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UziBobuzi, in what imgur alternatives do you use to share images?
UziBobuzi avatar

I just signed up for PixelFed but haven't uploaded anything as of yet.

GreenPlasticSushiGrass avatar

Thanks! Imgur doesn't play well with my vpn, and I'm not able to upload photos directly (in the vegetarian magazine, at least). I think PixelFed might be a good workaround for me.

XxTriviumxX, (edited )
XxTriviumxX avatar

pixelfed is very interesting! fits the free/libre aspect i was looking for! added it in my bookmarks

SparkIT avatar

It's also a fedi software, so pixelfed accounts show up in the microblog tab here on kbin if they are federated.


I actually just googled to make sure bookbark wasn't some new service I just hadn't heard of yet...

XxTriviumxX avatar

my bad! LOL

Books avatar

New to these fedi sites, but isn't there a way to have one login to login across all of them?

vkeycaps avatar

No, but you can interact with other "platforms" while been logged in on your home instance(platform)


I too am new here, so let's say how do I upload something on pixelfed without creating a new account there?

vkeycaps avatar

I am not sure how they federated. Looks like they are posting to other instances


Yo this is awesome! Is there a way to get ShareX to upload to it?

hihusio avatar

is the social aspect of pixelfed required? meaning, could I just upload screenshots and images for threads like this and not have to deal with comments, likes, and followers? I just want to link to images.

UziBobuzi avatar

I haven't a clue. I need to go set up my profile and see how it all works.

paper_clip avatar

It looks like the Fediverse analog of Instagram. Imgur allows anonymous uploads, so you can upload throwaway junk (e.g., memes) and not care. It doesn't look like you can do that with Pixelfed, anymore than you could have done that with Instagram.

XxTriviumxX avatar

curious about this too

!deleted125603, in Signal is Flawed, Why XMPP is Amazing! (new animated video)


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  • SummerBreeze,

    I agree that I applaud the move from SMS text to Signal. I am NOT saying the average person should be concerned with CIA spying. What I’m saying is that one should promote decentralized internet infrastructures that empower the individual over corrupt institutions, even though this threat model likely does not apply to you. XMPP is just as easy to use use as Signal.

    If you use Signal messenger, you have to trust the Signal foundation, which uses Amazon’s AWS for the cloud. So you’re trusting CIA military contractors. I am NOT saying that Signal is a CIA tool. What I’m saying is that you are trusting and obeying a centralized authority, as opposed to being able to run code on your own server. And this contributes to the centralization of the internet and a loss of freedom.

    gamma, avatar

    It requires a phone number to log in. That already kills any hope for anonymity. I use it to message family and close friends, of which the fact that I’m messaging them is not surprising.


    Where did signal ever advertise it’s too be used anonymously

    DeltaTangoLima, avatar

    I think the commenter you’re replying to is supporting the point made further up. People aren’t using Signal for anonymity, because that’s not it’s advertised purpose. As we all (except the author of this article) know, its purpose is privacy.

    jack, (edited )

    Lol, privacy is definetely not what you’re getting with Signal. They know your entire connection graph, who you talk to, when and how much. They collect all of the phone numbers.

    EDIT: It seems like people here don’t understand what privacy is. If I know when exactly you take a big shit on the toilet and where you do it, every single time, but I don’t know what it looks like when you are doing it, would that be a privacy concern for you?

    DeltaTangoLima, (edited ) avatar

    Privacy and anonymity are different things.

    The post office knows who I am, my address, and who sends mail to me. They even know who I send mail to, if I write my return sender details on the envelope. I am not anonymous.

    But, if the person we use ciphers to encrypt our letters, and only the two of us can decrypt and read them, our communications can indeed be considered private.

    There’s a fundamental difference.

    Edit: to answer your crude (but funny) example, I have no expectation of anonymity when I walk into my toilet at home or the toilets at work. The very fact that I, as a man, walk into a stall rather than stand at the urinal, gives any of my colleagues washing their hands at the basin the reasonable confidence of knowing I am taking a shit.

