Reduce the bandwidth cost of your WordPress RSS feeds using Feed Deltas.
Feed delta updates strip away feed entries that the subscriber has already download and only transmits the update delta consisting of new entries.
Brave Software has only attracted 120 publishers to join their Rewards program that gets rid of all ads.
Why and when do you need to run the ‘firewall-cmd --reload’ command after making changes to your FirewallD configuration?
How come every Bluetooth device is so different? Do you shake it? unplug batteries? hold a button for two–ten seconds? This needs to change.
Plenty of third-party firewalls and similar programs can break Windows 10’s Data usage counting. Here is how to make it count your data again.
The D3 Connected is the only robotic vacuum cleaner I’ve had that damaged itself the first week and that sees “ghost furniture”.
Be wary when entering DNS TXT records in Linode DNS Manager.
Learn five tricks and best practices to reduce bandwidth for feed readers and publishers alike.
Adobe’s Update service persists on your PC after uninstalling Acrobat Reader. Here is how to remove it.
Slight Future gets a new name and moves to a shorter .blog domain name.
Set up source IP-specific or network-interface-bound firewall zones in FirewallD.
Learn how to log in to and take control of Windows 10’s new SSH Server.
Tips on how to tweak Fedora to reduce the bandwidth it needs to keep the system stay up-to-date.
Stop Windows 10 from opening links in Microsoft Edge and make Windows respect the system-wide default web browser setting instead.
My contribution to the FSFE’s 2017
How to forward logs to systemd journald from legacy programs that insist on writing to their own log files.
Experimental browser extension from Mozilla and the Internet Archive helps you find archived copies of dead links as you browse with Firefox.
Google Recommended Content can recommend visitors more things to read on your website.
Google AdSense gives publishers new control over what to do with low-value ads without meaningfully impacting revenue.
How to exclude pages from and control what pages appear in AdSense Matched content units.
Learn how to work-around Windows 10 limitations to add iCal and webcal calendars to the Windows Calendar app through Outlook.com.
New Windows Calendar feature is just standard webcal subscriptions but interestingly you can’t add your own webcals.
Set up syncing with your CalDAV and CardDAV accounts with the built-in Windows 10 Calendar and Contacts apps.
Windows 10 supports syncing email, contacts, and calendars with all major providers. However, Microsoft chooses to close it down to a handful of providers.
Microsoft finally gives in and gives customers more choice regarding when to reboot their devices to apply software updates.
New features and services in SSH brute-force protection utility SSHGuard version 2.0.
Protect your Fedora/CentOS Linux-system against SSH brute-force credential-guessing with SSHGuard and FirewallD.
Simplenote is a great note-taking service, but the apps and service have some serious issues with syncing.
The OneDrive app comes pre-installed in Windows 10. Sometimes it can be useful to reinstall it to fix issues.
My review of Textpattern. It has all the traits of a good CMS and WordPress alternative but never quite made the cut.
Configure Firefox to check for extension updates more often than once per day.
Fluxfonts — the open-source anti-font-fingerprinting program — is now available for Windows 10.
A comparison review of six GeoDNS service providers. GeoDNS can help reduce latency by directing your website traffic to the nearest datacenter.
Create a URL transition-plan and create redirects for old URLs. Take a few minutes to avoid losing traffic when you move domain names or reorganize your URLs.
Add DNS CAA records for your domains to block unauthorized certificate authorities (CAs) from issuing certificates for your domain names.
Windows Store app lets you earn some Bitcoin pocket-change to be part of crypto-currency future.
The “en” language for English doesn’t mean World English but English (unspecified region). There’s another language code that does mean World English, however.
How to forward the front-end proxy server’s hostname to your origin server with Apache mod_proxy.
Social networks are some of the web’s largest consumers of RDFa metadata. Yet, their document parsers really suck at handling it.
Get rid of the Cortana digital assistance and reinstate traditional Windows Search in your Windows 10 Start menu.
