Licensing of the site
All the content including images, resources, scripts and tools in this website are owned by Xavi Esteve unless specified otherwise. The work in my portfolio is licensed under Copyright by Xavi Esteve or their respective companies/owners unless specified otherwise. Blog articles and images (not web designs) authored by myself are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike-NonCommercial license.
Credits and attribution
Flat Miniset used in Project icons made by iconShock.
Other credit and attribution is provided in the specific pages where it is displayed. Where there’s no credit it either means the work is produced by Xavi Esteve (myself), there’s no way I could find the source, or it has been released under a Public Domain license.
When you participate in this website you are responsible for what you write or upload. Xavi Esteve is not responsible for any comments or information added by other users neither for links to other websites. I reserve the right to use, modify or delete any comments I may find false, wrong, illegal, distasteful, spammy, offensive, off-topic or grammatically incorrect.
Although every piece of information and tool in this website is checked and tested at the time of publishing, I do not take any responsibility for any outdated information or damage caused by it. Always use the information and tools in my website using your own judgement, common sense and at your own risk.
I use to write about my own experiences and whenever I mention a product I really like I may review it and sometimes include a link from which I get a referral fee or perk. I also have advertisement on the website. These two methods don’t make me rich nor serve as a job, they just help to pay for the web server costs and an occasional extra.
This site and apps fully comply with the European Commission’s Directive on Data Protection and the spanish LOPD, all the information from and to these websites and apps is stored securely in a private server in Great Britain and the United States which is part of the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement (fka Safe Harbor) between the European Union and the United States. More information can be found here.
By participating and using the website and apps you agree that any information posted will be stored in a secure server in Europe or the United States.
Your name and email are stored when you comment in the blog. I do not and will never sell your personal information to anyone. I will only contact you if you are asking me a private question (if the answer can be public I’ll prefer to post it as a follow-up comment in the article so future readers can benefit from it) or if there is something really important that you need to know, in that case I will contact you personally.
Like the 99% of the websites in the Internet, I collect and use the data contained in log files. The information in the log files include anonymous data such as an IP address, your ISP, the browser you used to visit the site, the time you visited the site and which pages you visited throughout the site, but never any identifiable information. So I will know that someone in France uses a brand new Macbook and reads my PHP articles, that’s it, I will never be able to figure out any name, email address or anything else which identifies you.
This helps me understand how the website works, what readers like to read, how to improve it so you get a better experience when you come back and increase the security of my server to prevent attacks.
I have developed several free online tools available for public use, these collect non-identifiable information unless specified otherwise. In some tools you may create an account or add your e-mail address in order to receive notifications. I treat these confidentially and never share them, I may however email you personally if there’s something really important I have to tell you (never happened yet).
I like to keep my tools free for everyone and host them with my own money, please use them with common sense and without any automated tools, I reserve the right to block abusing users or to retire the free tools at any time without notice. If you would like to use them a lot, please let me know, not that I’ll charge or anything, but so I am aware that the server is not being attacked and I can allocate more resources to that specific tool.
I am not responsible for any damage or whatever happens by using my tools. I’ve spent hours working on them for free, host them for free and ask nothing in return, so please don’t be a dick.
Cookie Law and Web Beacons
I also use third party advertisements to support the site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on the site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP, the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing London music concert ads to someone in London, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).
You can chose to disable or selectively turn off the cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings. This may affect how you are able to interact with my site and other websites. Some problems might be: inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.
The cookies I use are:
- Google Analytics: for tracking and collecting behaviour and visitor stats
- Google Adsense: for advertising
- CloudFlare: for speeding up the website and for security purposes
- Some pages with embedded content such as videos from YouTube may place another cookie
Cookies sound scary but they are not, there’s few harm in them and if a website was to use them illicitly Google and antivirus softwares would ban them quickly. If, however, you are super paranoid about it, I recommend you use Google Chrome and install the Ghostery extension with all filters on, I have it and works great.
This website and those on Projects are made by me, a passionate individual on his free time, not by a business or corporation. What do I mean by this? While at first it may seem like “oh, there’s no company behind any of this! My data is not safe“. That’s not what you should be thinking. Putting it simply: I have no economical interest but pure passion, I have been maintaining this website and others since 2006 (started on another domain and then moved to myrealname.com) and will continue to do so for a long long time. So be at ease, my websites are not going down due to company bankruptcy, or being sold to someone else for a sum of cash. Which sadly is pretty common nowadays with tons of websites selling out to some bigger Goliath that then just shuts it down.
The few ads on this blog help in paying server expenses, no big deal. Also, I have no motivation to sell your data to someone dodgy. I have my own job and my income comes from other sources, so there’s no motivation for me to screw you or sell you out. I have a reputation to keep and that’s why my clients have trusted me and continue to do so with their most critical projects.
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