    The size of the shit, the faces I make, and the nature of the resulting product, however, are not know to anyone else except me. That’s the difference.


    Okay, I get where you’re coming from. Signal is private enough for you, while I would feel more private if there is also no metadata about me.

    For the toilet example, it’s more like that a foreign, unrelated person (like the Signal Foundation and by extension the government with a national security letter) knows about your shit-taking, not just family at home or colleagues who happen to be there. This would be a concern for me.

    DeltaTangoLima, avatar

    Yeah, I get it, but there’s just no way at all to ensure 100% total anonymity like you’re talking about, while also using a 3rd party carriage service of some sort (eg. mobile network; internet, etc).

    We should go back to carrier pigeons with encrypted notes. That way, the sender and recipient “metadata” is only known to themselves (and the pigeons).


    That’s why I’m using SimpleX Chat, there is no network-wide identity so no data can be collected. It’s a very clever architecture, actually exactly the carrier pidgeon scenario you describe, but in digital form.’ve found my solution.

    DeltaTangoLima, avatar

    Reading the SimpleX overview, it seems the only way the carrier pigeon analogy is truly satisfied with is with a private server, correct?


    Not necessarily. You can use any server/pidgeon to send your message while your contact uses a different server to send. Also you can at any time change which servers you use and it is planned that the servers get rotated automatically in the future. There is no point in time where one pidgeon is responsible for multiple connections, you are using a bunch of pidgeons and swap them out all the time.

    vlad76, avatar

    Signal uses computers. You know who else uses computers?? CIA!


    Would you agree that Signal does sealed sender to protect metadata? If there were flaws in this system, then should we not discuss it?

    vlad76, avatar

    Sure, but everything is flawed. So we need to find the best solution that is least flawed. Signal is the best alternative to messaging apps that has the features most people want and most importantly people actually use it. It’s at a good intersection of useful and secure. If the article headline was “Evaluating security of Signal” it would be fine. But it’s basically “SIGNAL IS FLAWED! USE SOMETHING ELSE!”. That’s like when someone switches from Chrome to Firefox, which is objectively a better choice, and then they get told “Don’t use Firefox is BAD” and point them to Brave, and when Brave has a flaw they tell people to migrate again. So you get a minority of people using the bleeding edge apps that no sane person would want to spend the time to set up, and the majority just goes back to whatever is the easiest option, which would be Chrome, or in our example probably WhatsApp. It’s important to address concerns, but also to do it in a manner that is careful to not start a panic where one doesn’t need to exist.


    I heard those computers use electricity, damn

    Ildar, avatar

    And even FSB

    NegativeLookBehind avatar


    vlad76, avatar

    It was there in front of us the whole time!


    Friedrick Stein Braun, who is a _C_ERN agent who wants to get the microwave Time Machine. Checkmate, Stalin!


    Everybody knows you use a toaster, not a microwave, for Time Travel.


    correction: he wants the Phone Microwave (Name Subject to Change)


    You're telling me governments use computers? That's insane, I don't believe it. Next you'll be telling me they're on the internet too.


    Don’t worry. Most branches still prefer the Fax to the Computer.


    There is no Internet.

    jabberati, avatar

    @Melpomene @SummerBreeze XMPP apps implement the same E2EE algorithm as Signal, but unlike Signal you also have the freedom to choose your provider.


    I don’t like the idea of providers at all. I use SimpleX Chat, there are no identities or registration with a server. Thanks to clever design. Check out this comparison:…/…


    They don’t implement the same encryption as signal OMEMO uses the double ratchet system that signal uses that’s it

    jabberati, avatar

    @ninchuka What's the difference between OMEMO and the Signal protocol?

    Asudox, avatar

    You can also self host or use other’s self hosted signal instances as well.



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    @Melpomene @SummerBreeze Yes, and to talk to you I also would have to sign up with that particular provider since it is not interoperable with any other IM providers. This takes away the freedom to choose a provider, from anyone who wants to talk to you (in a secure way). That's why I made internet standard (XMPP) compliance is a hard requirement for any IM provider I use.

