Article update: The Firefox Privacy Guide For Dummies!

The Firefox Privacy Guide For Dummies! page was updated a bit. I dumped the ‘First Party Isolation’ add-on and added the ‘Font Fingerprint Defender’ add-on. Other than that, it was just some polishing that took place.

I removed the ‘First Party Isolation’ add-on because a) i never explained what it’s for, primarily because i want to keep the guide short and simple, and b) because i already explained how to create new Firefox profiles which kind of negates the need for the add-on given the audience the guide is intended for.

Now if you’ll excuse me i have some things i need to address.


Von Braun’s Legacy: Carol Rosin on Wernher von Braun’s warnings to the people

I posted this video in the last News Bytes post, but i think it’s so important that it deserves a dedicated post.

Dr. Carol Rosin was the first female Corporate Manager of Fairchild Industries in the 1970’s. She worked closely with Wernher Von Braun shortly before his death, specifically in the subject of space based weapons.

Run a WordPress site and want to auto-notify subscribers of updates?

I very much like the idea of offering the option for readers to be automatically notified when i post new content and while there are many plugins in the WordPress repository that can handle this, there was only one which met my requirements and the developer pulled the plug on it.

The plugin i used was Post Notif and it had several key features no other notification plugin had. For starters, it was entirely self-hosted without any reliance upon 3rd party data harvesting scumbags in order to do its job. Post Notif also allowed people to subscribe to content update notifications without having to create an account on your WordPress site, an email address being all that was necessary. Lastly, the developer, Devon, is a great guy. He coded a bunch of good features and functionality into Post Notif, including lots of options and nice management pages for WordPress administrators.

I stopped using Post Notif a couple months ago because it kept getting older while WordPress kept getting newer and so i started to worry about security and compatibility. I racked up quite a few hours over the course of weeks sifting through the WordPress plugin repo trying to find a replacement for Post Notif and came up empty every time, and then i found this dude by the name of Jeff Starr who is apparently well known in the WordPress community and an accomplished developer. You might want to check out his website, Perishable Press, where he posts a lot of good information regarding WordPress. I use one or two of his plugins here, plus his firewall.

This is all tentative at the moment, but when i contacted Jeff about the possibility of taking over the development of Post Notif, he didn’t hesitate and Devon, the former developer, seems happy that his plugin won’t be forgotten. Not only am i happy about all this, but i suspect quite a few WordPress admins will also be happy when they see Post Notif return to the WordPress plugin repository, though possibly under a new name.