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Cake day: Sep 13, 2021


DNS is majorly flawed.

Web3 will bring better systems. We’re already seeing decentralized file storage economies. Next will be distributed dns.

Handshake seems promising.


Network topology

SimpleX is a decentralized client-server network that uses redundant, disposable nodes to asynchronously pass the messages via message queues, providing receiver and sender anonymity.

Unlike P2P networks, all messages are passed through one or several (for redundancy) servers, that do not even need to have persistence (in fact, the current SMP server implementation uses in-memory message storage, persisting only the queue records) - it provides better metadata protection than P2P designs, as no global participant ID is required, and avoids many problems of P2P networks.

Unlike federated networks, the participating server nodes do NOT have records of the users, do NOT communicate with each other, do NOT store messages after they are delivered to the recipients, and there is no way to discover the full list of participating servers - it avoids the problem of metadata visibility that federated networks suffer from and better protects the network, as servers do not communicate with each other. Each server node provides unidirectional “dumb pipes” to the users, that do authorization without authentication, having no knowledge of the the users or their contacts. Each queue is assigned two RSA keys - one for receiver and one for sender - and each queue access is authorized with a signature created using a respective key’s private counterpart.

The routing of messages relies on the knowledge of client devices how user contacts and groups map at any given moment of time to these disposable queues on server nodes.

Looks like a really promising protocol. I could even imagine this message delivery mechanism being used to replace dns + tcp/ip for packet delivery over the web.

Has anyone tested how fast do messages arrive ?

This is like corruption money to the gvt. The large monopolies pay ‘fines’, while keeping their monopolies.

Meanwhile, any successful startups can’t compete with these monopolies. Startup entreprenneurs must pay the full tax rates, and eventually get bought out by the monopolies.

same. I feel that YT try their hardest to disempower their users.

Other video sites empower users, and are using far more advanced technology stacks.

I’m spending less and less time on this video site.

Lots of great alternatives, that are open and promote community building, instead of censorship.

kinda like mysterium and dvpn right?

Very promising. Tho making a standalone search engine is a hard one, even more so so with web3…

Right now presearch relies mostly on googles results.

True, but watch this space.

Odysee has grown 300 percent in the last 6 months - standing at 30 million montly view right now.

on the left = current web2 systems

on the right = future web3 disruptors

Nextcloud and dropbox are both web2 insofar as they can only run on someone’s server. IPFS has the potential to provide layer 2 solutions that completely decentralize file storage and empower users (data no longer belongs to whoever owns the server).

I would like to thank the good people of Lemmy here, who helped me avoid the logistical nightmare of setting up a matrix server, and instead choose xmpp. It’s been so fun and easy to get my family on my xmpp server using Conversations/blabber app. Resource usage is minimal, and it works very easily.

Very good break-down.

Besides the meta-data leaking, I would always use xmpp Conversations app over anything else. I don’t find it too outdated UI wise, but I’m no expert in this area. It does feel intuitive - somewhat like watsapp. But the blabber fork does a sligthly better job in UI

Video, voice , files - all e2e ecrypted now on conversations (xmpp) using OMEO

Works well

Conversations is indeed a far better alternative here…

  • It uses a very popular protocol, xmpp
  • works with e2e encryption for text, files, video, audio,
  • it can be self hosted,
  • it’s fully open source, and has a couple of popular forks (like blabber)
  • devs got no funding from intelligence agencies (like matrix has)
  • it’s highly efficient (unlike matrix) and runs on the cheapest of vps servers / raspberry pi

Tried audius. Looks alright. Price/token wise, it’s clearly over-hyped and over-priced.

That said, I love finding new web3 alternatives to those apps of yester-year…

Soundcloud - Audius
Google search - Presearch
Dropbox - IPFS/filecoin
Youtube - Lbry/Odysee or Dtube
… the list goes on

Presearch is what I’m using. Web3 search engine.

Why not just use peer tube behind a free decentralized vpn like sentinel or mysterium


Just setup a self hosted server. My family are now all chatting on it. Works great and simple to use.

Matrix is an overhead mess, from what people have advised me. Avoid.

Qwant doesn’t accept my IP. I hear from many users that it’s blocked in their location. When I was able to use it a couple of years back, the search results were poor. Especially on long tail keywords.

I’m now using Presearch, which is private and Web3. Works awesome, even better than Google.

Is self hosting a matrix instance worth the effort ?

I want to setup a matrix instance to help increase friends and family’s privacy. Is there much value in creating my own instance? …