An ABI change in glibc caused games built on the Unity engine to freeze with a black screen. Here’s how to get your games running again.
Don’t blindly “cut off ports” after the first colon to “convert” a socket address (<IP>:<PORT>) to an IP address.
A deep look at the ASUSWRT router firmware.
I’ve removed all existing comments and removed the comment section on my blog. Comments were seldom on-topic and had little value.
How to add URL parameters to track click-throughs from your WordPress RSS feeds in Google Analytics.
How do you know how long devices will receive software updates? Clearly labeled expiration dates on packaging may be the answer.
Tutorial walking you through the process of updating an RPM source package to the latest upstream software release.
Is Ookla Speed Test or Microsoft Network Speed Test the best for speed testing app for your Windows 10 device?
A look at Microsoft’s next-generation Resilient File System (ReFS) in Windows 10: what works, and what doesn’t.
The new HTTP Save-Data request header can help websites determine the bandwidth constraints of their visitors.
A “security feature” on my network router began blocking all downloads through Steam.
Stop using your old iOS devices when they no longer receive security updates. There are over 50 known security issues with iOS 9.3.5 to date!
Set up unattended auto-updates on Fedora Server or Workstation using dnf-automattic.
Fedora can be configured to take care of its own updates automatically. However, should I trust it to apply updates unattended on Fedora servers and workstations?
Google just relaunched its internet-wide Google Contributor subscription service as a way for managing “ad removal passes” on behalf of individual websites.
Many bug tracking software leak information about your organization’s security problems through HTTP referrer headers.
Optimize your Fedora installation to run on the Raspberry Pi.
I’m not a Zelda fan. All the hype got me to play Breath of the Wild anyway with way too high expectations.
I discovered a security vulnerability (CVE-2017-9604) in KMail while trying to delay sending of a PGP-encrypted private email.
I really don’t want my Roomba to talk to itself and shout “Press CLEAN to restart!” in the middle of the night but here we are.
So is the Linux firewall distribution IPFire well suited as a home network router?
Don’t trust your system packages to PackageKit. Stick with the — comparably — tried and tested DNF package manager instead.
Cockpit Linux management system adds support for installing system software updates directly from the web administration interface.
Amazon Affiliate Program introduces OneLink: a tool to redirect customers to their nearest regional website.
Windows Search still doesn’t understand partial matches, favors Microsoft products, and struggles with finding newly installed programs.
Wi-Fi-enabled Roomba vacuums can become unreachable over Wi-Fi. Here is how to get it connected back on to your Wi-Fi network.
An intermediary HTTP proxy-cache can interfere with how different devices detect whether they’ve got working internet access or not.
Let’s Encrypt has made it really easy to obtain TLS certificates. Here is how to block the service from issuing certificates for your domains.
Update to the latest version of EdgeDeflector for compatibility with Windows 10 build 16241 onwards.
An amazingly simple app lets you experience the joy of having a reversible USB Type-C cable.
Firefox Focus browser, built on WebKit, for Android has been downloaded 1 million times in a month. Whatever happen to Mozilla’s commitment to GeckoView?
Report Windows SmartScreen false-positives to Microsoft when the security suite gets your software wrong.
SSLPing can keep an eye on the health of your TLS certificates and email you before they expire.
The Windows Settings app will refuse to download additional language packs if you’ve locked a language in the legacy Control Panel.
The SpiderOak ONE backup service is better than their client software. Good security and privacy protections but tough to use.
I let my SpiderOak ONE trial expire and customer service didn’t quite know what to do when I wanted to continue with the service.
Improve your privacy by reducing how long Firefox retains cookies. Who needs to store them for decades? Firefox can cap it at a custom interval.
There’s finally some good news with regards to restoring VNC remote desktop capabilities in GNOME on Wayland.
The Sense sleep monitoring system from Hello Inc. was discontinued and its cloud services put to sleep.
