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The Eternal Scrape

The Eternal Scrape

Scraping protip: Make an exception for the base URL followed by a http.

Things like this won't happen then.

The New Firefox Megabar Again

The Address Bar

So a while back Mozilla introduced this to their browser, and with their most recent release (77) they removed the option to remove this option.

What do? Apparently you can override visual settings by creating your own CSS stylesheet for your browser. The simplified steps:

  1. Download this rules file.
  2. Open up about:support in your browser to find your profile folder, and click the button to go there.
  3. If no folder named chrome exists here: create it, and move the file downloaded above here, renaming it to simply userChrome.css.
  4. If you have a chrome folder already, and a userChrome.css file inside it, simply copy the content from userChrome-ZeroEnlargement.css into the bottom of this file instead.
  5. Finally open up about:config and search for userprof. If this is false, set it to true. If it doesn't exist you can ignore this step.

That's it! The fix should work again.

If you need a bit more in-depth instructions you'll find those via the link above. You can open CSS files with Notepad to preserve the formatting.

That's all.

Lumify

Lumify

Check it out.

One thing though: This word was not invented by a machine learning algorithm. I supplied it. I've now reached out to the mastermind behind said project in the hope that the latter bit of text can be changed to 'invented by an anonymous benefactor, then defined and used by a machine learning algorithm' or similar. For words with human origin.

Also seems I wasn't the first to think of this particular word, giving it a Google. Oh well. It's a cool thing. Potential inspiration source via AI.

Machine Learning Captcha

Machine Learning Captcha

A little fun but a whole lot of scary. That's the future...

Source here.

The Windows 10 Hidden Network Sniffer

Microsoft has apparently had this thing included since 2018, and nobody knew... personally the idea of a network sniffer being included without any official mention makes me somewhat suspicious.

Potential reason #34687 not to upgrade after all.

A TERRIBLE Review For KayHosting

It's been a while since I posted about hosting here.

Last time I did it was to leave a BAD review for Hosting Cove, a company I signed up for a reseller with, and when after two years of having it only as a backup decided to use it... I couldn't. I contacted support. They never got back to me. Later they closed down.

I'm no longer a customer there since they no longer exist... or do they? Not sure. Not looking.

I signed up for a new backup reseller a while back though, this time at just about twice the price, plotting to finally get serious with my side-hustle hosting endeavors, and unfortunately I chose badly. The company I signed up with was KayHosting, which have now been down since December last year. They offered a pretty good plan...

Master Reseller Specials - Master Reseller, 600GB
First Payment Amount: $39.00 USD

I actually didn't notice they were down until I was supposed to receive an invoice to renew my plan this year, but it never came, and when I check the site it's no longer there. Fortunately I only paid for one year, at a lifetime rebate price of course, but that's still one year at twice the price I had on the previous, which I had for half the time.

Seems history keeps repeating itself.

Apparently though this particular host isn't just one that up and disappeared for unknown reasons, but probably an intentional scam.

Along with the above ArkaHosting, Bigfoot Servers, DCNHost, HostBRZ, HostedSimply, Hosting73, KudoHosting, LQHosting, MegaZoneHosting, MyHostingSrv, n3Servers, ServerStrong, SnowVPS, SolvedByData, SparkVPS, StrongHosting, SuperbVPS, SupremeVPS, TCNHosting, UpbeatHosting, UMaxHosting, VPSFortune, WelcomeHosting and X4Servers disappeared in the same swoop. All had the same analytics code.

It seems they were all part of the same thing, yet I didn't even get a notice. Some more info here.

I should probably choose my hosts a bit more carefully. Props at least to WHB for sticking around all this time, my first and foremost. Time to keep an eye out for some alternative sweet deals again; hopefully on hosts that'll stick around too...

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