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What have I been up to in the last 6 months

As you probably have noticed over the last few months/half year. Plugin updates haven’t exactly been forthcoming.
Me mostly leaving social media didn’t help much to keep you informed, too.

Fortunately my plugins are alive and well.

With everything that’s going on in the world the mood got spoiled bigtime and I simply didn’t feel like doing much development work. Lockdowns, restrictions, shortages, race wars, sheeple behavior, gender wars, endless bad news… Well, you know how screwed up everything is. I hate it, I despise it and I’d expected that with all the technology, experience and knowledge we’ve accumulated over the last few centuries everyone would know better than the be like this… But here we are. It’s downright depressing and frustrating!

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Use an advertising network or sell ad space yourself?

It’s easy, lazy and super convenient to join an advertising network such as Google AdSense or Media.net or something similar. You can create an account in minutes, get ads immediately and see earnings within a week or so. It’s boring and anyone can do it. But if your site is big enough from the get-go it may be easy money and work fine for your purposes.

The real fun starts when you sell your own ad spaces. That leaves you in control and with AdRotate and AdRotate Pro you can easily manage which advert goes where and for how long. You make the rules and, within reason, you decide what happens. And that’s not a bad thing at all.

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COVID-19 Advisory

With the crazy flu going rampant all over the world it makes sense to stay home. Breathe heavily towards people you don’t like and generally stop talking to people you do like. While that sounds counter intuitive, it makes sense if you think about it for a second.

What also makes sense is to not only wash your hands but also the stuff you touch. Most people just advise you to wash your hands, stop touching your face and whatnot. But so far I’ve not seen anybody recommend that you clean the things your hands touch. Maybe not super important, but I think it is important in general.

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So I ordered the new MacBook Pro 16inch

In January last year I bought a new MacBook Pro from Apple. I got a decent deal on it and with the new and improved butterfly keyboard I hoped it would be good. I choose the upgraded video card, too. My intention was that this would be my laptop for the next few years.
I wrote a review after 3 months with some minor gripes but overall the laptop was great. I even liked that stupid keyboard…

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Why switching to Matomo for website analytics is a good thing

For years I have wondered why the world so blindly got hooked up with Google services and why almost nobody seems to question if that’s a good thing. Nobody I know has any doubts. Reviews everywhere on the internet tell people Google is the best, or at least it’s very good. And if you search for “best way to sync your android phone” or “alternative for iCloud calendars” or something similar, everyone seems to blindly recommend the Google sync stuff – Which also quietly has you use their services afterwards.

Why? It makes no sense… Oh wait, it does. The Google services as a whole work quite well and they work on pretty much every platform and system. Sure, but so do many others. So why choose, and trust, Google?

Like so many others, I recently started to resent companies like Google and Facebook who seemingly just do whatever they want. Dancing around laws and regulations like they don’t exist or matter and the endless lying to their users. I wrote a bit about that in a previous blog post.

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AdRotate Banner manager 5.5 – Available now!

This update removes a lot of unused debug code. Which overall should improve the speed of the plugin a bit (just a tiny bit). Also the installation script has been optimised to better check for existing tables. And more visibly the dashboard widgets got fixed and should now show up correctly.

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Don’t let PayPal fees bring you down with PayPal Surcharge for WooCommerce

Recently Paypal once again announced they will raise transaction fees. They also changed their Terms of Service in a way that you as a merchant are more liable for your customers antics, making it easier for them to charge you when trouble arrises (which should occur rarely, if ever. But still, not cool!).
By my calculations many transactions will end up costing almost double compared to earlier this year.

If you use WordPress with WooCommerce as your sales platform not all is lost though. You can easily lessen this costly burden and keep your business afloat more easy. With a simple plugin I’ve created. Read on for more information!

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