05 abril
2016

Why you should use NoScript

javascript is too powerful and buggy, and the internet is wilder than ever

http://e-shell.org/img/noscript.png

NoScript is an extension for the Firefox web browser that, among tons of other things, prevents Javascript code from being executed in the browser when you load a page.

Sounds simple, right? Well, NoScript has a lot more features and options, feel free to install it and take a look at its documentation and features, it is really worth it.

But here I want to focus on that hability, to prevent javascript code from being executed in your browser. This can be a bit annoying at first, specially nowadays when every website or webapp is using tons of javascript code for the most simple things, from displaying nice gallery carousels to modify the behaviour of clicks you do on links or buttons, passing by performing additional load of contents from third-party sources. If you don't believe me, just try to load a website like the Washington Post not letting your browser to load any javascript from that domain. You won't see the pictures, for example.

In some other websites the experience is even worse, all you get is message asking you to enable javascript if you want to get the contents; or even worse, a blank page without any contents or indications of why the contents are not there.

That's why many people ask me why - "Why do you have this blocker, which makes websites unusable?" - they ask. Even if I can allow (permanently or temporary) those javascript codes to be executed, people usually find this very annoying.

Well, the answer is for security reasons. Exactly as when I do a network firewall setup, I prefer to go with a block by default, then allow what is needed policy in my browser. I think this is a very good idea, specially if you take in account things like this bugs here:

https://bugs.chromium.org/p/project-zero/issues/detail?id=773

https://bugs.chromium.org/p/project-zero/issues/detail?id=693

If you look a bit further down Internet Lane you will find a lot more examples of bugs that can be exploited by simple Javascript code that is automatically executed in your browser when you load a website, so be careful when surfing through the Interwebz!

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17 abril
2016

Moving through the big city

It had been a while since the last time I did this

Image of the Athens Metro, from the wikipedia

(image from the wikipedia)

Eleven days ago I hopped into a plane in A Coruña. That was the first part of a trip that would take me to Barcelona, then Athens, then the island of Naxos, in the Aegean Sea. We were going to have another International Pizza sprint, but that's a totally different story, I just wanted to add some context for this short story.

Yesterday I arrived in Piraeus around 15:00, as part of my trip back home. I did step down the boat (Blue Star Naxos) and I went to the Piraeus Metro station.

I was a bit excited. Moving around big cities is something that always excites me, specially if I'm not in a hurry to get quickly somewhere. I like to take my time, see what is happening around me and try to stop and watch even the smaller details.

Before going to the Metro station, I gave my bigger backpack to my friend Panos, so he and Oscar could take it on their motorbikes. Then I picked up the smaller backpack and a bigger piece of luggage, one of those harder suitcases with wheels (that they couldn't carry on the motorbikes). I also checked I had a book with me, real paper book this time, it was a novel from Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the shore.

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25 abril
2016

The 100

Finally, I did a +100km ride, and in the best possible company

100 ride

10 of April, 2016

The alarm should ring at 07:00 (EEST), but I wake up way before that. I'm too excited to stay in bed, so I get out of the room as stealthy as I can, trying not to bother Oscar, sleeping in the other bed.

I left the clothes ready the day before, in the living room, so there is where I go after preparing breakfast (coffee, milk, bread and cheese).

Breakfast, coffee, milk, bread and cheese Preparing the coffee Preparing the bread and the cheese Having breakfast

I take it easy, eating slowly. It is always really hard to have breakfast so early, but today I manage quite well and I eat it all up. The bike is ready already, I put my cycling clothes on and I double check again that I have everything with me (Phone, Garmin, HR Sensor, GoPro, spare tube, tools...). Then I pick up Sascha's Jake to get outside.

Getting dressed with the cycling clothes (1) Getting dressed with the cycling clothes (2) Taking everything I need with me Almost ready for the start of the ride

Today we have planned to go on a longer ride together, Sascha and me. We will do the Apollonas round (clockwise), a route that covers something like 100 kms around the island of Naxos. We will pass by beaches, villages, valleys and mountains.

Leaving Damarionas, the road is waiting for me!

And I am pretty sure we will have looots of fun

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