    Btw I don't agree with the points in this video. But I think it's best if people delete apps like Signal for above reasons.



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    @Melpomene @SummerBreeze There is an XMPP app which provides this sign up experience too: . The other apps aren't really as complicated as you make them to be. Download app, choose a chat address, use partners address to chat. Also you can recommend your friends the app you are using yourself instead of just throwing them a list.
    It pulled in a lot of people this way, people aren't as stupid as you think. XMPP is exactly as difficult to use as email.



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    @Melpomene @SummerBreeze

    It supports video calling and E2EE is enabled by default.

    Maybe you will realize the need for vendor independent standards when Signal one day stops existing or fucks up and it becomes untrustworthy in your eyes. Walled gardens like Signal are can never be a good option. Why did you come to the Fediverse instead of using Reddit?



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  • jabberati, avatar

    @Melpomene @SummerBreeze I also don't care about the conspiracy theories, but using a single-vendor solution with no interoperability like Signal is just stupid, sorry.



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  • jabberati, avatar

    @Melpomene @SummerBreeze You could also think about why WhatsApp is so popular and Signal is not. Also it doesn't matter to me, since I just need my contacts on XMPP, not general popularity. And since XMPP is a proper internet standard since 20 years and not just another app, I won't have to put a lot of energy and convincing to move my contacts again. You can only annoy your friends to use something else a finite amount of times. Use it wisely. Standards > Apps.


    Could not have said this better.


    But Signal is bad, an op-ed by one of Lemmy’s founders:…

    I certainly agree there is cause for caution, as one should always exercise where trust is placed in such matters. But there are leaps of bad logic in that writeup, and the dog pile of FUD swirling around Signal feels nearly orchestrated.


    Yeah, calling Signal’s founder’s politics confused and idiotic because he referred to China and Russia as authoritarian regimes doesn’t really make me trust this person and his biases.

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  • SuddenlyBlowGreen,

    I somehow got the feeling he would be :-D


    That link you provided (which by the way is hosted on microsoft github in violation of his own principles) is very good! And repeats a lot of the same information from the simplified privacy site:…

    I am NOT saying the average person should be concerned with CIA spying. What I’m saying is that one should promote decentralized internet infrastructures that empower the individual over corrupt institutions, even though this threat model likely does not apply to you. XMPP is just as easy to use use as Signal.

    If you use Signal messenger, you have to trust the Signal foundation, which uses Amazon’s AWS for the cloud. So you’re trusting CIA military contractors. I am NOT saying that Signal is a CIA tool. What I’m saying is that you are trusting and obeying a centralized authority, as opposed to being able to run code on your own server. And this contributes to the centralization of the internet and a loss of freedom.


    You seem open minded, have you checked out SimpleX Chat yet? There you have no identity at all, so you don’t even have to register an account at some server. This gives much more autonomy and also has some privacy/security benefits. Check out this comparison:…/…


    Security is not enough.

    Tetra, in YouTube tests disabling videos for people using ad blockers
    Tetra avatar

    Looks like I might test disabling Youtube from my life then


    Look into "revanced" on mobile, it works great, no ads, sponsor block, lots of customization.

    SkierniewiceBoi avatar

    @Tetra I wonder if YouTube's fight with ad blockers will convince more people to take a look at peertube and lbry



    No it will not. Unfortunately there is no alternative to Youtube.


    Sadly unlikely. People don't come to youtube because they like youtube. People come to youtube because the content they want is on youtube, and the content creators surely don't mind the ads, so that content will remain on youtube.

    tal avatar

    A number -- not all -- of the content creators are creating content to be paid by YouTube, so the ads or some kind of consumer payment or something is kind of intrinsic to the system for those.

    decavolt, in What do you all use for password management?
    decavolt avatar

    Bitwarden, all the way. On my mobile devices, laptops, etc.

