Category Archives: Stevie’s Tech Picks

De-google-ify Internet…


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Date: August 03, 2021

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“Framasoft wishes to face the threats to our digital lives by offering free, ethical, decentralised, and solidarity-based services.

In practice

The “de-google-ify Internet” project – which does not exclusively concern Google – consists in offering as many alternative services as possible to those we consider a threat to our digital lives.

Google Docs, Skype, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter, Google Agenda, Youtube, Doodle, Yahoo! Groups, and many others, are extremely convenient services but they have become far too large and have made us dependent on them. Framasoft wishes to resist this trend and is putting forward a roadmap for setting up alternative services over several years.

These services are free, gratis, open to all (insofar as our technical and financial capabilities allow us), as digital commons . With the goal of decentralising the Internet and promoting self-hosting, we will do our best to ensure that everyone can install their own services (for themselves, for their organisation, or their company).

Of course, We are not aiming to compete with these services, We merely wish to offer a space that is neutral, non-commercial, and in no way aggressive towards its users.”

I haven’t used these…I cannot vouch for them…But they seem to be on the level.

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IPFS: A peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol to make the web faster, safer, and more open…


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Date: April 29, 2019

01) IPFS


“HTTP is inefficient and expensive

HTTP downloads a file from a single computer at a time, instead of getting pieces from multiple computers simultaneously. With video delivery, a P2P approach could save 60% in bandwidth costs.

IPFS makes it possible to distribute high volumes of data with high efficiency. And zero duplication means savings in storage.

Humanity’s history is deleted daily

The average lifespan of a web page is 100 days. Remember GeoCities? The web doesn’t anymore. It’s not good enough for the primary medium of our era to be so fragile.

IPFS keeps every version of your files and makes it simple to set up resilient networks for mirroring of data.

The web’s centralization limits opportunity

The Internet has been one of the great equalizers in human history and a real accelerator of innovation. But the increasing consolidation of control is a threat to that.

IPFS remains true to the original vision of the open and flat web, but delivers the technology which makes that vision a reality.

Our apps are addicted to the backbone

Developing world. Offline. Natural disasters. Intermittent connections. All trivial compared to interplanetary networking. The networks we’re using are so 20th Century. We can do better.

IPFS powers the creation of diversely resilient networks which enable persistent availability with or without Internet backbone connectivity.

IPFS aims to replace HTTP and
build a better web for all of us.”

I’d be lying if I said I was clear, as to what this is all about…but, I stumbled across a few web pages, while searching for an old website online…and they were hosted on this service.

Thought I’d share it, to see if anyone has anything to say about this.

Apparently, this is peer to peer content hosting?

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Calibre E-Book Manager…


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Date: March 13, 2019

01) Calibre E-Book Manager

02) About calibre

“calibre is a powerful and easy to use e-book manager. Users say it’s outstanding and a must-have. It’ll allow you to do nearly everything and it takes things a step beyond normal e-book software. It’s also completely free and open source and great for both casual users and computer experts.”

I finally just got the most recent version of Calibre installed on this PC…

…I’ll be totally up front…It’s been years since I used this software…and that was a much earlier version…It did work well, for transferring e-books into different file formats [including PDF]…but, I’ve not tried much of anything with this latest version.

I’m out of the loop…so, I cannot offer any real advice on using this software…I still wanted to share the link.

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Dissenter Browser Extension: The Comment Section of the Internet…


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Date: March 05, 2019

01) Dissenter Browser Extension

“Dissenter is the comment section of the Internet. Install the extension and comment on any URL while also discovering what others have commented across the web. For the full experience and more features visit Dissenter.com.”

02) Fight Censorship With Gab Dissenter!


This extension works with Chrome, Brave, Opera, Chromium, Firefox, Edge, and Safari…possibly others.

01) Open up an account at Gab.ai

02) If you don’t already have it, download and install Google Chrome.

03) Install the Google Chrome Dissenter extension.

Once you have it running, you can click on your profile icon, click on the “download” option, and find the download links for the other browsers…with instructions for installation.


The new icon that is added to your web browser.

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What opens, when you click on it.

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Browsers you can download for.

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I cant and wont tell you, that you should use this for MAP issues…I’m not sure of all the possible hazards…

…But I will say…the potential for completely unleashed free speech, is possibly in the realm of what this extension offers…

Is this the Web 3.0 technology, that a certain someone was alluding to in the past?

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No More “Age Verification” Free Video Embedding…


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Date: March 23, 2017

I’ve stopped using the embedding code, that sidesteps the YouTube age verification.

Potentially, you’ve noticed that a lot of the embedded videos from YouTube are all giving a playback error?

For years, I’ve used the embedding code that is supposed to let anyone watch a video outright, without worrying about logging into YouTube to verify their age…This was done as a courtesy to my visitors.

As always…YouTube has recently made changes to their website…and from the looks of it, they’ve disabled this method of embedding…whether intentional, or not.

This means for me, that I have already dropped the usage of it…To be honest, it was annoying having to deal with a few things about it, anyway…I’m glad to be done with it.

But, now a ton of embedded videos won’t play on this blog…Fortunately, this is why I’ve always included a direct link to the YouTube video page…So, there should be no real issue…Just click on the link…Watch it on YouTube.

All the best…

– Steve

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How To Chat Anonymously Online…


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Date: January 23, 2016

01) How To Chat Anonymously Online


“Chatting anonymously on the internet isn’t used solely for shadowy criminal hackers and government operatives. From journalists to congressmen, learning how to adjust the privacy of our digital communication is becoming an ever more important skill.

Browsing and communicating on the internet anonymously is difficult, time-consuming, and painstaking. One weak link or careless trace of metadata can expose your identity to the world. But that doesn’t mean you need a Master’s Degree in computer science to avoid the prying eyes of the NSA.

In five easy steps, Reason TV shows you the basics of “How to Chat Anonymously Online.”

I’ve not tested this out…but thought it was a useful video to share.

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Telegram…


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Date: January 21, 2016

01) Telegram

02) Telegram Download Page

03) Technology and the fight against terrorism

“FBI Director James Comey has repeatedly said that the use of social media by ISIS is unprecedented in terms of how aggressively it engages with people in the West. The “court orders” that law enforcement officials use to prevent crimes “are ineffective because devices are protected by encryption,” Comey said last week.”

Given that the FBI cant crack it…Telegram may be worth looking into, for those of us who are justifiably concerned about government [and other forms of] invasion of privacy.

To be clear…I’ve not tried this software, yet…and I private message nobody at all, on a regular basis these days…But, I like having strong, private options available.

Probably sounds strange, for someone who’s put “all” his secrets out there for the world to see…and for someone who believes, we need to come out into the open, and confront this world for what it is doing to us.

As a realist…I know that we sometimes need to have uncompromised privacy.

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