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2019-08-19: Days of Browsers Past evolt.org Browser Archive 20 Years Old Adrian Rosellini: On August 18, 1999, we at evolt.org …

2019-08-18: Facebook and Oculus Have Too Much Power Over Virtual Reality and the Metaverse Editorial: Facebook and Oculus Have Too Much Power Over Virtual Reality and the Metaverse Ryan …

2019-08-17: Europe’s Dirty Little Secret: Moroccan Slaves and a ‘Sea of Plastic’ This article …

2019-08-16: Wedged Wonders: A Celebration of Italian Concept Cars, 1968-79 It’s funny, in a way, how the …

2019-08-15: Sidecar in iOS 13 and macOS Catalina: Working Seamlessly Between an iPad and Mac John Voorhees, over …

2019-08-15: Less than Half of Google Searches Now Result in a Click I switched from Google to DuckDuckGo as my …

2019-08-14: As someone who used to be on Tumblr, I’m curious to see what Automattic will do with it. Given …

2019-08-13: For those who didn’t get the memo: the biggest selling point for EV SSL certificates will soon …

2019-08-12: FileZilla fixes show how far we’ve come since Heartbleed Some good security news, for a change.

2019-08-11: The 'iPad Lifestyle' Bye-Bye iPad Jeff Perry: After about 2 months of it collecting dust, I decided it was time to say …

2019-08-11: The Long Shadow of The Ceausescus Growing up in a communist country A disturbing read. The Ceausescus may be gone, but Romania’s …

2019-08-10: Read: The Technology of Kindness - Scientific American

2019-08-10: One Nation. At War. With Itself One Nation. At War. With Itself Dana Blankenhorn: When I was a child, suburbs like Massapequa, on …

2019-08-10: It’s All Greek to You and Me, So What Is It to the Greeks? I’d never really thought …

2019-08-10: I recently discovered SF 10-33 on Soma FM. It describes itself as: Live fire/police scanner audio …

2019-08-10: Pretty Unreadable Amphora. Ethan Marcotte tried to use Apple’s VoiceOver to read some AMP Stories showcased by …

2019-08-10: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Collision course Wendy M Grossman: What is astonishing about all of this is the timing. One of the …

2019-08-09: Oh My GOOP! No GOOP, we are most definitely not on the same side Dr. Jen Gunter: GOOP has promoted vaginal …

2019-08-09: Own Your Commentary, Don't Outsource It I deleted my old Disqus profile this morning. I’d created it back when I was still on Tumblr, …

2019-08-09: No Sex, Please, We're PayPal PayPal fails to shut down Prostasia The only interpretation of PayPal’s actions that makes any …

2019-08-08: Goodnight Sweet Prince: Digital Prophet Shingy Departs AOL If your response to this is …

2019-08-08: "IBM PC Compatible": how adversarial interoperability saved PCs from monopolization “IBM PC Compatible”: how adversarial interoperability saved PCs from monopolization …

2019-08-08: Focussing on the Wrong Things When Starting a Blog Chris Hannah: If you are trying to start a blog, …

2019-08-07: How Bricks and Mortar Helped Save Cyan Hot dogs and history at Cyan Worlds Phil “Shadsy” Salvador: Yet because of this …

2019-08-07: Captured by CAPTCHA There is no evil like reCAPTCHA (v3) It isn’t because you are in fact a dunce who cannot …

2019-08-06: I’m looking at options to replace my old Wacom Bamboo tablets, neither of which will work with …

2019-08-06: I’m starting to have second thoughts about keeping that Mastodon profile. Don’t get me …

2019-08-06: Ugh. Just had to deal with a flood of bogus follow requests over on my Mastodon profile. I’ve …

2019-08-05: My current Mac browsing setup: Safari 1Password (password management) Better Blocker (ad/tracker …

2019-08-04: The secret targeted Tory ads they don’t want you to see Just a coincidence that a lot of …

2019-08-04: Today’s fractal snapshots from Frax HD on my iPad Mini 4.

2019-08-03: Ethical alternatives to Amazon Books, Kindle, Audible and Goodreads—another great set of resources …

2019-08-02: The myth of “keeping up” From 2006, but if anything even more relevant now.