    I used to use KeePass but the UI is so antiquated and features also just haven't kept up. Bitwarden free, open source, audited, syncs and works everywhere flawlessly, and I can self host if I ever want to. It's great.

    Ferris avatar

    me too. very happy with it, and 10 bucks for the paid version is pretty inexpensive.

    decavolt avatar

    Very good point - the paid version is cheap and well worth it.


    well, for an average user like me, I never really understood the advantages of a paid version. What did you convince you to pay for it, besides helping the developers?

    Ferris avatar

    I know it's risky put all eggs on the same basket, but for some sites/app I add the 2FA on bitwarden too :D
    And to help the devs, as well.

    decavolt avatar

    I haven't :) I think for most users the free version is everything they need. For $1 or $3 (depending on the tier) you get the ability to store and encrypt files instead of just passwords and text notes, etc. More on that here:

    neonfire avatar

    Bitwarden has been amazing for me and I'm slowly getting my family to use it as well


    Bitwarden has been great for me as well...I don't know that I'll ever get the certain family members away from their password book though.

    Ronno avatar


    My girlfriend made an account as soon as I mentioned that we could be each others emergency contacts, which is the feature we hope never to use, but it is great knowing that we got it covered.


    The family thing was the selling point for me.

    decavolt avatar

    Oh yeah, that's such a huge feature for my wife and kids.


    What are the family features?

    m-p-3 avatar

    The only thing it lacks IMO are custom items types but it's on the roadmap.

    Semmelstulle avatar

    Don't forget you can self host it, preferably with Vaultwarden.

    tylerh, in Best file menager on android?
    tylerh avatar

    Solid File Explorer, bought it forever ago, and it hasn't let me down yet.

    Nankeru avatar

    +1 - Solid File Explorer has a ton of features, is fast and never let me down as well.
    Tried others, but always came back to it.

    brianshatchet, in YouTube tests disabling videos for people using ad blockers

    What pisses me off is when I have some appliance or vehicle malfunction and it bombards me with ads when there's an emergency and trying to find information quickly on mobile. It's especially annoying when that information doesn't exist anywhere else on the internet.

    tal, (edited )
    tal avatar

    They apparently sell a premium service without ads for $12/month.

    I'd be interested to know whether they data-mine premium account activity. If yes, then they have a link to payment information and thus personal identity to link whatever they're data-mining to. I would object to that. If no, if you can buy privacy, that might be interesting.

    hedders, in My ISP has taken total control of my network avatar

    Never ceases to amaze me just how awful US ISPs are. Why do they get to behave like this? Are they local monopolies or something?

    czech, (edited )
    czech avatar

    They are an oligopoly. Funny video about it with nsfw language:

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    There’s one other big provider here, but it’s not nearly as fast or reliable, nor as easy to work with. Up until today, I always praised my ISP, but this is absolutely bonkers!

    hedders, avatar

    By comparison, I live in a small town in rural south east England. I could choose from any one of at least 12 different ISPs, all of whom offer gigabit fibre. And we're relatively backward compared to mainland Europe.

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    We’re aggressively backward where I live.


    Yes, they are local monopolies. They stay out of each other’s territory, like gangsters.

    hedders, avatar

    Good grief. How depressing.


    @hedders @LinkOpensChest_wav if US citizen migrate to Europe for that reason, does that make them technical refugees? :)

    empireOfLove, in My ISP has taken total control of my network avatar

    Get. Rid. Of. Their. Router.

    ISP provided networking routers are inherently garbage. They don’t want users messing with that, because your average user doesn’t even know what the fuck an ethernet cable is and will break everything by fucking around in it.

    Run your own router and put theirs into modem only mode with routing and wifi disabled. If that’s not an option ask their tech support if you can buy your own DOCSIS/fiber modem (or whatever hardware you use) and return their hardware. If they also don’t allow that… well, switch or just suck it and deal with it while the ISP rubs their nipples some more.


