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Yay. I managed to send an email. All by myself. Sometimes it is the little things that make you happy. :)

In this case it was to figure out in what config file a "tls on" was missing, after first working out that was indeed the reason NeoMutt wouldn't send. :)
Well, if you’ll get frustrated with config and feel a need for a potential acceleration in finding a solution, drop me a line. Maybe I’ll be able to help, even though my mutt setup is very stable in a particular spot since many years, so I probably don’t know about all the fancy edge features.
@FailForward the one thing I shall be looking for after my next meeting will be how to strip, or turn off, html in received e-mails to increase readability. It is probably in there, but pressing "?" gives me reading for days, hehe.

If you have other tips on good cli tools I'm all ears btw. I'm setting up my linux box to manage most of my tasks in cli. So far I have khal (calendar), neomutt (mail), nb (notes/knowledge base/bookmarks) etc but there might be things I've missed as I haven't explored these things much over the last 10 years.
re html and other rich content in mutt: check here:

Specifically in your case, the line

text/html; elinks -dump %s && rm -f %s.html ; copiousoutput

I guess you’ll find out how to proceed from there.
And of course man mailcap and man mutt are your friends too.
re other cli tools: I’d say: don’t push it too much. After two decades of living in and playing with these setups, my personal conclusion is that some things are simply better in windows-like UI, so I invest in integration of CLI/terminal tools (mutt, vim, etc.) with desktop apps, rather than pushing the cli experience to useless places. What I care a lot for, though, is that my storage formats are portable (maildirs instead of mailbox, markdown instead of anything else, WebDAV/CalDAV etc. for sync, rather than proprietary stuff, etc.)

But to answer the question:
  • neomutt gives you mailbox search capabilities. For that I use old mairix (+cron indexing every night), not perfect but still works for me
  • for todo lists and tasks management from CLI, you might want to check taskwarrior, but I personally go Seamonkey+Lightning way
  • for passwords management you can go pass
  • well, and of course if you are not a vim person (like I am), orgmode is the swiss knife for anything you might ever need for your notes, todolists, etc. After all that emacs thingy is an operating system of its own anyway. Or so I’ve heard :-).
Either way, I derive the most value from deep reading of ssh and gnupg manuals. There’s HUGE amount of stuff possible when you look into seamless integration of tools at remote vs. local.
Oh, I forgot, in the taskwarrior ecosystem, I found vit a very exciting project. I later abandoned it, but it’s good and promising.

Cool, thanks! I shall look in to all of that! :)

But yes, I know what you are saying. In all actuality I use "all" the platforms. At work, which is very locked down for security reasons, I'm on Windows. I'm typing this on my 5k Retina iMac and when I'm talking about cli tools for Linux (Manjaro in my case) that is my second machine next to this one, which mostly handles everything in my home when it comes to media serving etc. I wouldn't dream of doing photo/video/design editing on the linux box; that is WHY I have the iMac in the first place. :)

However, I do like challenges, and I am aiming to get to my old dream machine I used to have at work, but in a smaller version, which is basically a minimal (Manjaro) Linux install, based on XFCE but using Xmonad for windowhandling. That means I can run "regular" desktop apps, should I choose to. But it looks so much cooler with an all-out cli view. Also, it fills my need for tinkering and problem solving that is "outside" of my regular problem solving (work/family related etc).

There is also a privacy/security reason behind my tinkering, and like you say, I have started falling back more and more to "the basics". Getting fed up with "productivity tools" and their flaky-at-best or privacy-intruding synchronization between platforms, started falling back more and more to things like "why don't I just use git?" and "hey, I can actually store both Notes and Todo/Reminders on my IMAP account, and they get picked up by my iOS devices as well as my wifes Android!".

I have been looking at Taskwarrior and have yet to decide if I should go down that route (as it doesn't strike me as cross-platform portable) or if I should go down Todoman (which saves todo's in ical format) etc.
This thread is pure gold for looking into cli software :D
Do you people use cli most of the time our of principle or is it a habit? I found myself using a lot of vim and terminal-based tools for personal stuff, but uni and other places still require word documents and stuff :(

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Terminal gurus!
I've been fiddling with installing nb ( on Manjaro/XFCE for a couple of hours and am semi-successful. The main thing that bugs me right now is that I can't get those little icons (see screenshots on link) to work in any way, shape or form. I get a square placeholder. No fancy "bookmark" or "note" icon. What am I doing wrong?

I've tried a bunch of terminals. I've swapped fonts between various standard ones. No luck so far.
sounds like a nice bash util. gonna give it a try.
@Iron Bug yeah, I've been playing with it for a couple of hours now. Very cool actually. Oh, and by the way, if you have tips on other good cli apps/software I'm all ears. Setting up this new linux machine to be mainly cli based but still able to solve most of my "usual" stuff, to see how far I can go before I run in to a wall.

