is that our ideas change but for now, I don’t wish a new me as my ideas and ideals are pretty great, in my mind at least.
So new year, not a new me; hopefully.
Unfortunately, Hostux.net is shutting down its services. This includes hostux.social Mastodon instance. I moved my Mastodon account. All followers are automatically moved to new account and I followed or requested to follow people who I was following. The new account is also mentioned on contact page.
Google announced that its Google Photos unlimited plan will end on 2021 June 01 and free (as in cost) users will be limited to 15 gigs.
After years of advertisements over this dis-services and after millions of people trusted Google and uploaded millions of photos on it, now Google decided to shut down the free unlimited plan and make money over users’ trust.
There are a lot of things wrong with Google including privacy and freedom.
Amazon is facing a prosecution in Europe as it is keeping track of other companies’ sales though Amazon’s platform and uses these data to compete with them.
This is not shocking nor new. Margrethe Vestager, the European Commission’s vice-president, said the commission’s preliminary conclusion was that Amazon used “big data” to illegally distort competition in France and Germany, the biggest online retail markets in Europe.
EU also decided to open a second investigation into Amazon’s business “over concerns that the Seattle-based company set rules on its platform to benefit its own offers and those independent retailers using its logistics and delivery services.”
EU should not only be content with fines, well unless the fines are billions. EU should force appropriate laws on these companies to be sure other companies, that are not as big as Amazon, won’t get hurt again and if they do get hurt, their losses will be compensated.
The Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. (RIAA) and its member record companies issued a DMCA takedown notice to GitHub for hosting the git repositories of the popular CLI tool “youtube-dl”, primarily because of the claimed intentional circumvention of YouTube’s ‘rolling siphers’.
As a result Github has disabled public access to the repository.
This is what we get when we centralize everything. Git is more than GitHub and also it was designed to be decentralized. GitHub is owned by Microsoft, a corporation that values benefit much more than people.
I’m even not sure if the takedown was legal as it’s not the software that does anything but it’s people’s use that may be considered illegal. Last night I was talking about this on IRC with some people and everybody were unhappy about the situation.
What we all agreed on was that we should have more decentralization and also less dependency on corporations to avoid future incidents like this.
Happily, in this case, we have a lot of copies of the software and the harm is not much but I believe there are a lot of people who depend on services and corporations like GitHub and Microsoft and Google which can do a lot of harm to them.
I always have suggested alternatives to GitHub and GitLab dot com such as Codeberg.