2019-08-01: The 'Dark Matter' of the Web The Real Dark Web Charlie Owen: These developers are quietly building their sites and apps, day in, …

2019-08-01: Companies using Facebook ‘Like’ button liable for data: EU court - Reuters Two thoughts …

2019-07-31: Ok, finally found out what was causing my Windows 10 VM to run slow in Parallels Desktop. For some …

2019-07-30: 'Click this button to allow us to carry on tracking you around the Internet' Getting past broken cookie notices Doc Searls: There can be no solution that starts on the sites’ …

2019-07-29: Tumblr has transformed into a brand-safe zombie of its former self Not a huge surprise, but still …

2019-07-28: Ok, this made me laugh: Programming Languages Explained With Music Curious about what music genre …

2019-07-27: Read: Mindfulness is loaded with (troubling) metaphysical assumptions

2019-07-27: My current iPad Mini 4 home screen.

2019-07-26: Sky: Children of the Light is a stunning reminder that we need more controller support in iOS games …

2019-07-26: The Internet that wasn’t Great article from Wendy M. Grossman on the long history of the …

2019-07-26: Fast Software, the Best Software Craig Mod: But why is slow bad? Fast software is not always good …

2019-07-25: Read: Private Surveillance Is a Lethal Weapon Anybody Can Buy

2019-07-25: Rutger Hauer, Blade Runner’s Roy Batty, RIP “The light that burns twice as bright burns …

2019-07-24: Media’s Blame Game Om Malik on how media companies have been failing to adapt to the Internet for …

2019-07-24: Hallelujah! The latest version of the Dropbox client for Mac now has an option to never show the …

2019-07-24: 3 Troubling Trends We See in iOS Email Apps I’ve tried a few different email apps over the …

2019-07-24: “It’s not your fault, mom.” I’ve been through variations of this with my mum over the years, …

2019-07-24: Linkedin to libraries: drop dead Bad move, LinkedIn. You mess with librarians at your peril!

2019-07-24: People Tell Us How QAnon Destroyed Their Relationships While maybe it’s funny for those outside …

2019-07-24: I’m not a fan of the Royal Family, but I pity the Queen having Boris Johnson inflicted on her …

2019-07-24: I just discovered Ganbreeder. It’s free to play around with, once you sign up, but you have to …

2019-07-23: 'Farewell to the OG Happy Mutant' Paul Krassner, RIP (1932 – 2019) Author, activist, and self-described “investigative …

2019-07-23: 'Fairness' Plans to increase fairness for mobile customers outlined by Ofcom On the face of it, this sounds …

2019-07-23: Why the 'Weird Internet' Had To Die Why the ‘Weird Internet’ of the GeoCities Era Had to Die There are plenty of memes about how basic …

2019-07-23: The Most Neglected & Powerful Act of Self-Care Something I definitely need to do more of…

2019-07-22: This afternoon’s listening: Unrest by rei harakami Overall, I’m pretty happy with Apple …

2019-07-22: I’ve taken the hatchet to my Amazon UK wish-lists. If I’m going to cut down my reliance …

2019-07-21: I’m giving SuperDuper a try-out as part of plans to bolster my backup regimen. (I already do …

2019-07-20: Today, I was reminded once again that, as with all physical media, CDs and DVDs will fail to read …

2019-07-20: We’re told that too much screen time hurts our kids. Where’s the evidence? I can relate to this. …

2019-07-20: The lesson from the ruins of Notre Dame: don’t rely on billionaires It’s like the buying of …

2019-07-19: The Sad Truth About Sleep-Tracking Devices and Apps I uses a sleep-tracking app for several years, …

2019-07-19: Why The Appearance Of A One Terabyte microSD Card Means The War On Unauthorized Music Downloads Is …

2019-07-19: SAMBA versus SMB: Adversarial Interoperability is Judo for Network Effects Some useful historical …

2019-07-19: Today, I took the first steps towards drafting myself a Will as well as a Living Will / Lasting …

2019-07-19: Comfortably Dumb The Comfortably Dumb Om Malik: Instead, the sentiment seems to have struck a chord, especially with …

2019-07-19: On resilience Ralph Lavelle: Use things the way they’re supposed to be used. Stop using HTML …

