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    I'm leaving Skype

    Timothée Jaussoin – Thursday, 14 February - 07:13 edit

Microsoft, how can you seriously fu** up your products so bad? I choose to leave #Skype by today for two reasons that just poped-up the past few days.

Exposing private information

How is it possible that during several meetings and other discussions your team voluntary choose to add the feature to suggest private contacts of my contacts to me?

I'll be direct with you, this is clearly a #privacy violation and will hurt lots of people directly including myself. I'm using this account for years for professional and private reasons, I have really private contacts on my account (that I only want to only keep for myself, obviously, maybe I should stress that point more?), family members, friends and professional relations. Now all those contacts will see some of my private contacts as "Suggestions".

The new Skype contacts suggestion box

In this list I have some contacts that I can easily guess to who they are related to.


  • Lawyers that are using Skype have also things to hide, and you're directly exposing the persons they are talking to to their other clients.
  • Doctors that are using Skype have something to hide and you are exposing their patients list to other patients or contacts.
  • Journalists that are using Skype have something to hide and you are exposing their sources and colleagues to other contacts putting some of their life and investigations at risk.

And I can give you lots of other cases where this kind of feature will hurt businesses, families and sometimes can put lifes at risk.

Microsoft, let be frank there, Skype IS NOT a fu** social network like Facebook. Skype is a Instant Messaging and video-communication service where people expect their private contacts list to stay… private.

This little suggestion feature crossed my mind for #Movim but was directly discarded regarding the privacy implication that it will have (also with the fact that I can't technically get my contacts contacts through XMPP for obvious reasons).

Mozilla, Microsoft hates you, kiss <3

The second reason why I choose to leave Skype is that Microsoft recently enforced the usage of Skype under Chrome, the "desktop Skype" (that is an embedded Chrome) and the themed Chrome alternative that will be Edge soon.

Firefox is officially dropped from their support list.

Fun fact, by changing Firefox user agent to Chrome Skype is suddenly working fine on it. If this is caused by the #WebRTC video-calling features, first you're not making lots of efforts regarding the really good support of Firefox for this Web standard and secondly you can simply block that feature and allow the rest on the other browsers.

Mozilla, Microsoft wants to hurt you there. This is definitely a bad move from Microsoft regarding the web diversity and standards.

So I will notify all my contacts in the upcoming days of my decision and definitely close my account.

If you want to contact me, you can still send me emails or add me on Movim. Movim is supporting video-call (peer-to-peer), direct messages and chatrooms.

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  • 3 March Nara

    I find it funny when people share docs with me on OneDrive or wants to talk to me on Skype heh

    For them, they think Skype is part of the computer. Having computer means having Skype and OneDrive. "Oh, you use google, sorry! I didn't mean any offense, sorry, sorry". Dude.

  • 16 March Bigou

    Honestly, I'm surprised you were still using Skype. While I still have a Skype account, I don't use it anymore. (In fact, I stopped using it not long after it become a Microsoft thing.) One of the reason if because of what Microsoft made of Skype, but the main one is because all of my contacts also abandoned it because of what it became since Microsoft own it.

    Now, all interesting people I chat with are either using #XMPP, which is good, or Discord, which is not so good, but probably better than Skype. (…At least for now.)

  • 18 April aschatria

    I was using the Micro products (lol) ages ago, never really liked the Skype.

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    Willkommen - Los geht's! / forexbulle-de-die-community-zum-blog – Saturday, 2 February - 16:12

Herzlich Willkommen in der neuen "Community" zu meinem/unserem #Forex #Trader #Blog (

Hier gibt es weitere und ausführlichere Infos, zusätzliche Links und vieles Andere mehr, das (aus welchen Gründen auch immer) nicht in das Blog und auf die dazugehörigen Seiten passt.

