User interface preview of Predator Alert Tool for Twitter: it’s like “fuck you” but with more JavaScript

As some of you may already be aware, I’ve been working on the next Predator Alert Tool project. This time, it’s for Twitter. Predator Alert Tool for Twitter is the first fully decentralized (unhosted), yet still peer-to-peer capable Predator Alert Tool. Like the other PATs, it will be 100% free to use forever and the …

So, you work for The Borg, do you? An anecdote of adiophora in Silicon Valley.

At a recent party in Silicon Valley, I met a dude who worked for Palantir and was baking a pie. He said he loved his job. And he loved baking pies. “Oh, you have it all wrong,” he told me in between glances at the oven. “We don’t make surveillance equipment. We just make the …

“Bring Your Own Content” Web publishing virtual appliance posted to LifeHacker

Thanks to Alan Henry, who signal-boosted my “Bring Your Own Content” Web publishing virtual appliance project on LifeHacker: We’ve discussed some of the best blogging platforms and web hosts, but if you want to really control your data, why not roll your own server at home, and then use it as a dashboard to manage …

Political think tank migrates off Tumblr to WordPress using Tumblr Crosspostr

[T]hanks to the fabulous Tumblr Crosspostr plugin developed by Meitar Moscovitz, we’re still publishing In Brief to Tumblr, so as not to leave any of our Tumblr followers behind! In Brief on Tumblr is now basically just a mirror that will automatically update whenever we publish a new item with WordPress. This migration was in …

Bring Your Own Content: Virtual Self-Hosting Web Publishing

Dear LifeHacker readers, you may be under the impression this tool is designed for hosting your own content, rather than providing a way to easily piggyback on the robust Web hosting services provided for free from outlets such as Tumblr.com and WordPress.com. Please read this clarifying comment for a more appropriate contextualization about the intended …

“Now we are all persons of interest.”

Persons Of Interest is a flagrantly fourth-wall-violating experimental live-action role play (LARP) set in a dystopian tomorrow’s totalizing surveillance state. Wanna play? Imagine a limitless, free, cyberpunk-styled, “Dungeons & Dragons”-ish storytelling- and puzzle-based, AR-MMORPG (“Augmented Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game”), where the game board is the Internet itself. Sound fun? :) See also: …

Introducing CloudFog. Part cloud. Part fog. All security.

I’d like to talk to you for a moment about my new data security venture: CloudFog. Part cloud. Part fog. All security. […] We take a novel, horizontal approach to vertical socket encryption. The result can only be described as diagonal. Stephen Colbert keynoting this year’s controversial RSA Security Conference: Watch highlights from Colbert’s speech, …

Advertisements ARE malware

[A] lot of what lets the NSA spy on this stuff in bulk, rather than kind of picking their targets and going for them […] is things like the advert tracking cookies or bad security from the Internet firms or that kind of stuff. So, yes, by all means, we—we are, in America, having a …

How to use Tumblr as a web host for a blog you FULLY control, without paying anything

If you’re not a computer nerd, buying web hosting can feel like buying a house. Or, worse, like buying a car. Or, even worse than that, a new computer.

It doesn’t have to be painful. In fact, most people who want a simple blog or website don’t even need to buy web hosting in the first place. And, this is the kicker, if you do end up buying web hosting, sooner or later you’ll realize that you’ve invested your whole identity, or your business, or whatever’s important to you, in a place that you don’t actually have any control over, and can’t easily leave. Backups will become important, but they’re gonna be a massive headache. You may find yourself hitting resource quotas, or your credit card will be charged for hidden and contract “renewal” fees or some such bullshit like that, none of which you were told about when you signed up. And, worst of all, you could find yourself digitally gagged, censored, or even outright banned just because someone else on the same “shared server” you were assigned was behaving badly.

Fuck. That. Shit. And, more to the point, why on God’s green Earth would you pay to be subjected to such bullshit?

With just a little bit of patience, enough computer know-how to understand how to click a few download links and move files from one folder to another, and a willingness to read this post, you can avoid every single one of those frustrating web host experiences, all while ending up with seamless, automatic backups of your entire blog, the ability to legally dodge shitty censorship and corporate contracts alike, and the ability to easily participate in the ever-expanding social media frenzy without spending hours managing all your different accounts manually. And did I mention it’s free?

Read the full post, it’s worth it.

Play “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker” on Mac OS X 10.6 using Dolphin with heat distortion fix

Download Dolphin 3.5 with WindWaker bugfix for Mac OS X 10.6 Intel If you’re running Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard but wanted to play The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, you probably ran into this very annoying “heat distortion” bug: This issue actually crops up in two ways throughout Wind Waker. The more …