Google security advice

Today I got this email :

Turn off less secure access

Your personal information is vulnerable because you allow apps & devices to
access your account in a less secure way.
Turn off this type of access and see other personalised security
recommendations in the Security Checkup

Looks nice but :

Google confirms it’s letting third parties scan your Gmail.

GOOGLE HAS admitted that, even though it has stopped scanning your Gmail accounts for ad-targeting, it still lets third-parties at them.

In a letter to Senators which fell into the hands of CNN, Susan Molinari, VP of public policy and government affairs at Google confirmed: “Developers may share data with third parties so long as they are transparent with the users about how they are using the data”

The letter, which confirms a story released at the time, goes on to say that any company that is likely to scan your mail has to show its privacy policy clearly before the user grants access or even download the add-on in the first place.

Source : The Inquirer

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Happy 27th Birthday Linux


Getting to where it is today was no small feat for the little project that Linus Torvalds announced to the world on August 25, 1991, with this newsgroup post:

Hello everybody out there using minix –

I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I’d like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons) among other things).

I’ve currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work. This implies that I’ll get something practical within a few months, and I’d like to know what features most people would want. Any suggestions are welcome, but I won’t promise I’ll implement them 🙂

Sources : OMG! Ubuntu! opensource.com

Happy 25th Birthday Debian GNU/Linux

When the late Ian Murdock announced 25 years ago in comp.os.linux.development, “the imminent completion of a brand-new Linux release, […] the Debian Linux Release”, nobody would have expected the “Debian Linux Release” to become what’s nowadays known as the Debian Project, one of the largest and most influential free software projects. Its primary product is Debian, a free operating system (OS) for your computer, as well as for plenty of other systems which enhance your life. From the inner workings of your nearby airport to your car entertainment system, and from cloud servers hosting your favorite websites to the IoT devices that communicate with them, Debian can power it all.

By Ana Guerrero Lopez

Source : Bits from Debian

Goodbye Facebook and WhatsApp

I became increasingly annoyed by Facebook and it’s gathering of data, so I deleted my account.
Instead of Facebook I’m using now Movim, Mastodon, Diaspora* and Friendica

I’ve replaced WhatsApp with Signal, Pulse SMS, Conversations (XMPP), Kontalk and Telegram

LineageOS on Motorola Moto E 2nd gen


Finally I rooted my Moto E and installed LineageOS.

Why? Quite simple, the last security updates from Motorola were from December 2016. Besides that, my Android version was 6.x

First I had to unlock the bootloader of the phone to install the TWRP recovery, needed to install LineageOS.

Motorola has a good tutorial to unlock the bootloader, you can find it here

Install instructions for unlocking the boatloader, installing TWRP recovery and installing LineageOS https://wiki.lineageos.org/devices/surnia/install

This post is still under construction and need lots of editing. I will do it in the next couple of days.

April 2018

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A trip to the Landtong, Rozenburg ZH.

It’s been a long time since my last visit. First I went to the Caland Canal to see the Aegir up close. Then I went to the reservation where the Highland Cattle is. 3 of them were in the meadow besides the motorway. I didn’t see them in the reservation, except for 1 in the distance half behind the trees. So I took pictures of the scenery and the gooses that were around. It was a good hike, about 3,5 hours with good weather, a bit hazy when I left, but during the hike the sky cleared.

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First White Stork at Park Esdoornlaan, Rozenburg ZH, Netherlands 2018 April 17

This morning I spotted the first White Stork in my village. About 1,5 year ago a stork’s nest was build. Sometimes a Great Cormorant used it as a watchtower.
The nest is in the Esdoornlaanpark and you can see it from the street and the houses

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Update : 1 of my photo’s is published in the local newspaper (Rozenburgse Courant 2018, April 25), page 6.