Windows 11: a spyware machine out of users' control

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  • privatezilla

    👀👮🐢🔥Performs a privacy & security check of Windows 10

    I recently used Privatezilla to disable automatic updates. Not sure if the same approach works on Windows 11, but you might find the relevant registry keys mentioned in the code helpful:

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  • optimizer

    The finest Windows Optimizer

    first step after reinstalling windows is always flipping every toggle in:

  • hosts

    🔒 Consolidating and extending hosts files from several well-curated sources. Optionally pick extensions for porn, social media, and other categories.


  • Scoop

    A command-line installer for Windows.

    If you use chocolatey, you might want to give scoop a shot ;)

  • Atlas

    🚀 An open and transparent Windows operating system, designed to optimize performance and latency.

    Anybody got experience with ? Could be an interesting thing if it really is what it's promising.

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  • syncthing-android

    Wrapper of syncthing for Android.

    Not that it absolves MS, but this is the status quo, since broadband internet is widespread. Systems in general became very chatty over the net, and every proprietary system phones home for various functionalities, user conveniences and telemetry. And very few system is explicit upfront what gets communicated over the net and what not. Even private, open source software communicates a bunch by default, like Syncthing. This one specifically is peer to peer, and advertises privacy first thing on the homepage, but two instances, both behind NATs, still can't communicate without a third party that connects them at first - like STUN/TURN systems that they themselves host (

  • pop-os-rootfs

    A pre-unsquashed, umodified popos rootfs

    Same, I started the process of installing Pop!_OS [1] last week. I hope all drivers and things like Fan control work will properly, so far it seems to work really well out of the box so i was impressed - but i haven't tested any games yet for example.


    PS. I still can't believe Windows has declined so much, what the hell is happening at Microsoft?

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