Sans Big Tech Part 4: EteSync calendar in the personal cloud

Updated January 2, 2020 with a clarification of CalDav Five years ago, I started working towards what I then called Head in the cloud, feet on the ground, but now prefer to describe using Kleppmann's terminology as Local-first software: you own your data, in spite of the cloud (h/t Adrian Colyer). Among the the first… Continue reading Sans Big Tech Part 4: EteSync calendar in the personal cloud

Sans Big Tech Part 3: Security in the personal cloud

In Part 2 of this series, I explained why I went about setting up my personal cloud server as the first step to freeing myself from dependence on Big Tech. The first comment on this was by Suhan Saha (this comment has apparently disappeared from Facebook now): The biggest disadvantage of private cloud is IT-Security… Continue reading Sans Big Tech Part 3: Security in the personal cloud

Big Tech 2019 = Big Finance 2005 = Big Risk?

In 2005, Big Finance was at the top of the world. Due to financial innovation and advances in mathematical modelling, Big Finance was highly profitable despite operating at low levels of risk. By 2008, it became clear that all this was an illusion. Then Fed Chairman Bernanke has stated: So out of maybe the 13,… Continue reading Big Tech 2019 = Big Finance 2005 = Big Risk?

Aadhaar and signing a blank sheet of paper redux

The Aadhaar abuse that I described a year ago as a hypothetical possibility a year ago has indeed happened in reality. In July 2017, I described the scenario in a blog post as follows: That is when I realized that the error message that I saw on the employee’s screen was not coming from the… Continue reading Aadhaar and signing a blank sheet of paper redux

In the sister blog during December 2017 and January 2018

The following posts appeared on the sister blog (on Financial Markets and their Regulation) during December 2017 and January 2018. Regulation as Pigouvian stealth taxation Financial Crisis and Response History Why Intel investors should subscribe to the Linux Kernel Mailing List or at least LWN (Cross-posted on this blog as well) Madness on both sides… Continue reading In the sister blog during December 2017 and January 2018

Turning an Android phone into a travelling desktop

Installing the software in the phone I covered this in a post a few months ago: You can turn your phone into a miniature version of your laptop by installing a desktop Linux distribution inside your Android phone and then installing all your favourite open source software inside that. In my case, the open source… Continue reading Turning an Android phone into a travelling desktop

Why Intel investors should subscribe to the Linux Kernel Mailing List or at least LWN

On January 3 and 4, 2018 (Wednesday and Thursday), the Intel stock price dropped by about 5% amidst massive trading volumes after The Register revealed a major security vulnerability in Intel chips on Tuesday evening (the Meltdown and Spectre bugs were officially disclosed shortly thereafter). But a bombshell had landed on the Linux Kernel on… Continue reading Why Intel investors should subscribe to the Linux Kernel Mailing List or at least LWN

Peripheral vision and non Euclidean Geometry

I came across a recent paper by Google researchers on Introducing a New Foveation Pipeline for Virtual/Mixed Reality In the human visual system, the fovea centralis allows us to see at high-fidelity in the center of our vision, allowing our brain to pay less attention to things in our peripheral vision. Foveated rendering takes advantage… Continue reading Peripheral vision and non Euclidean Geometry