I'm glad that everyone is sharing their experiences with this coronavirus pandemic. It's the first time I've seen something affecting all of the far-flung members of the Macgirvinites more or less the same way at the same time. Not that that is a positive thing, really
But there is at least a solidarity that comes with shared strife. Something that makes us acknowledge even more fully than before that we are people separated by distance and chance of birth, not "citizens of different countries" and all the nonsense that goes with that perspective. It was horrible to read about what was happening to Mike and everyone in the Australian inferno, but even with the knowledge that someone we care about was there, it still felt a bit unreal, at least to me, distracted by daily life on the other side of the planet, where it has definitely not
been burning but rather has been colder much longer than usual. I hope this is more a reflection of how life and human nature are and not an individual failure of character on my part...
Anyway, the complete uncertainty about how this will all play out has made me think about the robustness of our server-based, federated Zot system here. Thanks to nomadic identity, I should still be able to use Waitman's server if my DigitalOcean-hosted server fails for whatever reason. Still, it would be nice to have a way to bootstrap some communication if there begin to be problems with cloud providers or the DNS system or who knows what. What is a decent (pun intended) p2p platform folks might be willing to at least establish connections through as a fallback? When I used to research this more (before I basically gave up hope that anyone would try anything better than SMS and Gmail), I remember some projects like Retroshare
, and Briar
. Does this sound reasonable to anyone, or is it just a computer nerd's outlet for repressed hysteria? Has anyone actually used
any server-less, p2p platforms lately with success? These days I notice a lot of the decentralized projects that were born or blossomed circa 2014 have effectively died as evidenced by their git logs and web pages that look exactly as they did six years ago. If someone recommends email addresses
as the best decentralized fallback, I will stifle my urge to yell profanity at them because in my heart I know they're probably right.