Todays favourites are nb (as per above) and khal (calendars). Tomorrow I'm looking at what mail and todo apps that are at the top of the crop these days, it was like a good 10 years since I did this exploration last, lots of things has happened since then I notice. :)
I use quite famous console things like nnn, ncmpc, ncdu.
also qalculate
and rtorrent

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They think they are saving the world...:/

”Amanda, in her early 40s, says it was the savior complex that got her husband into QAnon during the pandemic. “It makes him feel like a hero,” she tells Bustle. “He thinks he's involved in something that's going to make the world better.””
So in other words their delusions are a complex mental disorder. Great, another side effect of covid exploited by the Republican Rich Guys at the top. Martyr complex involves some messed up synaptic pathways that delivers dopamine and adrenaline in response to the stimulus source,, just like a religious fanatic or an adrenaline "junky". You can't talk them out of their delusion as they are addicted to it.... and it also feeds their paranoia in the process.
@Joseph Teller

This is a great explanation I think.

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New blocking rules! On 26th February 2021, Laura blocked three blocker blockers, fixed six sites and blocked six new trackers.

The rules will auto-update if the app is running. If it’s not, you can get the new rules by opening the app and choosing ‘Update rules’ or ‘Check again now’ from Better’s menu.

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@Ercanbrack Interesting read. The one problem I see, we can no longer treat email as instant nor reliable, mostly due to various spam-mitigation mechanisms, so everything built on its top would suffer the same problems.
On the other hand, #XMPP does not have just two of those points, or rather one: "you already have an account" and "others have it too". Crucial points, I agree; roadblockers? not so sure.
So, are you saying that you prefer XMPP? Would you prefer XMPP over DeltaChat, Signal, or Matrix? 🙂

So...yeah...this is just the known number as well, which doesn't include everything.

It’s a beautiful place.

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Quite decent morning view outside.

Pure envy on my side. I have to skip skiing this year… Sad.

Enjoy there!

@Lemmy I can't log in on on my mobile phone browser any longer. Is it just me or a known thing? I'm out-and-about travelling so can't test on desktop right now.

I know I have the login details right as they have never changed and are what they've always been in my password manager.
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@Lemmy FWIW I had to test in other mobile browser apart from Firefox. Turns out it indeed works fine in Safari. It does not work in my Firefox, neither on my iPhone(s) or my iPad. Works in Safari on both iPhones/iPads. This is a recent change in functionality, I normally have my various fediverse services in a tab each in Firefox.
some people have mentioned some problems when using password managers on iOS. None of the devs have apple devices so we haven't been able to test this, and no one has been able to replicate it in a way we can. I think there might be an issue on github you could add to.
Look into Remmel on the online app store. I’m seeing things that you mention when using browsers in ios, but things seem to work better in Remmel.

Hmm...can't log in on any longer...:/

@Delta Chat will it be possible to have multiple accounts in Delta Chat on iOS? Right now it is working just fine with multiple accounts on both my Mac and my Linux, but on my iOS device I have to pick one account, correct?

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I will have to conclude that importing PGP keys in to Thunderbird (78.7.1) on Manjaro isn't going to happen for me. I have tried everything, including the little dance and the burning of camel whiskers whilst rotating west. Nothing works. When searching online I only find people that have the same issue.

Somehow it both tells me "Great! Your personal key is now imported!" whilst also, in the very same box, saying "Sorry, there are no keys for this account."

Ah well. If you are trying to send me encrypted mails I can still read/open them on my Mac, where Canary works just as usual with the very same keys.
So when did you receive an encrypted e-mail (for a good reason, not just a joke) the last time? Or in other words, how many did you receive last year?
@FailForward haha, three. 2 from myself to ensure it was working, 1 from a mate. I have spent an exponential time vs benefit on it, yet it is part of the things I usually sort out on new machines, "just in case". :D
My experience too. Between 2000-2003 almost all my work e-mail were encrypted. Since I left that place, only encrypted e-mails I sent/received were passwords sent around. And since we have encrypted channels in Element/Matrix, not even that is a use case for e-mails anymore.

I however use my GPG keys extensively for 1) signing my e-mails - I find that extremely appealing, especially in business context; and 2) ssh keys (I use GPG key on a Yubikey with ssh-agent for access). But encrypted e-mails? Not really any more…
Sorry for interference here, but encrypting private messages makes sense in, how do I put it, politically tense situations. Especially for certain type of messages. I usually dont use it but most of my friends (ones who know how to use the stuff) have my public pgp just in case. You never know these days.
Indeed, you are right. But you shall do a proper threat/risk analysis. For instance, there’s this problem: with PGP/GPG your e-mail is encrypted in transport, but then you read it on a potentially compromised machine. I find the most annoying thing with encrypted e-mail that I cannot search in it (I do search in my mailbox 20 years back quite often). Finally, often the metadata is more damning than the content: “hey, so you communicated with that and that criminal? Ahaa!” - and I am not going to look up that xkcd comic with the wrench, you saw it, I am sure ;-).

