My Pixel 4a got an upgrade to Android 14. But not from Google who dropped support for this phone recently, but from @CalyxOS ! Imagine that. Huge kudos to the Calyx team and a big middle finger to Google by making humans buy new phones every year and rendering the old phones obsolete just because of no software updates.
In a trade-based society all humans care is about their trade advantages. Fuck Google with their Pixel 8 software support till 2030. That's a marketing nonsense. They should be ashamed for even releasing yet another phone that's exactly like the previous one, and making their old phones obsolete by refusing to push updates to them.
A few months in and I love CalyxOS. Everything works great. My phone is ads and trackers free. A true trade-free OS for the phone :).
Here's a photo of Jupiter through my Pixel 4a and Celestron SLT 130 telescope. I can do better probably and this is with no enhancing, straight out of the phone:
Just a start... :D - I will try to do better. But you can still see some color and the stripes.
hmm my TROMjaro is freezing randomly, several times a day for the past week or so. Probably has to do with some recent updates but I am baffled since I tried different kernels, I also tried the NVIDIA open source or proprietary drivers, even removed it altogether. This is a terrible bug/situation for anyone..... It is true that I install too many packages to test for TROMjaro and do so many experiments on my system, but I'd like not to reinstall the OS now...
Gthumb cannot start anymore due to some "segmentation fault (core dumped)". Kdenlive doesn't start duet to some weird error "kf.service.sycoca: The menu spec file ( "" ) contains a Layout or DefaultLayout tag without the mandatory Merge tag inside. Please fix it."
IDK what is happening... :D
I may have to start all over and reinstall. But it would be terrible to reinstall TROMjaro to then have it freeze again.
EDIT: Could be the BIOS. I updated. Let's see....
@PeerTube we have released our documentary exclusively on Peertube and only there, in June. It is 5 hours long, 4 parts, and we worked 3 years to make it. Here it is https://videos.trom.tf/w/p/fVpfZ9VfWrWawHkggKi7Wz
Please consider adding it to your https://joinpeertube.org/#find-peertube-videos website as a showcase of original Peertube releases if you think it is worth it. We have it subtitled in a few languages already and it is basically about why the bad things that happen in the world (where do they originate from), but also about how we could maybe change that. It is about open source, volunteers, and overall treating people as humans and helping them. To help each other.
Please consider it and maybe our instance too - https://videos.trom.tf - dedicated to science/technology/activism.
Can someone please tell spain and the people living there that it is not normal to stay inside with your winter coat and shoes on and be cold when outside are 10 degrees? In Romania we stay in a tshirt inside when outside there are -10 degrees or less.
INSULATION! That's the difference Spain!
It is amazing to me how Spain, and other tribes too, waste so much energy and people feel uncomfortable too, just because they do not insulate their houses. We have put carpets in the entire house here in Spain, use a gas heater in the day time or go on the terrace if it is sunny since it is much warmer than inside, and have fluffy clothes designed for the winter that we use inside. And still it is COLD and uncomfortable!
It is insane. Inside humidity is being created and thus a lot of mold. We have to clean and paint.... It is a disaster Spain!
Overall a massive waste of energy and a lot of discomfort.
I don't think we can watch movies anymore.... It is rare that I want to watch a movie, actually almost never. But if there is any movie about some real-scientific event or scientist, and if it is accurate enough, I'd like to give it a try. I added a few of such movies on VN http://videoneat.com/movies
Anyway, recently this movie Oppenheimer was released - about the Oppenheimer man. The scientist. His role in the understanding of these tiny creatures we call atoms and the quantum physics, but also his involvement in the creation of the atomic bomb.
Well....fucking boring as hell. I'd rather watch a documentary about that. But a movie....so silly....so all over the place. So confusing. So loooooooong. We had to stop it after 30-40 minutes and watch a documentary. A documentary about real things and with real people. Not "acting" people.
Anyway. I understand not all movies are made equal but considering this one was a "wow" popular movie praised by so many....I find it ridiculous overall.
