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Notes From An Emergency

And please regulate, regulate, regulate this industry, while you can.
Maciej Cegłowski

Nicola D’Agostino linked to me to the text version of Maciej Ceglowski talk given on May 10, 2017, at the re:publica conference in Berlin.

Worth every second the time you’ll need to read this … especially if, like me, you live in Europe, and then share it everywhere you can!

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‘Do Not Track,’ the Privacy Tool Used by Millions of People, Doesn’t Do Anything

In other words, we have a tool that works for telling the internet that a person wants privacy. The problem is that the companies that dominate the internet are, for the most part, plugging their ears and saying, “Nah, nah, nah, nah, I don’t hear you, nah, nah, nah, nah, I don’t hear you,” and will continue to do so until the government forces them to take their fingers out of their ears.

An interesting read on Gizmodo.

Thunderbird, finally a 64bit software

Thunderbird 60.2.1 info 2018-10-15Thanks to a system reinstallation, due to an upgrade to an SSD drive, I’ve casually discovered that there’s a recently release of the version 60.2.1 of Thunderbird, my preferred e-mail client since the ‘death of Eudora’ (a couple of years before 2006).

I was really surprised by the missing update notification from the software. Going to the official website I begun to understand…

Thunderbird version 60.0 is only offered as direct download from thunderbird.net and not as upgrade from Thunderbird version 52 or earlier. A future version 60.1 will provide updates from earlier versions.

System Requirements: • Window: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 or later • Mac: Mac OS X 10.9 or later • Linux: GTK+ 3.4 or higher.

This was in August; during the following months something clearly happened in the builds, so we’ve been faced directly to version 60.2.1 at the beginning of October::

Thunderbird version 60.2.1 provides an automatic update from Thunderbird version 52. Note that Thunderbird version 60.1.0 and 60.2.0 were skipped.

… then probably the broadcast message of the available update should have been clearly delayed to avoid servers overload, and I’ve ‘discovered’ it before it was sent to me.

The list of new features is big; at a glance we can see three of them: the executable is finally a 64-bit one, there’s a new icon and the overall look and feel has been cleaned and polished, it’s finally here the new plugin/extension behavior we’ve seen on Firefox from the beginning of the year. At the first reboot of Thunderbird it will update the Lightning plugin – which covers the calendar functions – and then marks as incompatible and de-activates all the old extensions.

I’ve been using it all day, and so far I can tell it’s a safe upgrade.
Given you don’t rely on any special feature provided by the extensions you have. In that case I suggest you to investigate if the developer is working on an update or if someone has made a fork or a replacement of that particular plugin feature.

update

A friend of mine over my Italian blog made me notice that Windows users are still prompted with a 32-bit application download.

After a little research I’ve discovered that on Windows the 64-bit support is still considered ‘experimental’, while on macOS and Linux there are no problems. You can read more about this HERE.

Anyway Mozilla provides the 64.bit executable directly on their FTP repository, here: https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/thunderbird/releases/60.2.1/win64/en-US … It’s not provided directly in the download page of the product.

suggested reads for October 14, 2018

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Sans Forgetica, the font (that helps you) to remember

Typography is a world fascinating me in the last 6/7 years. This Sans Forgetica project is another example of this ‘magic’ at work.

How else would you define a “font designed using the principles of cognitive psychology to help you to better remember your study notes.” ???

the giving portfolio

create a giving portfolio. Here in Australia, there is a platform called MyCause. You can choose from 2000 charities and make regular donations to the causes you believe in through one simple interface. You’re able to adjust the mix and the amount of your portfolio any time depending on what issues need your support most urgently. I’m sure there is a similar tool in your country. In the US, I know of one called Givolio which works similarly.

It’s one small step that everyone with a bit of disposable income can take. For me, my giving portfolio is a little hack that helps me offset some of the helplessness and anger I get from social media.

Kai Brach

Advice about Death and Love

With all of the demands of life, we can’t give (much) more time to the people we love without taking it away from other love-worthy people/things… But we can easily change is how we treat people with the time that we have. We can say “I love you” more, and more earnestly. We can tell people when we’re proud of them. That we admire them. That they are important to us. We can say the things we’re leaving unsaid because they are hard or because they make us feel weak. We can put our phones away and listen better. And when the warmth leaks out of our relationships, we can pro-actively try to get it back.

Tony Wright, Today is My Wife’s First Birthday Since She Died.

RIP Alex … and thanks Tony. Take care…

suggested reads for October 7, 2018

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