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Quelques semaines avec un fairphone 5

 Comme annoncé , je suis l'heureux propriétaire d'un FairPhone 5 . L'idée derrière l'achat était d'essayer de réduire l'empreinte carbone de mon utilisation mobile. On va commencer par les points qui me séduisent : Facile à ouvrir et il faut le faire pour le mettre en œuvre la batterie est donc facilement changeable mise à jour de sécurité régulière Android à jour récent (13 pour le moment) il est résistant, je l'ai déjà fait tomber plusieurs fois et il n'a pas encore de marque   Les points en moins : La charge de la batterie - il faut charger au moins une fois par jour si ce n'est plus la qualité du son - je n'utilise ni microphone, ni earplug/casque. J'utilise seulement ce que le téléphone propose et je trouve qu'il y a beaucoup de bruit et qu'il est difficile de se comprendre, s'entendre. je suis globalement satisfait de mon achat.

Running a TOR snowflake proxy

A few months back, I toyed with running a snowflake proxy on one of my FreeBSD vm s. It was as easy as : pkg search snow pkg install name returned by the search above service snowflake start add the entrey in /usr/local/etc/rc.conf and you're done And then I forgot about it. Today while doing some maintenance on said VM, I realized that it wasn't running the snowflake proxy, I restarted it. It doesn't consume much CPU, but does consume bandwidth, as you can see in the graph below : Bandwidth consumption, you can clearly see when the proxy was started.  As I don't really remember if I shut the service down, or if it was shut down, I'll monitor the logs for a while and see if the service stays up.

Key signing party at fosdem 2024

I'm organizing a GnuPG key signing party in order to bolster our web of trust , since there is no official ksp this year. I have organized a few in the past using tools like biglumber (website is gone, if someone know of a replacement or where the source code of site is, I might end up running one again) and others tools . I've also run once the KSP at FOSDEM and helped running it a few other times.    === Details below === When, Where   We'll meet in front of the infodesk stand in building K around 12:00 Sunday Feb 4th 2024. I'll have a sing of some sort with KSP and or Key Signing Party . Once enough participants show up we will move outside to proceed with the party. What to Bring Warm cloths as the party will happen outside this year, like in the good old days. I hope it won't rain, but it might. Piece of papers with your fingerprint written on them. Each piece should look like below:  $ gpg --fingerprint 34246C61F792FBCC1F23BFF296BD1F38FEA32B4D pub   ed2551

Fosdem 2024 here I come

 I've booked both my plane ticket (was easier to get some funding that way than by rail) and my hotel. I'll be attending Fosdem again this year. This year I'm not organizing anything (no KSP , but there are no KSP @ fosdem this year, nothing in the Mozilla room either). I have volunteered to help set up and cleanup, though. I had already done the cleanup one year, and it was fun, so as I had the time. This time I'll be cabling the network and cleanup again. Things that changed since the last fosdem I attended : As said above no KSP. No BSD devroom, no OpenBSD booth No Geo related dev room No Linux LPI/BSD exams That's a lot of changes, because I was looking forward to participating on these subjects. On the other hand, there is a nice and interesting email devroom . And I have long time friends talking in jansen. I still remember a big company back in 2010 saying they' move off email in the year to come. I laugh everytime I think about this. Florian will be ta

Firefox OS's story from a mozilla insider not working on the project

  I clearly remember, but can't date it. I was working for Mozilla messaging at the time ( momo ), being the QA lead for Thunderbird. It was at the end of one of the Mozilla All-hands, maybe in 2011 or 2012. At one of the ending keynotes, we were introduced to Boot 2 Gecko. A hack that would let US - Mozilla own the platform to run a mobile browser on. At the time, the iPhone was going strong and Google was trying to catch up with Android. MeeGo had been in development at Nokia for a while but was going nowhere even when Intel tried to help. Blackberry was slowly starting to die. In the Silicon Valley everything was about mobile, mobile, mobile and the emerging South Easter Asian market, where people would skip computers and use smartphones to join the internet revolution. We were struggling with Chrome and the massive investment by Google to take market share. Our Firefox port on Android was having loads of issues. We were denied by Apple's policies to be present on iPhones.