Cook: Companies like Facebook don’t deserve praise, “they deserve reform” (Six Colors)
Technology does not need vast troves of personal data, stitched together across dozens of websites and apps, in order to succeed. Advertising existed and thrived for decades without it.

From Tim Cook’s remarks last week at Computers, Privacy & Data Protection 2021 conference. All I can say is: A-fucking-men. macOS may annoy me sometimes, but there’s no other company I’d trust with my location and health data.

Robin Rendle › Newsletters (robinrendle.com)
Yet websites are treated as these embarrassing, ugly, ad-riddled things, whilst newsletters have established some kind of prestige for themselves somehow.

I saw this article about newsletters and how people like them more than websites despite the web having all these pretty fonts and layout capabilities.

That misses the point. Good writing is good writing irrespective of fonts and typography.

Newsletters are usually read via a mail client. This means those articles already use beautiful (licensed) system fonts. They’re already downloaded onto your system so they load instantly. They’re hand curated by yourself. They’re in your inbox. No infinite scrolling or comments or faff.

People like newsletters more than the web because they don’t use RSS and mail clients stopped including RSS readers.

My Unusually Normal Life in Taiwan Amid the Global Pandemic by Tim Culpan (bloomberg.com)
As videos circulated of rebellious Americans refusing the most basic of precautions under the pretense of freedom, Taiwan shook its collective head and nodded at what real freedom looked like: the ability to have a drink at a bar without fear of catching a deadly airborne illness.

I get this same feeling, even from Japan. I wish the government hadn’t let the Olympics dictate their lack of action – we could have been the same as Taiwan and New Zealand.

How and why I stopped buying new laptops (LOW←TECH MAGAZINE)
Being an independent journalist – or an office worker if you wish – I always reasoned that I needed a decent computer and that I need to pay for quality.

This is article about How and why I stopped buying new laptops from Low Tech Magazine about reducing your environmental impact by avoiding the upgrade cycle and using your old (or used) laptop inspires me to continue using mid-2014 Macbook Pro as long as possible.

The author favors older Thinkpads because of their repairability. Repairability gave me a pause when I originally purchased my laptop. Thankfully it hasn’t been a problem yet, but I fear it may take my machine before it’s time.

Codeberg.org (Codeberg.org)
Codeberg is founded as a Non-Profit Organization, with the objective to give the Open-Source code that is running our world a safe and friendly home, and to ensure that free code remains free and secure forever.

I haven’t used Codeberg (a GitHub alternative), but their copy on front page strikes me.

No tracking. Your data is not for sale.
All services run on servers under our control. No dependencies on external services. No third party cookies, no tracking.
Hosted in the EU, we welcome the world.

Using external services for every last thing, you end up with your data being spread out amongst multiple (unknown to you) vendors, each with different security-implications / privacy policies / regulations all across the world. It makes your service more brittle (increased points of failure) and less secure (increased attack vectors). Seeing a service make this central to their product is refreshing.

Focusing on privacy and hosting in non-US owned/operated datacenters in the EU will be a competitive advantage when going up against the US tech companies in the future, if it isn’t already.