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I'm just posting this as a test for myself.

I wanted to see what HTTP Referrer and User Agent are set from various Mastodon clients. Feel free to ignore this link

httpbin.org/headers

Have a nice day! 🙂

I've never heard the term "Social Cooling", but I have definitely felt a chilling effect and changed my behavior online out of fear of being monitored socialcooling.com/

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Don't 👏🏻 connect 👏🏻 your 👏🏻 TV 👏🏻 to 👏🏻 the 👏🏻 Internet!

Ever! Buy something - a Roku, an Apple TV, a PS4, an Xbox, a Raspberry Pi running Plex, *anything* - and use that as your video source. Don't ever use the TV's own Internet-connect apps. First, they're guaranteed to spy on you. All sly TV brands do this as far as I can tell. Second, they *suck* in comparison with what you get from a set top box.

Just don't do it!

flatpanelshd.com/news.php?suba

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Today I interviewed the inventor of Pinafore, @nolan. We had a blast. Pinafore is a web client for mastodon (our favorite website platform).

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These days everyone seems to be rather busy being anti-this and anti-that and anti-everything-in-between.

You know what? I'd rather people tell me what they actually stand *for*, not everything they are *against*.

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I don't think it can have been more than about a year since I discovered Firefox's "Reader" mode, and in that relatively short time I have gotten to the point that, when I'm on my phone at least, I instinctively check for whether the icon is available on every single site and hit it the moment I see it, even if the page in question hasn't yet loaded/rendered to the point where I can even assess it's readability. I just do it, because I have literally never once seen a single case where switching to Reader mode made the site *less* usable on a mobile. Not even once. I guess this shouldn't surprise me - nobody would have gone through the trouble of writing the feature if it didn't work well. But what does it say that we have gotten to the point where its of real practical value to automate the process of routinely throwing away the entire product of the web design industry?

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I made a thing! 🎉
github.com/nileshtrivedi/bette

It's a browser extension that recommends "better" alternative products and services via in-page popups, based on community-curated lists. Available for all Chromium and Firefox-based browsers.

We live in times where the distributions costs are hampering the adoption of higher-quality (which could mean security, privacy, ethics, local etc) products. I am hoping that this extension can eventually be managed by orgs like IFF, EFF or FSF.

I finally finished the Cryptopals challenge Set 1. They say each exercise should take a couple of minutes, or maybe even a couple weeks to get through the entire set.

Ahem. It took me a couple years of starting, stopping, losing interest, picking it back up again, etc. 🙃

cryptopals.com/sets/1

Let's see if I can complete Set 2 in less than two years? 😉

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Web design is a lot more easy when you're not trying to sell people crap they don't need.

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So many people saying they're switching from Firefox. Won't this only make the problem worse?

If you're switching to Brave or qutebrowser or UnGoogled Chromium or something, you're only strengthening Google's monopoly. If you're switching to a Webkit-based browser like Epiphany, you're shifting the monopoly towards Safari, whose parent company doesn't consider the Web a priority.

That Mozilla has bad management doesn't change the fact that Firefox is the most viable option for the open web.

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Apple declined to implement 16 Web APIs in Safari due to privacy concerns

zdnet.com/article/apple-declin

> "Removed the Do Not Track flag, which ironically was used as a fingerprinting vector, adding uniqueness to the users who had enabled it."

oof

What’s the Difference Between a ‘Borb’ and a ‘Floof’?

audubon.org/news/whats-differe

Amazingly well written analysis of the birb, borb, and floof.

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Wow, the new email service from Hey looks pretty awesome. Not just one or two improvements over the current state of email but a large overhaul hey.com/features/

Crank.js is sort of, Yet Another JavaScript Framework, but without the framework really. It leverages a lot of the power of the JavaScript VM that already exists in everyone's browser, some of the same principles from Svelte

crank.js.org/blog/introducing-

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