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Congress repealed the Internet Privacy Rules, making it so providers can sell your internet activity.

tl;dr

If you care about your internet privacy or are an avid user of public wifi networks, you should really, really use a VPN (see the list at the bottom).

One of the headlines this week was Congress approving a bill that allows internet providers (like Comcast, T-Mobile, etc.) to sell their customer’s web surfing data.

This includes any activity while connected to their networks:

  • what sites you visit
  • how often you use connected apps like Dropbox
  • how active you are if using a Fitbit
  • the movies you watch on…let’s just say Netflix
  • your ridiculous search queries in Google

…and Chrome’s…


Why I built a journaling service that you might actually use, too.

History is littered with examples of successful (and unsuccessful) people who kept daily journals. It ranges from Marcus Aurelius to Ben Franklin, and from Mark Twain to George Lucas.
- What My Morning Journal Looks Like by Tim Ferriss

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A sad diary day.

The Why

I was a near-daily user for 3 years of a journaling service called OhLife that shut down in Oct 2014. It was like Facebook’s On This Day or TimeHop, but for your extremely personal entries that you would never otherwise remember because you didn’t post them on Facebook or…


The how-to guide for transforming a story on paper to an eBook + physical copy you can buy on Amazon (with Prime shipping) in just a few steps!

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From a notebook to print: Christmas With The Cookie Crusher on Amazon

Over Christmas my 9 year old niece showed the family a 12-page story she thought of and wrote on her water-stained notebook — with graphics and all. I was impressed by the creativity at such a young age and immediately wanted to find a way to turn this into a real book for her. I thought that if she saw per book printed like all the other hundreds she reads it would fuel her creativity and encourage a little entrepreneurship. …


How to setup a Wordpress blog to work inside a subdirectory of any Ruby on Rails app

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Wordpress & Rails don’t usually play nice together, but for maximum search engine optimization you want your blog as a subdirectory — not as a subdomain. Here’s the step-by-step guide of how we were able to get our Wordpress blog as a subdirectory of our Ruby on Rails app which is hosted on Heroku.

Example:

Do it for the SEO

I would still strongly urge folks to keep all content on a single subdomain. We recently were able to test this using a subdomain on Moz itself (when moving…


An overnight success: 20k views in the first 10 days for a 4 hour project built on the Chromecast SDK.

Last month, just hours after Google released the SDK (Software Development Kit) for Chromecast, I launched VidCast — a simple app that picks up video all over the web and allows you to play them on your Chromecast. It has a bookmarklet that works on 700+ video sites such as Vimeo, TED, FunnyOrDie, and a host of others. It also works as a Chromecast URL player in that you can put in any URL of an MP4/WebM video file (or image) and cast it to your television.

Update — VIDEO LOOPING now available: VidCast Looper is the first app that…


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charity:water

Order water & save the world.

charity: water caught my eye a while ago as an organization that I felt was running their 501(c)(3) nonprofit the right way. There are a lot of different types of charities — many who also do amazing things, but what I really like about this particular one is how they provide long-term solutions as well as how the finances are handled.

charity: water makes it clear that they are not a relief organization (like, for example, Red Cross). When the earthquake hit Haiti and many people were in need of clean water, the organization directed them to their sister nonprofits…


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Productivity (and happiness) peaks with these 10 factors

In his book, “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience”, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi identifies the following ten factors as accompanying an experience of flow:

  1. Clear goals—expectations and rules are discernible and goals are attainable and align appropriately with one’s skill set and abilities. Moreover, the challenge level and skill level should both be high.
  2. Concentrating—a high degree of concentration on a limited field of attention. A person engaged in the activity will have the opportunity to focus and to delve deeply into it.
  3. A loss of the feeling of self-consciousness—the merging of action and awareness.
  4. Distorted sense of time—one’s subjective experience of…


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Cover your SaaS without spending the cash.

Hi Internets. I’m Paul. Co-founder of a startup based in Denver that recently graduated from Techstars Boulder.

Time to get down to business.

Paul Arterburn

Director of Engineering for @Unreasonable, maker of http://Dabble.Me, co-founder of @Brandfolder

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