    You could always do double NAT (put your own router behind theirs) as last resort. It’s not that bad, I’ve done it a lot.

    empireOfLove, avatar

    yeah, double-NAT tends to break a lot of multiplayer games though so I heavily try to avoid it.


    That’s surprising, considering CGNAT would break it as well and is meaningfully common.

    anonymoose, avatar

    Out of curiosity, if your router is able to connect with their network, why do you then need to add their router back in front of yours?


    If you can’t disable theirs.


    In that case you totally don’t. But many ISPs only allow their own routers/modems or require some very specific abilities from 3rd-party routers usually only found on more high end (expensive) models. So sometimes the last resort is double NATing (which is fine for most users).

    dingus, avatar

    Do you need NAT if their network supports IPv6 and your whole home network is set up in IPv6?


    Probably, unless they have a static delegation or do prefix delegation properly, which if they did they probably don’t suck enough to require double NAT^ lol

    ^single NAT for IPv6, assuming they don’t NAT it themselves


    my ISP didn’t gave me the captive portal password and I’m afraid to reset it now because they’ve manually entered the WAN IP 😩

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  • empireOfLove, avatar

    Of course they have to configure the modem- they have to set it up right to talk to their own hardware. Itd be impossible to use otherwise.

    The point is to insulate your actual LAN settings and router from the ISP so they can’t go fuck with it. This isn’t even a security thing - the ISP can and already is sniffing every packet you send - it’s just trying to maintain some semblance of usable control.

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    So I can’t disable wireless mode. This too is greyed out, and it also doesn’t let me disable wireless via the app. (When I try, it throws a popup that says “You must have at least one network.”

    So is my best bet to get my own modem with router built in, or could I still connect a router to this, but never use the wifi connection through their equipment? I don’t have a lot of money, so I also want to be a bit mindful of cost.


    Yes, get your own router, don’t use the app. If you’re technically inclined, the app will only restrict what you can do with the equipment. And with ISP owned equipment, they have api access to your equipment.

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    I deleted the app as soon as I got a normal router put in place and my network set up the way I want. I’m not sure why I even thought the app would do what I wanted, but the agent deliberately deceived me.


    Fvck it, run your own router on top of that. Make a another local network and just connect it to the ISP Router, then connect all your devices to the new local. Voila.

    Also run a VPN on the new router if you daisy-chain them.


    I'd check to see if your provider has an approved modem list, buy one off that and then run your own router.

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    So I will want a separate router vs. buying one that has it built in? I can use whatever router I want, right? That part doesn’t have to be from the list.


    You are going to get more functionality if you buy separate devices. A combo router is going to give you less flexibility in the future. That is why you keep getting that recommendation.

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    That makes sense, thanks. As much as I try to educate myself, I’m a soft sciences guy and a bit of a misfit when it comes to this type of thing :P


    Also keep in mind that you’ll be free of whatever rental fee they were charging you to use their modem/router.

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    Damn, you’re not wong! I’ve had this ISP at this address since 2019, and before that we had them at another address for 4 years. I could have probably bought my own modem and router several times over.


    Wow. Yeah, that’s a LOT of wasted money :(

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    It is, and connecting the new router I got, I realize that what I have from the ISP is actually pretty substandard. I can’t wait until I can return it.


    For real, dude. You can get a 2.5gbps home LAN setup these days for a few hundred dollars, and that’s going to be WAY better than the shit Comcast or whoever rents you. The only exception to that is if you’ve got fiber - I believe you’re locked into using their transceiver (because the tech is proprietary). But if you’re on traditional co-ax broadband, the world is your oyster.

    Maximilious avatar

    Any combo modem router is typically trash and you NEED separate modem because if you get a combo you will be in the same situation. They will flash the combo unit with the same firmware wether you own it or not.

    You will want an aris modem from there approved list and a good wireless router. When you swap out your modem you will need to call in so they can flash it with thier firmware (which is fine). You can then configure your router as needed.

