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Life w/o ads & trackers - my experiment - part 2

The first article in the series can be found here. I've covered there how I started my journey (of getting rid of privacy-violating behavioral trackers & personalized ads) and what I've changed when it comes to news consumption & searching for information on the Internet. We'll continue from there. "Core" online services...

Life w/o ads & trackers - my experiment - part 1

I believe that the economic model behind the Internet (in its current collective form) is broken. It has evolved from a proto-model where the information was free, so commercialization was inevitable. However, instead of a frictionless compensation model where the end-users pay a fair monetary price for the service/information,...

On metaverse, but w/o bullshit & hype

Last week's Apple's announcement of a fancy AR goggle set (Apple Vision Pro) has spurred yet another wave of ridiculous comments online: "Is this a future of metaverse?", "'Spatial computing' eats the metaverse!", "Who is more 'meta': Meta or Apple?" Add that to the previous hype on the topic & it...

The Great Leveling

Pandemic has sped up some phenomena, changing the world forever. One of them is the global equalization of the digital society. Your location and nearest vicinity do not play such an essential role in your life anymore - more and more interactions have moved nearly exclusively into the digital space....

Advertising, the destroyer of worlds

One of the things I'm usually very proud of is how I collect, catalog, and process information in my personal knowledge system. Ironically, somehow I've managed to completely miss the source (& author) of a fascinating statement I've come by recently: > "Advertising destroys everything it touches. Twists, defiles, cripples, and leaves...

The anatomy of outrage

There are two kinds of reactions dominant in today's public space (e.g., Internet): * shallow, sycophantic, thoughtless pat (/like/upvote) - aimed primarily to increase the outreach (and invite adequate reciprocity) * fiery, sarcastic outrage - intended to depict someone's inferiority while letting one vent out ... Both are pretty interesting (from...

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