How To Protect Your Privacy Online: 3 Easy Steps

Online privacy is a complicated topic. Even as an experienced programmer and self-proclaimed privacy nerd, protecting your online data is a brutal war to fight. While I believe that unless you go live in the woods without Internet connectivity, it is impossible to protect 100% of your digital life, we can take some steps to limit what personal information companies can collect and track. What follows is a short starter guide I compiled drawing from years of learning about privacy and tinkering with different apps and services....

Read-it-later Apps

As a reader and consumer of digital information, one problem I've often had has been about storage and retrieval of links I want to read. I'm not one to keep hundreds of open tabs in my browser so I've experimented with lots of "read-it-later" apps. This year alone, I've cycled through just using my browser's builtin Bookmarks manager to Pocket, Instapaper, and now, WorldBrain's Memex. At their core these apps do almost the same: they provide a browser extension so that you can easily save a link for later, a search box so you can filter through all your links, and they have highlighting features so you can extract the relevant parts of what you read....

My Favorite Apps of 2019

Here is the list of apps that I tried throughout this year and have become part of my routine and toolbox! Gyroscope I first posted about this app back in August. It was recommended to me by my friend Marcos during a discussion about health trackers. In the beginning, I really liked the design and the philosophy of building a “passport” of places I visited, but the app was very buggy....

My Personal Filesystem

Earlier this year I read one of the best articles I’ve ever read on personal filesystems and organization. For one who has struggled over the years to keep a well organized digital archive that is easily searchable and can work on pretty much any computer, this article written by Stephen Wolfram was a godsend. Inspired by it, I took some of Wolfram’s tricks and started experimenting with different hierarchies and tools until I got to something that suited my needs....

Making Money On The Internet

Last week we talked about "Small Tech". There is an alternative to pursuing growth at all costs. So much so that there are people and companies staying small on purpose. The canonical example of this is Basecamp, a tech company that has not taken outside investment for the past 15+ years, doesn't give its employees stocks and builds great products at their own pace. But there are many other examples, and not only in tech....