    I can't recommend a wireless router because I have a Unifi household and have been out of the consumer space for a while. I hear netgear nighthawk are still creame of the crop though.

    anonymoose, avatar

    Wow, so ISPs can usually flash custom firmware on a 3rd party router? I’m surprised that capability exists, although I can kinda see the rationale for why it does.


    No but to modems they can because the modem needs to talk to their equipment.


    Can ISP’s really flash firmware to a 3rd party router? That’s wild. I’m not sure that’s happened to me before, and I’ve been forced to use Comcast/xfinity my whole adult life. I’ve had multiple Arris modems, and whenever I check their status page, it was always Arris branded, and stayed the same before and after hooking it up and registering it with the ISP.

    I always assumed the rigamarole of registering a personal modem was simply a white listing process (give MAC address, receive internet). I’ll have to look more into it, I didn’t know there was anything else going on.


    When I try, it throws a popup that says “You must have at least one network.”

    Sounds like it might allow you to disable it after you plug your own router in. If not, customer service might be able to do it. Ask them to put it in modem only mode.


    All the router modem combos I have used have basically disabled most of the features including wifi if it gets set in modem only mode


    Some ISPs will not let you put the modem into a true bridged mode. I would try to disable as much on it as you can. As long as the traffic can pass through from the modem to your router that’s the important part.


    Yup.iterally only use the modem to convert the signal, then run your own setup off that Ethernet cable.


    Yup.iterally only use the modem to convert the signal, then run your own setup off that Ethernet cable.

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    That’s what I’m thinking. I looked up how to use bridge mode for my router, and it does look like I am able to access that setting, at least for now.


    I bought a refurbished cable modem for less than $30 off of amazon that's working well for me. I'd just go that route instead of using their equipment. Even if it breaks in a year, that's savings over renting ISP equipment.


    That is literally fucked. There are some scenario’s where I can imagine an ISP wanting to force wireless on. a mesh network for their customers sounds like the most straightforward reason. if you cannot replace the router, faraday the shit out of it. put your own router behind the isp router and don’t forget to change the MAC address of the router (isp will probably block any 3rd party router macs on the network. seen it before)

    empireOfLove, avatar

    The worst part that ISP’s do these days is have all their hardware broadcast “guest” networks that you can’t disable. They market it as a bonus since any of their own customers using their own apps can connect to any ISP-provided guest network anywhere to save mobile data, but it’s actually just a massive uncontrollable security hole.


    That shit would get thrown in a metal cage and treated as a radioactive DMZ network-wise if I was forced to use it

    My ISP is the dumb pipe my internet comes from, it’s bad enough that they inject bandwidth cap warnings into the raw HTML of webpages like some sort of adware virus, they can stay the fuck out of my local network


    messing with html sounds very worrying to me. is that on https connections to any site they do not control? Do you have an isp application installed?


    Only HTTP, they intercept any unencrypted page in flight and inject a giant banner at the top that won’t go away until you acknowledge it, no local application required

    This is 100% legal in the US, and in fact, some small regional ISPs actually made money injecting actual ads into webpages, literal spyware


    that would immediately prompt me to use vpn for any connection. I’m sorry to hear that man.


    This is the result of the death of isps as net-neutral carriers.


    When I had Comcast, I had to call them and have them turn this stuff off for me, fwiw.

    I’ve owned a TP-Link that frequently lost all my settings. I’ve owned two Netgears and they’ve been great. I’ve owned two Linksyses and they’ve been great. That’s just my experience.

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    I couldn’t even access the Netgear settings without creating a Netgear account, so I returned it. My friend who has a Netgear said this didn’t used to be the case, but I could not bypass that requirement.


    Fun thought. I’d try wrapping their wifi router in a faraday cage of chicken wire, test that the signal isn’t going out with a nearby smartphone, then plug ethernet from their to my own wifi router.

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    Does chicken wire actually work for this?


    I haven’t tried it but if it chicken wire has enough metal in it, it should work, in principle. I don’t get great reception in my chicken run wrapped in chicken wire, if that makes for a good sign.

