Francesco Turco

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My name is Francesco Turco and this is my personal website.

Some informations about me:

  • I'm a 33-year-old Italian guy living near Milan
  • I'm a free software user, and I avoid proprietary software as far as possible; My favorite GNU/Linux distribution is Gentoo
  • I enjoy reading online articles about many interesting topics, such as environmental issues, personal productivity, minimalism, etc.
  • I became vegan in 2013; I was already 27 years old at that time, and I wish having learned about veganism at much younger age
  • I like Bitcoin and I use it to save most of my surplus money
  • I don't have a driver's license and I'm unwilling to get in a car as a passenger, too; I almost always get around by either walking or cycling; taking public transportation is also a valid option for me, but I rarely need to do that anymore
  • I'm an atheist and I believe the world would be a better place if religious people stopped being so irrational

Francesco Turco

Software setup

Current list of installed software:

Current list of installed Emacs packages:

Screenshot of neofetch running on my machine:

screenshot of neofetch running on my machine


List of people I like:

  • Greta Thunberg (climate change activist)

List of things I like:

  • Free software
  • Free file formats
  • Bitcoin
  • Veganism
  • Universal basic income
  • Atheism
  • Metric system


List of people I dislike:

  • Donald Trump (president of the United States of America)
  • Vladimir Putin (president of Russia)
  • Matteo Salvini (Italian right-wing politician)
  • Jair Bolsonaro (president of Brazil)
  • Kim Jong-un (president of North Korea)
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (president of Turkey)
  • Xi Jinping (president of China)

List of organizations I dislike:

  • National Rifle Association
  • Republican Party (American right-wing political party)
  • Lega Nord (Italian right-wing political party)

List of things I dislike:

  • Proprietary software
  • Proprietary file formats
  • DRM (Digital Restrictions Management)
  • Digital watermarking
  • Fossil fuels (coal, petroleum and natural gas)
  • Consumerism
  • Animal agriculture
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Animal testing
  • Religion
  • Pseudoscience
  • Tobacco
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gambling
  • Deforestation
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Luxury goods (cruise ships, private jets, etc.)
  • Spamming
  • Cryptojacking
  • Auto-Play
  • Bottled water
  • Tax havens
  • Tattoos
  • Racism
  • Planned obsolescence
  • Plastic packaging
  • Artificial turf
  • Websites with JavaScript code
  • Commuting
  • Soccer
  • Professional wrestling


