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Joshua Lowcock sometimes blogs on non-work-related topics, most of which are posted below. For the more technically-skewed posts, you can find a list of those here. Separate from the blog, there is also a list of handy websites, lifehacks, and other useful tips here.

Joshua also publishes a weekly email, called Last Week in Digital Media. The newsletter summarizes the latest news in digital media, marketing, and technology of the week. The email newsletter has been published for over several years and is available as both a (limited) free or paid subscription.

Recent Blog Posts

Works! How to block FLoC on your WordPress site (5 Steps)

Important I am not affiliated with Google, Chrome, FLoC, Github, WordPress, the HTTP Header plugin and this is my personal experience. I am not paid by any of the companies or products referenced. If you find this helpful had success and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee or take a look at my book on Amazon. It keeps this page ad (and FLoC) free. Thank you! FLoC of Federated Learning of Cohorts is the way Google, specifically Chrome, intends to replace 3rd party cookies. I'm making the wild assumption that if you're reading this, you know enough already and want ...
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Guide: Making your Traditional Watch a Smart Watch

Updated in 2021 to reflect the current status of products. The TLDR is that Timex makes the best band if you just want to be able to use a traditional watch for payments. See this review of Timex Pay. I love traditional watches. I'm not a collector and don't have a luxury watch collection, but I can happily browse the window of a watch store or a counter display for hours without a complaint. It doesn't even need to be a luxury watch. It doesn't matter if it's automatic or battery-powered. If it's a traditional watch, I am happy. That ...
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Review: Logitech Harmony Alternative Sofabaton U1

Important I am not affiliated with Logitech or Sofabaton and this is my personal experience. I am not paid by either and bought the SofaBaton outright myself. If you find this helpful had success and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee or take a look at my book on Amazon. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! Logitech Discontinues the Logitech Harmony On April 9th, 2021 Logitech announced they were discontinuing the Logitech Harmony Remote Controls. The official announcement is here, with Logitech promising to continue to support the software but, given the way these things play out, I'm not holding ...
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Guide: How to Delete Your Site from the Internet Archive (Wayback Machine / Archive.org)

Disclaimer. I am not affiliated with the Internet Archive, Brave and this is my personal experience. I do not provide any support or assistant for removing your site or page. I also cannot remove your site. This page does not have any ads, so I’m not making money by sharing this with you. If you found this helpful and want to say thanks why not buy me a coffee or buy my book on Amazon. Thanks! Background If you're in a hurry, scroll down to the 5 Easy Steps to Remove your Website from Archive.org I was surprised when the Brave ...
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The Last Star Fighter

You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Kodan Armada The Last Star Fighter holds a special place in my memories. It's one of the first sci-fi movies I can really remember. That's not a slight on Star Wars, just that The Last Star Fighter story resonated. I mean, who doesn't want to find out that the video game they're playing is a secret training tool from friendly aliens looking for pilots to save the galaxy ...
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Works! How To Update the firmware on the Verizon G3100

Disclaimer I am providing this information and instructions "as is". There is no warranty or support from me, I'm sharing this because I thought it may be helpful to others. If you break your G3100, E3200, or anything else in the process you're on your own. If you're concerned about this, I would recommend getting Verizon to help you with a firmware upgrade. I am not affiliated with Verizon and this is my personal experience. I am not paid by Verizon and bought the G3100 outright myself.  Important Update: In August 2021, Verizon is forcing a major firmware update of ...
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Simple and Easy Banana Bread Recipe

A slice of toasted banana bread with butter with a cup of coffee is almost an Australian tradition. Australian's do love bananas, there's even a big banana. The following is an easy banana bread recipe that is virtually fool-proof. I've adjusted this for US gas ovens, given New York is home. This recipe makes one loaf of banana bread. If you're after a banana bread baking pan, I use this one which you can pick up from Amazon for under US$15. The thing I like about this recipe is that excluding vanilla essence, you probably have most of these banana ...
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Works! How To Paste website address links (URLs) as Plain Text in Windows 10

Important I am not a Microsoft employee or affiliated with them, and this is my personal experience. This is super easy but I don’t provide technical support. If you find this helpful had success and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee or take a look at my book on Amazon. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! Microsoft made a change to Microsoft Edge (Chromium) so that when you paste website address links from Edge to other programs instead of pasting the full website URL as plain text it pastes it as a hyperlink with the title of the website ...
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