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Tips and Rumors About Avoiding The Chinese Firewall

I’ve collected these tips and rumors about the Chinese Great Firewall. A few things to remember overall: Servers in Japan and the U.S. are most frequently blocked, Hong Kong is blocked less, and servers in Canada, Europe and Russia are almost never blocked Firewall restrictions vary from region to region in China Some restrictions vary from carrier to carrier, and …

How To Combine Multiple Usenet Providers

If you’d like more complete access to the files and articles on Usenet, I suggest using multiple Usenet providers from different Usenet backbones.

Using NZBHydra2 To Combine Multiple Usenet Indexes

NZBHydra2 is an open-source program that allows you to combine Usenet indexes. You can search all your indexes from one place and use it as an indexer source for tools like Sonarr. NZBHydra2 requires Java Runtime Environment or OpenJDK. Major features: Searches Anizb, BinSearch, NZBIndex and any newznab compatible indexers Merges all results, filters them by a number of configurable …

Some Usenet Speeds Tests

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I tested some Usenet download speeds running SAbNZBd 2.3.6 (beta) on Elementary OS. My computer is located in on the East Coast of the US. These are the maximum speeds I get with a wired 110 MB/s connection:

Take Your Media Offline (For Control and Convenience)

I suggest downloading all you media and storing it offline. You will then be less reliant WiFi and cell phone data transfers. For example can store all your media pCloud (details here). This privacy-friendly service supports playlists and media playback in general. You can mark media for offline use, and play them back without an internet connection. You can also …

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How To Use A Disposable Email Address (For Signing Up To New Services)

These days, many companies ask for your email address. Often you end up with spam in your inbox, or, worse still your email is sold to various other mailing lists. It makes sense to use a disposable email address, at least until you trust a company enough to give them your real address. I recommend these free disposable mail services: …

Streisand Makes Installing Your Own VPN Easier

One of the easiest way to install your own VPN is to use a piece of free software called Streisand. It is a remarkable open-source project that allows you to set-up and deploy your own VPN server with the minimum possible fuss.

How To Install Free Ad-Blocking Using AdGuard DNS

AdGuard DNS is a free Domain Name System service provided the AdGuard company. You can use this DNS service to block advertising and trackers. It works like this: when a website sends a request to an ad network, the DNS sends back a “null” response. For example, when a web page looks up the domain name “ads.facebook.com” the DNS will …

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How To Run a VPN & Ad-Blocker On a Router

Why Run A VPN On Your Router? Using a VPN at the router level makes a lot of sense. It is a convenient way to make all your network connections private and encrypted. Every device that connects to your network will be able to access the VPN — there is no need to install a VPN application on each device. …