google – How is our data harvested as we browse the internet?

TLDR; What do you know about how our information is harvested when we browse the internet? What methods are used by content providers to gather and sell our data? Your insight is appreciated!

When I browse the internet, occasionally I’ll catch a bug that has me really interested in a very specific topic. For example, one day I took an interest in airplanes, I read about pilot’s licenses, looked at flight schools and even searched for airplanes on eBay. I clicked on one eBay listing for an airplane. Next thing I new, when I was on Facebook, I saw ads for airplanes for sale. Even in my gmail, at the top of my feed I was seeing pilot related ads!

My question is this: what methods are used to get this information to advertise to a user? Is it primarily google who is selling my content searches? If I am lead to a site and start clicking links leading me across multiple web sites without a single websearch, how much am I being tracked and by what means?

My reasons for asking, is because I’m working on a project to develop a small team of automated bots that will visibly browse the internet for me over a wide variety of topics while I conduct my own business. My idea is to intentionally “polute” the data feeds of whoever is inspecting my activity so that they cannot adequately access who I really am and what my interests are.

I know that I can avoid all this stuff by not using google, staying off social media, using VPN’s etc. This is for academic purposes. And I would like to explore the idea of internet privacy by “hiding in plain site” but surrounded by a smoke screen of conflicting interests.

Lastly, I’m looking at using google chrome in headless mode and controlling it with the node library Puppeteer in order to keep cpu consumption down while the bots do their work. Seeing that headless chrome is a development tool, will potential data from searches conducted under headless mode still be harvested by the same interested parties? This is the real reason I want to know how data is harvested. Does the harvested data primarily originate from data gathered by the browser? Or is it on a granular level such as the URL in your web history?

Lots of questions here, I know. I invite anyone with any insight into how our privacy is compromised or harvested to share it here. Hopefully this thread will be useful to others developing tools for maintaining a private identity online. Thanks!

Browse One Page On iPad and Different Page on External Display

Is there a way to browse a web page on my iPad screen, and then also show a different web page on a tv connected to the iPad through HDMI?

How do I browse logs in /var/log in on Catalina?

Up to and including Mojave, /var/log was listed in the sidebar of, allowing me to browse subfolders and, for instance, look at /var/log/powermanagement logs for previous days.

But in Catalina, there are no directories listed in the Console sidebar. Is there some way to browse these folders using Console in Catalina?

(I tried adding them by finding the folders in Finder and then dragging them to the sidebar like one would with the Finder sidebar, but to no avail.)

search – How to browse by category on Deviantart?

I can’t find anything on the terrible new eclipse version of the website. I can’t figure out how to search by category anymore. It used to be that you entered your search term and the categories were right there at the left side of the site. All you had to do was click on them and it would only display results in that category. If you wanted photography you clicked on Photography. If you wanted written works you clicked on Literature. Then you could narrow down your results further with the sub-categories that were under the category. If you wanted fashion or video game concepts you would click Designs & Interfaces then click Fashion or Game Development Art. Even those sub-categories could be narrowed down further with more sub-categories.

I have no idea where Eclipse has hidden the categories and sub-categories. Where are they? If I can’t even find them then how do I search in them? Is there some kind of trick or specific thing I need to add to the url now to organize my search results properly? How do I search by the old categories in Deviantart in the new version of the website?

How to browse files for uncompleted iOS backup

I have an old iOS backup but it is not a complete backup (I discounted the phone while taking it and never took a new one)
There are 15GB of files but since it is not a completed backup the Backup softwares are not able to browse it
How I can browse these files and get some data from it?

finder – How do I browse files in my `.backupbundle` backup?

I am currently trying to access my Time Machine backups manually, because the Time Machine feature was a little to slow for me and I needed the finder search. Before Catalina this was possible with the .sparsebundle but since then not longer. Every time I double-click the .backupbundle it says “This resource is currently not available”.

I wonder if there is a way to mount/open this file to browse my backups. I read that renaming it to .sparsebundle would work but I don’t want to destroy my backups – we all know that macOS sometimes do things different from expected ^^.

My Backup is saved on an Airport Extreme by the way. Which still works pretty well!

Do users know what “browse” and/or “browser” mean?

