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Leaving Apple & Google: /e/ first beta is here!

You should also read the preceding articles in the series to get context.  They are moving fast on a lot of fronts.

This is moving fast and has some street cred since it is lead by the guy who developed Mandrake Linux.  Unlike other efforts at privacy, he understands that you can make a secure device and OS but that does little good if all the cloud services like Gmail leak.

Hardware & Technology / Epic Privacy Browser
« on: September 18, 2018, 03:16:29 PM »
I played around with Epic last night.

While I wouldn't use it for daily work, I like the fact that it has a VPN built in so your ISP can't track you and I would definitely use it over public wifi.

Hardware & Technology / Lunascape Orion: First Triple Browser
« on: September 16, 2018, 01:37:58 PM »
Lunascape is a browser with 3 rendering engines: Trident (IE), Gecko FF, Webkit.

Available for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android.  Nice for developers.

Web Development / Fully Managed Mastodon Hosting is now ridiculously cheap
« on: September 16, 2018, 12:19:51 PM »
You can now get fully managed Mastodon hosting starting at 5 Euros per month.

Over the long run this is bad news especially for Twitter.  This is turnkey hosting, all you have to do is work the admin panel.  I  think we a crossing a threshold here in social networks and breaking silos.

The problem with Mastodon are that the weaknesses of Twitter remain, it is too easy to have pile-ons, mobs etc.  And so much depends on how well the Admins of each instance manage these things.  Plus there will be a lot of churn.

But with all that said a lot of small groups (including fringe groups) can have their own social network and it's affordable.

Web Development / Google AMP Can Go to Hell
« on: September 06, 2018, 06:58:36 PM »

Google has pretty well already screwed up the web but what the heck, To the barricades!

Web Development / Run Mastodon Instance on Raspberry Pi
« on: September 06, 2018, 01:49:56 PM »

Which makes sense I guess for a family only social network, at least until Granny smokes the Pi with cat pics.

Hardware & Technology / Wish me luck, I ordered a Windows 10 laptop
« on: August 24, 2018, 02:53:23 PM »
Because, my Linux laptop locked me out suddenly and went command line.  Support and I are sudo-ing trying to get it back running.  My Macbook has become a prima donna about charging.  I suspect it is the magnetic coupling on the charger which will be way overpriced to replace. 

In the meantime I need a reliable laptop.  I can no longer ignore the fact that I can buy two Windows laptops for the price of one Macbook or built for Linux machine, so I'm trying WIndows 10.

The last time I seriously used Windows was WinME (which turned me into a Mac user) so any advise or tips for a Win10 newbie would be welcome.

I'm already planning on uninstalling bloatware as much as I can.

Traffic / Bing Search Franchises Sending More Traffic than Bing
« on: August 24, 2018, 02:32:00 PM »
It's way too small of a sample to draw any conclusions from but I thought it interesting.

Newish blog on new domain, I  mostly get long tail type search traffic.

1. Google sends the lion's share of search traffic.  Goo also spidered first and started to rank my posts first.  Bing was much slower.
2. I could tell when Bing had updated, suddenly I was getting traffic from Duckduckgo and Qwant, both use Bing as primary for web results.
3. Duckduckgo is my number 2 SE referrer after Google significantly better than the rest. Qwant, Yahoo, Bing are also on the list, with one referral each.

I just find it interesting that my traffic from search engines that use Bing are far outstripping Bing itself.  I suspect that my posts appeal more to an alternative search engine user demographic than they do to Bing mothership users.

Traffic / Roll your own search engine?
« on: August 17, 2018, 11:27:59 PM »
I'm still fascinated with the idea of the script.  What bothers me is it is a scrape metasearch and sooner or later the search engines will shut an instance down. 

I'm wondering if a subscription pay roll your own search service could be put together?  Not really a meta search but more of a blended hybrid search.  I'm not sure where I'm going with this.  I've got all these different parts and theories and I'm trying to piece them all together.

If you could blend search feeds from Yandex, Mojeek and Gigablast together you would have a very good, maybe better than most backfill quality search results.  If Yahoo is still building an index independent of Bing one might throw them in the mix.

You have if they ever open the doors again.


Others that we don't know about.

We had Rollyo and Eurikster be sort of make your own search engines, I'm just wondering if a person could cobble together different sources for a DIY search engine service and would there be any demand?

All hypothetical.

Web Development / MIT have a bot?
« on: July 26, 2018, 07:48:18 PM »
I've looked at the bot threads at WmW but didn't find much.

I have two, of what I take are bots, tag teaming Wordpress.

One claims to be from Cambridge Mass., MIT

The other just US.

Both are checking ever tag, category.  And some posts and pages.  They might be working together.

Anyone heard of MIT having a bot?

Hardware & Technology / WordStar is coming back.
« on: July 20, 2018, 11:19:59 AM »
Calling all geezers!  If you remember MS-DOS you probably remember the WordStar word processor.  Well in a fit of retroness somebody is bringing back a clone called WordTsar, for Windows, Ubuntu and Mac.  Because they can.
Still in Alfa.

Web Development / Neat WP Plugin
« on: July 18, 2018, 11:05:50 AM »
Unfortunately it's out of date.

It automatically nofollows any link to any Google entity.   :D

Traffic / I made a Web Ring 5 Days Ago. I'll see myself out.
« on: July 08, 2018, 11:28:10 PM »
Hi, my name is Brad, 5 days ago I made a webring for the first time in over 15 years.

See, the folks on the Indieweb have rediscovered webrings, only being developers they do their ring real high tech. They are talking about a "webring revival."  So I besides Webring I found one of the last old school web ring hosts left standing.  Once you kick the tumbleweeds away from the door it still actually works, straight out of 1998. 

Took me back to Virtual Promote/JimWorld days when there was a whole separate category of subforums devoted to non-search engine traffic including web rings.

So, in a burst of nostalgia, I made a ring.  It was kinda fun.  At one time I ran a lot of webrings in the science fiction, fantasy and horror field, most started when the search engines still sucked.

I will say one thing about the folks, they are not at all intimidated by Google.  They mostly ignore Google and don't care if they get any traffic from it.  They are talented and create their own ways of communicating with at and around the social network silos.  Mainly they are talking to each other.  Anyway they are unafraid to try new takes on old ideas that we have long abandoned.  I wonder if I can sell them on Top Sites?

See one of the problems amongst blogs, especially new blogs, is discovery - getting found.  Same old story, Google indexes pretty quick but it takes awhile to start having articles rank if you are doing natural link building.  I can see were an old fashioned webring for blogs might help.  (We're not talking commercial SEO here or those levels of traffic.)

Hhh, I might make another ring.  Just one more...

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