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Ideas Open source Programming Projects Technology

Idea: Tiny E-Ink Reader

I was shopping around on Aliexpress, looking at the current options for a small e-ink display. To find out if there was maybe something I could attach to the back of my future PinePhone. And then I discovered this:

LILYGO® TTGO T5 V2.2 ESP32  2.9″ EPaper Plus Module E-Ink Speakers

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It is an ESP32 SoC with a 2.9″ e-ink display, microSD card slot, speaker and 4 buttons, all on a single board. Ready to be programmed. There is even a GIT repository (not just one, but two!) for a ready-built firmware.

This gave me an idea — how about building a tiny low-power, WiFi/Bluetooth-enabled ebook reader? Sounds like a plan!

I ordered the “version 2.4” of the board, whatever that means: Aliexpress link

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2.9″ black and white version

Originally I was considering getting the Black-White-Red version of the display, but then I found out that the red color takes ages (up to 8 seconds) to redraw, so I went for the regular e-ink display. Hopefully it comes soon!

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Ideas Privacy Technology

Idea: Free Internet Over Telegram

Here’s an idea how to get unlimited free Internet data for your mobile device:

  1. Buy a pre-paid SIM card with a “free Telegram traffic” package
  2. Write a TUN device transferring data over a Telegram chat
  3. Setup a tunnel between a “client device” and a “server device” (i.e. a phone with the SIM and a VPS)
  4. Free internet!

Why? Mobile service providers often offer unlimited data to certain servers as a promotion (they get some revenue from promoting the service). And since all of the traffic will be going through these servers, you won’t hit the FUP limit.

Feel free to substitute Telegram with any chat service, though this one seemed the most open and API-accessible out of the offered ones.

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Friendica Ideas Open source Privacy Projects Raspberry Pi Technology Uncategorized

Prism break

If you haven’t heard about the Prism scandal, you should read a bit about it. But basically, numerous large companies based in the US have allowed private information of their users to be accessible to the government (the NSA, to be more exact). Maybe even yours, if you’ve ever interacted with companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and others.

As mentioned on the Prism-Break website, there are lots of alternatives to the services and software most of us currently use. And surprisingly, it should’t be that hard to switch to a more secure and privacy-protecting solution to your daily internet-related needs.

Here is my personal ‘Prism break’ roadmap, or a security todo list:
Note: work in progress, subject to change.

Email

Biggest challenge as far as I can see. The concept itself is sadly not really that secure.

Must have:

  • highly reliable (so no self-hosted solutions are acceptable)
  • web client for easy accessibility
  • address based on own domain name (and email address), e.g. me at dejvino dot com
  • at least country-local hosting (i.e. here in Czech Republic for me)

Should have:

  • contacts
  • calendar

Could have:

  • email content encryption. Currently it seems pretty impractical, but who knows. Maybe there is a usable solution?

Some cheap web-hosting with emails? http://hosting.wedos.com/cs/webhosting.html

IM

Similar to email. Doesn’t require 100% availability.

Ideas:

  • own secure Jabber/XMPP server? Could be self-hosted / VPS. Expensive, hard to maintain.
  • rented server? server-side history is hard to come by. Only Google has got it all…

Should have:

  • encrypted transmission
  • secured history saved on server side

Web hosting

I’m currently using external paid services. I might switch to a more custom solution, i.e. home server.

Raspberry Pi anyone? … UPDATE: nope, it could work for really simple services, but running anything more sophisticated results in long response times. And since I’ve got big plans, it is not the right solution.

Cloud storage

Dropbox has been a great service — lots of free space, great tools on Windows as well as on Android.
I’m in the process of switching to a more controlled ownCloud server solution.

Must have:

  • web interface
  • handle large files
  • access restrictions
  • per-user space limits (quotas)
  • PC client (Windows)

Should have:

  • online music streamer
  • public file-linking capability
  • applications / plugins / extensions

Could have:

  • Android client
  • synchronization / backup support

Social media

Friendica is a project I’ve been using a bit and am planing to use a bit more. But the other “standard” ones still seem quite usable, to some extent.

Should have:

  • RSS-feed-reader-like view
  • responsive design / client for Android
  • integration of different social networks

TODO: move Friendica to a more powerful server. It is quite CPU-demanding.

Web browsing

Type Current New Status
Browser Google Chrome Firefox DONE
Passwords KeePass KeePass + KeeFox DONE
Plugins DoNotTrackMe, HTTPS Everywhere, … see FixTracking.com as a handy guide. DONE

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