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If your New Year's Resolution is to de-Google-ify your life a bit, here are some alternatives I use:

Browser: Firefox
Search engine: DuckDuckGo
Email: ProtonMail
Maps: OpenStreetMap
Chat: Telegram
News: Feedly

markosaric.com/surveillance-ca

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How to fight back against Google AMP as a web user and a web developer markosaric.com/google-amp/

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Updated my "how to use WordPress" guide for WordPress 5.3. Includes intro to the Gutenberg editor, Twenty Twenty default theme and my minimal and distraction-free writing setup. Take a look markosaric.com/install-wordpre

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Fewer than 3% of Firefox users have enabled the Enhanced Tracking Protection.

Most people don't change defaults but it's such a quick switch for a big speed boost, a much less intrusive and much less distracting web. Here's how markosaric.com/firefox/

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My switch from macOS to Linux

Why did I switch, what I like about @gnome and a guide on how you can try Linux too

markosaric.com/linux/

Couple of outreach emails today with the coronavirus angle 🤷‍♂️

"If you answer my email, I’ll know you are safe. :)"

"The quarantine life helped me learn more about myself and gave me enough time to increase digital wisdom"

One of the few notifications that I love seeing: "Your site has updated to WordPress 5.4"

The new editor looks very clean and so fast! Thanks to the team of 552 generous volunteer contributors! 👏

"14% faster loading of the editor, 51% faster time-to-type!"

Are you using Google Analytics on your website?

Consider replacing it with a simpler, privacy-friendly solution. I helped work on the new version of the Plausible Insights app:

No cookies,
No personal data collected,
Open-source,
Lightweight.

Take a look 👇

plausible.io/

Nice new website speed test tool by Wordfence.

You get a performance overview but it also measures speed from 13 cities around the world so you see a list of location-specific issues too.

My site seems to be loading slowest in India.

fastorslow.com

People are realizing that their new "work from home" venture capitalist tools are not privacy friendly.

In my remote work guide, I've included ethical alternatives to Slack, Zoom etc. These are Matrix, Riot, Jitsi, Taiga, Basecamp.

I've used Jitsi Meet and Matrix/Riot extensively for video calls over the last few weeks and they are great alternatives 👇

markosaric.com/remote-work/

Banning behavioral profiling and tracking makes complete sense.

For those who say it's impossible to grow a business without disrespecting the privacy of people you'd like to reach, here are some ideas on how to do ethical marketing markosaric.com/ethical-marketi

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Why Don’t We Just Ban Targeted Advertising?

From protecting privacy to saving the free press, it may be the single best way to fix the internet.

wired.com/story/why-dont-we-ju

Bored at home because of the coronavirus?

Perhaps it's a good time to get creative, start your own personal site, publish content about things you enjoy and share your knowledge with the world.

Here's how 👇 markosaric.com/how-start-blog/

"Year Without Pants" is one of only two books I put on the recommendations list in my "how to work from home" guide. It's a great book and now free on Kindle so do check it out! markosaric.com/remote-work/

Direct Amazon link for those who use it: amazon.com/dp/B00DVJXI4M

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"Microsoft Teams goes down for two hours as Europe logs on to work remotely"

For those who have a say in tools they use and want an alternative, give about.riot.im/ a chance. Free, open-source, encrypted and supports chat, file sharing, video/voice calls...

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A virus outbreak is not an ideal way to start your remote working experience so here’s my advice on what you can do to make it better and perhaps even stick to it after the normal service resumes markosaric.com/remote-work/

Turns out this was overhyped. Verily, an Alphabet project, is involved in a small trial site. Will be hosted at Project Baseline which is already good at sharing data with Google services.

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1,700 Google engineers working on a coronavirus site. Lot of work to integrate Analytics for retargeting, DoubleClick advertising, Maps for directions, YouTube for instructions, fonts to make it readable, reCAPTCHA to make sure you're not a robot and AMP to speed it up.

"For the foreseeable future, we’ll be refunding the purchase price of our book “REMOTE: Office Not Required”."

Great gesture by Basecamp! Their book is an amazing intro to remote work and one of only two books I put on the resources list of my "how to thrive working from home" guide markosaric.com/remote-work/

Details about the refund are at twitter.com/jasonfried/status/

Are you working from home due to the Coronavirus outbreak?

Here's how to thrive working from home and enjoy your remote work experience markosaric.com/remote-work/

Firefox 74 is out! What I like the most is that I now have easy access to my containers with a click on the new tab icon. No extensions needed.

Still not using Firefox? Give it a chance for a faster, calmer and distraction-free web markosaric.com/firefox/

Just noticed a spike in traffic to my Linux guide. Google has started sending visitors that search for things such as "switch from Mac to Linux". I'm hoping that it will "convert" some of them. Now if I could just rank above that Medium post too!

markosaric.com/linux/

Just upgraded to the latest 3.36 so a good opportunity for a . Everything works great and I like the way it is continuously being improved. Thanks to everyone working on making Linux better!

Someone just sent me an AMP link with a story about the coronavirus 🤷‍♂️. Google AMP is like a virus taking over the web!

How to fight back against Google AMP markosaric.com/google-amp/

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