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Traffic / Trust me, says Verizon
« on: January 22, 2020, 11:40:45 PM »
Verizon launches, yet another, search engine based on Bing.  Oh and it's supposed to be private.

The problem is that many of Verizon's other promises (like its promise not to use the engine to build detailed profiles on you) requires some significant trust in Verizon

Traffic /
« on: January 15, 2020, 07:31:11 PM »
If you are searching for videos you might try

It's  a privacy respecting meta video search engine.  Searches up to 60 sources including: Youtube, Vimeo, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Internet Archive.   It's kinda handy to see what is available across so many sources with one search.

Hardware & Technology / I'm looking for a Bomis webring clone script
« on: November 26, 2019, 10:39:11 PM »
Bomis rings were unique in that the ringmaster could add websites to the ring and no ring code had to be put on the site.  One navigated the ring from Bomis within a frame.

Over the last year I've been looking for a Bomis clone script.  I've gotten search engine serp echos that one of more scripts had once been listed in various Perl or PHP script archives but when i click through the script isn't there.

So do me a favor, if anyone happens to stumble across a Bomis type webring clone script please let me know.  Thanks.

Traffic / We need a new Technorati Search Engine
« on: November 26, 2019, 10:13:02 PM »
Or a new IceRocket or Daypop. 

I was hanging about with my fellow bloggers and we were whining (much as bloggers do) about the lack of blog search engines these days.  RSS or spider this seems to be a niche that nobody is covering: search engine results only from blogs.  (Blog directories just don't cut it.)

I have no idea how a spidering engine could distinguish between a blog and a non-blog website but it must be possible.  I guess it would be easier for an RSS engine, but not as deep.

Anyway, it's a niche.

Traffic / Startpage 2019
« on: November 26, 2019, 02:53:22 PM »
After years of relative quiet and only small incremental changes, privacy search engine Startpage has gotten very active.  Somebody is pumping money and effort into it.

They have also redesigned and cleaned up the serps and have become very active on Twitter.

They must be gaining users given all the discussion about privacy.  The chatter I read online from many mainstream Google users is they like Startpage a lot and it's maybe an easier switch from Google for them than say DDG.

Traffic / States' expanding Google anti-trust investigation
« on: November 15, 2019, 01:17:25 PM »
The 50 US states have been investigating Google's ad business for anti-trust.  Now they are expanding that to include Google's search engine and Android.|twitter&par=sharebar

Water Cooler / Blu-ray players?
« on: November 15, 2019, 11:46:57 AM »
It seems I need to buy a blu-ray player.  Simple, sturdy, reliable is what I want.  Any brands preferred or to stay away from?

Traffic / Jimmy Wales starts a social network
« on: November 14, 2019, 10:02:16 PM »

He started Bomis webrings too, but Bomis was not all bad in part because it financed the start of Wikipedia.

Economics & Investing / That Recession Thread
« on: November 07, 2019, 12:48:36 PM »
I'm not one who plays the stock market.  I'm normally a buy and hold for the log run sort, but our giant recession thread finally got to me.  I didn't panic and shift to gold, but in my annual meeting with my investment adviser I made some adjustments.

1. Shifting some mutual funds from "Growth" to "Value" stocks which should be less volatile.

2. But contrary to this I did move some money into a mutual fund that only invests in renewable energy.  That's higher risk, and I figure it will have it's ups and downs, but long term I think it will it is the future.

All that said, I'm pretty heavily diversified.

Traffic / DuckDuckGo 2019 Traffic Figures
« on: October 23, 2019, 12:05:13 PM »

DDG is an interesting proof of concept:

1. It shows that there is demand for privacy based search engines.

2. It shows that a search engine can make a profit without tracking and profiling their users. 

In the 1890's bicycles were all the craze.  Cyclists "Wheelmen" had to fight for acceptance, permission to ride on public roads and for better built, paved roads.   Over 100 years later, scooters are in the same position.

Hardware & Technology / 3 Privacy Smartphones for 2019
« on: August 22, 2019, 07:05:24 PM »
Take that Android and iOS!

We've mentioned these before but we are getting close to release and/or pre-order dates so here goes.
Where Canonical failed it looks like Purism will succeed in bringing out a Linux phone from scratch.  Due out in the Q3 of this year they should start shipping within weeks.  You can pre-order.  Looks like this will ship with the basic apps needed (think the first iPhone) to get by plus an App Store as more apps get added.  What is better now than when the first iPhone launched in 2007, there are now many HTML5 web apps available plus 4G LTE.

More info on last minute tweaks.:
Another Linux core phone.  This should be quite a bit cheaper than the Librem 5 (above).  A lot of different OS's have pledged to run on the Pine Phone.  The two that caught my eye: Sailfish OS, which has not been available in the US, UBports, which is the continuation of Ubuntu Phone project Canonical gave up on.  There are other OS's too.  What I like is the idea of an inexpensive Linux phone.  Not yet available for pre-order, but Pine is moving fast so this might be ready by late 2019 or 2020.
This is not Linux, but an Android fork.  What /e/ did was strip out all the Google stuff and spyware and have replaced all the Google cloud based services with their own open source equivalents.  So Gmail has been replaced , Google services replaced, Google store replaced, Chrome replaced, etc.  I like this approach for recognizing that in Android the threat of Google spying come from both the OS and from the suite of Google apps that Android depends on.

No smartphone OEM wants to p##s Google off, so /e/ Foundation is supplying the OS on the best class of refurbished phones.  Currently shipping to the EU only for right now, they are trying to find North American phone refurbishers to partner with.  So you lucky EU folks can get one now.

Water Cooler / The Dawn Of Low-Carbon Shipping
« on: July 17, 2019, 10:58:56 AM »
"If shipping was a country, it would be the sixth-largest polluter in the world," says Nerijus Poskus of the shipping technology company Flexport. "About 3% of global emissions are released by ocean freight shipping."

One solution: hydrogen.

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