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Bright future for interoperable messaging such as Matrix: the EU has come to its senses and demands the walled gardens like WhatsApp must interoperate. Hooray, at last.

But why should we care? Let's see.

First, the news itself, as The Verge reports:

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This is an informal summary of my recent experience and explorations in the areas of Matrix and Android and self-hosting. For my employment history please see my more formal CV/resumé at https://blog.foad.me.uk/cv/.

Passions

  • Matrix, FOSS, services-as-FOSS, digital Freedom for everyone

Recent skills

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for secure location sharing with Matrix

I set up my own OpenStreetMap tiles server for use with matrix location sharing.

This guide explains how I did it, including the Ansible role scripts I wrote.

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This is my POSSE copy of the Matrix Scribe announcement of that I posted in This Week in Matrix (TWIM) 2022-03-04.

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I'm working on my project, The Matrix Scribe.

The Matrix Scribe helps us re-post or transcribe messages into matrix that we received from somewhere else, posing as different ghost users to represent the original authors.

Scribe will post this:

Ann I'm Ann.

Bob Hello! I'm Bob.

when I write this to @scribe-bot:

@julian /scribe as Ann

@julian I'm Ann.

@julian /scribe as Bob

@julian Hello! I'm Bob.

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Problem: Android users can't receive push notifications from most services except through Google.

Solution: UnifiedPush

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Issue #525 is one of the earliest feature requests for Apache Subversion. The request is to make the pristine or base files optional, so that the disk space occupied by a working copy would be little more that of the working files, in contrast to the existing situation where each file is stored twice.

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Bitwarden is a decent modern password manager. While it is available as a cheap hosted service like many other password managers, the awesome thing about Bitwarden is it is commercially developed as open source software that optionally can be self-hosted. The perfect combination. Hurray!

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This Diary app for android, by Bill Farmer, has made it a pleasure to keep a diary of short observations. I wasn't a diary writer until I installed it about two years ago and now I have been using it nearly every day, ever since.

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Suddenly in 2021 there appeared an open source desktop email program that I can recommend as a great choice for general users.

MailSpring

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