I fucking hate it when the power goes out. It really fucks up my computer set up, just the way I like it. Sunday afternoon my block's power went out for about 5 minutes. It might have been a wider region but seeing the traffic lights out was the extent of my verification.
Before you suggest it, I have 3 UPS, all with lame batteries that need replacing. What I really need is a big robust one. I also need proper grounding everywhere in my house that's over a century old.
Every problem is an opportunity. I've been overhauling some rooms and my computer set up was on that list. It still needs much work, but it's improving - and I'm trying to plan for the future, including a home server or few. IMO, every home should have a server just like any other home appliance or utility. Fuck the corporate cloud and their monopoly on our information and all information.
I've got thousands of links in my Brave Browser's glitchy Sidewise vertical tab thingy, and there's no session manager in Brave, among lots of other critical problems. I really don't know why they can't design a decent reliable bookmark-manager/vertical-tabs addon. Because of my nervousness about the power, plus my reluctance to get too comfy while rebooting several times, I was using a secondary browser: Pale Moon. (As is well recommended here: https://digdeeper.neocities.org/ghost/browsers.html)
I'm using YouTube on Pale Moon to listen to while moving, sawing, drilling, and cleaning up, and I dove into their addons and realized a few things. 1) I miss the old FireFox. 2) OMG how much of a timesuck it is to custom configure Pale Moon. 3) Pale Moon still needs A LOT of our help and support in all things, from old and new addon dev, upkeep, and documentation (ie. conflicts), to whatever it is they do to keep it current and running smoothly, etc. 4) I fucking hate the all pervasive YouTube ads. I don't know if it was Brave or my few YouTube addons not available on the old Pale Moon but I miss them. Also I miss my YouTube screenshot and not having it automatically set at 2x speed at least (YouTube Magic Actions + YouTube Control Center addons). 5) Pale Moon has VASTLY better tab memory management. There's no way I could have had a couple hundred tabs open in Brave - even before having them auto-hibernate. A little slower in some things, faster in others, and more stable IMO.
After a lot of joy and frustration over the last couple days, because I miss the more customizable toolbars and know it's the least compromised browser, I'm realizing I need to switch to Pale Moon, but I'm afraid I'm switching to a dinosaur.
Other ideas came to mind too.
It seems to me we need to draft up and widely publicize an open and secure censorship-free communications and transactions manifesto (insert nifty title or acronym here). There's no shortage of me going on about a variety of these issues, including /s/DecentralizeAllThings, Free/Libre Open Source Software (/s/FLOSS), and other things. In all that time I'd not bothered to consider much the very applications we utilize most: our browsers. IMO these are profoundly overlooked and MUST be critically included in the freedom equation.
First, an Internet Bill Of Rights is a nice idea, and should be pursued, but the truth is those with power don't give a shit about our "rights". That's why we must MAKE our rights entrenched in operational code that serves us not them.
I haven't written a manifesto yet, and perhaps there's already one out there, but it seems to me we need to focus on developing all of these projects to be inter-related (easy for me to say as I don't code) above most of the other distractions of the world or there will be no ability to actually perceive the world accurately.
I no order, because they're all essential, we need:
- All these projects must be transparently developed FLOSS (Free/Libré Open Source Software)
- All these projects must be decentralized and cooperatively federated
- In addition to extant federated projects (Mastodon, PeerTube, etc) we need an aggregator with a forum (like Reddit/SaidIt) for sharing content across diverse platforms (ie. news, topical, communities, channels/feeds/bots)
- A platform aggregator is necessary and should be integrated so that
- Creators, users, and/or bots can make a single post yet it will include links to diverse platforms hosting the same mirrored content (articles, images, video, other media, etc)
- The single post can show up in many subs with one conversation
- The single post could branch off separate conversations
- The single post should have meta-tags, perhaps 2 sets: original poster and users (with votes for most applicable)
- The single post should have related fields, content, links (author, date, topic, wikis, etc.)
- A secure aggregator for income and payments should be inter-related and seems necessary (especially for creators who share their heavily censored content across as many platforms as they can and need a simple way to track, tally, and manage their rewards (obviously non-censored content need not take so many precautions))
- Develop an InterGit so that development is shared across the Internet rather than be centrally controlled
- Synced backups and databases should utilize IPFS, Shard, Blockchain, and Torrent protocols
- Those who host and share content and archives must be rewarded
- 4 modes:
- Phone: simplistic, helps spread out the network, need not be a deep archive
- Basic: any PC plug 'n' play
- Advanced: tonnes of settings
- Expert: breakable if you don't know what you're doing
- Exchanges should be simple, transparent, and verifiable for diverse cryptocurrencies for archive-hosts, content creators, merchants, and general use
- We need better channels to communicate
- ISPs (Internet Service Providers), more than one (competition, options, etc.)
- VPN (encrypted Virtual Private Networks)
- We need much better browsers, not dominated by the technocracy
- The browser(s) need addons to assist in sharing content and letting you know where it's already been shared
- We need FLOSS and reliable storage such as FreeNAS
- We need FLOSS operating systems like Linux
- We also need diverse options if/when they pull the plug. I hate it when the power goes out.
Maybe I'm just dreaming, but these are things we NEED to have freedom, not just want. Have I missed anything? Am I wrong? Tell me about it.
Only one way to stop communications is when the power goes out. We need to prevent all the problems.