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Cake day: Jan 21, 2021


I take a slightly different approach to RSS that probably doesn’t work well for everyone but is perfect for me.

I get all of my RSS delivered via email by rss-to-email services. I then use filters to sort these updates into dedicated folders. So for example most of the updates go to “News” some feeds go to “Videos” and so on. I even have a few feeds that go directly to my inbox when I want to know about them right away.

The main benefits are:

  1. I already have email clients that I like and am used to.
  2. Feeds and read/unread state are already synced across all of my devices.
  3. My email has powerful filters available which allows me to further organize.

The main downside is that I haven’t found an email client that pre-downloads images whereas this is a fairly common feature of dedicated readers. But this is a very minor issue for me. (Maybe I’ll send a patch to K9 some day)

I’ve been using this approach for almost a decade and am super happy with it. In fact I created my own rss-to-email service (FeedMail) in the past year to get exactly the behaviour I wanted. It is a paid service (but really cheap) but there are also ad supported options like Blogtrottr (I used their paid plan until I created my own service).

I use an RSS-to-Email service to send updates to me. I then filter them into folders such as Not Important and Videos for me to read when I have some downtime. (And a few feeds go to my Inbox for fast action).

I really hope this ends well. The K9 dev has always been looking for funding so a full-time job working on K9 must be great. I really don’t care about the name change but hopefully this lets it move quickly.

I like K9 but some things are fairly awkward IMHO. Even just reading a few messages in a row is a lot of clicks. I would love some swipe gestures (there is a PR in progress for this IIUC). I also find the Tier 1/Tier 2 folders very complicated. It is both too limiting (I have more than 3 types of folder) and unnecessarily complex. I would love if we could get some more control here.

But overall it is a good client, so I’m hoping this works well.

I also use Thunderbird on desktop and recent improvements have been very good. I’m hoping that it keeps improving as well.

Ah, I see. Yeah, if you just compile it into the theme it is slightly simpler. But yeah, I think ideally the frontend could pull UI Theme + Code Theme separately to allow flexibility.

I’m not familiar with how the code works but wouldn’t this be something as simple as

let codetheme = user_prefs.code_theme

I think a mix is best. I would start with 1. Declare a preferred highlighting theme for each Lemmy theme. Then users get a reasonable option by default. Later we can consider adding a user preference for overriding that option.

Hi 👋

Let me know if you have any questions. Things are very slowly progressing with a couple of RFCs:

We are starting by defining what it means to “break” something and how people are expected to test for that. I think the next big steps are:

  1. Tooling for automatically running the expected tests.
  2. Tooling to automatically notify the maintainers of packages that are being broken.
  3. Tooling to automatically mark packages as broken if the maintainers notified in step 2 don’t respond.

But it is a huge step that we are getting agreement on the policies and how work should be distributed.

Hopefully we can get this back eventually but with a very restricted whitelist of tags and attributes.

I’m not a huge fan of Thunderbird but after years of trying everything I still can’t find a better alternative. Definitely the least bad option out there.

Luckily Thunderbird is slowly and steadily improving. I hope that it keeps that trend!

Thunderbird has consistently been the least bad mail client. I’ve tested just about every open source client and even a few proprietary ones but nothing fits my needs. A few are close but missing some show-stoppers (like the ability to pull up full threads from a single message in my inbox).

After seeing this I donated again. $100 this time. I recommend everyone else consider how important the software they use is to them. For me Thunderbird is essential and used daily so <$10 a year is a no-brainier.

I can’t find any technical information on that site. Just reading it makes it sound basically like an SSO solution except the third party is software you run or some cryptography instead of a third party. However I would like to read the technical details.

I’m pretty sure that Chrome’s built-in password manager recommends random passwords for new sites.

Honestly I usually recommend the built-in password manager to people. That way they font need to set up anything new. Chrome’s isn’t great because it isn’t end-to-end encrypted but it is way better than not using one and works pretty seamlessly. Plus it also works on Android. Firefox’s password manager is fantastic but takes a little work to set up in Android.

Sure. I agree with “Prefer stable kernels because they have the latest security harderning”. I was just disagreeing with “most security vulnerabilities are not be able to be back-ported to LTS kernels”.

Now bring evidence that I am wrong

Haha. Good joke. Not worth responding to.

Missing hardening features is very different than missing fixes. I would expect that LTS kernels don’t get new major features such as hardening changes even if they “improve security”.

PipeWire is really killing it. It is already fantastic and it keeps getting better.

One tool that I would really like to see though is something to record all audio streams on the system. This would probably be a third-party tool but I often want to record a video conference or something. It is easy to record my mic, and fairly easy to record the conference application (depending on how many streams they use for external participants). However doing both and syncing them is quite difficult. I would love something that can dump every stream as a separate synced track in a file then I can sort everything out in post.

Effectively yes.

  1. All drives have full access to your system. (There are some mechanisms to reduce this but at the end of the day they are running in kernel-mode and with enough creativity can access anything)
  2. It is very difficult to prove what a closed source driver is doing.

Therefore a paranoid person must conclude that closed source could be compromising their privacy.

However I am unaware of any drivers that purposefully send data to third parties without user consent. (Of course security vulnerabilities exist and you network card driver is sending data to third parties)

CVEs are just unique IDs. It is quite a stretch to go from “LTS kernels don’t track fixes by CVE” to “most security vulnerabilities are not be able to be back-ported to LTS kernels”.

Of course bad tracking is concerning and make it harder to verify, but you need more evidence to show that they actually aren’t getting fixed.

IMHO the best and most supported way is just to post a message whenever you make a post. For example I toot on my mastodon whenever I release a new post. People then that share and reply to that toot.

This is done via simple automation that watches my feed and hits the mastodon API.

For actual blog subscribers I like to stick with regular RSS + WebSub, I don’t see much advantage to ActivityPub integration here.