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I want to get an old thinkpad, like an x200 and make it into a secure, tor-only machine. What is the best way to do this? Something like Qubes OS or is that just a meme? Looking for solutions for full disc encryption, network card that connects to TOR alone, that kind of stuff.

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if you're going to buy an x200 make sure to use libreboot as well


isnt the thinkpad an old laptop? might not have the power to run VM based OS?


that’s the main problem with trying to go full FOSS. nothing is powerful enough anymore.


That simply isn't true.


X200 won't be able to run Qubes.

Anyway, your general and perfectionist approach will make you fail for both technical and psychological reasons.
What you need to do first is develop concrete threat models, and a hierarchy of priorities. I assume that in your case you should probably concentrate more on software than hardware, and specifically on networking, which also splits into many different low to high level tiers, anything from your machine connecting to anything else to what you do on which website.
Using Tor only, as well as modifying and limiting use of the Internet in the first place, will for most people bring more benefits than all other measures combined.

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My ISP has recently transitioned to 5G and replaced all the old WiFi routers a few months back. Over that time I have noticed a noticeable increase in connection cuts. They seem to have gotten worse over the last month, now happening every few days. Basically what happens is that all devices stop being able to connect to the network. They still see it, but can't access it. Pulling the plug on the router and powering back on, then restarting other devices fixes it, but it is really fucking annoying and will undoubtedly one day crash during something important. This issue isn't new, stuff like this happened with older routers as well, but usually it would only occur every month or so, not multiple times per week.
So, anyone got a clue what is the problem here? Did the ISP provide a malfunctioning router, or is it the problem of their network? Or is it 5G being relatively new and thus sometimes screwing up or something?

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Hey guys, my mum wants me to look into how to make a website for her crafting business, what site should I use? I just need one to work from a template, nothing too complex please. Thanks!
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&lttitle>Mum's crafting business&lt/title>
&lth1>Hello, welcome to my crafting website&lt/h1>
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&ltstrong>Take a look around at all the stuff I craft.&lt/strong>
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&ltp>This website is made by my son, who is very talented and a computer wiz!&lt/p>
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My stuff:
&lta link href=../stuff/main.html>Main page of stuff&lt/a>
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Cute. But I need stuff like an ecommerce store and stuff, me trying to code that myself would be pretty silly. I'd end up linking the customers to a security vulnerability that got all their money stolen or something.

I had a look around and all the options with ecommerce template options seem to converge at around £10/month at minimum which is a little expensive for the scale of the business I think.

I mean I live in her place, so, meh.

Yeah I think I'll just tell her to get an ebay/fb listing and so on.


If you aren't good at making websites then just use shopify


>Yeah I think I'll just tell her to get an ebay/fb listing and so on.
Facebook page + ebay store is the way to go IMO, plenty of businesses do that.


If you just need a website, do wix.
If you need ecommerce, do shopify.
If you don't want to pay, I guess this is a good option >>3240 you could also complement it with a cheap wix site.

HTML is super easy. Using CSS on the other hand is like being a lawyer suing a website into looking like you want it to.

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Going to uni, they require people to get a Laptop, here are the requirements they have. What do you guys recommend?
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I strongly suspect they are full of shit. If I were you I would march in their office and ask for who wrote this "Laptop Requirements" and schedule a meeting with him to question him why you need an Intel i5, 8GB of RAM and 256GB for your molecular genetics classes. Ask him if you're using virtual machines. If not, the laptop requirements are meaningless and you can settle for much less.


I got by fine with a x41 for ~30 euros, until the charger melted away, so if you find one they're still fine.


Why the hell is a webcam listed as an requirement?


>8th gen quad-core at minimum
>i5 vs. i7
Those requirements are bullshit, probably some idiot from management came up with them because he gets new shiny laptop every two years. And his laptop gets paid by your tuition or taxes, btw.
Even if some class requires that much computation (highly doubt it), there's no way it needs to be portable. Tech universities have their own desktop computers for students to use because not everybody has a laptop. They could also assign whatever you need to do as a homework anyway.


for remote classes probably

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Is it bad for Linux as a whole? Is Microsoft trying to kill desktop Linux as a whole with its "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish" policy?
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nobody is suggesting that, just that Microsoft might be making big moves to supplant Linux's market as the server OS. without the demand for Linux the NPOs that support it will get no funding.


WSL will make linux better because it will allow megacorporations to force their wageslaves to use Windows for dev work instead of Linux. The less corporate involvement in Linux the better.


Good point


We profit from corporate involvment, when their contributions are released under GPL-like licenses. One of the most sane desktop environments ever was polished by Sun, for example. When corporations with hardware licenses work on the Kernel, they can use their knowledge to improve drivers. When steam needs windows games to run via Wine, they use their manpower to improve the translation layer. Etc. etc.
We are their parasites, but this is nothing to be ashamed of. Redirecting, or rather taming, corporate logic into work for the commons is the least we can do.


Wageslaves are already forced to use Windows because of the MS Office crap. Megacorporations don't give a fuck about desktop Linux, they only care about Linux on the server. WSL won't change shit about it, they will keep degrading Linux into a fancy hypervisor for their cloud bullshit.

