by Philip Reed. Aeon Magazine, 2017

It is mildly subversive and perhaps a little quaint when someone clings to their flip phone and refuses a #smartphone. Refusing both kinds of phones is viewed as downright lunacy, especially if the person refusing was born after the mid-1970s. But I’ve never had a cellphone and I’m not going to get one. I have several reasons, and they are good ones.


If you manage dozens of #dotfiles in a Git repository summon can help you to setup them using the Unix-like systems symbolic link capability.

Project website:

Although not tested on BSDs, Mac OS X, cygnus and the like, summon should work fine in any machine with GNU coreutils, findutils, diffutils, sed and bash installed. Feel free to send pull requests to increase compatibility and ease of deploy in systems other than GNU/Linux.

GNU Stow users: #summon shares basically the same concept with the key difference of not setting up links to directories to avoid non-tracked files inside it pollute your Git repository.

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99essential.el provides better GNU #Emacs #configuration defaults. It is intended to be installed system-wide. Copy the file to /etc/emacs/site-start.d/99essential.el or equivalent path in your system.

This Phil Hagelberg’s package might also interest you:

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From: The Riseup Birds Subject: Riseup Story / Historia / Histoire Date: 2017-12-17


Today, we present a #Riseup story.

Once upon a time, there were a couple of fired-up twenty-somethings who had just come out of an exhausting and exhilarating week of beautiful protests against the World Trade Organization in Seattle. They had a question in their burning hearts: what's the best way we can help build justice movements in the world? Being of the hacker and geeky persuasion, they came up with an idea called


“A Declaration of the Independence of #Cyberspace” [reproduced in full below] is a widely distributed early paper on the applicability (or lack thereof) of government on the rapidly growing #internet. Commissioned for the pioneering Internet project 24 Hours in Cyberspace, It was written by John Perry Barlow, a founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and published online on 1996. It was written primarily in response to the passing into law of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 in the United States. —Wikipedia, 2017