If your New Year's Resolution is to de-Google-ify your life a bit, here are some alternatives I use:
Search engine: DuckDuckGo
How to fight back against Google AMP as a web user and a web developer https://markosaric.com/google-amp/
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 https://markosaric.com/install-wordpress/
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 https://markosaric.com/firefox/
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 personal data collected,
Take a look 👇
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.
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 👇
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.
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 👇 https://markosaric.com/how-start-blog/
“You can run a G7 country from home”
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 https://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.
"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 https://markosaric.com/remote-work/
Details about the refund are at https://twitter.com/jasonfried/status/1237773562322259970
Are you working from home due to the Coronavirus outbreak?
Here's how to thrive working from home and enjoy your remote work experience https://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 https://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!
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 https://markosaric.com/google-amp/
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