I love statistics.
As such this website uses Google Analytics to track how users use this site. It will collect information such as operating system, browser and other statistical data. It will also track your IP address, but anonymizes it before processing.
The information gathered is entirely anonymous and aggregate, i.e. it cannot be traced back to an individual user. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google or any other personally identifiable information from any other source. The data will only be used for statistical reports and not be transferred to another third party.
For the purpose of these statistical reports Google Analytics will set cookies on your computer. These cookies are first-party cookies and allow to determine whether you were on this site before or which domain linked to this site.
If you do not want to be tracked by Google Analytics, you can easily opt-out of it. You can either download an Add-on from Google here, or click here. The latter will create a cookie expiring in 2100. As long as the cookie exists on your computer, Google Analytics will not track you on this site.
Google Custom Search Engine
This site also uses Google CSE for the site search.
If you do not want that, simply don’t use the search function. It will then only load external code to display the search box.
The final Google service used is Google AdSense. It provides the ads shown on this site.
To disable the personalized adds, go to your Google Ad Settings. To disable all ads on this site, install an adblocker.
I use Disqus for the blog’s comment system.
Note that Disqus is not loaded by default. Their script will only be activated if you click on the corresponding button. By clicking so, you agree to Disqus policy.
If you do not click on the button, Disqus will not be loaded and it has no effect at all.