If you love open source, decentralization, and Linux. This podcast is for you. The term "hacker" came out of the earliest of computer enthusiasts such as the ARPAnet experiments for programmers and networking wizards. It's people like these that gave us the Internet, Unix, and every other life changing technology. Hackers are not the ones breaking into systems, stealing credit cards, and causing havoc.
Grav is a web-based CMS in much the same way that WordPress is web-based. You set up an account on your server and then log in to create posts, pages, upload media, or add plugins. But, it's much more tailored to the kind of person I am than WordPress.
After some thinking about the current state of social media and mass email lists, RSS came to mind, and it's actually a much better alternative for privacy.
No data collection, no feed manipulation, no email newsletters. It's like someone from the future went to the past and gave us the answer to subscribing to creators without giving our away every detail about our lives.
In this episode we talk about the original decentralized cryptocurrency exchange called BitShares. Why risk the hacking and government shutdown of the old exchange paradigm when you can use the future?!
IPFS, Better Than HTTP
When we download a file from the internet, we access a traditional server and request to have the data we need. Then the server sends this file over the internet to us little by little until the entire file is in our possession.
This process takes time and resources at a much higher rate than using a peer-to-peer service like IPFS. When we want to download a copy of a file hosted on the IPFS network we get bits and pieces from many computers, not just one.
In this episode we talk about a book that I am using to study up on Linux System Administration. My goal is to same day work as a sysadmin and filling in the gaps of me knowledge will be important to land that first Linux job.
The previous episode in this series covered a few basic commands that we use most often in both the terminal and in Bash scripts. Today we will stay with this trend as we progress into more ways to manipulate what our computer does. If you have never used Bash, go back and listen over those posts.
Welcome back to the bash tutorial series. If you have not listened to the first episode in the series and you have never used bash please check that out before continuing. There are basic commands and terms we cover there that may make this section easier to follow.
Us geeks, nerds, and technology lovers spend most of our day in front of a computer. We wake up and head the work where we spend eight hours on a computer to pay the bills. Then we come home and turn on our own laptop or desktop to relax with some games, code a project, or create content for the web. All this time adds up and we find ourselves over-weight or out of shape. This is what happened to me over the years.
While this podcast is all about a technology of some sort this episode needs the attention of the nerd community. We spend all day on our computers coding, blogging, and consuming knowledge. This leads to many problems over time that even myself deal with now. It is best to keep ergonomics in mind when updating our work space.
We mentioned YaCy in the past episode titled "Peer-To-Peer: Our Only Hope." Today we are getting more in-depth with YaCy and why it is essential. We, as internet users, need to be mindful of who is using our data and how. Does it benefit us to give up our information and privacy?
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is virtual since the computer acts like it is on another network when on your normal connection. The private part is where this matters to you. The VPN has end-to-end encryption so while you are connected to the VPN the data is jumbled and unreadable to any onlooker.
We have mentioned peer-to-peer a lot over the past few podcasts but we have not taken the time to dive into the concept. I should have brought this up before all those podcasts but we'll do it now. Peer-to-peer has been around a long time and is decentralized in nature.
Utopian.io is taking the open-source community that exists around Github and adding rewards. The rewards get distributed in Steem for quality contributions to an open-source project. This is interesting since until now there was never a good way to get paid for the work someone labored over within the open-source community.
Nextcloud is the solution to the major players in the cloud storage space. It is an open-source project that aims to give you back the control of your data while bringing the same functionality you get with services from Google, Dropbox, or Apple iCloud.