Frontends

Let's look at YouTube again

December 11, 2023 - Reading time: 2 minutes

I made a post a while ago on a YouTube frontend (Piped). I have thought back on it thinking I could make one on clients. So that's what I'll do today. Starting on desktop then mobile.

FreeTube

Alright so FreeTube is pretty much a YouTube desktop app. With FreeTube you will be able to watch YouTube like on any other frontend using Invidious, but all your subscriptions can be saved on your device and not in the cloud. All ads and even sponsor segments are blocked.

Android LibreTube & NewPipe

These are both good clients. They both block ads, allow you to import feeds and make playlists.
with LibreTube you can chose a Piped Instance and log into your account, keeping your feed in the cloud or selfhosted (Optionally).

NewPipe doesn't have any way to do this, it's all stored locally only. They have more than just YouTube support tho, you will be able to use SoundCloud, media.ccc.de, FramaTube and Bandcamp.

I would say give them both a try and see for yourself what you prefer, they are both great options.

IOS Yattee

For once I will mention an IOS alternative. You will spend some time configuring it, but it's a pretty decent YouTube/frontend client.

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Frontends

Twitter/X privacy & adblocking

December 11, 2023 - Reading time: 3 minutes

To start off, I will not call Twitter X. Have you ever thought you could use twitter in a more private way? Well there are a few ways, I'll start with something you can do in your browser.

Nitter

You may already know what this is, but if you don't I'll explain.
"A free and open source alternative Twitter front-end focused on privacy and performance." - Nitter
Nitter is a frontend for twitter like Piped is for youtube, this will allow you to view tweets without logging in or seeing ads. Twitter will not be able to track you as you will not be using java scripts and be "proxied" through Nitter.

LibRedirect

Now this all sounds good, but you might find it annoying having to go on Nitter and search for a tweet you wanted. Well this is once again a day I will praise LibRedirect. LibRedirect is an extension that will turn urls into, well almost any frontend for most services you might want. Simply install it in your browser and activate it for Twitter and you're done, you're now using Nitter when opening Twitter urls.

Feed

So this is when we meet an "issue". I want my Twitter feed, if you went to the Nitter github page you might have missed that they have RSS support. Simply find a client, personally I would just use one recommended by PrivacyTools to use or selfhost one like FreshRSS (Personal preference as I can access it anywhere on any device). But do your own research too.

Mobile clients

Ok so if you're still with me, let's look at some mobile clients. There are a few out there, I have personally only used two I like so I'll only mention those (I'm sure there are more good ones out there). Fritter and Squawker are two great android Nitter clients. These will both allow you to view a feed of people you follow (In the client, no account needed). You can import your follower list if you already have a Twitter account, make sure your account is public and you're done. If you wish you can also set Twitter urls to be opened by these clients. Both of these clients can be found on F-Droid

If you do decide to give any of these a try and like them, please consider donation to the developers that put all this work in. https://github.com/zedeus/nitter

Welp, I think this was pretty much all I wanted to say

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Software

Redact

June 10, 2023 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Ever wanted to just get all your messages wiped from some discord server or maybe telegram? Well this can easily be done with a tool like redact. Honestly is just a nice application if you just wish to clean up some old accounts.

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Windows

Windows privacy alternatives

May 25, 2023 - Reading time: 3 minutes

Ditch Windows?

If you're reading this you probably already know windows isn't privacy friendly at all.

Ads are shoved in your face through the installation and even after setting up "your device" you get ads. Let's be honest it's not your device anymore.

If you want to escape the Windows tracking and ads you might have looked at MacOS or Linux. MacOS is one way to go but you still don't have all the power in your hands. I would personally recommend Linux.

My recommended Linux distros are

Read about the distros yourself to see what would be the best for you.

Arch
May feel too complicated for some users
Light weight
Doesn't come with applications preinstalled, you decide what you want

Fedora
Easy install
Strong privacy and security
If you don't know much about Linux and want privacy this is a good distro to try

Debian
Easy to install
Focuses on being stable
Support for most software other dristros might not have

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Frontends

YouTube adblocking

May 23, 2023 - Reading time: ~1 minute

YouTube now blocks access if you try to use an adblocker.

This is another way Google is trying to push users to pay for their YouTube premium instead of using a free adblocker. Not everyone have run into this issue yet, but knowing Google it's not long.

Bypass

One way you can bypass this by using a frontend service like piped.video
You can make accounts on our piped page to keep your subscription feed.

If you wish to import your subscription feed go to piped.video/import and read how to.

Other instances can be found at https://github.com/TeamPiped/Piped/wiki/Instances

I also recommend using a tool like LibRedirect. This tool will send you to a YouTube frontend when you open a youTube link.
LibRedirect

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