Personally I would understand the intention regardless of which wording you choose, then again I consider myself a more technical user. So let’s look at it from a non-technical point of view, which is who you are trying to reach out to here.

I think the word “browse” can be misleading as it could be interpreted as the action of looking through a collection of something. It certainly does not suggest the action of uploading files. So no, I don’t think you can rely on users knowing what “browse” means.

It is better to be more specific about the action that the user is expected to perform, and that is that they need to upload some files.

  • The button should say “Upload Files” or “Choose Files to Upload”
  • The browser element would benefit from the message “Select one or more files to upload” as a reminder, if possible
  • The browser element should have a confirm button that says “Upload Selected Files”

Any user that struggles with this was probably going to end up needing support to do it anyway.

I think the main point here is: there is no benefit to using “browse” over “upload”, where as there is a benefit to using “upload” over “browse” (i.e. the intent is more clear). So you’re not going to be any worse off by dropping “browse”.

graphical user interface design – browse and select from a list at the same time

We're looking for a way to reduce pogosticking: Users appear back and forth between a summary view and multiple detail views. One pattern we're experimenting with is pager arrows, for when users just want to scroll through the view of each location, complete a task, and move to the next location.

At the same time, the user can know which location they want to see next, and a drop-down list of all the locations would be helpful.

Baseball cards etc. Cleveland location drop down menu with arrows to navigate to next location

I haven't seen this pattern before, but it would be nice to have something compact. A browser on the left would be ideal, but we don't have space (the view uses wide and heavy data tables).

Is there a pattern that would accomplish something similar to this, that could be more user-friendly?

c # – Browse selected checkboxes

I am working in c # with entity framework and my problem is the following: when it is time to delete, I select with a checkbox the records that I am going to delete, but when I press the DELETE button and after the messagebox appears; This does not eliminate … That is to say, it loses its weight and the records remain where they are … What solution do you give me ???

private void btnEliminar_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
            int fila = dataGridCategoria.Rows.Cast().Where(c => Convert.ToBoolean(c.Cells(0).Value) == true).Count();
            if (fila > 0)
                string mensaje = "Desea eliminar " + fila + " registro?";
                if (fila > 1)
                    mensaje = "Desea eliminar " + fila + " registro?";
                if (MessageBox.Show(mensaje, "Mensaje", MessageBoxButtons.OKCancel, MessageBoxIcon.Question) == DialogResult.OK)
                    for (int i = dataGridCategoria.Rows.Count - 1; i >= 0; i--)
                        DataGridViewRow filas = dataGridCategoria.Rows(i);
                        if (Convert.ToBoolean(filas.Cells(0).Value) == true)
                            categoria = new Categoria();
                            categoria = dbSistemaGestion.Categorias.Find(i);
                            categoria.isDelete = true;

Browse the current Woocommerce product categories Subcategories

I am trying to navigate the subcategories of the current category, but I get a list of all subcategories throughout the site, including those of other categories.

Here is my code:

  $taxonomy     = 'product_cat';
  $orderby      = 'name';  
  $show_count   = 0;      // 1 for yes, 0 for no
  $pad_counts   = 0;      // 1 for yes, 0 for no
  $hierarchical = 1;      // 1 for yes, 0 for no  
  $title        = '';  
  $empty        = 0;

  $args = array(
         'taxonomy'     => $taxonomy,
         'orderby'      => $orderby,
         'show_count'   => $show_count,
         'pad_counts'   => $pad_counts,
         'hierarchical' => $hierarchical,
         'title_li'     => $title,
         'hide_empty'   => $empty
 $all_categories = get_categories( $args );
 foreach ($all_categories as $cat) {
    if($cat->category_parent == 0) {
        $category_id = $cat->term_id;       

        $args2 = array(
                'taxonomy'     => $taxonomy,
                'child_of'     => 0,
                'parent'       => $category_id,
                'orderby'      => $orderby,
                'show_count'   => $show_count,
                'pad_counts'   => $pad_counts,
                'hierarchical' => $hierarchical,
                'title_li'     => $title,
                'hide_empty'   => $empty
        $sub_cats = get_categories( $args2 );
        if($sub_cats) {
            foreach($sub_cats as $sub_category) { 

           echo $sub_category->name ;


Does anyone know where I'm going wrong?

Thanks in advance,