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Chromium: An Open-Source Chrome Browser

Chromium is an open-source version of the Chrome Browser by Google. While I recommend Firefox as the most reliable browser for privacy enthusiasts, Chromium is probably a reasonable alternative for everyday web browsing. Chromium does have the advantage of being a speedier than Firefox in certain areas. Here is a comparison chart and a technical …

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How To Make Your Searches Private, Ad-Free And Uncluttered

Google search has become pretty awful — you get huge block of ads on top, and ads to the right. You have Google services being promoted before other more relevant results. Perhaps most disappointing is the privacy issue — all those keywords you type are archived at Google, and at the NSA, and who knows …

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Calibre: A Free eBook Converter and Manager

Calibre is a free and open-source ebook manager. It is a great tool for converting ebooks into other formats and sending ebooks to devices like Kindles, Nooks, and iPads. It allows you to bypass the time-consuming methods of ebook transfers that Amazon and Apple support. For example, if I download a book in the open …

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Bandcamp — Find New Music, Support Artists Directly

Bandcamp is a cool music store that allows you to find new music, and preview entire albums for free. Unlike many music stores, the money you spend goes directly to the artists (via Paypal). Bandcamp itself takes only a 15% fee. It’s what iTune shouls have been. You can download any album in lossless formats …

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How To Share Files Privately Using BitTorrent and Usenet

In this article, I’ll summarize how to share files privately, without being spied upon. I’ll cover two file sharing networks — Bittorrent and the Usenet. The Usenet tends to have faster downloads, until you get a good download/upload ratio on Bittorrent (if you don’t know what the Usenet is, please see this article). Using BitTorrent …

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