Gismodo Article - 'Subscription Expired'

If ever there was a better time to detox from life's 'subscription' based service   model addiction now may be the right time. When I read this article it made me realise why I stay with open source services and software when everyone else (seemingly anyway) seem in a hurry to sign up to proprietary solutions just to have the 'latest' and 'coolest' tool to boast about. It's no secret that the world's corporate leaders are hungry for this model for future growth. I must admit... I'm in the minority here but someone will always 'own' the things that you 'rent' or rely on to do you job and that reminds me that the balance is already tipped 'OUT' of my favour. As the corporates become greater the choice for the rest of us becomes smaller. Enjoy this excellent article...  

Vaccine Passports on Google Android...coming soon! comment!

The new 'Framework' laptop is upgradable and cheaper if you buy a DIY Kit.

Here's a solution we've been waiting for. A laptop you can upgrade. Could be the start of something much more sustainable. Let's hope it gets off the ground with the current worldwide component shortages.

Pinephone keyboard case nearly ready

 I'm really excited about the 'small linux computer' in your pocket concept. This isn't a new concept of course and it's basically a raspberry pi (arm64) ' phone ' that connects to an external monitor in 'convergence' mode. It's blissfully everything the iphone isn't! Here  are some preview product images.


A fantastic bit of work by the Welsh Gov (DataMapWales) team with their implementation of MapStore . 

A love letter to our community, from our community


Pinephone with detachable 'clamshell' keyboard...alas not just yet!

As a huge fan of 'Pine64'  I was delighted to see this announcement in their recent newsletter. Owning a device which allows not only allows the most 'private' experience possible from prying governments and corporates but it also allows me to use all the linux apps I've got so used to (within the limits of an 'arm64' phone) such a refreshing approach. Hope to see much more from these guys in the future. 'Pine64' commented on the proposed new design:- "After some consideration we have opted to go with a clamshell design for the keyboard. The PinePhone is large and heavy enough to be unwieldy when held by a thin slab of plastic such as that of a slide-out keyboard. This clamshell design can, however, be folded practically flat so it is comfortably used without placing the device on a surface. The keyboard section also holds a large (probably 5000mAh) battery, which not only more-than-doubles the phone’s stand-by time but