Matthew's Tech Posting

Technology. Something that affects all of our lives’ but is also something that many people mis-understand. The media (including the BBC) makes this ignorance of technology worse, as instead of educating people on the underlining details of the tech people use, they publish over-exaggerated falsehoods. Most of the surrounding the internet being “toxic“ without looking at themselves in the mirror.

The content in The Technology Zone looks at tech and the internet from the perceptive of someone who has experienced the real internet rather than just Normie-net. Basically, articles in this section mainly focus on more niche topics, from random drama to articles about privacy.

Avoid using OVH, Hetzner or Scaleway for your Tor relay

Why popular does not always mean better.

You as someone who may look at starting their own Tor relay will have noticed that some web hosts provide high bandwidth VPSs for very little money. Seeing this, you are thinking to yourself "fantastic, these offers will allow me to afford to provide more bandwidth to the Tor network". This article will go over why you should not choose these hosting providers for your Tor relay and will provide tips on how to find alternative ones;
How to Play .opus Audiobooks on Android

How to Play .opus Audiobooks on Android

People who listen to a lot of audiobooks will know just how much of a pain it can be to store a large number of them onto portable devices when even 64Kbits MP3 audiobook can be well over 1GB in size. More recently, however, newer and more efficient audio codecs have been released. The best known of these has been Opus which is an open-source codec that can provide high quality encodes of audio at far lower bitrates compared to MP3.
Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Static Websites

Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Static Websites

As the internet has evolved, the technology that powers the websites we visit has changed. In the early days, the low processing power that the average web server had meant that people had to write every webpage as a static document. Trends and an increase in web server processing power would lead to webmasters choosing easier to manage CMS engines, such as WordPress as a platform for their websites. The problems that came with using complex CMS engines on websites that did not require them would eventually become apparent and would lead to many of those webmasters choosing to migrate back to having a static website.

EaseUS: Special Offer with Fake Countdown Timer

EaseUS is a software company that develops a range of software, mainly focused on backups and data recovery. Even though the Trustpilot reviews for the company are positive, there are plenty of complaints on pissedconsumer.com The EaseUS Fake Sale Timer Your browser does not support the video tag. It is very common for software vendors to offer discounts to people who are using free software. This is to convince freeloaders to buy the premium version of the software.
Trustpilot. A Tech Support Scammers Best Friend 

Trustpilot. A Tech Support Scammers Best Friend 

Trustpilot is one of the best-known review websites on the internet, With their star rating often being seen on business websites. Businesses have a lot of reasons to like Trustpilot more than other competing review websites. Some of the tools that Trustpilot gives businesses to remove reviews are easily abusable. This is why you will often see the Trustpilot score listed on tech support scam websites.
Pale Moon hacked due to Crybaby admin who can't secure a Windows Install

Pale Moon hacked due to Crybaby admin who can't secure a Windows Install

In early July, a user on the Pale Moon forums discovered that an old build of Pale Moon that was hosted on projects archive server contained a Trojan virus. The project lead of Pale Moon; M.C. Straver (MoonChild) would do an investigation into how the Trojan got on to the archive server. The investigation would find that all versions of Pale Moon that were hosted on the archive server were infected.

The Many Problems with Librivox

As someone who loves to listen to an audiobook when I am going to bed I know just how hard it can be to find audiobooks that are not insanely expensive to buy. This is where Librivox should come into the picture as due to Librivox offering completely free public it should be perfect for everyone who likes to go to sleep listening to an audiobook but for a number of reasons Librivox does not meet expectations.

How Last Minute Changes to AlphaRacks Privacy Policy Screwed Customers

The ultra-budget web host AlphaRacks recently announced their closure after around one month of downtime, which led to a bunch of people receiving emails from a PSK Hosting even though they are not clients of PSK Hosting. Unknowingly to almost all AlphaRacks customers the company would make last minute changes to its' privacy policy in order to try to give itself legal cover in order to be able to transfer customer information to another company.

Warning: PSK Hosting Illegally Using Alpharacks Customers Personal Data

As someone who had a couple of shared hosting accounts with Alpharacks for testing proposes, I was not too upset with them going deadpool unlike a lot of the Chinese users on LowEndTalk who were likely using services in their LA location for VPNs. As such, I thought the story would end there but today I spotted a thread on LowEndTalk in which the user posted the contents of an email they received from PSK Hosting that was offering to help out Alpharacks customers with “free months of service” and told people that they may log in with the same login they had previously used.
Why the Opus Codec Is Perfect for Audiobook Lovers

Why the Opus Codec Is Perfect for Audiobook Lovers

When a lot of people think about audiobooks, they will often think about streaming services like audible but at £7.99 per month, a subscription to audible is relatively expensive and there has been cases where users have had audiobooks removed from their library. There are a variety of methods (both legal and illegal) of obtaining audiobooks with auction websites like eBay providing a large number of CD audio books for prices that are often cheaper than any audible package.