Best Page Universe — Gather children and we will reveal what things were like when the World Wide Web dawned by providing this link to The Best Page in The Universe.
It hasn’t been updated since 1998 but the links still work.
Yes, that really is how most web pages looked and the incisive commentary on BPitU was really quite common.
Incisive commentary is sarcasm, son.
Maybe someday we will tell you about Usenet.
Best Page Universe
Dave Aho Iconic Computer Geek? — We have been informed that the computer geek of legend whose image has been flying around the World Wide Web since its birth is Dave Aho of New Hampshire.
Here is the article that we ran in April.
Here is the iconic photo:
Here is Dave’s photo from his Facebook page.
We cannot, obviously, make a definitive determination but at least there is a name to start with.
Dave Aho Iconic Computer Geek?
Brave Web Browser Now Default — We have been experimenting with the Brave web browser for the last two months and have just made it our default replacing Firefox.
Brave is free and open sourced and is based on the Chromium engine.
It is the project of Brendan Eich who, in 2014, was chased by the self-proclaimed defenders of tolerance from the Mozilla Foundation that he co-founded. Eich had contributed $1,000 to California Proposition 8 that held only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California. That made him a bad man in the eyes of holier-than-thou progressives.
Prop 8 easily won but was deemed unconstitutional by activist judges.
Among the Mozilla products is Firefox.
Anyway, Brave is much faster than Firefox and doesn’t seem to slow to the point where a restart of the program is required as has been our experience with the Fox. It also appears more respectful of privacy than Google Chrome.
You can find out more about here and here.
You can download it here.
Brave Web Browser Now Default
Wikileaks Project Veritas New Journalism — Journalism is giving you facts that you don’t know but should.
The traditional media has long lost its independence and has long-stopped practicing journalism. If there is a fact that you should know but the corporate overlords prefer that you don’t, then you will not learn of it from TV or a daily newspaper.
The internet is about the last place left for the trade to be practiced.
Wikileaks revelations that the Clinton campaign is in the pocket of the money people and is collaborating with tame media has rocked the campaign. Hillary’s damning emails are on the Wikileaks’ website here for the world to see. No gatekeeper is needed.
Project Veritas’ investigation into election manipulation by felons with strong connections to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton has forced the removal of two shady characters — Scott Foval and Robert Creamer — from the Clinton campaign.
PV’s stories regarding this very real assault on democracy can be found here and here. Before the media became corrupted they would have won Pulitzer Prizes.
You would never have learned of these very relevant-to-your-lives matters from the old media.
Wikileaks Project Veritas New Journalism
Dilbert Shadow Banned Due To Trump Support — Scott Adams, who pens the comic strip Dilbert, is not what one considers a typical right winger. However, he has come out for Donald Trump as many of us have because his opponent is a thief and liar, and because The Donald is not intimidated by political correctness and addresses obvious and consequential realities.
This exercise of Adam’s political rights has led to repercussions. He his been subject to pointless personal attacks by the self-proclaimed “tolerant and enlightened” but that goes with the territory of expressing an opinion.
More disgraceful and troubling is his “shadow banning” by Twitter. Shadow banning is banning a user from a web forum in such a way that he is unaware of the ban. It is a particularly sneaky and despicable form of censorship.
Adams learned of his banning when his many followers informed him they were not seeing his tweets. The ban has apparently been lifted after protests. That someone in authority at the failing company thought he could get away with it, however, shows why the company is failing.
Censoring political speech is never justice — social or otherwise.
Dilbert Shadow Banned Due To Trump Support
Daddy N Sky Show — YouTube sensation Mommy and Gracie Show features a mom and her daughter giving consumer reviews. A popular segment is “What The Thrift”.
What would happen if a dad did a similar thing with his daughter?
Let’s find out:
Daddy N Sky Show
Google Filter Bubble — Google creates a profile built on one’s browsing history — including places like Facebook and Youtube — to direct one’s searches using its product.
This is why people searching for the same word often end up with different first pages when using Google.
Google makes assumptions on what one might be looking for hence one might never find what one wants.
DuckDuckGo, its Paoli-based competitor that does not use tracking, explains it here.
By the way, did you see where Facebook is making news stories disappear that don’t match their political preference?
Google Filter Bubble
Mountain View Monster Email Escape — Google has obvious issues for those concerned about privacy. Paoli-based DuckDuckGo is an alternative for browsing the web but what about for those who depend on an email service like Gmail?
And want it free.
In a Quora discussion, the most promising suggestions appear to be Hushmail.com and Zoho.com/mail.
Unlike with DuckDuckGo, which we use constantly, we can’t vouch for them from experience. We strongly suspect they are better than something associated with Google, however, and are certainly a starting point for those wishing to wean themselves from the clutches of the Mountain View Monster.
Hat tip Bob Small of Delco Debates.
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Iconic Computer Geek Mystery — This picture has been flying around the internet almost from the time the World Wide Web came into existence.
The computer appears to be an IBM XT, which was produced from 1983 to 1987. The printer is dot matrix, the brand of which we can’t identify. The boxes contain 3M 5.25-inch floppy disks and there is a phone jack screwed to the wall presumably for a line for a dial-up modem.
What makes the photo iconic, though, is the guy behind the keyboard. The cigarette, the hairstyle, the glasses, taste in clothes and overweight slouch screamed that here is someone who spent all his days and nights acquiring arcane skills and dealing with the problems to keep the machines working.
And drinking a lot of carbonated, caffeinated sugar water.
Many uncharitably assume the cheap paneling is in a basement rec room. We always figured it was in a small business maybe because we worked at one once about that time with that decor.
In 2011, a photo was placed on Reddit claiming to be the same guy 20 years later and much cleaned up before the same paneling. It was republished on tech sites world wide.
No name was supplied though. He deserves one. He’s part of history.
Here is the alleged before and after shot.
If you know his name let us know.
Update: We have been told that the icon’s name is Dave Aho and the second guy is not him. Obviously, we cannot provide a definitive judgement but here is Dave’s photo from Facebook.
Iconic Computer Geek Mystery
Ad Blocking Praise — Auto-play video and pop up advertisements have made some websites unusable hence the increasing popularity of ad blocking software.
This stuff has long been available for desktop systems but Apple late last summer made it practical for mobile and did the pigs squeal.
To no avail though.
With a little less greed, though, there would not be a problem.
The point of advertising is to expose one’s product to potential customers. If a website is a bad experience and chases away viewers, exposure is not going to happen no matter how often an ad pops up or how loud the video auto-plays.
And really, isn’t it a tad unethical to sneak trackers onto the computers of potential customers without their full informed consent?
We use Firefox as our browser with the free plug-ins Ghostery and No Script. We see comments on sites cursing the pop ups and the slow loading and wonder what the fuss is. We check the site in another browser without the blockers and learn.
Now, commerce isn’t bad and advertising goes back to the days of the Pennsylvania Gazette.
And websites need support. If a website were to restrict advertisements, however, to .jpgs with a clickable link or even just written classifieds as per Ben Franklin’s paper, products and services would get the necessary publicity, readers would not be chased away and the websites would get the funding they need.
And of course there is nothing wrong with asking for the occasional donation either:
But making people miserable by trying to squeeze every cent one can from them is a pretty lousy way to go through life.
Ad Blocking Praise — Ad Blocking: It’s A Good Thing