Ricochet: anonymous instant messaging for real privacy

Ricochet – anonymous instant messaging for real privacyRicochet is a different approach to instant messaging that doesn’t trust anyone in protecting your privacy.

Eliminate metadata. Nobody knows who you are, who you talk to, or what you say.
Stay anonymous. Share what you want, without sharing your identity and location.
Nobody in the middle. There are no servers to monitor, censor, or hack.
Safe by default. Security isn’t secure until it’s automatic and easy to use.

Ricochet was pointed to me by a friend in a Slack group of friends sensitive to the arguments of privacy and security. It’s multi-platform – at this time you can install it on Windows, macOS and Linux (as a pre-compiled binary) – open source and its developer John Brooks is searching for people using and testing the platform.

I am intrigued by this platform and have decided to install it, and invited some friends to try this out. If you want to add me to your network, please leave me a comment in this post with a valid email address so I can send you my ricochet:id.

Textual 6. My preferred IRC client for Mac OS X gets an update

Textual is the world’s most popular application for interacting with Internet Relay Chat (IRC) chatrooms on macOS.

Textual Icon It was with a certain pleasure that moments ago I saw the App Store notification for the update availability of Textual, my preferred IRC client here on Mac OS X. The app has been updated to a major release, reaching the v6.0, and has been offered as a free upgrade to us existing users.

The entire IRC client has been rewritten, so to take advantage of modern rendering engine and preparing itself to future developments of the guest operating system. Here’s the changelog.

ScudCloud – an unofficial Slack client for Linux

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ScudCloud is a non official open-source Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Mint, Arch, Fedora) desktop client app for Slack.

ScudCloud improves the Slack integration with Linux desktops featuring:

  • multiple teams support
  • native system notifications
  • count of unread direct mentions at launcher/systray icon
  • alert/wobbling on new messages
  • channels quicklist (Unity only)
  • optional tray notifications and “Close to Tray”
  • follow your desktop activity and will stay online while you’re logged in (if correct packages are installed)

Easily share your screenshots on Trello, Slack and Github with Marker

Earlier today my friend @gpessia shared his discovery of Marker a Chrome extension aimed at web professionals needing a fast, easy, dependable tool to share their browser’s screenshots on Trello boards, Slack channels or Github pages.
This extension is being developed to talk with Evernote, Basecamp and Bitbucket in the near future.
It’s also free, so if you’re into Google Chrome why don’t give it a try?

Vivaldi, the browser

While only today the news that Opera has been ‘acquired’ by a chinese consortium led by Golden Brick Silk Road for $600 million (543 million euros) [source] … I have realized that I’ve not spent any word on some browsers I use as alternatives to the main 3 ones: Safari, Firefox and Google Chrome.

Vivaldi is the first one.

Vivaldi is a freeware web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies, a company founded by Opera Software co-founder and former CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner and Tatsuki Tomita.[5][6] The browser is aimed at staunch technologists, heavy Internet users, and previous Opera web browser users disgruntled by Opera’s transition from the Presto layout engine to the Blink layout engine, which removed many popular features in the process.[5][7] Vivaldi aims to revive the old, popular features of Opera 12 and introduce new, more innovative ones.[8] The browser is updated weekly, in the form of “Snapshots”, and has gained popularity since the launch of its first technical preview.[9]

Personally I use the latest beta release (which you can find clearly linked over the Vivaldi Blog) for testing some features or trying out some website while building them. A friend of mine liked it so much he uses it as default since this January … personally I prefer to stick with the 3 main ones for default, and use those alternatives in all the other situations.

What about you?

Tweetbot for Mac OS discounted!

Tweetbot icon Since July 1st Tapbots’ wonderful client for Twitter has been put with a -50% discounted price over the Mac App Store.

Now at 4,99€/$ I’ve finally bought it, feeling that to be the right price for a software that fills no need but just entertains me.

Tweetbot (for Mac and iOS) has a long and honored tradition of being one of the most gorgeous looking and functionality rich client available for Twitter, along with an history of polemics for its pricing update policy.

In fact with macOS ‘Sierra’ and iOS 10 coming in the next few months – maybe just after this summer – I am fearing, and I’m not alone in this, that this heavy discount promo is funneling a new breed of paying clients that will face a paid-upgrade version n°5 for the new Apple operating system.

Anyway only time will tell, and this is the lowest price ever for this good Twitter client. So if you need its feature set, compared to the free official client, why not go for it?