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Tue, 06 Nov 2018

Email Providers and Pubnix

Cdmnky talks about email providers [0][1]. I tried protonmail briefly but deleted my account, it seemed to me to be a bit gimmicky, and less than useful without direct imap support.

I use and heartily recommend posteo.de. 1 euro a month is a small price to pay for secure, stable and privacy-conscious email that is not hosted in the USA. Despite spending more than that on SDF Meta membership, I don't use SDF email for anything critical. It's too unstable.

read more after the break...

posted at: 12:33 | path: / | permalink | email, posteo, pubnix, sdf

Tue, 02 Jan 2018

Thoughts on Pseudo-Anonymity

Solderpunk talks about pseudonymity [0][1] and the issues surrounding it. Thankfully I do not recall ever reading that bit of bad advice by Eric Raymond.

read more after the break...

posted at: 10:23 | path: / | permalink | privacy, pseudo-anonymity, sdf

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

Happy 30th Anniversary SDF!

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From SMJ on bboard "On this day in 1987 SDF received its first caller at 300 baud."

It's also (almost) my 10th anniversary with SDF:

slugmax@iceland:~> uinfo Created: Fri Jun 22 02:21 2007 on ttyp7 Joined ARPA: Fri Jun 22 03:19 2007 MetaARPA on: Mon Jul 16 18:32 2007

posted at: 17:18 | path: / | permalink | 30, anniversary, sdf

Sun, 03 Jul 2016

The Days of Dialup are Ending

July 1st came and went and with it my annual dues notices. I donate to support a wide variety of SDF's services, MetaARPA of course, but also VPN, VOIP and dialup. I've been a dialup member for a while, I joined SDF in 2007 so it was 2008 or so. For all of those years through this one, I lived in a house in New England with copper phone lines, so dialup made sense as a backup internet for power outages. I also used it while traveling, for example in Vermont where cell service was spotty and the internet unrelaible. But I"ve recently relocated to Quebec - no copper phone lines where I am, power is reliable, internet is also quite reliable (but expensive, at least moreso than I was used to in the US). Anyway, I was sad to do so, but I finally cancelled my dialup membership, I just don't see a need for it anymore. During any extended power outage (a couple of days or more), I would not have a phone line anyway, since it is provided via the cable line. I also don't travel as much, but even when I do, most everywhere has decent wireless internet now.

posted at: 09:09 | path: / | permalink | copper, dialup, membership, pots, sdf