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Surfing the Uncensorable Web

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Getting it on with ZeroNet to enjoy a Web without information gatekeepers.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you already know the guy behind WikiLeaks, who was living at an Ecuadorian embassy in London, was recently arrested and now facing extradition to the United States – the country I’m originally from – and the country which forces tax payers to fund the second-largest stockpile of nuclear weaponry ever created.

But perhaps you didn’t know that WikiLeaks was at one point hosted by Amazon. Yep, right up until political pressure caused them to take it down. Afterall, nothing says freedom like a fear of misbehavior in a country with the highest incarceration rate in the entire world. I suppose Julian Assange’s situation could be worse… Maybe, had he also been practicing Falun Gong in China. But I digress. And there’s no telling what’s going to happen.

Burying Firefox's White Tab of Death

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How to change the Firefox New Tab page for suitable display in low-light.

I don’t know about you but I really like dark interfaces. Dark interfaces use less battery on AMOLED screens, reduce eye strain at night, and help protect you from shoulder surfers and nosy bar flies. Plus they just look good.

Which is why I was a bit miffed after installing ghacks-user.js to lock-down security in Firefox Quantum. I finished setup right before bed, opened the browser and – WHAM – my entire room illuminated with New Tab page:

Blocking MinerBlock

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How to cloak your Webminer from the MinerBlock browser extension.

MinerBlock is a browser extension which alters the content of a webpage in an attempt to prevent a handful of crypto miners from running.

To function MinerBlock must be installed and left running in the browser while a user surfs and it must be trusted even though extensions can get you hacked.

Lovarindo Rentals

Jekyll website, Ruby plug-in development, admin dashboard, version control.

User friendly website and administrative portal for small rentals and tour company. Origin of the Jekyll Money gem. Allows staff to add and edit products, services, prices and promotions from an intuitive online dashboard.

How to create a Hotcast

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Learn how to stream HD video to your TV over your smartphone’s LTE network using Chromecast.

When I got a Chromecast a couple of years ago I was a little miffed when I discovered I couldn’t cast video to it using my phone’s hotspot. So today we’re going to learn how to create a Hotcast. What is a Hotcast? It’s Chromecast running over your smartphone’s LTE network. And it’s easier than you might think.

Follow along to learn how to stream HD video to your TV over your smartphone’s LTE network using Chromecast.

Running Ice Cream Sandwich on the HTC HD2

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The HD2 proves yet again to have been a great purchase. Just as soon as Android evolved to version 4.0 with ICS so too did ICS AOSP Hit the HD2. Continue reading to learn how to direct-boot Ice Cream Sandwich using Nandroid on the HTC HD2.

Direct Boot Gingerbread on the HD2

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Since the release of a direct-boot utility for the HD2 there has been a flurry of activity on the XDA forums to get Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) working on the HTC HD2 smartphone. I recently switched from dual-booting Android and WinMo to a Gingerbread direct boot method and am pleased with the improvement in boot speed and battery life. But as with the dual-boot method, there are still a few hiccups here and there. Read on to learn how to replace WinMo with a Nandroid version of Android Gingerbread on the HTC HD2.

Making Free VOIP Calls on Android Froyo

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During two recent trips to Central and South America I needed a way to call back to the States without spending a lot of money. After a little research I found a competitive rate: free. Using an Android-powered smartphone it’s possible to make and receive calls free of charge from any Wi-Fi hotspot worldwide. In this post I’ll explain how to do this for US-based mobile devices.

Using an Android-powered smartphone it’s possible to make and receive calls free of charge from any Wi-Fi hotspot worldwide.

Running Android on the HTC HD2

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After spending a few weeks on the HD2 Android Development forums at XDA I learned how to coerce my T-Mobile HTC HD2 into dual-booting Android and WinMo. As of today I’ve got Android Froyo running with few issues and reasonable battery life. In this post I’ll explain how how you can dual-boot Android and WinMo on your HD2 as well.