Surfing around the web while connected through a VPN server in Germany is pretty amazing today. Some sites are literally just not accessible to anyone in the EU (like the LA Times). Others have the most impressively invasive cookie warnings.
This is fun. Go to https://uk.yahoo.com then click “Manage Options”. Then Manage again on the next page. Then click show. I think Yahoo has enabled every user tracking system known to mankind.
That feeling when you finally get to blast the Facebook Pixel out of Tag Manager once and for all. Joins Twitter, Quora and a few other nasty tracker tags in the garbage pile of ad networks we no longer use.
How you can continue to use Android, Google Assistant and any other Google services after reading this and watching the video (naturally a YouTube embed) is beyond me. Google can’t be trusted.
Wondering what happens to Whois privacy services in a post-GDPR world? tl;dr It’s complicated. Not to worry, though. At Hover, we’re continuing to offer Whois privacy for free (as before).
Another photo from earlier today at Rouge Park. Amazing that this is within the City of Toronto.
I love Castro and it was my podcast player of choice for a good long time until Overcast came along with chapter support. But now that Castro 3 is out with chapter support of its own, it’s a no brainer to head back. Their triage system works really well for me. Happy to commit to a year of Plus too.
Trilliums everywhere on our Victoria Day hike in Rouge Park.
Nice week of running for the whole family. Ginny and I were out yesterday for the usual Sunday group run. I also got out once with Mac last week, and now today a 5km with Lindsey. I love that we’re all runners now.
Back out for a Sunday run this weekend along the Waterfront Trail in Toronto. As beautiful as Vancouver is, we have a super nice waterfront as well that gets better each year.
I gave deactivating my Facebook account a try about 4 weeks ago and haven’t logged in since. I miss my run crew news (until I convince them a Facebook Group is a bad choice), but other than that, it’s been fine. Started the deletion process tonight. 14 days and it’ll be gone forever.
We don’t often get visitors to the Hover office, so it was nice to have Moises Chiullan from esn.fm stop by to say hi this morning.
And then a school group of 20+ kids rolled in for Frappuccinos. It’s not so quiet anymore.
New day, different Starbucks. This time the one around the corner from the office. Less distractions here than in the open plan at work.
Twitter was already dead to me. Now it’s dead and buried. Third-party apps might as well pack it in. @TwitterDev
Work from home update. I have retired to the upstairs deck. A bit of a chill in the air thanks to the nearby lake but a light jacket does the trick.
Starbucks should add table service to mobile ordering in the app. I had to literally get up and walk over to the counter to pick up another coffee. Ridiculous! /s
Office views this morning.
I would love, love, love a self-hosted run and/or cycle tracking app. Something like Garmin Connect or Strava, but without the data mining. I could see run crews using it in a federated way to bring in some social aspects as well. Anyone interested in making this happen?
Took a bit of a break after the marathon and waited to run again until I wanted to go out. Tonight was the night and it was a lovely run.