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Combating article theft by delaying RSS feeds

For the last four years, Ctrl blog’s syndication feed (“RSS”) subscribers have received early-access to most articles as an incentive to subscribe. …

Engines

Cheapo Windows licenses openly sold as “pirate keys” on Amazon.ca

I’ve unintentionally referred people towards purchasing pirate license activation keys for Windows 10 through Amazon in Canada. I’d like to explain …

Windows 10

Flattr quietly launches podcast and YouTube micro-subscriptions

Flattr have introduced new tools for recurring micro-subscriptions to support podcast and YouTube creators.<p>Flattr is a service where people can …

Podcasting

Extension enhances privacy of all embedded YouTube videos

Get better privacy for embedded YouTube videos with the Privacy Enhanced Mode for Embedded YouTube Videos extension for Firefox.<p>Websites like to …

European Parliament

Web Reading Mode: A bad reading experience

Reading mode doesn’t offer a consistently good experience for readers, it doesn’t offer publishers anything at all, and web developers don’t have any …

Web Reading Mode: Title, author, and date metadata extraction

This article goes into the nitty-gritty details of how reading mode parses certain metadata about articles from web pages.<p>This article is part three …

Web Reading Mode: Determining the main page content

Humans know full-well what the main content of any given page are. Regardless of how many advertisements, social widgets, cookie overlays, or other …

Web Reading Mode: The non-standard rendering mode

All the leading web browsers, except for Google Chrome, include a separate “reading mode” that extracts the main content from pages, reformats it to …

Software

The early end-of-life for Forza Horizon 2 is a game-cultural tragedy

Merely four years after release, Forza Horizon 2, will be pulled from the Microsoft Store. If you’ve already bought the game and all its add-ons, you …

Customing time and date formats in the GNOME top bar

Do you want another time and date format in the GNOME top bar than what is set in your default locale? The Clock Override extension for GNOME gives …

Working around the extension popout-tab refusing to close on Firefox for Android

How do you close an web extension popout-winndow (the small window that appears when you click on on extension’s toolbar button)? On the desktop, all …

Getting yourself into trouble with NGINX caching reverse proxy and rewritten URLs

This story starts two seemingly similar but distinctly different URLs:<p>//documentand/document. They’re semantically two distinct and unique URLs (RFC …

Pocket Casts’ desktop apps aren’t as great as I’d hoped but better than feared

My favorite podcast app recently took the leap from mobile platforms and the web to the world of making desktop applications for macOS and Windows. …

How to configure multiple NTP network time servers on a Windows client

Though it may appear as Windows will only let you configure one internet time server, it does actually support synchronizing with multiple time …

How to configure multiple NTP network time servers on a macOS client

System Preferences in macOS may leave you to conclude that you can’t configure multiple NTP servers for your Mac, but it’s actually quite possible …

Excessive heat from late-2013 MacBook Pro under macOS 10.14 ‘Mojave’

My MacBook Pro (a late-2013, 39 cm model, MacBookPro11,2) have been running really hot after I installed the first developer preview release of macOS …

3 months with Bitwarden

Three months ago, I wanted to move away from LastPass — who’ve lately have been reducing support for Firefox and other platforms — to an open source …

Extension adding Windows Timeline support to third-party browsers should have raised more privacy questions

Windows Timeline is a unified activity history explorer that received a prominent placement next to the Start menu button in Windows 10 earlier this …

BATify extension brings Brave Payments to Firefox and Chrome

A new browser extension lets users support their favorite websites, and YouTube and Twitch creators through donations of BAT cyrpto-tokens via Brave …

Firefox, Security Keys, U2F, and Google Advanced Protection

Advanced Protection for Google Accounts uses a legacy web technology that is only partially supported in Firefox. Here is how you get started with …

Apps and services should auto-delete personal data after a few months by default

Do every app and web service we use really need to keep all the data they collect until long after we’re all dead? I believe more services should be …

Brave should have its own User-Agent, but here is how you detect it anyway

The User-Agent string is the name that web browsers and other web clients send to web servers to identify their make and model to the server. This …

Don’t trust in YouTube’s break-reminders

The YouTube app on Android and iOS has an option that will pause video playback and remind you to take periodical breaks from staring at videos from …

YouTube Music

Moving to Hetzner VPS: Shorter legal docs as a competitive advantage

Do you read the often lengthy legal agreements required by your Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting provider? I guess that many skip past these …

GDPR

How-to monitor system bandwidth usage statistics with Darkstat on Fedora

Darkstat is a handy little program that will monitor and track your system’s bandwidth utilization and help you keep an eye on what is eating up your …

Linux

Problems to expect with Apache mod_cache

The mod_cache module in the Apache HTTP Server (httpd) is a standard HTTP web cache that you can use to accelerate your website by caching …

Actually secure DNS over TLS in Unbound

You’ll find quite a few blog posts and tutorials on how to configure encrypted DNS over TLS forwarding in Unbound. I’ve yet to find a single one that …

Information Security

Getting the Apple News app for macOS in unsupported regions

macOS 10.14 “Mojave” beta ships with the Apple News app installed by default. However, you may not be able to see the app if your Mac is configured …

Apps

What is First-Party Isolation in Firefox and what breaks if you enabled it

First-Party Isolation (FPI) is an optional privacy feature built-in to Firefox that enforces stricter security policies to block tracking between …

Firefox