Content updates, 29-Nov-2018

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.

Article update: Alternative Search Engines That Respect Your Privacy

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.

New tut: Firefox Search Engine Cautions and Recommendations

A new tutorial has been published titled Firefox Search Engine Cautions and Recommendations which covers the risks to your privacy when using any of the major search engines in general, but specifically when using the default search engine plugins that are packaged with the Firefox web browser, though this problem is certainly not limited to Firefox. I also cover how to circumvent the risks to your privacy when using the default Firefox search engine plugins, as well as make suggestions for alternative search engines.

I have to say that i’m becoming more and more disillusioned with the multi-million dollar Mozilla corporation and its flagship product, Firefox. Firefox was never a great web browser in my opinion, but it is/was appealing to many because of how completely customizable it is. In it’s earlier days it was just a little slow and buggy, but more recently Mozilla is making highly unethical choices with regard to the privacy-hating corporations they willingly partner with and how these partnerships have manifested and have been monetized in Firefox is a result of utter stupidity and greed in my opinion. I stuck with Firefox all these years because it has always been one of the most hackable browsers out there, but these days i stick with it primarily because i’m not (yet) able to reproduce the functionality i have added to it via add-ons with any other browser, and Chrome is out of the question, much less Google’s spyware version of it.

It’s sad and frustrating that a company who produced a decent, super-highly customizable browser for a niche market has lost its way and turned its back on the very market it once served by deciding to become a Google Chrome clone in order to appeal to the masses.

Screw you Mozilla.

But let’s end on a lighter note, shall we? Here, have a look.