A manual tweak for icons in the Syndication Links plugin (BoffoSocko)
I'm not sure why I had never manually done the fix before, but I've had issues1 2 with the Syndication Links plugin showing icons for the reading.am service and my old chrisaldrich.wordpress

I’d need to spend some time looking into this to confirm either way, but my gut tells me you should be able to use the syn_link_mapping filter and a function to make these tweaks via your theme’s functions.php file, without hacking the plugin code itself.

I want to do something similar for my Mastodon profile link, so I’ll try to take a look into it in the next couple of days 😃

My employer has started blocking 1Password.com recently, breaking my ability to access my passwords and Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) details using the browser extension. I can still get these details on my phone, but typing a completely random 22-character password by hand is far from ideal, and a bit of a pain in the rump, to be honest. This isn’t their most egregious “security theatre” policy, but it is one of the most impactful (to me).

Cards on the table, I 💖 1Password, and have been a paying customer for several years. If my access and ability to securely login/sign-up to stuff wasn’t being impeded by another party, I’d happily keep chugging away without much further thought. Their software has been super useful, convenient, and improved how I approach my personal online security.

As it is though, I started thinking about migrating from 1Password to Bitwarden; the ability to easily self-host Bitwarden being the main attraction in this scenario. Between hosting costs and upgrading to a “Pro” tier account for in-app 2FA generation, it would work out about $15-20 a year more expensive than I pay for 1Password, but that’s not a huge amount in the grand scheme of things.

However.

The most immediate concern would be rebuilding my password vault accurately, complete with all the 2FA details I need – which is a lot. That’s going to take a lot of time and effort to move across, even with an export recreating everything – at the very least I’m going to have to check and verify everything imported correctly and that I’m not locked out of anything. And my digging into this hasn’t confirmed that all item types I use in 1Password can be exported across to Bitwarden.

However, part two.

Unless you happen to have an installation of the native applications for macOS or Windows (say, because corporate policy prohibits and prevents it, and you no longer run either of those OS’s at home…), there’s no way to export your data. At all. 1Password then becomes a silo you can’t easily get out of. The only way out is to manually recreate all of your data elsewhere. When your vault starts getting above more than a few dozen items, that’s a lot of work. Mine stretches into the hundreds.

It’s something I hadn’t really thought about before I started the thought exercise around potentially moving away. When we talk about silos, normally we’re talking about social media locking your posts and user data inside their networks. An everyday utility like a highly-convenient password manager rarely factors into it. And yet, here I am. I guess I forgot my initial misgivings about 1Password.com, and didn’t check ahead for an exit strategy.

I’m not certain how I’m going to proceed from here. 1Password themselves haven’t given me a reason to quit their service, but I’d be lying if I said this realisation of how “locked in” I am didn’t bug me and push me to migrating as an it’s-the-principle-of-the-thing “eff you” moment.

It’s something to revisit in the new year.

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When she was younger, my wife used to work with autistic children at a nearby specialist school so she had plenty of experience identifying symptoms and helping those experiencing them. This is why she is confident that I am at least somewhere on the spectrum. Move forward a few years, when our daug...

For the last 27 days I’ve been taking part in the MovemberMo-ve Challenge” (it’s not all about growing facial hair!), in aid of promoting better conversations around men’s health. In particular, my motivation revolves around mental health and suicide prevention, which are topics close to my heart:

Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men. Too many men are ‘toughing it out’, keeping their feelings to themselves and struggling in silence. Movember is aiming to reduce the rate of male suicide by 25% by 2030, and I want to help them get there. Help me stop men dying too young.

There’s still a few days left in the month, but so far I’ve walked over 220km. I’d originally set a goal of 120km, but I’m aiming for 240km by the end of the week (the official challenge is for 60km). For that, I’ve raised £120 at the time of writing.

Screenshot of my Mospace page, showing 220KM walked and £120 raised

And that’s where you come in, Dear Reader. I’d very much like to meet my fundraising goal of £200 by the end of the month, or exceed it if I can. If you are able to, please consider donating even a small amount on my MoSpace page: https://uk.movember.com/mospace/14053989. Every little bit would help, and I’d appreciate it more than you’d know.

What to know before posting a photo of your kids on social media (Vox)
Explore the hidden risks of "sharenting" on this episode of the Reset podcast.

Nowadays I make a conscious effort to obscure the faces of my kids if I’m taking a picture for social media. I wasn’t always so careful, but the the youngest two have grown enough since I instituted this policy (a few years, starting at an early age) to protect them at least a bit from facial recognition.

Similarly I never use their real names unless it’s a message/post with a controlled audience.

Firefox Privacy: A Guide to Better Browsing (PrivacyTools)
Mozilla Firefox is one of the most popular web browsers around, and for good reason. It's fast, secure, open-source, and it's backed by an organization that actually respects your privacy. Unlike many other Chrome alternatives and forks, it has a massive development team behind it that publishes new updates on a constant, regular basis. Regular updates doesn't only mean shiny new features, it means you'll also receive security updates that will keep you protected as you browse the web.
It All Looks Good On Paper (worldofwaltonscrafts.blogspot.com)
A few months ago, I got a wild hair up my butt and was seriously considering building a set of armies for a war game based on the Thirty Years War. I knew I wanted big blocks of pikes, at least 18 units per side, and I wanted to do the whole thing in 28mm. After careful consideration, I came to the conclusion: I WAS BONKERS.

I went to bed early last night because I was tired. The only problem is that I woke up at 4am instead of 6am, nullifying any benefits. It’s now just after 6:30am, and I’m kinda just twiddling my thumbs doing random things, waiting for it to be late enough I can leave for work without arriving so early the building isn’t open…

A fresh look for your Microblogs, Twitter and Facebook Feeds by Inoreader
If you’ve browsed your Twitter or Facebook page feeds in the last week, you have probably noticed that we changed the presentation of the posts, so they are more coherent with how a microblog post should look like. Initially, Inoreader started as a pure RSS reader and titles are an essential part ...

This is a nice little change, that will hopefully make some of my subscriptions that little bit nicer to read.

Maybe a future “next step” could be detecting the various IndieWeb post kinds, and formatting appropriately? 😉