Everything’s bigger in Texas

I was spending an evening window shopping for a future BSD hosting provider when I came across ARP Networks and its list of VPS plans. What caught my attention was not the technical specifications, but rather the naming scheme that I found to be simply astounding.

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Njalla adds DNSSEC support

Your favorite privacy-aware domain registration service now supports DNSSEC with the click of a button. I’m not exactly sure when this got added, but DNSSEC is now available for selected TLDs.

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Email service providers should kill off the bitcoin extortion scam

Like everyone else with an email address, I’ve been receiving these bitcoin extortion messages for months. I’ve also observed with ever greater dissatisfaction as scammers raked in tens of bitcoins within a week. What especially annoys me is not so much that people are falling for this scam, but that email service providers are simply looking the other way.

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Abandoning the Gutenberg ship

Even though I really enjoy the new Gutenberg experience from a content creator’s point of view, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not the right editor for me. My dear Gutenberg, it’s not you, it’s me.

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I transferred my domain to Njalla

Almost a year has passed since I bought a new domain name using the privacy-aware domain registration service from Njalla. Based on my experience with the service, I felt confident enough to go ahead and transfer my primary domain from Namecheap to Njalla.

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Dictionary attacks against IMAP servers are great again

After the GhostProject started offering access to 1.4 billion credentials in the form of usernames with clear text passwords, I’ve seen an expected increase in attacks against customers e-mail accounts.

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A quick site update

Back in August I removed a few services associated with this blog along with some other changes. Here’s a brief summary (TL;DR: nothing important or interesting).

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Bad Humble Bundle

I try to keep my complaining off this blog for the most part, but occasionally somethings gotta give. After getting a promotional email from Humble Bundle, I decided to purchase the Cybersecurity 2.0 book bundle. Excited to simply be able to add a few more DRM free e-books to my collection, I headed straight for humblebundle.com.

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Asus – Protecting your privacy is our highest priority

Like everyone else I’ve been bombarded with these privacy policy updates lately, and for the most part, I like what I see. However, an email from [redacted]@edm.asus.com explaining how Asus will guard my personal information made me feel less than confident in their ability to do so.

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There are still privacy concerns with GNOME Software

I recently read a thread on reddit titled “A Privacy & Security Concern Regarding GNOME Software” that addressed a few issues regarding the fwupd daemon. The developer eventually responded and was able to justify and debunk most of the claims made against his software. However, that prompted me to have a closer look at the traffic originating from GNOME Software.

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