Installation of an XMPP-based messenger using MOVIM as frontend and PROSODY as backend on Linux Debian 12 – A tutorial

1. Overview The following tutorial is a complete, detailed and tested set of instructions to install an XMPP-based messaging service (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol) [1, 2] using the PROSODY [1] server as a backend and the MOVIM [4, 5] client as a frontend. This installation corresponds to company-owned social messengers, such as the XMPP-based…

A reading list on current political issues with a focus on high-quality, non-mainstream, progressive sources

Introduction After a weekend with intensive discussions with friends, I have compiled important sources of information to support my political views on a broad variety of current political issues with a focus on high-quality, non-mainstream, progressive authors and media comprising authors, news sources, (scientific) articles and books (printed, audio, and video). To understand current developments,…

Travel agencies for train travel in Europe

The booking system for trains in Europe is still inconsistent and error prone especially for international train travel. Therefore, travel agencies still provide valuable services to organize the most convenient and cheapest train travels in the age of the internet. The following travel agencies are serving individual train travelers: https://gleisnost.de https://globrailer.de https://simpletrain.ch https://togreijse.dk https://resebutiken.se Only…

Action Mappers for Civil Rights Actions

The following list presents web sites which collect information on actions for civil rights, e.g. demos, protests, and civil resistance actions. Action mappers can serve as archives of past events and calendars for future events. In addition, some action mappers are associated with social networks, which allow connecting with other activists, e.g. dhub.global is associated…

Why does Germany support Israel so much?

Introduction In the current crisis in Gaza, opinions are sharply divided between the UN and a large global community who condemn Israels actions as an occupation, apartheid, war crimes or even a genocide. On the other side, Israel has staunch allies like the USA, UK, Germany, Italy, France. Since the reasons for the support of…

A classification of social networks

Introduction The abundance of social networks poses questions regarding their similarities and differences to identify redundancies, but potentially also missing services in the social network landscape. Similarities Social networks have the basic feature in common of connecting people via electronic channels. Communication can be based on one or more of the following basic types of…

Abolish the Nobel Prize … and use the money to advance science!

The model of scientific progress represented by the Nobel Prize which awards individuals for long-past achievements is outdated and does harm to scientific collaboration, which often requires dozens and hundreds (e.g. CERN) of highly-talented (young) researchers to work together as peers to make new discoveries.  I propose to promote science by using the money of…

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