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In a blog post earlier today, Purism announced their new MVNO, unlimited privacy-centric mobile service plan. At a whopping $99.00 a month, the plan offers you unlimited data, unlimited talk and text, and enhanced privacy. Purism registers your new number(no option to port your own number has been announced yet) under their name instead of your own. This helps to mask your activity, but doesn't make you impervious to tracking. Cellular providers can still triangulate a particular phone’s location as it connects to their cell towers.

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My love affair with Linux started back in the Summer of 2012. We went for long walks, stared lovingly into each others eyes, but alas the love was not meant to be. You see, while Windows Vista was an abusive OS, it was my gateway to my at the time addiction, MapleStory(see me playing here). In fact, if it wasn't for the Raspberry Pi, I might not have ever come back.

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It's 2020, right? I know that's the argument some people may make when trying to sell them on the thought of buying a non smartphone. It's true though, it is 2020! We live in a hyper connected world where privacy and security threats abound. So what can a non smartphone, by a new company, really offer you in 2020? More than you would think.

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I, like many people around the world, have an addiction to my smartphone. Many nights, the glare of my smartphone from watching YouTube videos(through NewPipe) keeps me from sleep. A quick web search equals minutes of productivity lost. This electronic rectangle with a screen interrupts my daily conversations, and we all just accept it. How can I overcome this addiction? One way I've been able to ground myself, is with a dumbphone.

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One major selling point of the Pinephone from Pine 64, is its repairability. Drop your phone and break the screen? Pine64 will sell you a replacement screen(among other components) to repair the phone yourself. The ability to easily repair your phone is a unique and unheard of concept in today's mobile landscape and the same applies to most headphones. This is where Pine64 and Ollo Audio have something in common.

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I recently watched a video on LBRY, on the topic of privacy and security gatekeeping, from one of my favorite channels on the platform, Techlore(view the video here). Though their video was released about 2 weeks ago, I really wanted to bring more light to this topic.

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In my previous blog post I Lied! Pure OS is Now My Home! I mentioned that I was an audio enthusiast. I bring this up today because I recently received in the mail, an auxiliary audio cable made by Hart Audio. I was curious of the claims audiophiles make about higher end cables being able to improve the sound quality of their music. I thought this was total rubbish. You wouldn't be able to hear any difference, right?....right?

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In my last blog post I mentioned that I was done distro-hopping. Well, as you can see from the title of this post, I lied. I must confess I really wanted my distro-hopping days to be done. However, as a self proclaimed audio enthusiast, I need my OS to work with my external DAC and amplifier. After numerous attempts, GhostBSD would still not recognize my audio gear. So, it had to go. And in its place? Well, let's take a look at that now.

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For the time being anyways...

My pursuit of the best Linux distribution, for me, has come to an end. What I ended up settling on though isn't actually Linux based. So what is it?

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Linux Lounge is a British YouTube channel that focuses on Linux distributions and open source software. Surpassing 1,000 subscribers in July of 2020, the channel boasts large community engagement and quality content. As one of my favorite content creators on LBRY/YouTube I was very happy to have them stop by for a short interview, thank you Linux Lounge.

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