Mike Stone (Linux Rants)

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What is ActivityPub, and how will it change the internet?

A new kind of social network<p>There’s a new social network in town. It’s called Mastodon. You might have even heard of it. On the surface, Mastodon …

Twitter's Emerging Competitor Doesn't Want To Be Twitter

Twitter

Leaving Apple & Google: /e/ first beta is here!

Less than a year ago, I posted a serie of articles “Leaving Apple & Google…” [part 1, part 2, part 3] to announce that I was planning to create a …

Online Privacy

Doing One Thing, Well: The UNIX Philosophy

The Unix operating system has been around for decades, and it and its lookalikes (mainly Linux) are a critical part of the computing world. Apple’s …

UNIX

Beta release nears for BeOS-inspired open source OS Haiku

Just over 17 years since the project launched, and more than 18 years since the last release of the operating system that inspired it, the open …

Haiku

Turn your vim editor into a productivity powerhouse

<i>Editor's note: The headline and article originally referred to the "vi editor." It has been updated to the correct name of the editor: "vim."</i> <br>read …

Linux

Use a pixelated version of your desktop as your lockscreen with i3lock

I decided it was time to spice up my lockscreen, I’ve been using the same old static picture for what feels like years now.<p>I’ve seen a lot of people …

Lock Screen

That Time Telco Lobbyists Sent Me All Their Talking Points About Trying To Shift The Blame To Internet Companies

It's not every day that big telco lobbyists email me their internal documents about how they're going to try to shift all the negative press about …

Net Neutrality

Apple announces 'Gather round' event for September 12

Apple on Thursday sent invitations to select members of the media and special guests for an event on September 12. The invitation features a circular …

Apple

Getting started with the i3 window manager on Linux

In my article 5 reasons the i3 window manager makes Linux better, I shared the top five reasons I use and recommend the i3 window manager as an …

Linux

Net neutrality fight gets ugly with robocalls spreading false claims

As if robocalls weren't annoying enough, now they're reportedly spreading misinformation in a fight against net neutrality.<p>This includes falsely saying that an upcoming California net neutrality bill may raise their cell phone bill by $30 if passed. One of the robocalls, which are likely targeting …

Net Neutrality

Happy 40th Birthday, LEGO Minifigure!

Reading Time: 3 minutes<p>Though we’ve been celebrating this event all year long, today is the <i>actual</i> 40th birthday of the LEGO minifigure! Happy …

Lego

PiPod: A Raspberry Pi Zero Portable Music Player

[Bram] wasn’t satisfied with the portable music playback devices that were currently available. He craved an offline music player that had a large …

Raspberry Pi

Top 10 Raspberry Pi blogs to follow

There are plenty of great Raspberry Pi fan sites, tutorials, repositories, YouTube channels, and other resources on the web. Here are my top 10 …

Raspberry Pi

Automatically converting emojis to plain text in WeeChat

Something I’m not a huge fan of is emojis, I have always preferred using the classic emoticons like :). And it’s not that emojis are all bad, it’s …

Emulation

What was the most important moment in the history of Linux?

Getting to where it is today was no small feat for the little project that Linus Torvalds announced to the world on August 25, 1991, with this …

Linux

Internet chat system IRC turns thirty

<i>Atte Jauhiainen chatting on IRC at the OTiT Guild Room</i><p>IRC (Internet Relay Chat) was born at the Department of Information Processing Science of the …

Command-line

New study finds Google's Android is sharing even more data than we thought

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Research

What Did Ada Lovelace's Program Actually Do?

In Turin, Babbage met Italian engineer and future prime minister Luigi Menabrea. He persuaded Menabrea to write an outline of what the Analytical …

Mathematics

What Does "Ethical" AI Mean for Open Source?

by Glyn Moody<i>Artificial intelligence is a threat—and an opportunity—for open source.</i>It would be an understatement to say that artificial intelligence …

Artificial Intelligence

FOSS Project Spotlight: SIT (Serverless Information Tracker)

by Yurii RashkovskiiIn the past decade or so, we've learned to equate the ability to collaborate with the need to be online. The advent of SaaS …

switching.social – Ethical alternatives to popular sites and apps

Happy 25th Birthday, Debian Linux!

Debian is one of the most important open source projects ever. The Debian Linux operating system is extremely popular in its own right, but also, it …

Ajit Pai grilled by lawmakers on why FCC spread “myth” of DDoS attack

When did Ajit Pai know FCC's DDoS claim was false? Democrats demand answers.<p>Democratic members of Congress want to know when Federal Communications …

Happy birthday, GNOME: 8 reasons to love this Linux desktop

GNOME has been my favorite desktop environment for quite some time. While I always make it a point to check out other environments from time to time, …

Podcasting is not walled (yet)

I’ve launched two podcasts recently (check out EmacsCast) and received lots of feedback. One of the perplexing things people said was “<i>that’s great,</i> …

A small team of student AI coders beats Google’s machine-learning code - MIT Technology Review

Students from Fast.ai, a small organization that runs free machine-learning courses online, just created an AI algorithm that outperforms code from …

Build Your Own Linux Single Board Computer

We are fortunate enough to have a huge choice of single-board computers before us, not just those with a bare-metal microcontroller, but also those …

Getting Started With Mastodon

I recently wrote and article on how Mastodon works; that seemed to get a hell of a lot of attention and positive feedback. However, a number of …

Learning From Terminals to Design the Future of User Interfaces

I was recently called out on Twitter for claiming that Electron-based Slack, with three teams configured, regularly takes 30+ seconds to load. They …