Auch ist geplant, dass wir uns alle über/mit #Jabber / #XMPP und #Movim untereinander austauschen und helfen. Ihr kennt ja meine Einstellung und mein Ziel (hoffentlich). Wenn nicht, hier noch einmal für alle:

  1. Ich bin der feten Überzeugung, dass wirklich JEDER professionell und dauerhaft gewinnbringend Währungen/Devisen handeln kann und sich damit ein zusätzliches Einkommen generieren kann. Je nachdem, wie viel Spaß man daran hat, ist es dann später natürlich auch möglich, das Ganze zu seinem neuen Hauptberuf zu machen (so, wie ich selbst es getan habe).

  2. Das Alles geht auch, wenn man einen Hauptberuf hat und "nur" nebenberuflich handelt (was ich ohnehin jedem Neuling empfehlen würde).

  3. Ich helfe jedem KOSTENFREI, der wirklich bereit ist, das Ganze auch zu lernen! Natürlich würde ich mich freuen, wenn mir jemand als Dank dann später etwas "spendet", wenn er durch mich und mein kostenfreies Coaching zum erfolgreichen Währungshändler geworden ist bzw. regelmäßig Gewinne macht.

  4. Jeder Leser meines Blogs, jeder "Lehrling" sollte sich auch aktiv an meiner/unserer Community beteiligen. Sei es durch Kommentare im Blog, hier auf Movim, in dem er anderen hilft, Fragen beantwortet, Tipps gibt, ...), ... oder wie auch immer.

Das sind meine vier "Haupteinstellungen" und ich weiß aus Erfahrungen mit vielen, vielen Tradern, die ich bisher betreut habe, dass man wirklich erfolgreich Währungen handeln lernt, wenn man sich an diese vier Dinge hält. Bisher sind es knapp 900 Personen, die ich vom absoluten Neuling zum erfolgreichen Forex Trader betreut habe. Ich finde, das ist eine ordentliche Anzahl an Leuten und es freut mich wirklich, dass das bisher alles so gut funktioniert. Ich habe dadurch auch wirklich sehr viele neue Freunde gefunden und würde mich freuen, wenn noch viele Weitere hinzukommen.

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    Movim, FLOSS Alternative for Hangouts

    ericbuijs – / open-source-software – Thursday, 31 January - 10:14

Looking for a FLOSS alternative for #Hangouts reignited my interest in #Movim. If only I can convince my friends to use Movim or any other #XMPP client. Anyway here is a short blog post of mine about Movim.

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    Movim, FLOSS Alternative for Hangouts

    News is spreading that Google will replace classic Hangouts with Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. Since Google had already decided to close G+ forcing me to look for an alternative this was a good moment replace Hangouts with a FLOSS alternative. I’m pretty happy with the Fediverse social networks as a replacement for G+ but … Continue reading "Movim, FLOSS Alternative for Hangouts"

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    News is spreading that Google will replace classic Hangouts with Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.

    ericbuijs – Sunday, 27 January - 15:57 edit

I've used #Hangouts for a considerable amount of time but this is a good incentive to try something else, something FLOSS rather. While I'm pretty happy with the Fediverse social networks I haven't been able to find a chat service in the Fediverse. Perhaps the social networks protocols of the Fediverse aren't very suitable for chat. Earlier I had some good experience setting up a #chat with Movim so the coming period I'll start evaluating #Movim as a replacement for Hangouts.

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  • 2 February debacle

    Note, that I tried 1:1 video phone calls via the Movim web interface successfully. Not so bad.

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    Free and open source software to create a forum or a community

    Timothée Jaussoin – Friday, 25 January - 16:28 edit

Happy so see some feedback on #Movim and a little overview of #community management with #FLOSS.

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    Free and open source software to create a forum or a community

    I wrote a blog post about #FLOSS software to create and maintain a community or a forum. It's an extended version of my earlier post on this topic.

    group_work open-source-software 25 January

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    Dennis Schubert: ActivityPub - Final thoughts, one year later.

    debacle – Sunday, 13 January, 2019 - 22:46 edit

Dennis Schubert: ActivityPub - Final thoughts, one year later.

Maybe Diaspora could be re-implemented using XMPP? :-)

I would like to hold XMPP up as an example, here. If you do not know XMPP, it is short for Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol, a protocol for building distributed instant messaging applications. While extensibility was so important they even made it part of the protocol’s name, they did not want to end up with a runaway specification that depends on having implementers talk to each other to be working reliably.

