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8 October 2015, 19:52 UTC

Turning off ads and google analytics

Over 1 1/2 years ago, I put google ads on this blog. Just recently, I reached the $100 threshold to receive my ad revenue from Google. It's also a convenient time to end the experiment with letting Google inject javascript into ever page I serve.

I've long been a user of ad blocking and anti-tracking technologies, and I wouldn't say a word against a user who surfed my public websites who blocked these items. In fact, in that post where I announced the addition of ads, I encourged their use.

With ad blocking back in the news (once Apple enables ad blocking, it's suddenly the next big thing, eh?) I want to take a step and say that there is an Internet for people who don't want pages full of flashing banner ads and which secretly extract tracking data in an attempt to make those ads even more effective; and that furthermore, my website should be a part of that Internet.

It costs me just $5 a month to host this website, a cost that is almost certain not to grow compared to the price of a cup of coffee. Let's all host our little, independent websites and supply good content according to our interests just like we did back in the 90s.


15 August 2012, 13:01 UTC

How to become a felon: by reading the newspaper edition

  1. Read our local news paper on its website
  2. Receive a message that you've read your limit of articles this month
  3. Open "Private Browsing" (Mozilla Firefox), "InPrivate Filtering" (Internet Explorer) or "Incognito mode" (Google Chrome)
  4. Return to the local paper's website and read another story

It is possible that you are now a felon under Nebraska Revised Statute 28-1344, which says:

Any person who intentionally accesses… any computer… without authorization… shall be guilty of a class IV felony if he or she intentionally: … (2) obtains property or services of another


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