11 Mar 2018 @ 4:39 PM 

Just a sort of sidebar note thing- I’ve been running this blog/website since around 2009. A few times, I tried to “monetize” it with advertisements. However, I found they were either annoying, or they were simply not worthwhile. I even fiddled with ad blocker detectors and had a little banner for it. However, For a few years now, I’ve removed all advertisements and things like google analytics from the site wherever I could find it.

I have no plans to change this approach. This blog is my megaphone for presenting information to the world, not a funnel that I can use to make money. And with all the concerns surrounding advertisements and their potential for tracking as well as infection of the system, and websites complaining when you use an ad blocker, I’ve decided that simply not having any advertisements at all is one way to set my blog apart.

One interesting aspect is that a lot of things don’t really declare that they will include tracking. including things like the Facebook “Like” button can often be enough for user tracking on your entire website by Facebook, which means that even if I’m not tracking users outside the site (I’m neither interested nor equipped!), other entities could be tracking traffic to my website and using it for traffic shaping or targeted advertisements towards my website visitors, and yet finding and eliminating all of those sources is not entirely obvious.

For added security as well as to meet some upcoming browser changes in the most popular browsers, I switched the websites default protocol to HTTPS a while ago.

I may not be posting as frequently as I used to but I want my posts and information to be provided in the interest of sharing and not through some implicit moral contract that visitors will support me by allowing advertisements and/or tracking.

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Last Edit: 11 Mar 2018 @ 04:39 PM

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 02 May 2015 @ 7:58 PM 

A small hiccup- www.bc-programming currently goes nowhere, for what reason, I do not know; and my site was forcibly added to cloudflare, which broke the site entirely with some DNS resolution garbage from cloudflare. I don’t want to use cloudflare. I don’t want to be forced to use cloudflare. I just want to have a website that works reliably. Is that too much to ask?

I added the www CNAME record to the DNS information, so hopefully www.bc-programming.com becomes accessible again. It is advantageous that more often then not I reference bc-programming.com directly.

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Last Edit: 02 May 2015 @ 07:58 PM

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 04 Mar 2015 @ 1:28 AM 

I’m quite sick of the Main landing page of the site. It is a custom written CMS but I wrote it a few years ago, it’s crusty and the design is starting to feel a bit old. I’ve often been told that it feels “retro”; why, I am unsure, but at any rate it seems that I should try to dump it.

Ideally, I would have it all managed by WordPress, and can basically switch the entire site over to just wordpress, so I can focus on blog content, rather than having to fiddle-fart with downloads with my custom CMS who’s upload tool doesn’t work properly.

My first thought was to use pages- Downloads, for example, would be a button along the bottom, with each page being a separate download. This isn’t entirely unreasonable, but I also rather like my “auto update” feature in my software which checks for updates when run, and WordPress is perhaps not the best Download management tool.

So for the moment I’ve instead adapted the “news” page; the main landing page will redirect to the Blog, viewing posts in the “Site News” category, instead of the old news posts which were really just a single HTML file that I edited. The aim is to have people going to bc-programming.com end up viewing the blog design, rather than the main landing page design, as much as possible.

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Last Edit: 04 Mar 2015 @ 01:31 AM

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