I made several small changes, updates and corrections to Firefox Search Engine Cautions, Recommendations.
LookSeek was added to Alternative Search Engines That Respect Your Privacy. I consider LookSeek to be a somewhat important addition since the company runs its own crawler and apparently has no ties to any other search engine. Also they claim no political or social bias, which is great in the age of the filter bubbles.
The following new articles were added:
Ethan Huff and the Green Swastika : Ethan, who writes for Natural News, is an idiot regarding Germany’s role in WW2, the same as Mike “The Health Ranger” Adams is, the founder (or so i assume) of NN. He recently ‘penned’ an article titled The Green Swastika: Environmentalism was a pillar of the Third Reich, the content of which is far more absurd than its absurd title reveals. Ethan gets nearly everything wrong and provably so, and, as usual, i pull fewer than zero punches when addressing such mindless ignorance.
Resources for research : This is just a list of web resources which i’ve used for researching various stuff that i write about. I though i’d share it. Cause i’m like that.
VPS host review: Pride Tech Design : This website is currently hosted by Pride Tech and i wanted to write a review about their service in order to con everyone into signing up with them so i can start raking in piles of kickback cash from Simba at PTD. Either that, or i’ve written a reasonably neutral review of possibly one of the best VPS server hosts on this side of the Milky Way that i’m aware of. You decide.
The following articles were updated:
How to access RSS feeds for websites that don’t advertise one : Some added information and polishing.
Alternative Search Engines That Respect Your Privacy : unbubble.eu was added to the list and the article underwent the application of some polish (and likely the correction of spellin’ errors).
Take the Jewish Holocaust Quiz! : The quiz was handled by a plugin that hasn’t been updated in years and so i dropped it and stuck the quiz on a regular page. It has also been updated.
A personal perspective: From Windows to Linux to Windows to Linux to… : I re-titled the article and applied some polish.
Firefox Search Engine Cautions, Recommendations : This article underwent some minor changes and an updated search.json.mozlz4 file for Firefox was uploaded.
Firefox Extensions – My Picks : I dumped all of the legacy (XUL) add-ons, swapped out some add-ons with other ones and added several new add-ons to the additional functionality list.
The article, Alternative Search Engines That Respect Your Privacy, was updated. More information was added for most of the search engines and a few errors and links were corrected. Sadly, Findx, which was based on the Gigablast code, was removed from the list since they ceased operations. Interestingly, Brian Rasmusson, the founder of Findx, disclosed that basing the Findx code on the Gigablast code was a significant mistake. He also detailed a list of other interesting problems the company faced in a final parting post, Goodbye – Findx is shutting down. The post is well worth reading for both end users that are interested in alternative search engines as well as developers who are interested in creating a new service.
The article, Firefox Search Engine Cautions, Recommendations, underwent significant changes to be in line with newer versions of Firefox, particularly the section dealing with sanitizing the default search plugins. I also uploaded new versions of my pre-sanitized
search.json.mozlz4 files, the larger of which contains 39 search engines.