Privacy Policy

Who we are

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What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

If you subscribe your name and e-mail address will be used to e-mail blog submission notifications to you.  You are also required to subscribe in order to comment.  In either case we ask for your name and e-mail address and then use an e-mail validation scheme to verify that the e-mail address is correct.  This name but not your e-mail address will appear in any comments you leave.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

We use Google Adsense and Analytics.  They use Cookies and other methods to determine your interests in order to better target ads.  However, both the ads themselves and your browser gives you a method to opt out of such personal targeting.  You can either opt out with the link provided on the ads (if the format is one that provides it), or alternately tell your browser to accept cookies from only the domain.  In many ways that method is better as it will work for all sites with Google ads or ads from other targeted ad networks.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

Your name will appear on any comments, or if you are allowed to post articles, on articles you post.  Your e-mail address will be kept confidential.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We use industry standard and Linux standard encryption and permission facilities to protect your data.  The data is kept on a RAID disk array to prevent corruption or loss.  Occasionally additional backups are made to removable media so that we can restore the system in the event of a breach or system failure.

What data breach procedures we have in place

We use a number of industry standard tools to watch for break in attempts or successes.

What third parties we receive data from

Too numerous to list.  I include a great deal of embedded data from other sites that is relevant to the topic at hand.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

We watch for invalid login attempts and lock out IPs if excessive attempts are made from those IPs.  Google ads uses cookies and other methods to determine interests for ad targeting.  You can block all 3rd party cookies to prevent this (our suggestion as it works across the entire internet not just this site and across all ad networks), or select the option under ad choices not to personalize ads.