Link Dumps

Link Dump #30

Report Phone Spam – How to properly report phone spam.

HackerDigest – For those of addicted to Hacker News, this is a fresh alternative to consume the content without the drama.

American civil religion – Like all religions this one sounds terrible.

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

Robert A. Heinlein

Talking Hamster Plush Toy – I want this, ut I don’t want to burn $34.

fadblock – Block YouTube ads by paying for a browser extension that might or might not continue working rather than paying for YouTube Premium directly. I do the latter.

Kagi Search – A premium search engine. I use DuckDuckGo.

DarkHotels – Hotels for stargazers and lovers… of the dark.

Spot the Station – An ISS locator app by NASA to help you delight and annoy your family.

WP Engine

WP Engine Speed Tool

WP Engine is known for speed. As one of the top managed WordPress hosting companies worldwide, improving the speed of your website could be as simple as changing your WordPress hosting provider to WP Engine.

WP Engine offers a speed tool, which requires you enter personal information including your website address and email. The report is stored and emailed allowing you to share with colleagues. The report contains valuable information about speed, security, possible improvements, and its ‘chacheability’.

Other than WP Engine’s official speed tool, there are numerous other speed tools that will give you a clearer picture on what improvements are required to improve your website load time.

Almost all website speed testing tools are based on Google PageSpeed Insights aka Lighthouse.

However sometimes having a different UI, or a combination of tools better suits your fancy.

I highly recommend and use frequently GTmetrix.

There’s also Pingdom and WebPageTest

Hosting by WPEngine
Link Dumps

Link Dump #29

Invisible Computers – I fear by the time I build one of these wall calendars I’ll be too old to have a busy schedule.

Ian’s Shoelace Site – A website about actual shoelaces.

Electricity Maps – An interactive map to track how electricity usage effects carbon pollution levels.

Atlas of Surveillance – A database of police surveillance technology both the good (bodycams) and the possibly bad (drones).

FreeTube – Open-source desktop YouTube player for the discerning privacy connoisseur.

Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music – For the nerds! The only drawback is that it stops in 2019. Check out the fax for a good chuckle (Q: What’s a whore?) – Virtual credit cards to protect your real credit cards. I don’t know why I don’t use this.

Bring a Trailer – Vintage and classic cars for sale where you literally need to bring a trailer. An old guy paradise.

Open Humans – Donate your genetic data before it gets stolen and sold on the dark web.

Pi – Your personal AI. I’m officially fatigued on these “AI” chatbots. None of them remember you or have any long-term memory which makes them both limited in use and completely indistinguishable from eachother.

Link Dumps

Link Dump #28

It’s been a while, so happy 2024 and all of that. – Detect changes in webpages, useful for all sorts of activities. – Browse websites by font.

AI Emojis – Open source emoji generator.

Jupitor and its army of moons – very cool visualization of how orbits and movement in space really works.

GenPatcher – This has something to do with Command & Conquer Generals but I don’t remember.

Tall Sandwiches – You hungry?

Loving Vincent – A film about Vinvent Van Gogh.

C&C Generals Evolution – Yes I love C&C. This is some kind of mod.

LimeWire – I don’t remember LimeWire being “great” but it certainly was the #1 platform for digital “sharing” – now it’s… something else.

CNCNet – Another way to play classic Commant & Conquer.

AI Command & Conquer
This is NOT Command & Conquer but rather an AI depiction generated with DALL·E 3
Link Dumps

Link Dump #27

Flair Espresso Maker – I’m not willing to go through this much effort and cost for the perfect espresso, but I still think it’s cool.

AYANEO – Yet another handheld gaming device. I need to stop. – The ideal viewport doesn’t exist. I repeat, the ideal viewport doesn’t exist.

Flint: Another BYOK (Bring Your Own Key) AI “butler” service. A little costly (when combining both fees) but I like the idea of AI “long term” memory.

Beeper – All your chats in one app. I love the name, but don’t have enough “chats” to justify combining them.

DeleteMe – Pay a company to continuously delete your personal information from the web. I might do this when I retire.

named – Predict where you’re probably from (in the UK) based on your last name.

AI Human Generator – Full body human AI image creation service.

Silatus – Another one of these “truth only” or “we don’t hallucinate” AI chat / research services.

Fairphone 5 – My phone crush, yet one I’ll probably never consummate.

Youtube2Webpage – A Perl (yes Perl) script to turn a YouTube into a web page with thumbnails and transcription. Yes it’s, weird but might be profoundly helpful to someone.