It seems to me, for really really politically sensitive comms, I would think deeply about the whole transport chain and I would not let the thing even touch my e-mail - like never even touch 1) my domains (ideally not even country TLD which can be associated with me), 2) certainly not any SMTP/IMAP servers associated with me, 3) not even any direct connection with my own computer. And I would care deeply about whether the message is persistent (bad!) or ephemeral (good!). In this sense, maybe Tor+anonymous Protonmail account - if it must be e-mail, or ideally some ephmeral anonymous snapchat stuff could work better than e-mail. Simply: go the Snowden way.

Anyway, just for the fun of it 😉 :

:D I think I have seen this at some point, indeed. The point is not necessarily to protect oneself from being taken in. If they caught you there is little to nothing that can be done. But covering your ass up at least from automated search queries is good enough. And I’m not necessarily talking about emails, more like instant messaging.
@AcademicalNerd @FailForward

The funny thing is, I've ensured I have also set up various instant messaging apps. I prefer Signal for those that have my phone number, but I've also set up XMPP, Wire and Jami so I can be contacted by people who do not have my phone number and I don't feel comfortable enough to share it with yet either.
The thing is: I know exactly zero people that have any of those services. I can't even test them, hehe. A lot of it though is mainly to "be ready" for that day when I wish I had them. They haven't costed me anything to set up either day perhaps! :)
I use telegram daily, not for security perks as there are none, but mostly for convinience and dope stickers. And there is signal if tg goes down or whatever.
I was thinking today about the fact that encrypted e-mail still leaks metadata. This is an acceptable risk in business where it’s typically public with whom you trade, but you need to exchange trade secrets, i.e., content. Leaking metadata is problematic in 2 contexts: against corporates which build your profile and and against state actors. I find it somewhat amusing that plenty (if not most) people who want to protect their privacy and are fleeing WhatsApp still use gmail accounts all the time 😂.

Anyway, I am digressing. What I wanted to say is this: it’s probably fair to say that GPG encrypted e-mail is about the same level of privacy as WhatsApp. You don’t leak content, but you leak metadata. Now the questions is “to whom?”. In the case of e-mail potentially to state actors (filtering traffic and illegal access to servers). In the case of WhatsApp, it’s to FB AND US govt et al, i.e., selected state actors (let’s not be naive, we need to assume that FB cooperates). If you use Gmail, the same.

To finish off this rant, I have a feeling that using WhatsApp might not be actually too bad in the end. I rather leak my metadata to US govt than to Chinese.

Of course this is all somewhat incoherent late Friday stuff, anyway, I am in a mood to rant a bid :-).
BTW, recently there was this chatter about Delta Chat flying around here. Go and check out I find it so intriguing. Implemented via existing e-mail channels, i.e., SMTP (and IMAP?). No phone numbers, no central servers, no nothing. You can directly speak anybody via their e-mail, even if they never heard about delta chat, it’s all encrypted (as e-mails in transport), etc. Since I found out about it, I wonder “how come nobody came up with this idea before?!” It’s just so obvious… Hidden in plain sight. I am really intrigued… Need to check out.
That looks dope. I added it to bookmarks, gonna nerd into the thing later…
So I tested this and it works really well.
  • when you chat with somebody who does not use delta chat, they receive a plain e-mail and can respond
  • when you speak to somebody with delta chat, the clients exchange public gpg keys and everything they send will be encrypte with Autocrypt
  • works via IMAP(+push)+SMTP/SSL
  • uses a separate IMAP folder called Deltachat. Stuff inside is encrypted, all comms are there. Including read notifications. I checked the raw data, it’s just standard GPG block with extra e-mail headers.
  • I think this is absolutely cool piece of tech.
@FailForward @AcademicalNerd

I've been trying out Delta Chat today, it seems to be quite good actually. I've set it up on a couple of my email addresses but need to re-do it on the different clients as I learnt I need to do a backup/restore on the "extra" devices after the first, to ensure they are using the same key, otherwise you can't read messages from "the wrong device" (as it then has generated its own key). Quite clever thing though, and emails are both unique and often quite readily available/share-able.
will check out deltachat when I get some time.