Instead, they wrote a very strict base set of the absolute minimums required to build on XMPP, and pushed that through the IETF’s standards track, ending up with what is now RFC 6120. Acknowledging that they can never address all needs in such a strict specification document, they opened themselves for more flexibility:

This document specifies how clients connect to servers and specifies the basic semantics of XML stanzas. However, this document does not define the “payloads” of the XML stanzas that might be exchanged once a connection is successfully established; instead, those payloads are defined by various XMPP extensions. For example, [XMPP-IM] defines extensions for basic instant messaging and presence functionality. In addition, various specifications produced in the XSF’s XEP series [XEP-0001] define extensions for a wide range of applications.

They introduced XEPs, XMPP Extensions Protocols. The very first XEP ever published, XEP-0001, describes the process of getting a new XEP published to the world, and that process of that is not very hard to understand or tricky to follow. Everyone is invited to submit a proposal, you do not have to be a member of any organization, and in fact, you do not even need to maintain your own implementation. As long as your proposal follows the rules and matches the required format, it will be taken into consideration. After a proposal has been made, there is a specific chain of events, but it boils down to an open discussion on those proposals, and if there are no more doubts or things to improve, and if people agree that the proposal would be a useful thing to standardize, the proposal will eventually end up as an actual XEP.

At the time of writing, there are 151 active, draft, experimental, final, or proposed XEPs, and all of them can be found on the XMPP Standards Foundation’s website. Everyone interested in reading up on those topics, for example because they want to implement a client or a server, can find those documents there, and there is also a central infrastructure for asking questions and proposing improvements, which is open to everyone. This way, the XSF has ensured XMPP can be extended to all imaginable use cases, without ending up with watered-down or vague specifications.

If, for example, I wanted to implement an XMPP server or a client4, I could read the relevant RFCs as well as the XEPs that are relevant to my project. Some documents, like XEP-0387 for example, would even help me out deciding which XEPs are essential, by listing the things that are important when building a web client, or an advanced desktop client, or a mobile application, … There would be no need for me to talk to other XMPP server or client implementers for my implementation to work, and I could be very comfortable about the interoperability of my systems if I built them in accordance to the specifications. That is what specifications are meant to be.

#activitypub #diaspora #standards #xmpp #movim #salutatoi #xep

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    bronfida – Wednesday, 9 January, 2019 - 01:21 edit

    Omg, I just discovered #movim and I think it's the best thing since sliced bread

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    FLOSS software for forums or communities

    ericbuijs – / open-source-software – Thursday, 3 January, 2019 - 10:32 edit


With the demise of G+ a lot of community owners are suddenly looking for a new home. Since a lot of G+ users despise FaceBook (and rightfully so) other social networks are mentioned. The problem with a lot of these networks is that they are centralized and proprietary making the users depending on the whims of the owner of the network. Below I summerize the FLOSS options for people interested in setting up a community. This is not an exhaustive list. I encountered these options after discussions often on G+ and I experimented with some of these options during the last couple of months.

Self-hosted or not

An important decisions is whether or not to host the forum or community yourself. If you want to host it yourself you'll keep full control of the server however the maintenance is considerably more than with a non-selfhosted solution. You also need to install the software on a server and configure it.

Friendica, Osada (self hosting possible)

Both are macroblogging social media networks that offer the possibility to create a forum. I found the Osada forum particularly easy to set-up and maintain. The UI of both doesn't look very modern but the functionality needed to use and maintain a forum is all there.

Movim (self hosting possible)

Movim is social platform that let you share and chat. But it's also possible once you've created an account to create a community. The UI looks modern but some forum admin features are missing (or I couldn't find them). As an example as an owner I couldn't ban someone from the community.

Flarum (only self hosting)

Open source forum software that is currently in beta. Nice, modern UI. I've read some concerns about the beta status and the stability of Flarum.

NodeBB (self hosting possible)

Open source forum software with a modern UI. You can either self host for free or use a NodeBB hosting plan that comes with a price tag.

#Friendica #Osada #Movim #Flarum #NodeBB #social