Welcome to TechTea, my humble slice of the internet. This is the personal website of Matthew Lamont. Here you will find my blog, projects, and anything else that interests me.

My blog consists of articles, these are longer form content focused on FOSS Software, Digital Freedom and Personal Digital Sovereignty, and Privacy. There is also a notes section, these are smaller titbits that I find interesting. Notes are still a new section to the site so there is not much there yet, but soon it will have a little bit of everything that doesn’t fit nicely into an article.

I have been inspired by the indie web to transition to this new format for TechTea. If you have any suggestions feel free to contact me. This site is ever changing and always expanding so feel free to subscribe to our RSS feeds: Everything, Articles, and Notes

Why You Need a Password Manager

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We use passwords everywhere to secure our important accounts, but how secure are your passwords? A password manager does what the name implies: it manages your passwords. Today, we are going to look at how they work and how they improve our security. The Problem with Passwords Passwords are designed to keep our accounts safe as long as we follow some basic best practices. Passwords should be: At least 12 characters Contain a mix of uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and symbols Unique to each account or device Not contain words from a dictionary Not contain personal information such as birthdays, names of family, etc.

Twine: A Game Engine for Interactive Fiction

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Series: Intro to Twine

This content is available on Odysee and Youtube Twine is a cross-platform FOSS tool for making interactive fiction and choose your own adventure style game books. This is the first in a series of videos about the Twine Game Engine. In the future we will write an accompanying article for each of our video uploads. Till then please consider following us on Odysee at: @TechTea

Mastodon | Gateway to the Fediverse

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Mastodon is part of the decentralized social media network known as the Fediverse. It has grown in popularity as social media sites continue to disrespect their users’ privacy, independence, and time. Today, we are going to look at Mastodon and how it solves many problems with the modern web. Mastodon’s Approach to Social Media Mastodon is a free and open source microblogging platform that’s similar to Twitter and Tumblr, but does things differently than most social media websites.

What is Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)?

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You will hear the terms Free and Open Source software (FOSS) and Libre software thrown around everywhere nowadays. Open source is everywhere, from Firefox to Android to even the software that this website uses to function. The philosophy behind free software has been the driving force for much of our current technology, but what does it even mean? Proprietary and FOSS Software Software falls under two different categories: proprietary and FOSS.

Happy 2021!

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Happy new year! 2020 was quite a year for all of us. A deadly pandemic swept across the land, nations continued to fight, global censorship increased, and we did our best to continue with our every day lives despite all of it. It was a tough year, but we made it through and must start looking toward the future. 2021 was off to a rough start, but Random Thoughts is ready.

Chocolatey GUI | Chocolatey for the Average User

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Chocolatey is a great application for managing your installed programs on Windows, but it’s not always the easiest to use. Chocolatey GUI gives you an easy graphical interface to update your programs without having to use the command line. Today, we are going to install the GUI and perform all the regular tasks we showed you in the previous article. Getting Started Make sure you have Chocolatey installed before we get started; see our previous article if you haven’t already.

Open Source Alternatives to Common Android Apps

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Many of our devices run Android these days. You would think that it’s open source nature would lead to a vibrant open source ecosystem, but chances are, you’re running a lot of proprietary software. This software does not respect you or your privacy. Today, we are going to look at open source alternatives to many of the apps on your phone and take back control of your Android devices. App Store: F-Droid F-Droid is an open source alternative to the Google Play store.

Chocolatey Package Manager for Windows

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Chocolatey helps solve one of the biggest issues working on a Windows machine: Software Management. It’s easy to maintain and update software on most other operating systems. On Mac you have Homebrew, on your phone you have app stores, and on Linux and BSD, you have package managers. You can install software in one easy step. Windows, on the other hand, has you go to the website for the software, download it, run an installer, and then remember to install updates later.

RSS | Our Information Diet

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RSS is a tool that solves one of our greatest problems in our connected world: information overload. What is RSS? Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a standard protocol for websites to share information with other sites and applications. This is used by blogs and news sites to share their content in an accessible way. Thanks to this standard, you can subscribe to a website’s RSS feed and get updates as new content becomes available.

RPG Maker Events | RPG Maker MV

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Series: Make a Game with RPG Maker MV

Last time we explored the map making interface and made our first map in RPG Maker. It looks nice, but there is not much for the player to do. Enter Events Events are a collection of commands that happen under certain conditions. Think of these like mini-programs. A shop keeper is an event, a map change is an event, even battles can be triggered by events. To get started we need to enter Event Mode(F6) before we can start adding events.