Category: Internet

  • Cinny

    Cinny

    It could be very unlikely that you’re using Matrix to message others, but it’s a nice little decentralised and end-to-end encrypted way of messaging friends and family. Two key things I look for in a messenger service. I run my own Matrix server because I’m apparently a nerd. This means if you have a Matrix […]

  • Game ID – Your video game companion.

    Game ID – Your video game companion.

    Back in 2011, I had a concept for a videogame website. In a nutshell, it could be described as “IMDB for games” – but had a bunch of extra features to make it “better” and also a lot better than the only existing competitor at the time, MobyGames. It was the following year that I […]

  • Discover the real internet with Wiby

    Discover the real internet with Wiby

    In the early days of the web, pages were made primarily by hobbyists, academics, and computer savvy people about subjects they were personally interested in. Later on, the web became saturated with commercial pages that overcrowded everything else. All the personalized websites are hidden among a pile of commercial pages.  The Wiby search engine is […]

  • Stickers

    Stickers

    A few weeks back I ordered some oslo.town stickers from moo.com and as soon as they came, started applying those tacky little dots to various parts of Oslo. It didn’t take long before all 200 were stuck up and my pockets were empty. Hopefully, come the new year, I’ll order a lot more and continue […]

  • Mastodon for iPhone & iPad

    Mastodon for iPhone & iPad

    Did you know that I run my own social network? You might have heard me talk about oslo.town before today, either online or in-person. Behind the scenes, oslo.town is powered by Mastodon – a bit of free software. Every website that runs Mastodon should work pretty well on your mobile phone, but you can also […]

  • Searching… 🔎

    Searching… 🔎

    Where do you go when you want to find something on the internet? If you are like most people, you start at Google. Over the last year, a whopping 92% of searches conducted were with the Silicon Valley tech giants. But where do the other 8% go? There are actually many alternatives to searching the […]

  • Merchandise

    Merchandise

    I recently added my little social network logo to Red Bubble – which means you can now buy a whole plethora of oslo.town merchandise. oslo.town has recently topped 100 members and was never meant to be a big thing, so I’m quite happy with this. And, I’m not expecting to see people (other than myself) […]

  • Know when you are being scammed and how to report it

    Know when you are being scammed and how to report it

    Quite often when people say they have been “hacked” it turns out they haven’t been hacked. They’ve often fallen victim to something called “phishing”. That’s the term used when someone creates a fake website that looks like a real website to trick you. You might often get emails that look like they are from your […]

  • “You can’t add privacy”

    “You can’t add privacy”

    Long-time readers of my blog might remember that I’ve posted before about cryptocurrency and, more specifically, the privacy-focused coin Zcash. Zooko, one of the founding members of Zcash, gave an interview recently at Orchard VPN’s Priv8 – a virtual conference on digital privacy. The complete 20 min talk titled ‘Is financial privacy possible on the […]

  • mastodon.scot — a social network for Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

    mastodon.scot — a social network for Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

    If you’re looking for an alternative to Twitter, you don’t need to look further than Mastodon. But, if you live or come from Scotland, then you might want to join your fellow country-folk on a social network for Scotland. mastodon.scot is a bilingual online community, inviting Scottish folk to sign up and chat with the […]

  • How to find and join new Matrix chat rooms

    How to find and join new Matrix chat rooms

    I run a Matrix chat server for my friends, family, and friends-of-friends. I called it Gossip Land and whilst there are a few different apps you can use to join a Matrix server, Element is a good starting point. You can grab an account on the main Matrix server, meaning your username will be @username:matrix.org […]

  • toot.wales — a social network for Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

    toot.wales — a social network for Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

    If you’re looking for an alternative to Twitter, you don’t need to look further than Mastodon. But, if you live or come from Wales, then you might want to join your fellow country-folk on a social network for Wales. toot.wales (or Tŵt Cymru) is a bilingual online community, inviting Welsh folk to sign up and […]

  • oslo.town

    oslo.town

    Previously, on this blog, I have mentioned Mastodon – the free and open source social network that is akin to Twitter. The more keen-eyed reader might have also noticed that my username on Mastodon was @lychee@mstdn.io If you have never heard of Mastodon before and wonder how it’s different from Twitter or Facebook, then you […]

  • Zcash – it’s like Bitcoin, but private

    Zcash – it’s like Bitcoin, but private

    When I was younger I remember an old friend of my dad’s came to the house. It was back when you accessed the internet via a dial-up connection and spending time on the internet meant that you couldn’t make phone calls. The man in question was holding a pink pig. Not a real one. A […]

  • @coxy on Twitter

    @coxy on Twitter

    A quick run-down of the steps I took to make Twitter a more wholesome experience.