Today it is still complicated to recommend an open source and secure messenger to family and friends. Each messenger has its pros and cons. Concerning decentralized messengers, we often see a kind of centralization around several servers instead of a real decentralization of the network. It is not easy to install its own server. For example in the case of users of email which is a decentralized messaging system, even if it is not instantaneous, most only use a few large services like Hotmail, Yahoo and Gmail. As a result, when a too great percentage of users is grouped into a too small number of services, we lose the pros of decentralization and suffer of the cons of centralized services. Services are no more redundant and don't allow much freedom of choice to users.
To better decentralize messengers, I discovered Snikket which offers to install our own instant messaging server easily.
Could it be a good track?
A few months ago, I noticed that the battery level of my phone was dropping very quickly and I suspect it was due to manipulations I did with my applications. I still don't know why my battery suddenly lost its endurance. But now I keep it constantly in energy-saving mode and it's not that bad because I use my phone less often and feel liberated.
We have developed a browser plugin as part of the Qowala project to track the amount of time we spend on social networks and you can already install it on Firefox. It is a small project that allows us to have at least one thing working among our great ambitions of the Qowala project.
It has been quite a while I didn't write posts on my blog. It is not that I have nothing to write, but rather that writing is difficult. I'm now trying other ways of communicating to spread my knowledge. I'm suggesting here a reading sheet of the book "Zero to Maker" from David Lang with a little introduction by myself to help give some context followed by quotes I highlighted.
On Christmas 2016, I received the Bookeen Cybook Muse HD e-reader that I asked for after having read Genma's articles which were promoting the brand. When I tweeted about my new reader, Genma asked me to give a feedback so I'm writing it here after several months of usage in the form of several usage cases but not as a review of the object.