Happy Pi day

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Sources : PI DAY and Wikipedia


Signal Foundation

We’re glad those are the choices we’ve made. Today, we are launching the Signal Foundation, an emerging 501(c)(3) nonprofit created and made possible by Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp, to support, accelerate, and broaden Signal’s mission of making private communication accessible and ubiquitous. In case you missed it, Brian left WhatsApp and Facebook last year, and has been thinking about how to best focus his future time and energy on building nonprofit technology for public good.

Signal Blog

“Our plan is to pioneer a new model of technology nonprofit focused on privacy and data protection for everyone, everywhere,” Acton wrote in a blog post announcing the move along with Moxie Marlinspike, the cypherpunk programmer who first created Signal and founded Open Whisper Systems, the non-profit organization that has run Signal until now. “Moxie and his team have built something very special in Signal Messenger and I am thrilled to join their effort to provide the most trusted communications experience on the planet.”


“As more and more of our lives happen online, data protection and privacy are critical,” Acton wrote in the post. “Everyone deserves to be protected. We created the Signal Foundation in response to this global need. Our plan is to pioneer a new model of technology nonprofit focused on privacy and data protection for everyone, everywhere.”


This looks good to me. Now we just have to wait and see if Signal stays a secure messenger.

Goodbye Facebook and WhatsApp

I became increasingly annoyed by Facebook and it’s gathering of data, so I’ll delete my account in the next weeks.
WhatsApp was a good messenger when I started using it. But last year it started sharing data with Facebook, despite they said in the past “we will never share your data”, well that didn’t last long. And that’s a real pity because the messenger is good, phone calls are good. Fortunately there are enough better alternatives that respect your privacy / data.

Automatic Delivery Status Notification with Thunderbird

Thunderbird has an option to request for a Delivery Status Notification. But you have to check that option for every single mail.
If you want it automated you have to change some settings that are not in the regular menus.
Goto :
Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced -> General -> Config Editor.
Now you get a warning :

Click “I accept the risk!”
You have to make 2 changes :
mail.dsn.always_request_on false
mail.identity.default.use_custom_prefs false

Change them to :
mail.dsn.always_request_on true
mail.identity.default.use_custom_prefs true

Source : Mozilla Forum

Data Privacy Day

Data Privacy Day is an international effort held annually on Jan. 28 to create awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.

Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the Jan. 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is observed annually on Jan. 28.

More about Data Privacy Day at Stay Safe Online and Wikipedia