Doug Belshaw 🇪🇺☠️✊ is a user on You can follow them or interact with them if you have an account anywhere in the fediverse.

Instead of using Mastodon as a place to push out 'news' and articles that I come across that I find interesting, I'm doing that in a broadcast-only space:

It's the 'live' version of my weekly newsletter - i.e. I blast out links when I come across them, and then curate a subset of them in an email that goes out every Sunday:

what do you like at using proprietary software hosted through a central server solution?
...until noboday told me they like it, but everyone keeps on promoting it.

@dajbelshaw did they just changed it? Cause they started with only making the client opensource. Sever side is/was proprietary. you basicly don't know what's happening with your data, and you even can't look it up.
also it gives telegram the power if cencorship as happend a couple of times already.

@paulfree14 Do you have a list of stuff you use? I'd genuinely love to see it, as I spend my life being shouted at by:

a) Purists (like yourself)
b) Pragmatists (who just want stuff to work)

I'm kind of stuck in the middle...

and nope I don't have a list. But I thought already a couple of times doing it.
So I guess I should.
But there are also already great webpages like prismbreak and

@paulfree14 Yes of course, I've tried those. But if the option is 'work with people' or 'be an island unto myself', I'll choose the former every time.

"We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works." (Douglas Adams)

well if more ppl who care about free and open culture would say, choose something else or I'm out there wouldn't be a island problem.
(have high resistance in myself being an oportunist)

@paulfree14 @dajbelshaw saying "i won't work with you until you understand and adopt my preferred technology" isn't really productive in the long-term, in my opinion.

Doug Belshaw 🇪🇺☠️✊ @dajbelshaw

@ghost @paulfree14 Exactly. I make choices where I can (Linux laptop, Android phone with unlockable bootloader, etc.) but I actually have to work with other people...

@dajbelshaw @paulfree14 yeah exactly... we do what we can. and i don't feel nearly as up to speed as half of you all are. if all of you folks who do as much as you can all said "fuck it, i won't work with you until you adopt my preferred methods of communication/collaboration," i wouldn't be here right now to have this discussion.

there's a fine line between "just do it and others will follow," and intellectual elitism that shuns our potential comrades.

@dajbelshaw @ghost
never forget the privaliges of being able to adop to the existence culture, even if it's against your own values.
....I'm not having this capasity. I'm not planning to be elite. Standing alone on the side cause others are excluding you is far from being elitists.

@paulfree14 @ghost Well, that's awesome if you can live that life.

Again, would love to see that list of purely free and open stuff you're using as it would help me and others :)