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Web Development / B2evolution Blog/CMS might be near it's end
« on: August 07, 2022, 07:07:03 PM »
I'd heard demo was down and I just got around to looking into it and discovered this from the maintainer:

The pandemic dried up most of the corporate funding for B2evo, he's worn out and asking for it to be forked.

Hopefully someone will take it on.

Interesting that both Wordpress and B2evo grew out of the B2 blog script.

Web Development / ClassicPress
« on: August 05, 2022, 08:33:51 PM »

Is a fork of WordPress.  They forked it just before the block editor came out.

ClassicPress has a plugin that will convert a WordPress install to ClassicPress.

I've checked the ClassicPress forums:
1, They generally have all the basic plugins most bloggers would need: (ie. forms, anti-spam, etc.)
2. Most older WordPress plugins should work as long as they are compatible with Wordpress 4.9 or lower.  This means stuff like AntiSpam Bee should work.

Anyone using ClassicPress or converted to it?  How was your experience?

Web Development / WordPress is Going to Google's WebP Images by Default
« on: August 02, 2022, 07:58:04 PM »
WordPress knows best.  All your images will be changed to WebP by default in the future.  Trust us.

Google's new WebP(oo) format.

Hardware & Technology / Freetube
« on: July 24, 2022, 11:15:37 PM »
Freetube a private Youtube client.  Free. Win., macOS, Linux.

I like it.

Hardware & Technology / Ford will add iron phosphate battery options
« on: July 21, 2022, 03:22:23 PM »
Ford will add iron phosphate battery options for Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning

Traffic / Yandexbot more active?
« on: July 20, 2022, 02:18:17 PM »
My two little sites are too small a sample, but it seems to me that Yandexbot has been much more active on both, visiting daily.

Has anyone else noticed an uptick in Yandexbot activity over the last month or so?

Denmark is effectively banning Google’s services in schools, after officials in the municipality of Helsingør were last year ordered to carry out a risk assessment around the processing of personal data by Google.

'Why so generous?': Inside Italy's scheme offering huge subsidies towards low-carbon eco-homes

If you live in Italy and want to insulate walls and windows and install a heat pump boiler or solar panels, the government will pay you 110% of the cost. Yes, you read that right.

Water Cooler / Volvo testing hydrogen semis
« on: June 22, 2022, 10:26:25 AM »
Volvo’s commercial truck group is testing out hydrogen fuel cell semis

600 mile range but no place to fuel them

Monetization / Sublimeads: Privacy respecting Ad Network
« on: June 03, 2022, 09:28:38 PM »
Looks like it's primarily aimed at apps but it also mentions websites.

I'm not sure how privacy respecting it is but I expect to see more privacy ad opportunities starting up in the near future.

Hardware & Technology / Vivaldi Browser 5.3
« on: June 03, 2022, 10:32:04 AM »
New stuff, June 1, 2022:

1. Editable toolbars
2. Command Chains in Toolbar Editor
3. Reset to Default
4. Syncable search engines - some people make elaborate custom search engines in Vivaldi and now you can sync these across all Vivaldi instances.

I have often thought that certain SEO's could design a good search engine if they didn't want to get paid for about 10 years. But I was surprised when it happened.

Here is the prelaunch alpha or beta:

Fairsearch: an ambitious engine from Ahrefs, an SEO/backlink-finder company, that “shares ad profit with creators and protects your privacy”. Most engines show results that include keywords from or related to the query; Fairsearch also shows results linked by pages containing the query. In other words, not all results contain relevant keywords. This makes it excellent for less precise searches and discovery of “related sites”, especially with its index of hundreds of billions of pages.  ...

Full text of the description of Fairsearch here:

Note: The Seirdy article above is an excellent rundown of search engines at this moment.

Economics & Investing / Man turning mud into eco-friendly concrete
« on: May 28, 2022, 01:04:43 PM »

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