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Why to Stop Using Chrome/Safari/Edge, and What I Recommend Instead

Click Here to jump straight to my recommendation. There鈥檚 a decent chance you鈥檙e reading this post on one of three web browsers: if you鈥檙e an Apple user, you鈥檙e probably on Safari; if you鈥檙e on your Windows PC, you might be using Edge; but, most likely, you鈥檙e on Chrome. If that鈥檚 true, I think you should switch to something else. Here鈥檚 a few reasons why: 1. Monopolistic Practices Make the World and the Internet a Worse Place You might like the game Monopoly, but it鈥檚 worth noting that monopolies in the real world aren鈥檛 great....

October 25, 2022 路 4 min 路 Josh
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5-Second Trick for a More Modern LibreOffice

It鈥檚 no secret that I鈥檓 a fan of Free/Libre Open Source Software. With rare exception, all the software I run on my computer is Open Source (Brave, Bitwarden, to name a couple highly valuable and accessible favorites). Similarly, when I help friends and loved ones setup a new digital device, I always try to encourage them towards the free/libre and open source version of a given product, instead of the closed source versions they are normally used to....

September 20, 2022 路 2 min 路 Josh
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How to Message Someone on WhatsApp Without Saving Them as a Contact

I鈥檓 not a big fan of WhatsApp. While it does indeed work well as a messaging app, it also feeds into Facebook/Meta鈥檚 technological hegemony, isn鈥檛 open source, tracks who you message and what you do on your phone, and does some other creepy stuff that I鈥檓 not a fan of. But, WhatsApp is also currently the most popular messaging platform in the world, 1 and a majority of people I contact regularly are only reachable through there....

June 13, 2022 路 3 min 路 Josh
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Towards A Peaceful YouTube Experience: The "Improve YouTube!" Browser Plugin, and How I Use It

Lately, every time someone shows me a YouTube video on their computer or phone, I find myself freaking out just a little. The ads, the list of recommended videos, the endless comments鈥 there鈥檚 just so much going on on the screen, and I find myself easily distracted and maybe a bit overwhelmed. In contrast, if you watch a YouTube video on my laptop, you鈥檒l find it to be a much different experience....

April 10, 2022 路 5 min 路 Josh
4 Tools/Tips Everyone needs for a Healthier and Safer Internet

4 Tools/Tips for a Healthier and Safer Internet

Lately I feel like I鈥檝e come to a place with internet and tech usage that I鈥檓 really liking, where I鈥檝e been able to derive great value from what the internet has to offer, while being better at protecting myself from some of its more poisonous elements. Here are a few tools/tips that I鈥檝e found helpful for coming to that place, which I think anyone who uses the internet could benefit from:...

March 10, 2022 路 6 min 路 Josh
Why You Need a Password Manager

You Need a Password Manager

TL;DR: You need a password manager to use the internet safely and efficiently today. I use and recommend Bitwarden. In 2020 there were nearly 8 Billion online accounts compromised by hackers.1 Statistically speaking, at least one of your accounts was probably in that list. Several of mine were. When a hacker compromises an online account, many times the email addresses and passwords of those accounts are among the compromised content. Because many people re-use the same email address and password in many places, when a hacker gets a hold of a user鈥檚 username and password, it is super easy for them to take that username and password and start trying that combination on other online accounts鈥 Like your email, your work accounts, your bank, or other valuable or sensitive accounts....

February 22, 2022 路 6 min 路 Josh
 A Comprehensive Guide to Successfully Breaking Up with Social Media

A Comprehensive Guide to Successfully Breaking Up with Social Media

Update 鈥 September 2022: Technology apparently changes FAST. Many specific tips and techniques in this guide have become out dated since I first wrote it in 2020. 陌f there is something here you鈥檝e tried that鈥檚 not working, message me about what you鈥檙e wanting to do, and I鈥檒l be glad to help鈥 And maybe I鈥檒l update that section of the guide at the same time. 馃槄 鈥淭he sugar high of convenience is fleeting and the sting of missing out dulls rapidly, but the meaningful glow that comes from taking charge of what claims your time and attention is something that persists.鈥 ~ Cal Newport In my last post I highlighted a few reasons (among many, many more) that I鈥檝e decided it鈥檚 time to say 鈥淏aby, bye bye bye鈥 to Facebook and my other social media accounts. (If you haven鈥檛 read it, I highly recommend reading it before reading this one. Last post gave the why for what I鈥檓 doing. This post goes really deep into the details on the what and the how). ...

July 25, 2020 路 48 min 路 Josh