We are watching Planet Earth 3 and that's some really good shit! I will add more documentaries to VN the following weeks https://www.videoneat.com/category/documentaries/
But yeah, I think if people were to understand how awesome reality is, they would not watch movies anymore. The reality is billions of times more complex and mind blowing than any movie.
Oh wait, are people still eating 3 meals a day? I've only eaten 2 meals a day for the past....idk....2 decades? :D - and everyone I know probably.... I think 3 meals a day is too much. In fact there is a positive outcome to eating less. You age slower ;).
Anyway, yeah people are being poorer it seems. Prices are rising. Thank God for the mighty Economy and the fantasy money we worship :)
In this video Adam Conover argues that people cannot leave Twitter because everyone is there and Mastodon is hard to use. He thinks that the best is to transform Twitter into a nationalized, gov-owned public good platform.
He may be right that people are not going to leave Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and the like since "everyone is there". Which, let's be honest, is an indirect way of saying that humans are mindless sheep who will go to the popular party regardless if they are fucked in the ass all day. So let's not brush this aside. Humans are mindless idiots, at least most of them. And busy for that matter. That should scare the shit out of us and to make us try to find a solution for that, not a solution for Twitter and the like.
Second, Mastodon is not the fucking "fediverse". The fediverse is a big network made up of many different platforms. It is like calling the mail, GMAIL. As if it is only Gmail. Also, if Mastodon is hard to use, and for that matter other platforms like Friendica and so forth, then humans must be true idiots because it takes you a minute to understand how these work. They are as "complicated" as Twitter, Facebook and the like. The people who think that using Linux or a federated platform is "hard", are those that need any little excuse to not change their habits. When people start to use new platforms like Zoom, TikTok and the like, they put up with whatever new interfaces they have to navigate, just to use them because "these apps are trendy and everyone uses them".
Lastly, a gov owned social network is not like a gov owned educational network like PBS....PBS produces specific content that it controls. A social network is made up of the content that people produce....if the gov would control that, it would be censored like hell. Terrible idea!
The solution is decentralization. Else you have a giant company or gov that decides what we are allowed to post. Therefore, small instances of locally-moderated groups of people, that create a giant network. Welcome to the Fediverse.
Now let's continue to educate people about it rather than dreaming about the gov taking over a multi-billion dollar ad-based company and making it usable and free for all of us.
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!Friendica Support Out of curiosity is there a way in Friendica to ONLY allow the friends to comment on your posts? I know that basically anyone can regardless, but to never be visible to you almost like anyone who is not your friend, is IGNORED. I think that could be a great way to deal with the trolls and for big accounts to better manage their mental health.
EDIT: I created this issue https://github.com/friendica/friendica/issues/13650
From now on, and for the next few weeks, I will work on adding a lot more apps to our TROMjaro APPS library https://www.tromjaro.com/apps/ - lots of cool apps :). But takes some time because for most of them I am designing an icon that will be part of the Zafiro icon theme pack (so that we contribute to this open source icon pack - we already made hundreds of apps so far), but I also need to test more these apps, make screenshot for them and all that.
It is more work than you may think.
Consider a donation if you can, to support all of the work we are doing for TROM - https://www.tromsite.com/donate/
This is a photo I took tonight (unedited, straight out of the Pixel 4A):
I have made a lot more such photos for the past few days and learned how to make longer timelapses. I will make an article about it all soonish :).
I so love it. To reveal the universe. To do it yourself. There, where you are staying :). I love the night sky simply because there is no sky anymore, it suddenly is the outside world. A world we cannot ever experience more than being touched by a few photos reaching our eyes and devices. Beautiful and hard to believe this is all real. At times I feel like I am going crazy....
Most people live their day to day lives having no clue that these things are real...
Only a little bit edited - colors and such.
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We went out again with the telescope and we saw Saturn, Jupiter, and parts of the Milky Way. Here are some photos - astonishing that they are made with a phone (Pixel 4A 4G).
No editing, straight out of the phone, believe it or not.
Am impressed. So fucking cool: great experience to enjoy the night sky with our own eyes and a telescope, and low effort great photos :).