Protect your interests when sourcing royalty-free or Creative Commons stock photographs by maintaining a record of where you got them and under which terms they can be used.
A review of the Delock USB-C volt-/ammeter used to measure the power going through a USB Type-C connector.
I’d registered my Ctrl.blog domain with Get.blog. That service no longer exists and my domain was transferred to WordPress.com without notice.
Free-Software Foundation European launches campaign to ensure tax-payer money goes to publicly owned and open-source software rather than proprietary vendors.
Set up faster HTTP redirects by using HTTP/2 server push to send the new location in the same response informing the client about the redirect.
Learn how to use the Cache-Control plugin for WordPress to improve your website’s cacheability and performance.
How upgrading the USB 3.1 PCIe controller on my mainboard let my devices quick-charge over USB 3.1 from my PC.
Ads had promised me that Hover.com was a great domain registrar. Trusting them to handle my domains turned out to be a big mistake.
Hosts erode trust when reading advertiser messages on their shows. Programmatic ads may be the only way to maintain trust.
Learn how to set up HTTP Save-Data request-hint aware HTTP/2 server push.
Firefox has a built-in content blocker but you’ll need external tools to make it work.
Windows 10 to add support for open-source multimedia codecs and container formats.
Verify that your CDN or caching proxy supports RFC 5861 asynchronous cache revalidation.
Host-read ads can damage trust. Podcasts should either use different people to read their ads or embrace programmatically inserted ads.
Review which content delivery networks support RFC 5861’s Stale-While-Revalidate and Stale-If-Error caching directives.
Compare three budget content delivery networks to find which one gets you the most bang for your bucks.
Flattr lets people micro-tip creators and websites automatically as they browse the web from a single monthly subscription.
New features and services in SSH brute-force protection utility SSHGuard version 2.1.
Protect your WordPress install against brute-force password guessing with SSHGuard.
Windows 10 can show a background networking auto-configuration protocol as your device’s number one bandwidth hog.
The new cost-free service sends you email notifications before your HTTPS certificates expire.
The latest Firefox update presents tons of distractions every time you open up a new browser tab.
Firefox for Android supports WebExtensions. However, debugging them can be a little tricky.
The TP-Link RE650 and RE500 are rated for different network speeds, but they’re really the same device.
Whether you get updated drivers for your TP-Link product or not depends on what country you’re checking from.
I made a mistake in transferring my domain names to Hover. Transferring them out again would prove difficult.
A design flaw in TP-Link Wi-Fi repeater firmware causes it to waste an excessive amount of bandwidth on NTP timekeeping. DDoS’ed public NTP servers in the process.
Twitter-to-email-newsletter service Topical exposes its users’ subscriptions and interests through poor security practices.
Amazon’s coveted Affiliate Program due to launch in Australia.
Compare the transaction fees of creator-tipping services Flattr and Brave Rewards. Which one takes the smallest cut of your subscription fee?
The Lenovo Companion app is supposed to keep your device’s drivers and firmware up-to-date. However, it won’t update your Lenovo PC’s TPM firmware.
Free Windows extension from Microsoft adds support for more open-source multimedia codecs.
The iRobot Home app sends too many app notifications, and they’re not the notifications I’d want to receive from my vacuum cleaner.
Take some precautions, have a backup plan, and you can leave your Windows partition encrypted and keep your system using secure boot alongside a Linux distribution.
Bots and older clients sometimes request /page#fragment over HTTP without stripping away the URL
I simply don’t get the characters and symbols I use every day with the default Windows keyboard layout.
Bitcoin vanity addresses can contain branding or secret messages. Here is how you make one.
TP-Link has issued firmware updates fixing its data-squandering NTP bug after my investigation. Devices won’t auto-update, however.
Ctrl blog lost IPv6 support after migrating to BunnyCDN. I lost IPv6 at home when migrating to Lynet Internett. I look back on other IPv6 issues in 2017.
What’s the meaning behind the mysterious <å> element as seen here on Ctrl blog?