People who create content and software must be able to make a living somehow. The only question is how. Today we can choose between advertising-funded, sponsorship, subscriptions, micro-payments and combinations.
For those who think that this advertising-funded content thing has gone completely off the rails, pi-hole is something of a miracle. An open source DNS sinkhole that uses lists of ad servers and trackers to destroy them on the home network.
Not only does your browser get rid of all the ads, it also blocks all the tracking scripts that otherwise follow you wherever you go online. This makes web pages load faster and the internet a much better experience.
Also loads a gigantic list that blocks two million porn sites which is great when you have kids in the house.
The Raspberry Pi runs on Rasbian Linux and uses the pi-hole's proprietary DNS resolver FTLDNS, Faster Than Light DNS. Humble yes. But true.
After installing Pi-hole, you can find the administration website at http://pi.hole to see status, whitelist and blacklist sites and disable for a limited time. Very smooth.
I'm also happy about the new Local DNS feature where I can easily name all the devices at home under the .lan domain. The laser printer is then called hplaser.lan instead of 192.168.1.117 and I use .tail for the cloud devices that connect over Tailscale VPN.
Anyway, how do I access the Raspberry Pi that is now sitting in the tech closet with neither keyboard nor screen. A bit of googling and I found Dataplicity for Raspberry Pi and the quality of life went up somewhat enormously.
Ridiculously easy to set up and worked on the first try. Dataplicity can even sneak a website out through the router without having to change anything in the firewall.