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    "You are not a human being having a spiritual experience, but a spiritual being having a human experience."

    Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
    1881-1955

    Here my little rant and praise place, where the daily experiences of my programming work are expressed. I publish them with the idea that others might find it useful and benefit from it.

    Tag <Big Brother>

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    2009/03/12
    Google - The Almighty Tracker & Advertising Blocking
    last edited 2009/03/24 07:10 (*)

    I use gmail.com as main email backend, access it via IMAP and let all my domains forward email there were I filter it into several folders (tagged). When I use the search engine google.com, I'm tracked, every search I do is stored and tied to my identity as a browser-cookie is set on my computer revealing me to Google mail and its search engine . . . today I made the decision not to use the gmail.com web-frontend anymore, and put google.com and google.ch into the browser cookie blacklist, so no cookie from google.com|.ch is stored anymore. I access my email with Thunderbird (on FreeBSD, Linux and MacOSX) and IMAP protocoll.

    I also run AdBlock Plus for Firefox 3.0 (which I currently use, but otherwise prefere Opera because of the smaller memory footprint), so there most of the ads aren't shown and therefore no cookie neither tracking my IP is possible.



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