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Yeah seconded that it’s not FOSS but still a great app. Logseq is a good FOSS alternative for a knowledge base, and I really like Zettlr for long form md writing and note taking too.

What’s the best note-taking app currently out there?

Looking for a note-taking app, preferably that I could use straight from a browser. I’m currently using Standard Notes. Not sure if that one is any good, but E2EE and open-source which at least checks those boxes. I don’t store anything too sensitive and I don’t need a whole bunch of features, though I suppose I’d use...

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I kind of love note taking apps so I can rundown a few:

  • Logseq (FOSS, can technically run in a browser but it’s very limited and literally called “demo”)
  • Obsidian (not FOSS but local md first, very mature and a huge community)
  • Joplin (FOSS and probably general go-to for cross-platform open source notes in general but is a bit of a memory hog)
  • StandardNotes (you already described this one)
  • notesnook (very new offering probably most similar to SN but I don’t know)
  • AnyType (also very new and striving for more of a Notion-like experience but I think still needs time to mature)

I use Logseq most often, although I prefer Joplin on mobile. Obsidian and Logseq are more “personal knowledge management” and may be overkill for simple note-taking, plus I feel they are a little bloated on mobile. Honestly not sure which ones work in a browser, but I agree that’s a feature I’d like more of. All of these though I believe are cross-platform so should be usable on mobile or desktop.

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I have a fairly old iPhone and I never have much of an issue with speed, so maybe?

My main issues with Logseq on mobile is that a) there’s no plug-in support which makes my workflow much more difficult and b) I find the UI as just a copy of the desktop UI without many mobile-specific features usable but not super intuitive. If I need to jot down a quick note or TODO on the go I don’t think it’s best. I keep the app mainly to reference longer notes on the go.

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Hope you find something that works! I do enjoy that Joplin is not paywalled in anyway, and is still super robust, private, and local first. I personally hop around between several note taking apps based on my needs so finding apps that are local md first is high priority for me so that if I move to another app all of my notes can move with me.

Joplin stores notes in a database rather than directly as Markdown, but they can easily be exported as Markdown which I guess is the next best thing.

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The lengths to which this game goes to steal all my free time is absurd.

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Mainly interact with threads rather than the microblog for something to scroll and occasionally comment. Been pretty good for that especially as I further refine my subscribed feed. I'll pop into microblog every once in awhile if I've run out of new content, but rarely post/interact there.

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If you want a web front end for actual independent bookstores https://bookshop.org/ is excellent. You’ll likely pay a small premium over Amazon but you will directly support independent bookstores and publishers.

Also just as a PSA, GoodReads is also Amazon owned and I recommend everyone to check out alternatives like BookWyrm (Activity Pub integrated) and StoryGraph.

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Genuine question here, it looks like most of the info they’re collecting here could also be collected via scraping that info from any publicly available instance (profile pic, username, etc.)

What added info would they get from federation that isn’t already something we are giving away ourselves by participating in a public protocol like ActivityPub?

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Thanks, this was the impression I got as well. It doesn’t make anything public that wasn’t already public, it just makes it easier and more likely for Meta to ingest the data more directly.

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If you need chromium, your best option is probably ungoogled-chromium which is basically just bare bones chrome with as much telemetry and tracking taken out as possible.

wrath-sedan ,
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Yeah it takes a few extra steps to get extensions/chrome store stuff like that. Probably not the best option if you’re just trying to slap it on a work computer in 5 mins.

wrath-sedan ,
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True that’s what I use the vast majority of the time, but the OP specifically needed something chromium based.

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I am leaning towards a new MacBook for the reasons you stated among others. I came here to get some new perspectives, and to explore other options I might not be aware of yet.

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YES, it was super disappointing because otherwise it was a solid laptop. Cracked the corner of my screen and is basically non-portable now. Currently have it hooked up to an external monitor and keyboard just to make it until I can get a new laptop.

Read up on it and apparently it’s been a huge issue in HP’s build quality since at least 2017. There’s a class action lawsuit you can sign up for and hopefully be compensated in some way.

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Thanks, Pixel+GrapheneOS has been the most tempting iOS alternative for me so far.

wrath-sedan OP ,
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I think Apple is better out of the box than most other companies in terms of privacy, which comes from a lot more of their profit coming from hardware rather than data harvesting (ie Meta, Google). Although the EFF has said that’s more an indictment of other tech companies than saying Apple is particularly good.

I do think the lack of customization in macOS makes it more difficult to harden your security settings. PrivacyGuides lists their concerns along with their recommended configuration here.

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Aw super sweet of you to think of your grandma.

Thank you! HP Envy x360 design flaw solidarity, friend ✊

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For sure, I think that's a good rule of thumb and lines up pretty well with "how much this OS relies on your data to make a buck."

I was reading there too that most of the privacy and security concerns in macOS are in iCloud, but with Advanced Tracking Protection you can make that E2EE now, or just go with an alternative cloud service.

