12bytes.org Search add-on for Firefox

Now you can have the information from 12bytes.org at your fingertips wherever you go! I published a Firefox add-on which will add the search engine for this website to your list of search engines. I suppose i might publish the code somewhere, but there's hardly a need since the add-on only contains a manifest.json file and some icons, plus the obligatory signing stuff that Mozilla adds.

If you search from the address bar, which is the default for Firefox, you can either select the '12bytes.org Search' icon or prefix your search with '12b' to search this site, such as 12b firefox if you wanted to find all Firefox related content.

If you don't want to use the add-on, but still want to search this site without visiting it, you could use, for example, DuckDuckGo to do a site search: firefox site:12bytes.org. Of course the advantage with the add-on is that the search results will be up-to-date and accurate, and won't be subject to possible censorship by the Big Tech search engines.


I use a very basic statistics plugin that tells me, among other things, where traffic to this site originates and i'm a bit surprised that most visitors are still using Google which accounts for more than 70% of the referrers.

Unfortunately Googles' search engine and index is still one of the best, even with the censorship and result manipulation that takes place. I think that's pretty sad, but i don't know of any other search engine that compares to Google for general searches. However you need not use Google directly if you value your privacy. As a matter of fact, many of the so-called 'alternative' search engines, including DuckDuckGo, Startpage, Qwant, etc., use Google and/or Bing, so while they are not true alternatives, at least they insulate you from the attacks on your privacy that engines like Google and Bing present.

So stop doing that! Stop using Google directly and instead consider one of the many alternatives. I keep an updated list of privacy friendly search engines right here.

Tech - Blog posts of interest

Update to precompiled search engines for Firefox, search.json.mozlz4

I updated the search.json.mozlz4 file linked in the article, Firefox Search Engine Cautions, Recommendations, to remove a couple of non-functioning search engines.

This file provides a selection of largely alternative search engines for Firefox that i personally use, including Searx, DuckDuckGo, Qwant, Startpage and quite a few others.

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