An angle that gets missed with the "don't worry unless it's politically sensitive" approach is that state actors at least, and large corporations at worst, get a free option on reading your data. Or to be more precise, they get a free option on *most* people's data while more privacy concerned folks have a more "hardened" chain of comms; this free option on comms for most people is a social engineers gold mine.

If you can measure it, you can control it. Now I don't believe that much social engineering goes into much more than getting people to spend money *most* of the time and that most of the evils of social media are byproducts of technological amplification of what makes humans tick.

But on balance of probability there are certain hot button political issues that social engineering might be used in earnest. If to 90% of the populations day to day chatter was accessible it would make it simple to measure what was on people's minds and, as I said, if you can measure it you can control it. the infamous "memory hole" might well operate on a similar principle.

Even if this sort of thing isn't done right now it's not a great tool to leave on the table. So while I'm big fan of privacy tech we still leave most of our societies open to this stuff, on the aggregate. Social media isn't going anywhere and people actually *want* to share this stuff, can't stop 'em and it is a big part of our lives now for better or worse.

In any case, a fairly standardised and easy to use decentralised messaging service would be a really strong medium/long term goal. Most people you talk to aren't happy about being listened to in private comms (everyone has a story about getting ads for stuff they spoke about in private) and would use a service if it was simple and easy to use.

TL;DR Using hardened comms for politically sensitive stuff is a good stopgap but we need to be more ambitious and inclusive to deny "soft surveillance" to would-be social engineers
Using hardened comms for politically sensitive stuff is a good stopgap but we need to be more ambitious and inclusive to deny “soft surveillance” to would-be social engineers
Absolutely. As engineers, we however need to understand that there’s a balance between privacy and convenience. Most people fall for convenience first, privacy later. I.e., we need to make privacy convenient.

@academicalnerd @mathias
Good. Lord. Tried deltachat out today, it’s sooo good. Ridiculously good. Like telegram, but actually, you know, secure. And the client is pretty good, too.
@AcademicalNerd @FailForward @skells

Yes indeed. I'm also really impressed by Delta Chat. Even works for group chats etc.

I have the same username (email) as my Friendica address if someone wants to test it.
@Mathias Hellquist @FailForward @AcademicalNerd If you want to test XMPP OMEMO or your OpenPGP setup happy to do that :)
@Mathias Hellquist this is exactly the reason I don't care for such things and use simple mail client. if I ever need to decrypt an email, I can do it manually.

Only 15% of the power loss in Texas was caused by Wind Turbine Failure/shutdown. Its the grid system in the state thats broken....

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The death of Enterprise creativity.

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...and as predicted, so it begins:

This is about time I'd say. Now lets hope this proposal survives through the process and isn't watered down too much.
It is a shame "quoted re-share" only works properly on Friendica. This re-share looks quite weird on Mastodon/Pleroma. The link works, and is visible, though. Read it. :)

"Write your own obituary to focus yourself on what you should be doing now."

This type of exercise isn't uncommon within marketing/advertising either, where teams often get asked to write the press-release of the launched product, and how it has impacted the products target audience, before they start working on the actual marketing campaign, all with the aim to get focused on what really matters.

Write Your Own Obituary (Exercise) | By Gustavo Razzetti

Writing your own obituary helps you uncover your life purpose. This exercise will help you find meaning and focus––live your life the way you want to be remembered.

Fighting a losing battle with network DNS's at the moment. Difficult to keep all my platforms at home happy apparently.
@Acesabe I don't. I tried to change the network wide DNS from my ISP to more privacy caring alternatives. That messed up things on my Linux machine, where I have tried, failed, tried again, succeeded-with-string-wire-and-duct-tape to have it running as it was. This was the coup de gras for it and I'm lazy, so instead of fixing that in the old version of Linuxmint I took it as a great excuse to try out a new distro. I have now installed Manjaro on it, and am happy so far.

I have been contemplating running a DNS server at home for external addresses though, but I haven't acted on it.
well, you can often change your DNS resolvers on your home router but if not, you can configure a static IP address for each device and set your preferred DNS server there. Running your own DNS server may well be overkill but useful if you need DNS for internal servers that you also access from outside..

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-"We shall build a wall!" he said.
-"Mexico will pay!" he said.
Mexico: -"lol"

Excellent writeup!! I’m going to share this to my Facebook friends!! 😎👍🏼

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In my endevour of exploring #Fediverse services to see which might best be suited for me, I have come to #Misskey. I have to say I'm really quite impressed with the feature set and the general feel of it. It looks/feels amazing. I think I might have signed up my test account in Japan though, my connection to it is far from stable.

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Content warning: long rambling about the fediverse, possibly boring

Content warning: long rambling about the fediverse, possibly boring

Giri/Haji (Netflix) - beautiful excellent series. Fun, action, twists, great characters. Watch it.