• Last month there was a discussion on Slashdot about do-it-yourself Gmail alternatives. Email is an essential Internet service. Therefore, I think that the object of that discussion is extremely important, and that it is a pity that almost nobody realizes the implications of the current email infrastructure for the masses. The next paragraph is a synthesis of two comments in that discussion (from cshark and toygeek) that explain well what the real problem is.
  • Cloud computing is all the rage today: everyone wants us to migrate our digital activities to the “cloud”, that is a new world of remotely hosted data and services. This is no science-fiction: if you have a Gmail or Facebook account you are already using cloud computing today. There are, of course, many advantages to the cloud concept, but also some inherent and serious risks. This report from 2021 explains them: