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Pioneer One

Posted by mfluch on June 23, 2010

A nice low budget series is about to begin: Pioneer One.

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Surfing without Big Brother Watching

Posted by mfluch on April 25, 2010

Do you have enough of the feeling that the state and your ISP is watching your use of the internet? Then IPredator (Wikipedia) might be a solution to you. It is an anonymizer proxy service in Sweeden run by the people who have once created the famous Pirate Bay site. As a prepaid VPN service they hardly need to store any data of you and even this little data is very strongly protected by Sweedish privacy laws (see their legal FAQ).

I have used it now for a few months and it works reliable for me. It is nice to know that I can surf the internet without the UK government and my ISP being able to monitor my moves. And this peace of mind for just around 5€ per month.

Some more information on: ArsTechnica and Tech Fragments.

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Typing Races

Posted by mfluch on February 21, 2010

Improve your typing and have fun: typrX

I have no idea how people manage to get high scores of 150 to even 200 words per minute (wpm). Sofar I get knots in my fingers at around 50 wpm.

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What you Get: Pirated vs. Bought Movie

Posted by mfluch on February 19, 2010

I found on the internet (via fefe) a nice picture which summarises nicely the difference of pirated vs. bought movies:

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Mozilla Weave 1.0

Posted by mfluch on February 6, 2010

Recently Mozilla Labs released version 1.0 of Weave Sync. From their project description:

Using this free browser add-on from Mozilla Labs, you can use secure mechanisms to access all of your personal data (including your bookmarks, saved passwords, browsing history, and open browser tabs) across all of your supported devices, making your Web experience instantly more personal and useful.  And all of your data is encrypted end-to-end to help ensure your privacy.

There is also a review on Ars Technica about this open source projectwhich is worth while reading.


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Dropbox

Posted by mfluch on January 23, 2010

I just found a great service on the internet for easily keeping a collection of files of you accessible from different computers: Dropbox. The nice thing about it is that no complicated setup is needed and that it just works. And this all on Windows, Linux, Mac OS and iPod Touch/iPhone.

Here is random tutorial about the use and benefit of Dropbox which I did find on Youtube:

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Adblock Plus in just over a Minute

Posted by mfluch on October 12, 2009

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Windows 7 Sins

Posted by mfluch on August 26, 2009

Windows 7 Sins A nice web page published by the Free Software Foundation: Windows 7 Sins. Definitely worthwhile for reading!

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TOR Browser on an USB Stick

Posted by mfluch on June 27, 2009

The TORProject is a very powerfull tool to make internet trafic anonymous using an onion routing network. Now I just spotted that the TORProject provides a selfcontained browser boundle which lets you run a TOR enabled browser (Firefox) directly from an USB stick without the need to install any software on the computer. Just plug in the USB stick on which you have copied the TORBrowser and start surfing the internet without leaving a trace.

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Avoiding the Electronic Police State No.5

Posted by mfluch on May 18, 2009

I am living in the UK which is currently ranked in this study by Cryptohippie as the 5th under the worlds electronic police states (the UK is only exceeded in this field by China, North Corea, Belarus and Russia). I am not much surprised by this ranking. But reading this ranking gave me the final push to think about doing something about it.

Just recently I thought what to do about it and got the following idea: why not to try out one of the many public VPN services which are out there? So what did I do? In my case I moved my connection to Switzerland (which is ranked on place 30 in the same report). It doesn’t cost much (5USD for a month which is about the price of a good beer and a package of chips here  in the UK) and is set up easily in less than … 5 minutes! Read the rest of this entry »

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