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Ad Blockers and the Future of Ad Supported Blogging

AdBlock Google Chrome Extension

With the recent support for Ad Blockers in iOS 9, many have been discussing the ethics of blocking advertisements on the mobile platform (and elsewhere). Up until the end of September, ad blockers were the #1 applications on Apple’s app store. The discussion about these has continued after Marco Arment pulled his ad blocking application named Peace. I wanted to offer my perspective on this.

Using trupax to Automate the Creation of TrueCrypt/VeraCrypt Containers

Truepax command line on Windows

I’ve recently found a great tool for archiving files. I think you’ll want to check out truepax. This open source tool is cross-platform (made in java unfortunately), and it features
the ability to create TrueCrypt and Veracrypt containers on the fly. Even better, trupax doesn’t require the installation of those tools to work. truepax might might your file archiving process faster and more secure than ever before.

Contest: Win 1 of 5 Weight Scale + Measuring Tape

Weight Scale and Measuring Tape

I try to give away truly useful stuff; but from a technology perspective. This time around, I turn my attention to travellers. If you fly a lot, you know how difficult it can be to comply with baggage rules and size limitations. Different airlines have different rules and even local airports can handle bag sizes and dimensions in ways you might not expect. For this contest, I’m going to give away a small travel pack that includes a portable luggage scale and a measuring tape.

Piracy of the Future: Hiding in Plain Sight

The focus on piracy has always been intense for tools that have offered intellectual property (IP) for free. Over the years, services and software such as Napster (music), Megaupload (cyberlockers), and uTorrent (Bittorrent) have become focal points for the intense battle to remove pirated content from the greater Internet. But, perhaps unexpectedly, new and novel legitimate services are being created that can also be used to display pirated content. The future of piracy may be a trojan horse in every legitimately used service.

Basics: The Ideal Cord-Cutter Setup

Cutting the Cable TV Cord

The marketplace for entertainment is a changing fast. A large number of people are moving away from cable television, and looking for lower cost alternatives. They want the flexibility of seeing TV shows and movies on their terms, but also want a better selection than the cable television providers offer. This article is for you, cord-cutter. Here is what I consider the ideal path to killing that ongoing cable TV package.

Review: Intel Compute Stick

Intel Compute Stick

For cord-cutters (or those leaving cable tv behind), I usually recommend one solution. You need to have a full desktop or laptop computer running Windows, OS X, or Linux attached to your television via an HDMI port. Other options just don’t provide the kind of flexibility that’s required in such a changing landscape. It seems like Intel was listening to me and created a small computer for this purpose. Can this device replace the “Computer attached to Television” scenario I recommend?

10 Things to Know About the Nissan Leaf [My FAQ]

Nissan Leaf Battery View

The great thing about owning something new and cool is that people talk to me about it. A lot. They’re curious about how I’m enjoying it, they want to know things they can’t seem to find elsewhere. Is there a lack information out there? I think that’s true to a certain extent. Let’s face it, Dears want to sell cars. That’s where I can step in and answer some of these common questions (and hopefully help you understand if the car is right for you). I’ve abridged this list of questions and answers from a recent email conversation with a prospective buyer.

Basics: Developing Your First Windows Program (with Lazarus)

Lazarus Logo

For this guide, I wanted to show you the steps involved in creating your first Windows program. For many, learning to create an application seems out of reach. When I’m trying to understand something, it can be good just to start and explore. This guide will show you the basics of building a Window program; from downloading the free development tools, to coding a basic application, to testing it. There are many tools, languages, and environments from which to develop, but if you just wanted to get started with something simple – this is a good place to start.

The 8 Biggest Announcements at Apple’s WWDC 2015

Apple's WWDC 2015 logo

In a very Canadian affair, Apple took to the stage at it’s developers conference to announce what’s new in its software platforms. Along the way, Canadian artists Drake, Weeknd, and even Poutine would make an appearance at the announcements. Along the way, the event would start with some real funny and end with music. Here are the 8 most important things about WDDC 2015 (to me, anyway).