My Testimony…

In my last post, not even an hour ago, I mentioned Firefox and AdBlock. I think I must say more about these wonderful programs.

About Firefox, if you are using Windows and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer you should give Firefox a try. It’s more secure, more customizable, more stylish and let’s face it, all the cool nerds are using it.

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Next we have AdBlock which is an extension for Firefox. Extensions are little programs you can download for Firefox and it’s Mozilla stablemates (I’m also a big fan of Thunderbird) that allow you to extend your program and add whatever features you think your web browser needs. AdBlock removes ads, banners, and can stop some Internet nastiness by blocking some unscrupulous “advertising” companies. I use it on most sites, but I disable it on respectable sites I want to support, like BoingBoing, /., WordPress, and the like. Get yourself some Firefox and install AdBlock – you’ll like it.

If for some reason you can’t use Firefox and AdBlock there is another way on a windows system to stop a lot of ads, but I’ll have to save that for another time.

PS: Can’t install software at work? Same here. Get yourself a nice little USB key and go to portableapps.com. You can get a nice version of Firefox and some other really good software there that can run off your thumbdrive without requiring installation.

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Opt-Out Nirvana

Something useful I found on /. in their “Your Rights Online” section: a list of very handy opt-out pages. Though it is for the “World Privacy Forum,” the list is very US-centric. I personally went for number two and number ten. A quick note for the NAI opt-out: if you are using the page with Firefox, make sure you have the site whitelisted for AdBlock or it just won’t work properly.

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Evil Key – I Revoke Thee

Another lovely lesson learned. Do not embed a picture in your GnuPG key even if it is an option. The older keyservers may not support it. My key was rejected by the MIT Keyserver for that reason, so I revoked it and am currently making a new one.

As I typed that my new key completed generation and it has been uploaded to the keyserver. If you’re interested, here it is:

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Version: GnuPG v1.4.9 (GNU/Linux)

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