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Old 1st October 2021
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I've never had a Facebook, Instagram, etc account and only do forums.
You're very wise. I've used all of the social media platforms. Facebook was the last to go. As a recovering addict (I've been clean for over 6 years) I know the signs of addiction. Digital addiction is very real. These forums and other forums are my form of social media today.
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Old 7th October 2021
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You're very wise.
Not so much anymore, I'm afraid.

I haven't drank for 25 years, 26 this coming April, so I do still have that going for me. The longer you go without drinking the less a part of your like it becomes and the easier it gets. Six years is a long time and an accomplishment you can be proud of.

I don't know anyone who uses a computer besides my Sister, and she just knows the program she uses. When she gets off work she doesn't want to touch one and admits she couldn't follow my tutorial.

They all have smartphones and Facebook going constantly. Everybody wants to know what they had for breakfast. I wouldn't have Internet if I only had a phone, and I've never had a smartphone.

The only guy I've ever met personally who actually knew what FreeBSD was, turned out to live in the same building as me. Then died of an overdose in his apartment a few months ago before we really had time to talk. He had a degree in Computer Science - Communications and had drank it away by then.

You and I are doing pretty good when you think about it.
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Not so much anymore, I'm afraid.

I haven't drank for 25 years, 26 this coming April, so I do still have that going for me. The longer you go without drinking the less a part of your like it becomes and the easier it gets. Six years is a long time and an accomplishment you can be proud of.
Thanks for sharing your story! Thank you for the kind words, I appreciate that! It's wonderful to meet someone with long term clean time! My life was a write off when I was in active addiction. These days I sponsor several men and I try to carry the message in NA. I cleaned up May 23, 2015.

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You and I are doing pretty good when you think about it.
We're blessed, mate.
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Facebook re-brands to "Meta" ... although keeping the Facebook name for that part of its service.
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Facebook re-brands to "Meta" ... although keeping the Facebook name for that part of its service.
Interesting! Thanks for the link. I've been away from Facebook (meta) for a little over a month now.
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You're welcome, and keep up the good work !
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Two years later and I made the mistake of creating an account on FaceBook. The platform is highly addictive and I didn't enjoy what I did there. I was on Facebook for about a year again. The platform is insidious.
Hopefully now that I have deleted my FaceBook account again I do not come back to it.
The various lock downs, etc may have triggered many to return to the "platform"... and of course big tech, (not to mention big pharma) have made billions (trillions?)... it is absolutely insidious by design.

You're not alone - I expect many fell back to old habits. I installed Windows 10...

I have never been "on it", so I can't really relate to it. I have only seen the continuously swiping zombies on the train, looking at photos and animated memes and then quickly tapping out some response or "liking" someone's new hair do or whatever...

For me it's all very banal and superficial - but to be clear, and for full disclosure: I'm a very anti-social person. Family excepted (well some family...), I've never liked other people, if I have to deal with them, then I prefer to deal with one person at a time, large groups annoy me - mainly because people stop behaving as individuals and I have to listen to trivial conversations and chit chat on subjects which I have zero interest in, but am expected to know all about. So this likely makes me "social network incompatible" (immune?).

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The various lock downs, etc may have triggered many to return to the "platform"... and of course big tech, (not to mention big pharma) have made billions (trillions?)... it is absolutely insidious by design.
Agreed. The addictive nature of all social media erodes mental health.

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You're not alone - I expect many fell back to old habits. I installed Windows 10...
Over the pandemic I have done my fair share of Window installations and other operating systems. Technology therapy can be soothing.

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I have never been "on it", so I can't really relate to it. I have only seen the continuously swiping zombies on the train, looking at photos and animated memes and then quickly tapping out some response or "liking" someone's new hair do or whatever....
You're not missing a damn thing. I've been away from all forms of social media for a little over 3 months; I don't miss it. It's refreshing to be away from the mindless drone of conspiracy theory whackjobs.
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It all depends where you use it for.
I am a member of the Worm Farming Alliance, and although they have a discussion forum, only their Facebook Group is active. But it is a private group, the postings are not viewable by the general public, so it is not too bad. But I hate the lack of being able to browse by subject or section.
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I stopped watching TV a long time ago and don't miss it either. I highly recommend it.

I saw video of a click farm somewhere in Asia where they had thousands of mobile phones in a factory sized room, and employees were running around liking things on social media. Basically that is what you are doing on social media except you aren't getting paid. You are doing unpaid work that turns the social media company owners into billionaires.
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I stopped watching TV a long time ago and don't miss it either. I highly recommend it.
Agreed. I stopped TV a long time ago, I just use my TV as a computer screen.
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The last year has been a year of change for me.

Here's the new Facebook page for my website:
https://www.facebook.com/Trihexagona...6446281934566/

My Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/Trihexagonal-105783295334026/
Just put that up.

Last.fm page:
https://www.last.fm/user/Trihexagonal
Had one before, got another one.

YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUe...IsdnRZ1eL5Cb6g
I only have playlists to keep my Google webmaster account out of Copyright danger.

able2know.com page:
https://able2know.org/user/izezi/
I'm World Champion at Alliteration. Nobody will even play me.


It all started when last summer when I got a YouTube account so I could comment on this girl playing guitar. I already had a Google account for webmaster tools and they keep me jumping through hoops.

In August T-Mobile was set up outside a Dollar Store giving away free Android Service tablets so I grabbed one. I had never had one, or a smartphone, and didn't know what I would do with one if I had it.

In a few days I had it figured out. Run aops. YouTube Music was the best thing I found and it found a lot of new music for me. You can listen free or pay $10 a month for no ads, have music offline and they gave me 3 months free trial.

That Android opened me up to Google, but once I got a good look at it I recognized a good thing when I saw it.

I could put it to work for me and reach a much larger audience if I went with it, so I went all the way. I corrected my building location of Google maps. They gave me a Hero icon by email and invited me to join the Tour Guide Group. Which I have not, but they've been very nice to me.

I initially screwed up my Facebook page and told them It was too much headache and I was ready to delete it. They had fixed it for me the next time I logged on.

That was a real plus since when I registered it disabled my account as soon as I made it for non-compliance of Terms. That before I had posted anything. So Introduced myself and we got to know each other a little better.

Last summer I changed over a couple of my boxen to Kali Linux. Now I'm more able to reach out to that community and them be more receptive to what I say.

In short, I decided to be little less infamous in exchange for a little more mainstream famous and know what I'm doing.
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One app I do want to recommend you not be without is NetGuard firewall:

https://netguard.me/

You don't get any logging with the free version, but I got the Pro version for a one time payment of $7.50 and it makes all the difference.

It's application based but uses IPv4 and IPv6 rules in the log you can see as it blocks and use those to allow or block specific traffic. With the free version it handles traffic as it deems appropriate, and will continue to do so till you say differently if you upgrade.

It has its own local VPN and you do not want to run another VPN while you're using NetGuard.
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