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.

Cloudatcost and Their Bait-and-Switch Scam “Lifetime” VPS

Cloudatcost and Their Bait-and-Switch Scam “Lifetime” VPS

3rd of June 2019
When Cloudatcost launched, they where attempting to shake up the web hosting market by offering VPS servers that users only had to pay for once, rather than monthly or yearly. Of cause, many people immediately knew such a service was never going to be sustainable in the long term but as people like to get a good deal, the service soon became very popular. The Crappy Service from Cloudatcost The VPS servers provided by Cloudatcost have pretty much have had a reputation for being crap, with the following list of common issues not being in any way complete
Why are there so many Ponzi schemes in cryptocurrencies?

Why are there so many Ponzi schemes in cryptocurrencies?

24th of May 2019
If you have been watching some of the more popular YouTube crypto channels, than you might have noticed that they often will be promoting some of “lending platform”. Most of the time these Youtubers will be getting kick backs from the schemes in the form of affiliate commission. The most well know of these Ponzi schemes was Bitconnect which claimed to offer around 1% per day interest. The Bitconnect Ponzi was heavily promoted by Youtubers and Redditors.

The Inefficient Websites, That Make up the Internet

16th of May 2019
When I first got online in the year 2000, most people were still accessing the internet through a dial-up connection, this meant that websites could not afford to waste that much bandwidth on junk that was irrelevant to show the information that the webmaster wanted the end user to see. How Did Web Pages Get so Bulky? In exploring why most websites appear to consistently more sluggish and inefficient, we need to look at one of the most classic examples of this sluggishness, which are newspapers websites that are consistently looking for new ways of generating revenue, due to the collapse of revenue coming from print sales.

Small Businesses Need to Stop Using WordPress

16th of May 2019
As the world’s most used CMS, WordPress is very popular with business, especially small ones who don’t have the resources to pay for a web developer to custom code their website, WordPress has become a massive target for hackers. Why do Businesses Really use WordPress? Most shared web hosting accounts come are managed through Cpanel and as such, installing WordPress is extremely easy with Softaculous, taking care of setting up the MySQL database and file permissions.

The Tor Network Urgently Needs More Relay Diversity

12th of May 2019
We all know that the TOR network is always in need for more nodes, for the ever-increasing amount of users connecting but with average network capacity being nearly double what is required, which means TOR needs more location rather than just tons of bandwidth. The problem at the moment with TOR, is that a government agency only needs to compromise a few server providers (OVH, Hetzner and Scaleway) in order to be able to track a large portion of the TOR network as TOR only avoids having multiple relay nodes in the same /16 IP block from being part of the same circuit, allowing an attacking to easily to perform timing analysis on more than 50% of the network if they compromise, just three hosts.
The real dangers of internet centralization

The real dangers of internet centralization

28th of January 2019
Since around 2010, people have become super lazy in how they consume content and in turn, have stopped looking around for good content and just wait for their favourite echo chamber platform to serve them up content that an AI system thinks they will enjoy. In case you have not figured it out yet, depending on how extreme a company has been infected with politics, they may want to adjust the training data of their AI to include a political slant or for less the less infected platform, they will optimise the AI to serve videos they pander to the users' own viewpoints in order to improve user engagement and keep them on the platform for longer.
The GIF Inefficiency of Cloudflare

The GIF Inefficiency of Cloudflare

19th of January 2019
As computers have become more powerful and web browsers have started to gain better support for video codecs (Thanks to Cisco OpenH264), many websites have started to move away from GIF’s and towards loopable silent videos. This is due to the more efficient compression than H.264 or AVC is able to provide, this is because that codec is designed for video streaming, unlike GIFs' which are just designed for a few frames of animation (GIFs' were never designed for video clips, but that is what they ended up being used for after the age of broadband).
Globalsign – Good news for SuperCo, Ltd Customers

Globalsign – Good news for SuperCo, Ltd Customers

27th of March 2015
Here is the first draft of the blog post: After having a chat over Skype with Joan Lockhart (GMO GlobalSign, Inc) about SuperCo, Ltd it seems that Customers of the SuperCo, Ltd scammers may not be completely out-of-pocket over the scam. It appears from the call the deal is that: All customers are eligible for a free certificate. Higher cost ones (e.g., wildcard certificates) are being offered a big discount or a free certificate.
UK and internet censorship

UK and internet censorship

15th of March 2015
Notice: This article was archived and has only gone through basic grammar correction. The internet has become a place where people express themselves freely but the government has shown steps to try to take control of the internet. First it started with allowing music and movie companies to block websites as they wish deciding that websites and users of guilty with no court hearing from both sides what so every undermining the court system and allowing private companies to act as a judge.