open source

Nov. 10, 2021

Commenting Systems

As someone who strongly values privacy and open source, I obviously don’t want to include any proprietary commenting services on my site – Disqus or the like. Preferably, I’d want to self-host the entire thing myself, with no external requests being made at all – which includes stuff like Gravatar, Akismet, jsDelivr, etc. However, this is a tougher task than I first expected it to be. Most solutions are either overly complex to set up, or they’ve got hard requirements to external services, or they’ve not been updated for the past year or so.

Jul. 11, 2021

Internet Privacy Tips

Maintaining a high level of privacy while surfing the web isn’t a straightforward task: It requires one to make certain ease-of-use sacrifices and changing aspects of how one goes about it. That said, if all you want to do is to limit your digital footprint, there’s plenty of ways to do so. This article will go over a few of those ways. Browser Unsurprisingly, the browser you use will have a strong impact on the amount of data you leak to the multitude of corporations that’s capitalizing on your information.

Jun. 3, 2021

On Muse's Audacity

Let’s begin with saying that Muse’s introduction to the world, as the newly minted owners of the Audacity project hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows. It’s been quite the opposite in fact. Among their first decisions were to try and introduce telemetry. While it was supposedly not going to contain any sort of personal information, users were quick to react negatively towards this announcement. As there always are going to be, there were a number of brain dead morons who were spewing all sorts of baseless accusations, insults and hatred towards the team; however, by far the most common, were the objection towards their use of ǝlƃooפ and xǝpuɐ⅄ for its data collection – a very much justified objection, especially so when considering what we know about these giants today.