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Babby’s first edit

I made my first Wikipedia edit! I was reading an article, and I ran up against a small, uncontroversial and obviously wrong statement and, in a fit of righteous rage, I hit the little ‘edit’ button in the upper right corner and changed that bad mama-jama. Just like that.

Huh. It was weirdly satisfying.

I was going to share it with you guys, but because I’ve never made an edit before, it uses my IP address in place of my name. We don’t use a VPN.

Which brings me to this question: do you? We’ve talked about buying into a VPN for ages. Not so much for privacy reasons as having an IP from an EU country can be awkward. For example, a certain number of US sites block EU visitors because of our stupid privacy laws.

Would love to hear recommendations if you have any.


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: December 13, 2018, 11:14 pm

I’m using Private Internet Access, they’re pretty good…I use it to try and watch US Netflix (doesn’t work all the time but if you keep trying, it does eventually) and to download stuff. They have outlets in lots of countries.

Baby weasel riding on a woodpecker:


…seems to me that you posted something like this before.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 14, 2018, 12:08 am

The free Opera browser has a free built-in connection to a VPN owned/run by the same overall company that publishes the browser. It works reasonably well, especially considering the price. (Edit: VPN toggles on/off with one click, very handy.)

I use Opera about 90% of the time; I have it screwed down pretty tightly (ScriptSafe, miscellaneous internal security settings) so I use Chrome (not often) for when I do anything googlish, and IE for anything else that doesn’t play well with Opera. I have IE set up to clear cache, history, cookies, etc. when I end the session, and I always end the session when I’m done with a specific task.

NB: My machine is a seven-year-old Dell XPS17 heavy notebook running Win 7, and it’s still perfectly adequate. I don’t do gaming or anything else very demanding or resource-intensive, though.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: December 14, 2018, 12:29 am

So if someone knows my IP, there is a way to locate (target) me physically? Is that the gist here?

Boy, am I screwed!

Comment from Ray
Time: December 14, 2018, 10:06 am

I’m an American (Franklin, TN) living in Yorkshire (Leeds) and I use ExpressVPN. It’s 100USD per year and fast enough to stream US Netflix. Of course it gets around the EU block the US sites are doing.

I have it on all the time. I’m connected to a New York server now.

Comment from Oleg the Zek
Time: December 14, 2018, 10:46 am

The free Opera browser has a free built-in connection to a VPN owned…

Same same with free Epic browser (Chrome based), likewise several different one click options for routing/toggling on/off, but it also has blockers for ads and trackers built in as well.

Comment from HL King
Time: December 14, 2018, 1:27 pm

Tomfrompv: There is, kinda. IP Location Finder does it (for US IPs anyway), but depending on the provider it could be wildly wrong. It show several different locations services resolving the IP. For me, at least, it’s horribly inaccurate. The closest it it comes to my physical location is ~60 miles (as a crow flies). My location is literally in a holler in the middle of nowhere.

Kinda off-topic: Did Stoaty ever list the specs of her new system? I’m curious.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: December 14, 2018, 1:45 pm

Shoot, your phones tell everyone who wants to know where you are, one way or another.

Course an old land line doesn’t go into Kroger with you or note that you’re parked at that shack outside La Grange. :p

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 14, 2018, 8:49 pm

Ray! Fellow UK immigrant expat Tennessean! My parents live right up the road in not-quite-Belle-Meade. I was thinking about Franklin the other day. There used to be an abandoned housing development out there where we’d go to drink beer and watch meteor showers in High School. Good times.

Yeah, the closest IP ever gets to me is about 20 miles away. It’s only really useful for finding someone if they’re dumb enough to operate out of a .gov or .edu account.

I’ve moved in and out of Opera over the years. I started with it many years ago, when you had to pay for it. I had it on my last machine and used it a lot (partly for the free VPN), but it started…acting hinky.

Comment from BJM
Time: December 14, 2018, 9:14 pm

Ironically, I use a VPN to access Beeb/UK content from the US…go figure, eh?

Comment from BJM
Time: December 14, 2018, 9:26 pm

Sorry forgot to mention the name of the service ExpressVPN…works both ways UK-US (and a couple dozen other countries) $10 a month in the US…you need a Netflix US streaming subscription too.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: December 15, 2018, 1:54 am

Small world. Had a family reunion in Mo and went to Nashville for the sights. Stayed at TownePlace Suites in Franklin. Great city. In Sept, so temp was about 95 with a humidity of 110%.

as you drive up the freeway, you pass a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA. We spent a good hour trying to find a way into the park, but alas all locked up due to damned vandals.

Anyway, I loved the place. In Townplace the TV was set to Fox News. Same in Gatlinburg. Wow.

Comment from Sigivald
Time: December 17, 2018, 6:56 pm

Unless you’re paying extra money for a static IP address, it won’t matter anyway – your ISP will assign you a new one mroe or less randomly or any time you reconnect, etc.

As others mention, even for location, it won’t point someone at your house, just “the vague area the block your IP was in got is notionally registered to”, which might be nowhere near your house.

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