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February is the month that marks my entrance into the Fediverse. It was in 2019, after I had deleted my mainstream social accounts.

I started by opening an account on Mastodon but, after a year, I was banned from mastodon dot social without any reason or explanation. (You can read that story here if you like: mastodon.social account suspension — Escrito à máquina...)

While, at first, I was upset, I came to realise that that was the best thing they could have done to me!

Being banned from mastodon dot social made look for alternatives and I found them! I have discovered masto.pt – Mastodon (PT), a friendly Portuguese community; Pleroma, Friendica, Diaspora, Misskey and the one I really think is the The ultimate network — Escrito à máquina...: Hubzilla.

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blabberi


XMPP has been around since 1999 and it is really such a power standard that we can use for our on-line communications that it is difficult for me to understand how it is possible that so many people aren't aware of its potentialities and live under the restrictive dependence of the big corporations that exploit them.

No one should have to change their favourite IM client to be able to talk to friends and family as they don't have to change their car just because they want to drive to a nearby town to visit family! And that's possible with XMPP. Moreover, it's also possible to talk securely and privately using one of the many XMPP clients like blabber.im. And you can also create private and encrypted groups with this client.

blabbler.im is a fork of Conversations and I find it to be better organised and with better support than the later.

If you haven't tried it, I high commend it. It is a very powerful communication tool that puts in our hands all the power of the XMPP universal messaging standard!

#im #jabber #xmpp #blabber #imclient

Hubzilla

Zotlabs|Hubzilla – hubzilla@zotlabs.org


Well, my friends, I think that my quest for the best platform (IMHO) on the #Fediverse has reached its end! I've found HUBZILLA!

I already knew about its existence but I hadn't decided to try it yet. It was only after a friend asked me if I “hadn't tried a bit of Hubzilla” that I decided to give it a try! And I finally discovered that this was the network that I'd been looking for since I started blogging! Had I started using it — instead of Mastodon — and I wouldn't have ever suffered the disappointment of being banned by the stupid staff of certain well known instance!

So, why is Hubzilla the ultimate network in the whole Fediverse?

Well, it looks great!

Your posts and photos look really great, even on big screens!

It has no silly character limit!

It supports Markdown!

It connects to Mastodon, Friendica, Diaspora and many other networks!

It has tons of interesting and useful features like the possibility of creating webpages and using WebDAV to access and share your files!

You can create up to ten channels!

Your identity is nomadic, which means that you own your identity and it isn't liked to any server. You can move it to any other server at any time!

And you can clone your channel to any number of other servers. If one goes down, you just need to log in to another and keep blogging! They are all always in sync!

Here is my new home on the great Fediverse:

João Pinheiro – joaopinheiro@zotum.net

And you can check its clones on the following links:

João Pinheiro – joaopinheiro@fsphub.org

João Pinheiro – joaopinheiro@hub.pericles.hu

And... These are the reasons that allow me to conclude that Hubzilla is the ultimate network! But you'll have to find that out by yourselves!

Oh! Have I already said that it looks great?!

#blog #hubzilla #fediverse

Being a very curious person and a teacher always in the pursue of innovative means to convey the message and to help my students develop their skills and evolve into better human beings has been the drive for my willingness to learn more and explore new ways of doing things.

Since a very early age, around my 12 years of age, when computers started to be a thing in Portugal, I had the luck of being given one by my grandfather. It opened the door for more exploration and new discoveries.

One area that I must confess I'm very fond of is social networking. Another one is communication. Well, social networking is a form of communication. I also like photography very much! And many other things... But, let's not allow this list to grow bigger...

So, my main use of the Internet revolves around communicating with others, whether it is through social networks or any tool that allows the communication with others and also sharing/viewing photography related sites.

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I consider myself an advanced GNU/Linux user. Not because I can code or because I can do very advanced “operations” using the power of GNU/Linux operating systems, but because I've used many different GNU/Linux OSes over more than 20 years, I can install them and I can set them up according to my needs and I use them 100% of the time I'm on my computer. (I have Windows on a VM because, sometimes, I really have to use it.) And because I've been able to solve all my problems with computers by myself with the help of the great community of GNU/Linux enthusiasts that kindly share their knowledge with us. Thanks to them I've also been able to set up my small home network. I've even built some of the computers I've used through these years! And everything works fine! Not bad for a teacher of English, right?! I've always loved tinkering with machines...

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KNOPPIX


Recently I got really tired of being forced to use Windows at my school because the GNU/Linux distribution that is installed on the computers is so outdated that it can't simply be used... And I also got very tired of having to open three, four or more different webpages and enter my credentials on each of them every hour! Besides being an absolutely tedious task, it is also very time consuming!

Moreover, there is also the problem of not being able to use my usual programmes, nor is it possible for me to solve some issues, because I'm not the system administrator and I was not given administrator rights.

So, after having talked about the problems that I commonly face at school when using the classroom computers, we came up with the idea of using a Live GNU/Linux distro.

And this was the beginning of my quest...

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The Gulag Archipelago


This is just a very short post to let you know that I've just finished listening to the abridged version of “The Gulag Archipelago”, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

When I first talked about the book I had said: “What a great book! What an enormous human experience!”

Today I feel that I must add a little piece of information: “What an awesome piece of literature!!!

If you haven't read or heard it, do yourself a favour and read or hear it! It might even change who you are or what you believe in! It's really that GREAT!

#goodreads #books #100DaysToOffload

After having entered the Fediverse through Mastodon, I couldn't resist the temptation to try other networks. And it was this exploration that led me to discover Friendica, one of the oldest networks in the whole Fediverse. And I really must say that Friendica has become my favourite network!

“Why is that so?”, you may ask. Let me try to explain that briefly:

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Teaching Tolerance


Teaching Tolerance is a very resourceful website for teachers and for all those that care about the issue of #tolerance.

#100DaysToOffload – 24

#teaching #teachers #tolerance #racism

Dear friends,

During this period I receive/read many publications from many friends wishing me/us a “Merry Christmas” and “a happy New Year”, which is very kind of you. And I really thank you for taking the time and being so kind!

This is always a strange time to me because I don't reply with the same type of wishes, and I can feel your disappointment... That happens because we don't celebrate Christmas. So, I try to answer as politely as I can, in order not to hurt anyone's feelings. I really would hate if my words would cause that to anybody!

But I feel that some of you feel strange about this... How can he be Christian and not celebrate Christmas?, I almost hear you ask yourselves! And that is a legitimate question.

Well, let me try to explain this in a simple way.

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