What internet source do you use? Cable? Mobile carrier? Satellite (!!)? I just recently changed service due to the price slowly creeping up at my provider. The first year was $45/month intro rate, now $70/month today. New subs get a 3-year lock-in at $30/month with double the download speed. There has got to be a better way of running these businesses... I’m curious if others just accept this as the way things are?

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New blog post: "Advice for new bicycle commuters" nolanlawson.com/2019/06/17/adv

Just some stuff I've learned about bike commuting over the past year or so.

@Jami Recently tried the iOS app of Jami. I created new accounts on separate devices (without registration). Each encouraged creating a display name. When adding the devices to each other's contact list, the only identifier shown in conversation view was the full jami ID. Is this the intended behavior or should the chosen display name appear?

I'm helping a nonprofit build out their online presence. Currently I am struggling with picking a payments processor for accepting donations. Research has brought up Stripe, Paypal, iATS as options. Are there any I might not have heard about that are recommended?

@aral @Gargron

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I've completely replaced Google Maps with the open source alternative OsmAnd (Open Street Maps).

I love that you can download maps for offline viewing and even mark places on the map. I've used it while travelling too.

Highly recommend!

#OpenSource #OsmAnd #OpenStreetMaps #GoogleMaps

I'm looking for suggestions for standing up a website that are simple...basically managed for me and I post the content, add/remove pages, etc. but that is NOT managed Wordpress. It's for a small non-profit and I have full-time job...not to mention not much experience in web admin stuff so running the server myself isn't a good option.

Is there a browser that isn't dependent on Google for its existence? I.e., that isn't built using chromium or Firefox (itself supported by Google as the default search engine) in some form? Maybe Palemoon? I think $MS Edge actual qualified until the recent decision to go all in on chromium...

My LG G3 has not cooperated. I've been unable to successfully root/install LOS. I'm thinking of trying a nexus 5x as they seem to be generally respectable devices, and probably easier to load with Lineage. Anyone have other thoughts? Maybe something I haven't thought of?

The need for the grid, however, does not go away. In fact, it must become more robust/reliable. What are some ways this is being accomplished today, that you know of? Are there utility companies focusing more on the transport of electricity rather than generation? Are there companies going to homeowners/businesses and requesting to install solar panels on rooftops?

If we do this right, we could reduce or eliminate the need for centralized power generation, instead relying on the efficient utilization of locally produced power. I love the idea of getting most electricity through solar, wind, etc. What I don't want to see (and what unfortunately seems to be our reality today) is enormous chunks of land devoted to solar electric generation. Acres and acres of mirrors or solar panels spread across the landscape.

We need more of this. More individuals choosing to implement renewable energy production methods at home. More effort to reduce energy use where we can, and maximize efficiency when energy is necessary. One home with solar panels could generate electricity for 1+ homes in many locations. Entire neighborhoods could in some circumstances be powered when only a fraction of homes install electric generation capacity.

It's a 6.6 kW system with 22 panels, estimated to produce 7,850 kWh annually in our location. Electric bills for each of the first two months in our home were less than the estimated value of what our system can produce monthly. This means we will likely have eliminated our electric costs with room to spare. Hooray!

My wife and I decided to put solar panels on our home. They finally were able to be turned on yesterday making this the first full day of solar power generation + use!

4g LTE internet uses as much as 23x the energy of WiFi. Do you really need all your apps to check for content updates in the background on cellular? Do your apps need to update themselves automatically on cellular? Do you need videos to play automatically?

Source: lowtechmagazine.com/2015/10/ca

Caution: Zines ahead 

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rant re: Facebook 

Problem: Facebook is now being scrutinized because “personal data of users was obtained...and used to help elect President Donald Trump.”

Note: Facebook needs to be scrutinized for the way(s) it obtains and uses/profits from user data.

Surveillance capitalism 

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