Infinit file transfer service, goodbye.

There’s no easy way to say it but the Infinit file transfer service is shutting down on March 31, 2017.

Some folks may be wondering: Why? At the beginning of 2015, we started building another product, the Infinit Storage Platform — a sort of Dropbox for enterprise applications.

Over the last year, this product has gained momentum. As a result we have decided to discontinue our file transfer applications and focus entirely on our storage platform, taking effect on March 31, 2017.

Tonight Infinit servers sent to us customers this email. This has come entirely un-expected … and I’m a bit disappointed since I trusted them with translations help, promoting the service to my friends and wisely using it not taking advantage of my 100+GB pro account.
Also having become a Premium user I’ve let go lots of 3rd party offers (Cloudapp to say one) … and now I feel, uhm … betrayed by this marketing move.
Having said that … I was honoured to be a part of the team, even if providing just the Italian translations and the service was a pleasure to use.

I wish them all the best, and their Infinit Storage Platform seems really interesting … but now I’ll be very cautious to embrace their software as I did the fist time…

No, everyone on here shouldn’t need explanation on why AMP is bad. Especially when its a closed system that Google insists serving to your customers from Google’s private servers. No technologist or business person would/should ever stand for that. Yet we are forced to.

The discussion should really be, how do we dislodge Google from its current entrenched position.
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Stash, a smarter place to save anything you find on the internet

This project aims at a new way of bookmarking ‘entities’ over the internet: recipes, articles, photos, directions, places to see. Currently it’s a closed beta and you have to sign-in a newsletter to become part of the waiting list. You can get more info here: Stash.ai [*].


[*] = this is a link with a referral to my request to Stash for being part of the early testers.

mac-cli — A command line interface to Mac’s App Store

Some days ago my pal @masolino discovered and linked me this project on Github: mas-cli which is a command line interface to Apple’s macOS App Store …
A project like this is clearly aimed at every business environment where a sysadmin can use scripts to install, upgrade or remove the licensed software on their machines.

mac-cli example (2016-12-10)

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Even if this kind of market seems “abandoned” by Apple, the reality is that reports of successfully Mac integration in business and enterprise environments grow every month so this kind of utility is going to be appreciated by the most skilled sysadmins … and, anyway, a super interesting one!

 

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.