2019-07-18: The local bird population that visits our garden are rather particularly when it comes to fatballs. …

2019-07-17: Popups: 10 Problematic Trends and Alternatives I’ve encountered more than a few of these at …

2019-07-17: On Being An Introvert A couple of years ago, I took one of those Myers-Briggs personality tests, and came up as INFJ. Cue …

2019-07-16: Charles Arthur on Jony Ive Jony Ive’s Mistakes: When Beautiful Design Is Bad Design Charles Arthur: It’s important though to …

2019-07-16: w00t, I’ve finished swapping my iMac’s system volume off the internal Fusion drive and …

2019-07-16: I proved that austerity destroys lives and all the government has done is try to discredit me Deny. …

2019-07-16: Hidden VPN Owners Unveiled: 97 VPNs Run by 23 Companies A lot of detective work in this article. …

2019-07-15: Urgh. Woke up at 4am, couldn’t get back to sleep. Today is going to be fun… >.<

2019-07-14: Blogs that have no RSS feed make me shake my head in disbelief.

2019-07-14: Someone asked me yesterday what my problem is with Google. Put simply, I’ve lost trust in …

2019-07-13: Read: Fall of the House of Oil

2019-07-13: Read: Zip bombs: Blown up out of proportion?

2019-07-13: Many thanks to @rosemaryorchard for writing How to Automatically Clean Up Your Desktop With Hazel …

2019-07-12: Read: Interoperability: Fix the Internet, Not the Tech Companies

2019-07-12: Microsoft's Hypocrisy on DACA Microsoft’s Hypocrisy on DACA What makes Microsoft’s duplicity around DACA so galling is that …

2019-07-12: I Can’t Stop Winning Ten years of Pinboard still existing, and as a one-man endeavour too.

2019-07-12: I pulled the trigger, and told Dropbox that I’ll be downgrading to a Basic account in December …

2019-07-12: Hmm, I think Dropbox may have realised a lot of folks aren’t happy with their price …

2019-07-10: For whatever reason, photo didn’t attach to previous post.

2019-07-10: Going through my old DVD collection and ripping them using Handbrake on the Mac. Currently doing …

2019-07-10: Some recent abstract stuff I created using Frax HD on my iPad Mini 4. 🖼️

2019-07-10: Evaluating some alternatives to Dropbox for personal use, after reading. Top 10 Best Dropbox …

2019-07-09: Mozilla: No plans to enable DNS-over-HTTPS by default in the UK But there’s nothing stopping …

2019-07-09: Jony Ive’s Fragmented Legacy: Unreliable, Unrepairable, Beautiful Gadgets Nobody, to our knowledge, …

2019-07-09: For Better and Worse, We Live in Jony Ive’s World So much quotable stuff in this article. Nikil …

2019-07-09: 56% of Tory members see Islam as a ‘threat to the British way of life’, according to …

2019-07-09: Google Gmail purchase history can’t be deleted I’m guessing they didn’t start …

2019-07-09: Bought Politicians Bought Politicians The blatant corruption of the UK’s political system is part of the reason for …

2019-07-08: 51 transits around the Sun. Go me!

2019-07-07: UK ISP Association, spies, censorship organisation jointly condemn Mozilla for supporting secure DNS …

2019-07-07: Went out for pre-birthday meal today. My sister took this photo of me and my mum. 🍽☕️

2019-07-06: Read: FUD the Free Web

2019-07-06: I came across ‘Apple wants to kill the ad industry. It’s forcing developers to …

2019-07-05: We made a batch of gooseberry & red onion chutney yesterday. All jarred now, needs to wait a …

2019-07-05: Racists are seriously trying to use “science” to prove The Little Mermaid can’t be black Ho boy. …

2019-07-05: Statement on Gab’s fork of Mastodon - Official Mastodon Blog Proactive, not reactive. Compare …

2019-07-04: How To Buy Hardware That’s Likely to Last Some good advice. Although you can’t absolutely …

2019-07-04: Corel Acquired for Over $1 Billion Given the hodge-podge of apps under the Corel umbrella, I have to …

2019-07-04: It Isn’t Independence Day For Everyone

2019-07-03: Read: A Unicorn Lost in the Valley, Evernote Blows Up the ‘Fail Fast’ Gospel

