Code Is Law; Software Choice is Politics

I’ve been posting videos about open hardware, FOSS software, and privacy. But why bother with this stuff? Aren’t these just technical details that only matter to nerds?

There is one important that people have been arguing about (and having wars over) for all of recorded history: Who makes decisions? The king? Individuals? Liberal democratic institutions?

Selecting computer software means answering this in ways that effect both you and others, and that’s true whether or not that’s what you intended.

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Librem 5 Convergence

In this quick video I demonstrate the basic mechanic of convergence on the Librem 5, where the phone can operate as a handheld mobile device and can dock and operate as a desktop computer. This is especially neat because it uses the same apps in both modes - desktop Linux apps.

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Librem 5 Unboxing

The Purism Librem 5 is a really interesting smartphone. It’s not running Android or iOS; instead, it runs a traditional style Linux distribution. I’ve had one for a while, but I had to send it in for warranty service due to a WiFi issue and they sent me a new one. Read more →

Paper Address Book - Privacy?

I found a paper address book. This is how my parents would have kept track of who they knew and how to contact them before mobile phones.

This seems like a good excuse to talk about privacy. Did we lose anything of value when our address books went digital?

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Braxmobile Phone Unboxing

Smartphones are a nightmare for privacy and personal data security.

One of the best options for a safe phone is an Android phone with a custom ROM that doesn’t include the standard apps and libraries from Google.

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