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Google > Chrome >
Software > Web browsers >

(on Wikipedia)
https://github.com/brave/
https://www.brave.com/

Brave is a web browser that uses components from Chrome to build a more security-conscious browser which also has an alternate advertising mechanism with revenue sharing.

Like Chrome, it's missing fundamental things.



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TODO - I'll add notes when I get around to re-re-watching this.

TODO - Is this out in blu-ray?

Max Headroom (1987-1988) poster

Entertainment > Television >

(on Wikipedia)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092402/

Particularly notable for its subtle and overt corporate jamming, Max Headroom was unique and wildly popular in its day but, for reasons unknown to me and not yet researched, had its life cut short.

I think I give my high personal rating because of its strong influences on my perceptions of the world. Perhaps it would not hold up today, but I'll note that on my eventual re-watch.



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adzapper image

http://www.zaplet.org/adzapper/

A software application that can block ads from being displayed on your web browser.

(on Wikipedia)
http://sourceforge.net/projects/ijbswa/
http://www.privoxy.org/

Privoxy is a non-caching web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for enhancing privacy, modifying web page data and HTTP headers, controlling access, and removing ads and other obnoxious Internet junk.

I experimented with cliget during my replacing web browser components project. I was interested in replacing Greasemonkey and Stylish, Adblock (now I use Adblock Latitude), Change Referer Button, etc. While I did get it working, I didn't stick with it.

They Live (1988) poster

Entertainment > Movies >

(on Wikipedia)

A down-and-out traveller discovers a pair of sunglasses which let him see through the illusions aliens have been using to control mankind.

With overtones of the manipulation of the everyman, I would easily put this movie in the same class as Nineteen Eighty-Four. However, the otherwise weighty impact is cushioned by comedy, great characters and a great story. Though old, this movie stands the test of time. Easily considered satirical-horror, there's much more to it.

Mandatory viewing.



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Polipo + adzapper

While Replacing Firefox, I wanted to look into a solution for abstracting out advertisement blocking.

I failed.

  • Polipo makes downloading from file-hosting sites hang up regularly, starting at 15MB. May be a mis-configuration.
  • I have Firefox set up to let me type single words into the location bar to trigger its search feature. Polipo breaks this, trying to go to http://keyword Multiple keywords work, so this is rather strange.

See also Ad-blocking with Polipo

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I bumped into an interesting old article. Since it's nowhere else on the web I thought I'd share it.

This was written in 1997. Linking and images added by me, because I think its original author would find it funny.

(archive.org cache)

THE PLACE TO BE

Product placement is big business, benefiting both movie studios (who get their props for free) and corporate marketers (who gain valuable exposure for their products). Done right, it can be amazingly cost-effective. Leveraged properly, it can drive sales. But the entertainment business can also be unpredictable and occasionally unkind.