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I would have agreed until the hinge broke through my HP Envy x360 screen :-(

Not much of a warning before it happened either, I would look into your model to see if that’s a recurring issue. Apparently you can loosen the tension in the screw on the hinge ahead of time to help avoid it eventually snapping. Good luck either way!

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Slaps the hood of Baldur’s Gate 3 this bad boy can fit so many wildly exceeded expectations for a complete AAA-title at launch in 2023

wrath-sedan ,
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TL;DR: mostly ancient math and moon stuff.

This article suggests 60/60 came from the Sumerians who used a base-12 counting system. This and other articles note that 60 is more flexible than 100 in many ways as it’s divisible by 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

The Babylonians invented the 360 degree circle, and so understood the sun to move about 1 degree per day.

The number of days in a week and weeks in a month is based on lunar phases (month=moon, and in Chinese the word for month is the same as moon, 月). This article says the approximately 28 day month is traced to ancient Mesopotamia with leap days used to stay consistent in the long run. As for days of the week that article also says they were based on the 7 non-fixed heavenly bodies visible to the naked eye.

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Can’t wait for my ram to last 1000 years just for the hinge on my laptop screen to last 2 (guess what just broke on my laptop after 2 years)

wrath-sedan ,
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I’m no expert but I think it’s the same reason ads are full of hot people: association. If you see an ad for a Baconator enough times next to a neo-Nazi spewing hate speech you’re going to start to link the two in your mind.

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Maybe someone with an in-depth knowledge of the printer industry can answer this but, why on earth doesn’t some other company show up and undercut this bullshit with this revolutionary sales pitch: “a printer that actually prints stuff.”

Like I feel like an overpriced decades-old relic of technology like a printer should have seen more competition given everyone is unsatisfied with the current situation.

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Here’s a great recent podcast from Best of the Left on philanthropy, greenwashing, and sportswashing with particular attention on oil wealth

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Yeah I’ve really loved the culture of niche instances like startrek.website, lebowski.social, sffa.alliance. I think they provide an interesting and friendly local feed, have a more general federated feed, and then of course you can have your own subs. I say go for it!

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Check out this one quick and easy meal planning trick that will cut your lifetime grocery bill by 99% (the Geneva Conference hates it!)

wrath-sedan ,
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This feels ripped out of the playbook of scummy mobile ads or adult sites where trying to click the x leads you to the exact content your were trying to avoid

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I’ve been debating which console I might want to get for awhile now and this may have been the final straw pushing me towards the PS5. Haven’t been this excited about this game in a long time and there are several other exclusives that look amazing too.

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Honestly just shocked how well Adblockalypse rolls off the tongue despite being the linguistic equivalent of three kids in a trench coat

wrath-sedan ,
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Weren’t they all free-range? At least until Jurassic Park.

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Can’t wait to hear racist diatribes from the new primetime host Tracker Carlsbot

wrath-sedan ,
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But every advance in communication and information technology makes it easier to surveil or defame, and can be used for bad policing.

So we should just give up and accept surveillance and defamation without trying to come up with any legal counter measures?

Right now there’s a push to regulate the internet to “prevent CSAM” by blocking encryption, and I’m afraid a push to regulate AI will not get better results.

Totally agree that KOSA and the like are awful, but the existence of shitty regulations doesn’t negate the need for positive regulations.

But if we try to go further and impose restrictions on the AI models themselves, this will most likely solidify that AI is controlled by few powerful corporations. After all, highly regulated models by definition can’t be free and open.

I just don’t see this? So regulating powerful companies use of AI will… solidify their power? I’m not connecting the dots here but that might be on me, as I think there are plenty of highly regulated spaces that still see innovation.

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Compound interest. Buy into a total market index fund that will get you more or less 7% on average a year. Let’s say you have a $100 extra per month (doesn’t actually matter whatever you can afford).

Sally from age 20-30 puts her $100 in every month. At the end she has about $16000. She stops adding anything, but keeps that money invested. By 65 she has $170k.

Jeff doesn’t start investing until he’s 30, but he’s consistent and does the same thing, $100 a month from 30-65. He ends up with about $165k.

What that means is Sally made more money than Jeff even though she did the same thing for 10 years that he did for 35. She just started earlier.

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Upvote for “not a scam to help Big Dental sell you flavoured string.”

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Felt compelled against my will to sing this out loud.

wrath-sedan OP ,
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Why is it so hard for some people to admit that some precaution is required when we are dealing with predators like Facebook?

I think this author of this piece is very clearly in favor of precautions and state their preferred integration as "silence" mode not unfettered federation:

"Personally, I would federate with Threads in “silence” mode: my instance’s users would be able to follow Threads users and vice versa, but posts from Threads would not show up in any public timelines on my server."

I agree that there should be precautions in place to prevent a glut of threads content dwarfing all the locally produced content. I think the fear is that if some instances go for the hard defederation route, defederating from threads and threads-federated instances, we will effectively be bisecting the existing fediverse in two, which may be a cure worse than the disease.

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Wow this is awesome and something I was completely unaware of. Thanks!

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