TIL: if you use “share my location with this site” in Firefox, your location is shared with that site and Google: https://www.google.com/privacy/lsf.html
The year is 2019 and I can’t buy a good majority of consumer technology because we lack privacy legislation and consumer protections. Example: it’s absurd that my TV came with spyware that can’t be turned off or avoided; I had to stop it from phoning home at the network level. It also came with an arbitration clause and a clause waiving the right to a class action lawsuit.
This looks promising/exciting:
Nice! Whole house is now going through VPN but it lets netflix bypass so I can keep streaming. Had to drop load balancing since each VPN server has a different CA/TLS, and OpenVPN doesn’t seem to support that 😓
Next step: VPN into the network from all mobile devices so they get pi-hole *and* VPN. That’s a project for another day though.
My original raspberry pi was powering my pi-hole, everything _appeared_ okay from the pi side. Load average was negligible, pretty no memory usage, etc. (except when I would load the webui but I never really do that). Noticed today DNS was taking 100s of ms to resolve, thought that was weird. Did a little digging, CPU bursts were so infrequent and short lived that they didn't impact load avg much, but were the bottleneck! Upgraded to Model B+ and it is so much faster (10s of ms or less)!
Wrote a script for automatically generating NordVPN OpenVPN configurations w/ failover and bypass for domains:
I just migrated my pi-hole from cloudflared to dnscrypt-proxy, huge difference!
Starting the slow process of using the strangler pattern to take back my email. Every email I receive that doesn’t go to a unique catchall I’m updating.
Today's project in taking back control of my shit: an encrypted catch-all email inbox. I now can provide a unique email address to every company/project/service/etc. I interact with!
Getting pi-hole setup really made me appreciate just how much data there is in DNS, and how easily that could be abused. In the last 24 hours, my house has made 33K DNS queries (9K blocked). Looking through the logs, I can not only identify the services I frequent, but also many of the _devices that I own_.
Strongly recommend setting up DNS over HTTPS w/ pi-hole: https://github.com/retrohacker/knowledge/blob/master/pi/pihole_dns_over_https.md
Fighting back against the entropy of the universe by building highly structured systems that power the hive mind of humanity.
Fosstodon is a Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.