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Water Cooler / Re: Terminator Scenario
« on: July 22, 2024, 03:17:57 PM »
DHS Has a DDoS Robot to Disable Internet of Things ‘Booby Traps’ Inside Homes

The dishwasher is down.  Repeat, the dishwasher is down.  GoGoGo!...

Water Cooler / Re: Segway makes more affordable robot lawn mower
« on: July 21, 2024, 08:27:53 AM »
>mowing service

If you can find one.  Around here the mowing companies all got hit hard with manpower shortages post-covid pandemic and have only partially recovered.  Plus many of the individual, Hispanic yard guys working alone or in pairs that you paid in cash have disappeared.

>more expensive

My gut tells me you are right.  Robot mowers are still expensive compared to a gas mower, the technology is not yet proven for American lawns and I think one would be constantly fiddling with the bot.  I'd also worry about theft or vandalism.

Water Cooler / Re: Not a Terminator unless...
« on: July 17, 2024, 08:38:22 AM »
If you can have a robot painter, you can have a robot power washer.  Although that takes some fun out of it.

Sounds like Google is sowing the seeds of it's own destruction.

Remember, way back when, before the first Internet bubble crashed, Opera browser had a free version with graphical banners?  They made their money from those banners and some affiliate links.  (This was before Opera was sold to some Chinese company.)

There was lots of silly money in ads before the crash and I don't think ad supported browsers would pay enough today especially if the ads were controlled by Google.

Vivaldi browser, is the successor to the old Opera today and they still earn income from affiliate links with all those bookmarks pre loaded.  I don't think they are getting rich but it keeps development going.

>Brad, have you reviewed librewolf?

No and I want to.  For some reason Ubuntu now only seems to install Flatpack/slippacks whatever it is called so I can't just download a Debian package and install the way I've done for years.  Not happy.

I have tried Waterfox (which the creator has back under his control) and it was pretty good.

Traffic / Re: Google searches increasingly end without clicks in 2024
« on: July 09, 2024, 08:43:03 AM »

This is where I think the movement is on to something in re. by-passing search engines for traffic.  Keeping control of your own content by posting to your own micro blog and then syndicate those posts out to the socials.  In essence using the socials as a traffic source.

But there are so many things in play right now with the anti-monopoly lawsuit against Google, 1. will Google's unchecked gate-keeper status continue, and 2. will Google's advertising network stranglehold continue?

Traffic / Re: Google searches increasingly end without clicks in 2024
« on: July 08, 2024, 09:49:43 AM »
But, how do they get found then?

Talking strictly about content sites:

1. If/when Google ceases to find what users want it will create demand for other, alternative search engines that do.  The market will adapt, although it might take some time.

2. Diversify your traffic sources like we did before Google and commercial sites. 

A. Syndicate new content to social networks.
B. List your site in non-commercial directories.  They are out there, the traffic from each one is not huge but if you put them all together they add up in non-commercial terms.  There are quite a few directories just for blogs.
C. Webrings.  There is a webring revival going on in the non-commercial webspace.  A non-commercial site has the option of joining these that a commercial site will never have.  Find webrings in your niche and join or start up your own.  Ride the revival wave while it's going on.   Traffic can be slow but steady but it adds up.
D. Blogrolls and Link Pages - Both have made a comeback.  If you do all the above right and have interesting content bloggers and webmasters will add your site to show others what they are reading.  I've found this to be very high quality traffic (referrals from blogrolls tend to dig deeper with more page views.)
E. Link out fearlessly and often, both in your writing and in your blogrolls.
F. Comment, thoughtfully.  The easiest way is to use features like webmentions.
G. Make a graphical web button for people to link back to you.  A lot of retro static site webmasters collect these and build button walls.  A link is a link is a link.
H. Network:  On social networks and forums in your niche.
I.  Leverage RSS.  ( is a newish RSS/Feed search engine worth paying attention too.)
J. Get listed in alternative search engines (those that don't crawl the web.)
K. What ergo said...

None of this is new, except for social networks, it's all out of the Web 1.0 playbook if you think back.  But much of the Web 1.0 infrastructure has died and is now having to be rebuilt from scratch.

NOT selling anything and not having advertising is liberating.  The truth is Google has been sending less and less traffic to non-commercial websites over the last decade or two.  One of the things that impressed me about the young folks on Neocities and is they are indifferent about traffic from Google.  They aren't pro or anti Google, they just don't care.  That in itself makes you think about traffic in different ways.

Again, this is all for non-commercial sites.  Commercial is different and err, what ergo said.

Traffic / Cloudflare Introduces One Button AI Bot Banning
« on: July 03, 2024, 05:43:40 PM »
Declare your AIndependence: block AI bots, scrapers and crawlers with a single click

To help preserve a safe Internet for content creators, we’ve just launched a brand new “easy button” to block all AI bots. It’s available for all customers, including those on our free tier.

Interesting stuff in that post.

The AI war has begun.

Traffic / Mastodon has new Byline Feature to Attract Journalists
« on: July 03, 2024, 10:30:04 AM »
Twitter/X alternative Mastodon appeals to journalists with new ‘byline’ feature

Two things really stand out to me: 1. no corporate or Big Tech control, 2. a new rendering engine, because we've over consolidated on this score.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Signal - are you a Signal user?
« on: July 02, 2024, 08:38:57 AM »
I use SMS because everyone I know has it.  It's simple, goes to their phone and is nearly instantaneous, yet they don't have to answer it like a phone call.  I don't send sensitive info via SMS.

I guess if I needed to send really private communications I might use Signal but since I don't it does not seem worth the bother. 

I use email for longer messages that I don't expect a quick reply from.  I prefer typing longer stuff on a real laptop keyboard.  My expectation with email is the same as snail mail, the recipient will get to it when they have time.  Whereas SMS is more immediate.

Water Cooler / Re: Passenger Rail and the Midwest
« on: June 29, 2024, 10:52:05 PM »
If you were going to scratch-build a HSR network separate from existing freight rail the Midwest is the place to do it.  Of course that would make the Midwest a powerhouse, long term, which would threaten The Coasts so it won't happen. 

Even a regular (under 110 mph) passenger rail network is in doubt as long as it shares tracks with freight. You need frequent, on time service and you can't do that with the freight rail controlling the tracks.

Water Cooler / Re: Passenger Rail and the Midwest
« on: June 29, 2024, 07:24:17 PM »
Dream on.

Yeah the game is pretty well rigged against it.

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