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    Ah so similar to the metal screen that keeps microwaves from escaping a microwave oven.

    I know people who raise chickens, so maybe I can hit then up for some wire


    I have fiber here in my apartment.

    There is an optical network terminal with an Ethernet port on it. The optical network terminal does not appear to do any routing, just conversion of the signal between the electrical and optical interfaces. An ordinary PC can be plugged directly into it, use DHCP to get its IP address, and that’s it.

    I was supplied a router by the ISP as well. It’s spent the better part of the last decade gathering dust in a drawer.

    empireOfLove, avatar

    lucky bastard, enjoying fiber optic internet with common sense hardware…


    No kidding. I’m going to sorely miss this setup if I ever move out.

    AlexisFR, avatar

    Is the Unify Dream Machine a good option?



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    Yeah I was thinking about the consumer one, which also has a WiFi AP integrated.




    I have the usg pro 4 with ap pros and love it.


    I can’t speak to the all in one dream machine, though I’m sure it’s similar in capability to my UDM pro, which has been fairly solid for me and only really has had trouble when I induced it myself. It’s definitely much more complex and open than most home routers, and allows you to set every single thing you can think of, the drawback though is that it’s not as automated as some home routers and you need to know what you are setting more in depth when you step off the auto modes. Overall I’ve been very happy with my unifi setup. I also use Protect and I’m looking to set up Access too soon(ish).


    It’s good enough.

    I’m running wired routers with their wifi systems. I have a lot of control over my network.


    If you’re on the techy side and want an all-in-one solution? Sure, if you plan on expanding within their ecosystem later. Unifi’s biggest benefit is the ecosystem, being able to manage everything from one place is nice.


    I worked on one clients unifi setup and loved it. Immediately got the usg 4 pro, 24 port switch and 3 pro waps. Highly recommend for a prosumer can be whack, but lots of YouTube and forums. Meraki too pricey for home setup but the support is top tier for critical business.

    nutbutter, in Redirect YouTube to Piped

    There is an extension called LibRedirect that does this. It’s customisable, as in, we can set if we want to redirect to piped or invidious, and which specific instances to use. Not only just YouTube but other services like GitHub to Gothub, Twitter to Nitter, reddit to libreddit etc. The default settings are already great.

    Edit - added the link.


    That sounds great! I’ll check it out


    It works with embedded content too. And if you’re on android, check out UntrackMe app on f-droid.

    eruchitanda, avatar

    The problem with all those addons is that you’re limited; you can use only what they already set for you.

    Redirector is more flexible.


    That's not even true. I use my custom instance for Piped and Libreddit in LibRedirect on all my devices.


    It is, but it already has all the services that most would use with big QoL features compared to Redirector. Namely quickly adding and removing instances, and quickly enabling and disabling redireciton for specific services. And is a lot easier to use in general especially for people who don’t know regex.

    Plus Libredirect has a few features that redirector doesn’t, the ability to redirect to multiple different instances, and the ability to redirect embedded content such as any embedded youtube videos on any other website.
    But as you said, redirector is more flexible if you need it for something other than the ~20 services that LibRedirect handles.

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    Libredirect user here (casual).

    All of this only makes sense if you’re redirecting to a frontend, right? Not an alternative platform? For instance, it would be nice to redirect all Goodreads links to Bookwyrm, but I’m not sure if this is possible. (Already got it set to redirect to Biblioreads, but just curious since Bookwyrm is what I actually use.)

    ChaoticNeutralCzech, avatar

    Redirector does embedded content, too. And stylesheets, scripts and anything (if you select it).


    Yooo I had not heard of gothub I’ve been looking for something like this. I’m assuming it is possible to clone repositories?


    I’m just over here looking for goth-hub.


    I love this. Now i want to spin up and instance and start themeing

    EpicFailGuy avatar


    @handygaber @nutbutter @Twashe

    Will have to settle for prawn hub

    yukichigai, in Google removed the keyboard from the AndroidTV OS; now required to use voice or your mobile device.
    yukichigai avatar

    Pretty sure this is a bug. Gboard can freak out after an update and stop working. Sometimes you need to reinstall Gboard, sometimes switching your language to English makes it work again, sometimes it's the TV freaking out over some USB device that needs to be unplugged and replugged.


