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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/

When promoting your startup, don't pretend that a popular competitor doesn't exist. People know. Be upfront and honest. Use their existence to your advantage.

What makes you different? Why is your product better? Why should someone consider your solution rather than theirs?

Here are 43 of the best platforms where you can start your personal site or blog in 2020 and help create a more diverse and independent web 👇

markosaric.com/best-blog-sites

"The Evil List: Which tech companies are really doing the most harm? Here are the 30 most dangerous, ranked by the people who know

1⃣ Amazon
2⃣ Facebook
3⃣ Google
..."

The irony is that this would probably be "The Good List" for the average person.

slate.com/technology/2020/01/e

“The slow (and then quick) death of CollegeHumor, Funny or Die, and other comedy sites was not an accident. It was the result of Facebook’s deliberate effort to kill the indie video industry, in part by massively falsifying viewer data.”

washingtonpost.com/nation/2020

New study: The advertising industry is systematically breaking the law

Every time we use apps, hundreds of shadowy entities are receiving personal data about our interests, habits, and behaviour.

forbrukerradet.no/side/new-stu

WordPress will enable lazy loading of images by default in the 5.4 release which is on March 31st 2020.

This is a great move to a faster, greener and eco-friendly web as WordPress hosts 35.5% of all sites.

Things you can do to speed up your site now 👇
markosaric.com/speed-up-wordpr

Google plans to block third-party cookies in Chrome within two years. "By default, a website will not be able to ID you or track you across multiple visits".

This is big news but gives a long time for all the tracking companies to perfect other methods.

cnet.com/news/google-chromes-p

Google has introduced a new search results look with the new "bolded ads" label.

The "bolded ad" is so clearly different from the organic results that Google will never get higher ad click-through rate with this new design 🙄

They'll continue putting profits ahead of people until more start using alternatives such as Qwant, Ecosia and DuckDuckGo.

"Cookie pop-ups are designed to be confusing and make you 'agree' to be tracked. This add-on automatically answers consent pop-ups for you, so you can't be manipulated. Set your preferences once, and let the technology do the rest!"

addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firef

"Following in Mozilla's footsteps, Google announced today plans to hide notification popup prompts inside Chrome starting next month"

I love how Google follows Firefox with these "better web experience" features but only if they don't impact their business model.

Firefox 72 is out today with great updates:

1⃣ Blocks fingerprinting tracking by default
2⃣ Hides annoying notification requests by default
3⃣ Introduces picture-in-picture video

If you haven't switched yet, here's what you're missing out on markosaric.com/firefox/

Speaking of getting rid of Google, I love this move by Basecamp:

"We’re dropping the last third-party tracking pixel. When you visit our page, you only have to trust that we won’t abuse that data – not a laundry list of third parties"

m.signalvnoise.com/the-last-tr

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

I wonder if it makes sense to add something like "move out of the cloud" to my list of environmental goals.

Downloading a song and listening to it 100 times should be better than streaming each time?
Not sure about movies as I just watch them one time?

markosaric.com/eco-conscious/

How streaming and other data demands take a toll on the environment

World's data centres alone will devour up to 651 terawatt-hours of electricity in 2020. That's nearly as much electricity as Canada's entire energy sector produces.

cbc.ca/news/technology/data-ce

Good to see Firefox Preview doing so well in the "least energy-consuming browsers" list greenspector.com/en/articles/2

If you'd like to explore Firefox Preview, take a look at my guide markosaric.com/firefox-mobile/

It’s that time of the year again! This time my primary goals are less focused on my own immediate needs. They’re about the environment and the open web instead.

Here are my 20 personal goals for 2020 markosaric.com/eco-conscious/

"Sydney's New Year's fireworks to go ahead"

Smart choice considering the air quality, the high temperatures, the fire danger at "very high" and 85 wildfires (almost half of them not contained) nearby. Not to mention the impact on the environment and the animals.

"Samsung TVs May Upload Screenshots for Automatic Content Recognition"

This was shared on Hacker News so I had to go disable this "feature" on the "Smart TV" my family has. Turned off "Viewing Information Services" and "Interest Based Advertising". It was on by default!?

"Do something nice for your family this holiday season: go through their phone settings and turn on all the privacy features."

This is exactly what I've been doing last few days 😃

Switch the default browser to Firefox and change the default search engine too.

Firefox will protect them from all the third-party, cross-site tracking. It's faster too.

markosaric.com/firefox-mobile/

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