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Are You a Tech Vegan?

Hello, Simone here. This is The Hoomanist Weekly Digest. Ready for a curated list of links worth your
Are You a Tech Vegan?
Hello, Simone here. This is The Hoomanist Weekly Digest. Ready for a curated list of links worth your time? Let’s start.

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In concept, concept and reality are the same, but in reality, concept and reality are not the same at all.
— Bill Aulet
If you’re a stranger, or a person I just met, I won’t bug you about my tech diet. But, if we’re close, you’ll know exactly how many grams of Internet I had today. And if they were low-calorie.
I create convoluted mechanisms to find simplicity in tech. For example: I use a system that pulls and extract articles from websites I like. I tap a button and I can share that article, plus a comment, on social media—without having to open my accounts. That same article goes into an organized list that makes it a candidate for the Hoomanist Digest. It self-populates the draft every Friday. Hard to design, but it makes the Digest possible while working full time.
I began to replace native apps on my phone with web apps. Most of them work fine, and you wouldn’t even know they’re not code residing on your phone. Look at Lyft.
The advantages: less storage needed, no background tracking.
I recently started to replace my phone with separate devices based on purpose. Use becomes more intentional. I have one e-ink reader with a 300 dpi, 8" display (this one, I love it so much more than an iPad). One Walkman, functioning as high definition music player (streaming killed audio quality ). One electronic Japanese dictionary, to focus on study without getting lost in other apps.
The phone should be a Swiss knife (each app a tool) but feels more like a slot-machine. Swiss knife apps replace physical objects from the past that, once used, you could put away. They didn’t ask you to be used infinite times, like Facebook or Instagram. Swiss knife apps: maps, to-do list, weather forecast, calculator, calendar, dictionaries or translators.
I have to be a tech ninja and I end up spending a lot of time simplifying things, trying to be conscious of my choices. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes it’s too much effort. When I don’t succeed, I know it’s not because I lack mental toughness. It’s because we are supposed to lose by design.
The Hoomanist’s website weighs less than 500kB and loads on average in 0.8 seconds. It contains lots of images, 12 podcast episodes, and minimal analytics. It performs much, much better than famous websites. It was very hard to achieve, but creators owe good and simple design to users.
Designers should create ethical interfaces and experiences to favor good user behavior. Users should rewards designers making projects like Firefox and Librem 5 thrive. We succeed and create humane technology when conscious users meet ethical designers.
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