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So our Sonos locked us out this morning until we let it update its firmware. This is a dark UI pattern which strongly suggests they are holding the system hostage until I agree to let them remove features or add anti-features like sharing what we listen to or surveiling our home network. Anybody know of an alternative, free/open source Sonos firmware?

My Sonos desktop app made the same forced update. The “Check for Updates” dialog had a tantalizing “Later” button, but it took me back to this same useless screen.

The release notes for the update to 8.1 say only that it “delivers support for the all-new Sonos One, the smart speaker for music lovers” with a link to buy the new device.

So our Sonos locked us out this morning until we let it update its firmware.

This is a dark UI pattern which strongly suggests they are holding the system hostage until I agree to let them remove features or add anti-features like sharing what we listen to or surveiling our home network.

Anybody know of an alternative, free/open source Sonos firmware?

Here’s a brief interview with Oliver Baptiste from the most recent This Week in the IndieWeb Podcast.

🎧 Full Episode: https://martymcgui.re/2017/10/22/094640/

🎧 Listened to The Contrafabulists Episode 70: Where the Sidewalk Ends.

http://podcast.contrafabulists.com/2017/10/22/episode-70

It’s October, the season for spooky ghosts and/or spooky ghosting in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2017-10-24/

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Who's Ghosting Who? • Ep 14 - Ghosting Me, Ghosting You
★ Favorited http://known.kevinmarks.com/2017/three-of-the-loveliest-people-in-tech-talking-about-helping
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Three of the loveliest people in tech talking about helping people to code http://trackchanges.libsyn.com/jenn-schiffer-relates-to-developers #indieweb

Things are gettin’ wild for the detectives of @DnDSVU! Check out part 1 of our Season 3 Finale: Deep Poison.

https://youtu.be/MSGoL7CBl6Y?t=12m10s

Homebrew Website Club Baltimore November 1st, 2017

Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center 1045 Light St., BaltimoreMD, 21230

Join us for an evening of quiet writing, IndieWeb demos, and discussions!

  • Create or update your personal web site!
  • Finish that blog post you’ve been writing, edit the wiki!
  • Demos of recent IndieWeb breakthroughs, share what you’ve gotten working!
  • Join a community with like-minded interests. Bring friends that want a personal site!

Any questions? Join the #indieweb chat!

Optional quiet writing hour starts at 6:30pm. Meetup begins at 7:30pm.

More information: https://indieweb.org/events/2017-11-01-homebrew-website-club