Ok this is my Pixel 4A #astrophography adventure so far - https://www.tiotrom.com/2023/11/astrophotography-with-the-pixel-4a/
Took a photo last night of the sky and I just fucking realized that I captured the Andromeda Galaxy by mistake!
If you zoom in you can see it a bit. WOW!
Tonight I will go out to take a bunch of photos, this time in RAW, to see what I can capture :D. These things excite me so much! These fucking things are real. HOW!?
My astrophotography adventure has begun :D - @Roma pay attention :)
Just took a photo now, from our terrace. Half Moon and with light pollution. Not ideal at all.
Device: Pixel 4A
Awesome! No work, just let the phone do its thing.
The sheer number of stars is unbelievable! And the core of the MilkyWay was on the opposite side of the planet....imagine how it would look like when the core is visible and the moon is "invisible"!
I LOVE this! This is reality folks! Above our head.
So from now on I have setup my Pixel to take both RAW and JPEG. Just in case I wanna retouch some photos :). How awesome!
The Smartphone World and how I cope with it - https://www.tiotrom.com/2023/11/the-smartphone-world-and-how-i-cope-with-it/
This is my 20 years journey into the world of the phone. I was here when it started, I was amazed by it, then angry at it. And now I found a way to tame it. To transform my phone into my friend, and protect myself from the pile of shit that the phones are streaming on a daily basis into people’s brains.
With Kopia I am able to compress more than 3TB of files to around 2TB. Great backup tool! Read more about it here.
Actually not bad to pay 85 Euros a month for 2 servers hosting 23 websites, among which public instances for Peertube, Friendica, Nextcloud, Matrix and more, with thousands of users in total. Plus TB of backups for our personal files.
My plan for this year is to cut snippets from TROM II and share them, to add more apps to our TROMjaro.com library and release new TROMjaro ISOs with some new changes; I plan to remake the presentation pages for our TROM.tf services and to invite creators to our Peertube instance.
But I will also be busy with some WebApe and the-like work.
Therefore still "technical" work for this year. Most likely.
I want to focus on my personal life too. I want to go out a bit more, I want to do astrophotography, some new blog posts, and so on.
I just remembered that The Zeitgeist Movement folks still have not shared my ZDay talk...more than 2 months later. This is indeed demotivating and terrible. I dont fucking get it honestly. We worked so hard to make the video available within days and even made several subtitles, and sent it to TZM several times. Crickets... I also sent them the TROM II trailer and then when we released it. Crickets... I still think that I am invisible or living inside of my head pretending to do all of these things, while in fact I am daydreaming and do nothing. Maybe I am just crazy and not realize it. Idk...
I installed /e/ OS on my old Galaxy S7 from 2016:
Really surprised to see that they support this model. Basically I made it functional again. I will try to replace its camera from another S7 that is bricked. I will document everything and it will all merge into a big article about mobile phones ;).
I really like my Pixel 4a with CalyxOS. Control control control. Am excited to start my astrophotography adventure with it :).
Best Android (nonroot) system wide adblocker?
For the love of the internet gods, I cannot find a good one. Adaway, personalDNS Filter, PIA VPN, and more, are not doing a good job at blocking the ads inside apps or websites.
So, anyone knows a better alternative?
So much easier on desktop (Linux).
EDIT: Seems like Blokada, the "free" version, is still the best so far. Tho it advertises their "pro-bro" version.
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@Aaron gave me his old Pixel 4a 4G and now I am doing the unthinkable: I am changing my phone! For the first time since 2016. I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 since 2016 and because I do not use my phone that much I did not care. But now that I have a new-old phone, I will go for it. Especially since my S7 started to crumble.
I have already installed CalyxOS on the Pixel and so far so perfect. I will make a detailed article about it all, but yah....happy to use an unused device and make good use of it! :)
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!Friendica Admins Is it really ok to have over 100.000 Inspect deferred worker queue? Everything on my instance works great, but that number is immense. These are the deferred ones https://paste.trom.tf/ejuhetucoc.apache - I still do not understand if it is fine and I should ignore them or there is something I can do about them.
EDIT: I have submitted an issue here https://github.com/friendica/friendica/issues/13570 - can be helpful for others too,