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Numerous apps, including a heart monitor and an ovulation tracker, share data with Facebook without giving users a clear way to refuse. These invasions of privacy are at the very heart of surveillance capitalism. Choose services that protect your privacy.

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PSA - Brave "privacy" browser is malware 

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"Why do I need a 4Ghz quadcore to run facebook?" This is why. A single word split up into 11 HTML DOM elements to avoid adblockers.


Security Checklist is an open source checklist of resources to improve your online privacy and security, and you can check things off to keep track as you go:

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#HelloWorld! As active members of the open-source community, ProtonMail supports open source projects like Mastodon. Mastodon’s decentralized nature reminds us of the days when the Internet was free and not under the control of a few monopolist giants. Our followers can look forward to toots about service updates, new projects, and news on privacy.

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"Google Play Store now open for Progressive Web Apps" with Trusted Web Activities. "No need to package resource files; they'll be downloaded & updated on the fly from Service Worker. Rendered with installed Chrome, sharing storage/cache/sessions" - Maximiliano Firtman

The title "Front End Developer" can now describe two very different skillsets - one centered mostly around JavaScript, and the other around HTML, CSS, UX, and design principles. Chris Coyier explores the problem with that in "The Great Divide":

I've upgraded to a ThinkPad T460s, so my trusty T430s has been given a fresh installation of Linux Mint before it heads off to my parents to replace a 9 year old Asus laptop that's struggling to continue running Windows 7. 9 years is pretty good for a budget consumer machine!

Runners, what's your app of choice for tracking runs?

If, as a developer, you're intimidated by those enormous "learning roadmaps" that occasionally do the rounds, take heart in the fact that even if you're relatively junior you can likely still teach the creator of Redux a thing or two:

Not knowing everything isn't a failure, and even seasoned devs are constantly learning.

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wow, this is a new one

if you need my “personal data” to pay your staff then you need to find a more ethical fucking business model

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I have been completely removed from Facebook for a full year. It has been the best year in recent memory. OBSERVATIONS:

1) I'm still "connected" to current events. I'm just not bombarded with a thousand "rage-bait" rants about it.

2) I'm still connected with everyone that matters. We've shared the responsibility of staying in touch. Sometimes it's on me to reach out, sometimes it's on them. The people who haven't kept up with me, were just a relationship of ceremony and convenience.

3) I'm substantially less depressed. Surprising no one, I guess. It didn't cure depression, but it alleviated that which it brought: A lot.

4) I'm still super social online. I have community here and a few other places. We do things together, and don't just try to whip ourselves into a fury.

5) I've gained a meaningful perspective: *MY* perspective. Getting away from the manipulative pieces of those social media sites has given me enough clarity to be, well... "me."


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"If the importance of good HTML isn’t well-understood by the newer breed of JavaScript developers, then it’s my job as a DOWF (Dull Old Web Fart) to explain what it means, and why it’s important..."

"The practical value of semantic HTML" by Bruce Lawson

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" #Firefox is once again the only thing standing in the way of a complete monopoly."

"You'll need to learn GraphQL" is my biggest takeaway from NPM's review of JavaScript in 2018 and predictions for next year:

There's a lot of buzz around GraphQL at the moment, and I'm looking forward to getting to grips with it in the new year 👨‍💻

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Random reminder to use a password manager if you aren't already! It'll help you stay safe online by using long, unique passwords for each service you use.

While LastPass or 1Password are great choices, I prefer KeePassXC

Official site:

Official quick-start guide:

My getting-started guide:

Nextcloud joins the fediverse, adding social networking to its already-impressive list of private cloud capabilities in version 15: ☁️

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