  • Don't collect useless things (coins, stamps, etc.)
  • Don't watch TV
  • Avoid paying the TV license by not having a TV set
  • Don't listen to radio
  • Reduce your exposure to advertising; use ad blocking software
  • Drink tap water only
  • Don't buy drinks in disposable containers (bottles, cans, etc.)
  • Don't buy alcoholic drinks (wine, beer, etc.)
  • Get a reusable stainless steel water bottle and fill it with tap water
  • Don't smoke
  • Don't gamble
  • Don't eat out (restaurants, bars, etc.)
  • Don't use a clothes dryer
  • Use a clothesline in summer and a drying rack in winter
  • Turn old clothes into rags
  • Brush your teeth every day
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
  • Don't buy lottery tickets
  • Avoid proprietary software
  • Use free software only
  • Don't use incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs
  • Use LED light bulbs only
  • Don't drive a car
  • Ride a bike, walk or take public transportation
  • Turn off lights every time you leave your room
  • Turn off lights when you have plenty of natural sunlight
  • Go through all your stuff and decide what to keep, sell, donate or trash
  • Sell stuff you don't use
  • Buy generic drugs instead of brand name drugs
  • Don't go shopping when you're hungry
  • Use a surge protector for your valuable electronics
  • Don't buy a dishwasher
  • Wash dishes by hand
  • Use both sides of paper
  • Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins
  • Use cloth handkerchiefs instead of paper handkerchiefs
  • Use stainless steel cutlery instead of disposable cutlery
  • Bring your own reusable shopping bags
  • Use a bidet for reducing your toilet paper usage
  • Don't eat animal products (meat, fish, milk, cheese, eggs, honey, etc.)
  • Adopt a vegan diet (vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, fruits, etc.)
  • Don't eat junk food (cookies, pizzas, potato crisps, popcorns, etc.)
  • Avoid recreational drugs (cannabis, heroin, cocaine, etc.)
  • Use a safety razor instead of disposable razors
  • Use bar soap instead of liquid soap; if you still want to use liquid soap, get a foaming soap dispenser
  • Don't buy phones with non-replaceable batteries
  • Don't use air conditioning in summer
  • Use fans in summer
  • Get up every morning at the same time
  • Go to sleep every night at the same time
  • Don't listen to distracting music when trying to focus
  • Keep receipts of expensive purchases for warranty
  • Bring your e-mail inbox to zero every day
  • Use hyphens instead of spaces in file names
  • Use lowercase letters instead of uppercase letters in file names
  • Enable two-factor authentication wherever possible
  • Take notes when reading books or articles
  • Backup your data every day
  • Exercise every day
  • Don't fly
  • Don't buy pets
  • Don't have children
  • Don't go to the cinema
  • Don't buy jewelry; sell it if you have any
  • Don't buy gold; sell it if you have any
  • Don't buy diamonds; sell them if you have any
  • Don't buy gifts
  • Avoid vending machines
  • Track food calories
  • Avoid wasting food
  • Don't buy perfumes
  • Don't buy air fresheners
  • Avoid plastic wrap
  • Don't iron your clothes
  • Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones
  • Avoid paper towels
  • Avoid top-posting
  • Test used batteries with a battery tester before discarding them
  • Don't buy souvenirs when traveling
  • Pack your lunch
  • Create an emergency fund
  • Use faucet aerators
  • Use low-flow shower heads
  • Don't eat or drink near your computer
  • Always drive carefully; don't speed; don't use your phone while driving
  • Always wear an helmet when riding a bicycle
  • Use bike lights for night riding
  • Don't use candles
  • Buy a good bike lock
  • Avoid porn
  • Avoid cosmetic plastic surgery
  • Avoid high-heeled shoes
  • Don't buy cheap low-quality shoes if you walk or run a lot
  • Don't litter
  • Track all your expenses
  • Avoid spending money to impress other people
  • Don't buy a couch
  • Don't accept face-to-face solicitations for donations
  • Always use full disk encryption
  • Always wear a reflective vest when riding your bike at night
  • Make sure you always know where the water valves are in case something floods
  • Only buy headphones with a detachable cable
  • Avoid indoor tanning
  • Never buy clothes for a single-use occasion (weddings, graduations, etc.)
  • Reduce your ecological footprint
  • Be frugal
  • Write a list before going shopping, and stick to it
  • Buy used items instead of new ones
  • Avoid shopping centers
  • Write down any good ideas you have before you forget them
  • Pay attention to unit prices (e.g. €/kg)
  • Cancel subscriptions you no longer use
  • Use a low-flow toilet
  • Take care of your health
  • Quit your bad habits
  • Always keep at least one fire extinguisher at home
  • Do periodic maintenance of your fire extinguishers
  • Don't buy a second home
  • Always read product manuals
  • Don't flush drugs down the drain
  • Don't buy ivory
  • Always check online sellers feedback before buying anything
  • When using a kettle, only boil as much water as you need
  • Work in order to live; don't live in order to work
  • Eat in order to live; don't live in order to eat
  • Never put money into something you don't understand
  • Don't buy proprietary content; in particular, don't buy DRM-restricted content
  • Never settle for inefficiency; always strive to optimize things
  • Invest in reducing your energy consumption and your greenhouse gas emissions
  • Don't use analog watches; use digital watches instead
  • Avoid buying something because you forgot you already own it
  • Consider moving to a cheaper place to live
  • Live in a small house
  • Turn off unused devices
  • Focus on improving and minimizing old stuff instead of getting new stuff
  • Consider using the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Get a wattmeter and measure the electric energy consumption of your devices
  • Don't play videogames
  • Avoid non-stick cookware
  • Always live below your means; spend less than you make
  • Don't dye your hair
  • Avoid processed food
  • Choose productive hobbies
  • Choose inexpensive hobbies



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I accept Bitcoin donations.

Please use the following address: bc1q4jze3z3wpv4uf3zxjhn8y82ux6jz2mqvsrusdc.

Thank you!

Source code

Source code for this website is available here.


All content on this website is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.

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