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More just cause I don't wanna go to some place like r/techsupport ew

So anyways I built a computer recently, it works perfectly fine except for one issue: it has difficulty starting up. It takes about 5 minutes after pressing the power button for it to turn on, nothing will speed it up. I found out that the issue with it is that the Motherboard came with a dead CROM battery, I replaced that and voila it starts up fine. And it has been fine for the past week, however the startup issue has returned, and just to be sure I replaced the CROM battery AGAIN but this time it didn't work. I know for a fact that it was just the dead battery that was the issue so why is it persisting?
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Most people here probably already know this, but when it comes to laptops thinkpads are pretty durable and most of the parts can be easily replaced. Their hardware also works very well with Linux. I'm using a 10 year old thinkpad that still runs fine, so far I've replaced the battery, charger and fan, all of which you can get pretty cheap on ebay, even though the model is old. There's a ton of affordable refurbished thinkpads being sold online because corps buy and sell them in bulk about every two or three years. Here's a buying guide: https://www.bobble.tech/free-stuff/used-thinkpad-buyers-guide
The guide is based on US market though, prices in Europe are slightly higher. I can post some links to some European refurbishers if any one needs it.
Often you can even find "new old stock" for the same price as used ones.


The other thing with Thinkpads is that many support coreboot or libreboot. I think if we're setting out to buy hardware, support for open source firmware is a must.


Idiot question:
Does Libreboot/coreboot support overclocking & why not??


Good question, I have a System76 machine with a very minimalist coreboot and it has absolute fuckall in terms of motherboard/CPU options.


did some quick research, looks like it's possible to add overclocking options but nobody is developing it


I will stick to proprietary BIOS then, if you can't overclock then it means you can't undervolt the CPU to save on power usage either, I've never used coreboot but it sounds like shit if it can't even replicate the functions of a proprietary BIOS let alone have more functionality than one

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This thread is about creating software to help workers organize.As per >>591 and >>>/leftypol/51843Current idea is to make software to organize unions, whatever that might be.
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>>3148this could be a good idea for the IWW.email to them, explain the idea, maybe they can give you some money to start the project.


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>>3160You can set the country you want the news from at the bottom. You can put a map under it if that's what you want. For example, here's Switzerland: https://www.labourstart.org/2013/country.php?country=Switzerland&langcode=enThey even have RSS so you have less scraping to do:https://www.labourstart.org/lnwnews.shtmlThere's really nothing stopping OP from doing what she wants other than being a useless ideaguy who's too lazy to do any research themselves. They had the perfect resource available to them but they chose to ignore it. I say they can go and fuck themselves.


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>>3162>anon posts question/suggestion>make passive aggressive insults without explaining why>anon asks why>"go fuck yourself"If you actually think this matters and is a good answer, why are you bothered by someone bringing it up again so that other people could see the site?If you're satisfied with labourstart good for you. This is a discussion board. This thread is for talking about developing tools to help organize labor. I bumped this thread because after the merge I wanted more people to see it. I included a post from /leftypol/ because I thought it might be useful for discussion to keep the topic going. Why are you here?


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>>3163>I bumped the thread to advertise my idea but ignored the obvious solution to it because I am too lazy to actually do anything about it


>>3164I bumped the thread to bump the thread, but I figured if I added something besides "bump" it would be more likely to get replies. I guess I was right, but not how I expected.

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Could I end up getting arrested if I kept making fake accounts using one of these 10min emails, to enjoy the free trial of ProtonVPN?
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I'm sure they will figure it out based on your IP address\usage patterns and just ban you.


let's see how long I last then


ahh, they don't allow accounts with 10 min email domains anymore…


I really expected something more like this:


I use free trials for my job, use them in a VM that gets reset to some previous snapshot whenever the free period is over.
I've had no problems so far, nobody has blocked my IP or whatever.

Do you need to create a Protonmail account for ProtonVPN? How long does the free trial last?
Might try this if I ever need a VPN.

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19chan is a chill place for people to have discussions about fiction, tv shows, movies, music, games, sports, science, technology, current events, news, and a variety of other topics.
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4chan is cancer tho.


But I already have 7chan.


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and this place won't be because?…


try without the www, i.e.

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I know, you're asking yourself already, how the fuck are crypto's compatible with a leftwing communist image-board? Well, first of all, fuck you, we live under capitalism and as such must exchange and purchase under the current mode of production we find ourselves under.
Second, I would like some one to help me understand, exactly, how to set up a bitcoin, monero, what have you; wallet. I tried to set this up on my laptop but syncing with the bitcoin network is a huge MASSIVE bitch and took me months and I never got fully synced. Also, it takes a shitload of resources to work properly on my computer. I can barley do anything else.
So, my question is: What is the best way to get into bitcoin and use bitcoin and other cysto's like a boss? Am I doing something wrong? What are the best specs for btc and the like? As always, any help would be appreciated. Thank you /tech/!
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Just buy and hold chainlink.. seriously.


There's a lot of Leftists in the Ethereum world actually. Look into DAOs for collective organisation & direct democracy - lotta experiments happening. Bitcoin itself does tend to be more lolberg of course.


whats the advantage of ethereum over bitcoin


>Does not generate dividends
Go look at Aave or Compound, or one of many other already working Defi projects, then come back and tell me that.


Smart contracts, mining is getting removed, many other better features. It's not perfect, but Bitcoin is merely a store of value, while Ethereum is a effectively a whole platform running most of the other successful crypto projects.

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