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Jack Yan

jack@start.hubzilla.org

Free Über rides

 Wellington, New Zealand,  
As much as I dislike Über, my partner decided she would try it. After 30 minutes (including setting up a Gmail, which neither of us wants), neither of us can figure it out. But there is a bonus: a credit card has been loaded, but not by us. It insists we live next door. Up shot: we can steal rides from our neighbour (not that we would).
Merry Christmas

 Wellington, New Zealand,  
It’s the morning of the 25th here, so merry Christmas, everyone! Spread the good cheer!
  
Merry Christmas!:-)
  
Merry Christmas (belatedly) to you, too, Maria, and happy 2018!
FCC repeals ’net neutrality

 Wellington, New Zealand,  
What a shame the US FCC, made up of unelected bureaucrats, has voted to get rid of ’net neutrality. The down side: their country’s ISPs can determine what websites you get to see, and make you wait for those they don’t agree with or have some special arrangement with. It’s bad news for independent voices and I believe it’ll stifle innovation. Some of us try to sell products and services into the US—the idea that we might not face a level playing field goes against the whole idea of the internet for me. I hope my fears are ultimately unfounded.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/14/570526390/fcc-repeals-net-neutrality-rules-for-internet-providers
Change you can believe in (really)

 Wellington, New Zealand,  
This might be from 2013, but it’s a great reminder, from documentary-maker Adam Curtis, on how history repeats itself, that we have more power than we might think, and that change is possible.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/entries/44122901-c2e8-34f5-93e0-d4402c163966
Not quite a valedictory Facebook post

 Wellington, New Zealand,  
I realize the irony of this even having appeared on Facebook.

http://jackyan.com/blog/2017/12/after-10-years-its-time-to-reduce-facebook-sharing-even-more/
The democratization of social networking

 Wellington, New Zealand,  last edited: Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:25:01 -0500  
The democratization of social networking. Long predicted, finally happening.
  
Hi, Holly! I wonder how this will eventually integrate with other services.
  
That will be interesting to see! A lot of people seem to be longing for the old days (a good thing!) and looking to build lighter, more personal social sites.

The only barrier seems to be that Facebook and Twitter are the lowest common denominator with the most critical mass. Everyone's there, so it's fine to be a bit lazy. "I can't keep up with more than one social media site, sorry" is something I hear a lot now that I say I'm leaving. Rather than try to be everywhere and all things to everyone, I'm planning to make my own site my "home base." Salon's always open - bookmark the sucker. OOoh, I think we just gave me an idea... might have to wait till I finish my afternoon walk in the park.
  
Put a hub linked to your site!

Before social networking, people didn’t have a problem finding me on my personal site and messaging me—I might simply have to start encouraging that again.
  
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