May 13, 2020

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This page hosts my twtxt feed, here I document

my move away from digital glebes[1], from 2016

to present.

[1]: digital glebes: territories where users

have no agency —

FAQ: what is twtxt?

twtxt is a self-hosted microblogging programme

that uses text files. It is freely distributed.


nick = yctct

url =

2009-10-18t00:00:00+02:00 (switched to Mac from Windows (I later quit using Apple products in 2022)) 2016-01-18t00:00:00+02:00 started using ProtonMail (and subsequently deprecated it in 2022) 2016-01-18t00:00:00+02:00 started using Signal (and subsequently deleted my account in 2022) 2017-04-18t00:00:00+02:00 deleted all applications using infinite scroll from my mobile phone (I then stopped using a smartphone in 2020) 2017-04-18t00:00:00+02:00 deleted social media’ applications from my mobile phone (I then deleted all accounts) 2017-05-18t00:00:00+02:00 checked Facebook max once a day; after lunch (I subsequently deleted facebook in 2018) 2017-08-18t00:00:00+02:00 Started a mailing list 2018-03-18t00:00:00+02:00 deleted my Facebook account 2018-07-18t00:00:00+02:00 deleted email application from my smartphone 2019-07-18t00:00:00+02:00 resumed using a pocket-size notebook and a pen to take notes on-the-go 2020-05-18t00:00:00+02:00 replaced Apple’s applications e.g. Keynote, Notes, Mail, iCal with freely distributed programmes 2020-05-18t00:00:00+02:00 replaced the proprietary password manager I used with a freely distributed programme KeePassXC 2020-07-18t00:00:00+02:00 resumed using a dumb MP3 player (where I drag and drop audio files), so I can listen to them offline, and can quit having a smartphone 2020-07-18t00:00:00+02:00 resumed using an analog camera 2020-07-18t00:00:00+02:00 switched back to an already-owned dumb phone I had in my drawer as my main phone 2020-08-18t00:00:00+02:00 started to send less instant messages. I call instead 2020-08-18t00:00:00+02:00 started to send more (postal) letters and postcards 2020-09-18t00:00:00+02:00 started using an RSS reader 2020-10-18t00:00:00+02:00 started using note taking app Joplin (and subsequently deleted this app in 2022) 2020-10-18t00:00:00+02:00 started a Zettelkasten (and subsequently stopped in 2022) 2020-10-18t00:00:00+02:00 stopped carrying my mobile phone by default when I leave home 2020-11-18t00:00:00+02:00 started to send printed pictures via post to my friends instead of digital pictures 2020-11-18T00:00:00+02:00 ended Spotify and Netflix subscriptions and deleted my accounts 2021-01-18T00:00:00+02:00 deleted all my articles on Medium and deprecated my account (now deleted) 2021-08-18T00:00:00+02:00 bought a 13-year-old laptop for $150, installed Trisquel GNU/Linux to eventually replace my Macbook (which I did later in 2022) 2021-08-18T00:00:00+02:00 stopped using the proprietary search engine Duckduckgo (same as Google) 2021-08-18T00:00:00+02:00 deactivated my accounts with LinkedIn and Twitter (and subsequently deleted them in 2022) 2022-01-18T00:00:00+02:00 deleted my accounts with WhatsApp, Uber, Netlify and Lyft 2022-03-18T00:00:00+02:00 stopped using a Zettelkasten 2022-03-18T00:00:00+02:00 deleted the last note-taking app I was using; I now use physical notebooks or text files occasionally along with grep 2022-03-18T00:00:00+02:00 switched to a second-hand laptop running Trisquel GNU/Linux as my main computer 2022-06-18T00:00:00+02:00 started using an email address with my own domain name 2022-06-18T00:00:00+02:00 deprecated my Proton Mail account 2022-06-18T00:00:00+02:00 deleted my accounts with LinkedIn, Twitter and Signal Messenger 2022-10-18T00:00:00+02:00 deleted the account I had with a password manager in the cloud”; I now only use a copyleft-licensed password manager locally
2022-10-18T00:00:00+02:00 deleted my iCloud account I had created in 2009 when I first bought a MacBook 2022-11-18T00:00:00+02:00 deleted my Airbnb account 2023-03-18T00:00:00+02:00 sold my MacBook; it had been sitting on the shelf since early 2022 when I completed my switch to a laptop running Trisquel GNU/Linux 2023-03-18T00:00:00+02:00 published: A guide to simple and stupid usage of computers for writers (anyone who writes really) 2023-08-18T00:00:00+02:00 set up my own Jitsi instance; set up your own: 2023-08-18T00:00:00+02:00 set up a Virtual Private Server with a full freely-distributed distribution GNU/Linux (Debian is non-free) 2023-08-18T00:00:00+02:00 learnt how to set up a webserver 2023-10-18T00:00:00+02:00 deleted my Github account. 2023-12-18T00:00:00+02:00 set up an email server at home by port-forwarding to a vps to get a static ip 2024-01-18T00:00:00+02:00 published: 2024-01-18T00:00:00+02:00 published: 2024-02-18T00:00:00+02:00 published: free does not mean gratis: lexical clarifications towards digital literacy 2024-03-18T00:00:00+02:00 published: digital accessibility & inclusivity 2024-03-18T00:00:00+02:00 published: use old programmes 2024-04-18T00:00:00+02:00 published cooperatives & non-profits offering email addresses and mailboxes 2024-04-18T00:00:00+02:00 downgraded my ProtonMail account. It was a struggle to disentangle myself from the paid features. A trap I fell into 2024-04-18T00:00:00+02:00 published: mistakes I made using ProtonMail 2024-07-18T00:00:00+02:00 set up Libretranslate locally 2024-07-17T00:00:00+02:00 installed verbiste to display the conjugation of French verbs from the cli

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