    Shit you were right, thanks


    I can’t believe im a the privacy community, and someone is talking about Gboard like a normal product rather than trying to convince us it’s the actual devil.

    yukichigai avatar

    Would you accept "it's the actual devil but also it's buggy"?


    I had to ditch it becuase it’s a damn resource hog.

    yukichigai avatar

    That too!

    Still beats Samsung's default keyboard on Android devices though. *shudder*


    Recently switched from Samsung keyboard to Gboard, and at least Gboard isn’t feeling as sluggish as Samsung… Also the emoji keyboard got a search bar


    What else would you recommend? I’ve been using Gboard forever at this point, but I’m down to explore other options.


    Either Florisboard or Openboard, I like the latter

    LinkOpensChest_wav, (edited ) in Google's trying to DRM the internet, and we have to make sure they fail avatar

    In every comment thread about the importance of supporting Firefox, there’s always at least one comment claiming Firefox is slow, even while I repeatedly see the data say otherwise.

    Anecdotally, I’ve used Firefox, Waterfox, and Librewolf on PC, and none have been slow.

    I’ve used Firefox, Firefox Beta, and Fennec on Android, and if anything they seem faster and easier to use than Chrome (and they actually tend to work like an actual internet browser).

    I’m not saying these commenters are all Google sockpuppets, but maybe they’re parroting misinformation, or maybe they’re using an Apple OS iOS, where Firefox is basically Safari.

    It’s just really perplexing to me.


    Yeah I’ve noticed the same thing. I’ve been deliberately trying to do a bit of Firefox advocacy for a while (cos I honestly believe increasing its userbase is our only chance to avoid google ruining the internet). But yes every time there’s a bunch of people confidently complaining about how bad/slow Firefox is and advocating for brave or chrome.

    Initially I thought it was just a bit of historical baggage but it happens very consistently and aggressively so I’ve had the same thought.


    Meanwhile, I’ve been using Firefox for ages and have never experienced the problems these people keep complaining about.

    There was a brief time when Chrome ran better than Firefox on an old 512MB laptop I had, but Chrome has since become an infamous RAM hog. Firefox is the lightweight one now, and has been for quite a few years.

    sab avatar

    Worth mentioning that, as much as it pains me to back Apple, Safari is also a good alternative for those it's available for (at least in this regard). It's one of the only browsers other than Firefox not using Chromium. And WebKit, it's renderer, is a pretty badass project.

    TenorTheHusky avatar

    Chromium and its forks actually all use WebKit as well:

    WebKit: Rendering engine shared between Safari, Chromium, and all other WebKit-based browsers.

    chameleon avatar

    Blink and WebKit completely diverged in 2013 after the fork. That document is virtually identical to its 2012 version and is marked as outdated in several places.

    TenorTheHusky avatar

    Oh huh, TIL. I had always assumed they were all webkit just due to the amount of compatibility code I've had to implement in CSS with -webkit styles. It makes sense that a fork like Blink would be backwards compatible with those though

    sab avatar

    Is this up to date? I thought they forked from WebKit ten years ago.


    Firefox is not “basically Safari” on macOS, that is only true on mobile.


    People seem to be unaware that Firefox on Android (not IOS unfortunately) has support for several useful extensions. Ad blocking is the obvious benefit, but I use a Text-to-speech extension every day.

    ahriboy, avatar

    Firefox for iOS might switch to their own engine if Apple relaxes the rules on web browsers. New EU laws will put full pressure on Big Tech.

    hellfire103, avatar

    I think Apple will have to, since they’re also going to have to allow sideloading. However, knowing Apple, they’ll probably wait right up until the deadline the EU has set before actually giving us what we want.

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    I did not know this, so thanks for the correction