2019-07-03: The Dark Side of DRM Microsoft’s Ebook Apocalypse Shows the Dark Side of DRM At least Microsoft can afford to pay …

2019-07-03: Delight Comes Last This is called attribute substitution: when faced with a hard problem …

2019-07-03: Belated (from 1st July): The First Sony Walkman Was Released 40 Years Ago Today I had a walkman back …

2019-07-02: Fake News Is an Oracle Cory Doctorow: That’s a genuinely scary idea, because if the truth is open …

2019-07-02: Domain overseer lifts all price caps on .Org domain names (h/t Lauren Weinstein) ICANN ignores …

2019-07-02: Google wants to make robots.txt an Internet standard They have Martijn Koster, the original creator …

2019-07-02: Well, this is interesting… seems we may be getting a 5th series of Blackadder after …

2019-07-02: Giving Icro a try out on the iPad. Looking good so far.

2019-07-01: Read: Japanese Internment Hasn’t Taught Us Anything - by Jamie Noguchi

2019-07-01: Read: The Windsors are nothing more than gangsters with unearned privilege

2019-06-30: Google’s new reCaptcha has a dark side I’ve seen this in action on Firefox when using …

2019-06-30: Gmail’s API lockdown will kill some third-party app access, starting July 15 - Ars Technica Not …

2019-06-29: Read: Making Local News Great Again

2019-06-29: Dear @ WashingtonPost Doc Searls has words (once again) with those sites pleading with you to turn …

2019-06-29: Read: The Pioneering Surgeon Who Defied Victorian Gender Norms - by Maia Kobabe and Mike Thompson

2019-06-28: My listening for this evening. Probably the closest anyone will get to hearing anything new from …

2019-06-28: Read: Boris Johnson and The Ice Flow

2019-06-28: How to speak Silicon Valley: decoding tech bros from microdosing to privacy Funny and depressing at …

2019-06-27: I’ve been going through the online tutorials for Affinity Publisher over on Affinity’s …

2019-06-27: In Delusions in Tech, Bryan Croteau documents the various assumptions, fallacies and bad practices …

2019-06-26: A Vacancy Has Been Detected My mum switched energy supplier at the start of this year, but the …

2019-06-26: Read: Neoliberalism has tricked us into believing a fairytale about where money comes from

2019-06-25: I’m working through the tutorial videos for Affinity Publisher. Most of the controls and UI …

2019-06-25: I’ve giving Vivaldi’s browser another try-out on my Mac, since it looks Iike I’ll …

2019-06-24: The tape obsolescence problem The tape obsolescence problem I’ve seen some of this myself, back when I was involved in tape …

2019-06-23: Oops! Have you heard about Silicon Valley’s unpaid research and development department? It’s called the …

2019-06-23: "It’s less harmful to piss off the government than piss off Google" Millions of Business Listings on Google Maps Are Fake—and Google Profits “It’s less harmful to piss …

2019-06-23: Boris Johnson: brilliant, warm, funny – and totally unfit to be PM Max Hastings, writing in 2012: …

2019-06-23: Read: This Medium Cries Freedom

2019-06-23: I reset my daily & weekly goals to zero in Todoist. Why? I was fixating too much on hitting …

2019-06-22: Misunderstandings of the Past The story of the people who really programmed ENIAC back in the 1940s. …

2019-06-22: Read: Post-WWDC thoughts Riccardo Mori’s thoughts on macOS Catalina and iPadOS.

2019-06-21: Read: The Anita Sarkeesian story I was one of the backers of the Kickstarter campaign for Tropes vs …

2019-06-21: Nick Heer’s recent blog post Theft With Permission nails the problem with adding more and more …

2019-06-21: Subway History: How OS/2 Powered The NYC Subway For Decades Despite the failure of OS/2 in the …

2019-06-21: Interviews with Contract Moderators for Facebook Describe PTSD and a Psychologically Debilitating …

2019-06-20: The Mac no longer needs compatibility to thrive About the only thing I currently need an Intel CPU …

2019-06-20: Exulansis A made up word that encapsulated the very real problem facing us around how the media …

2019-06-20: Read: This isn’t a Tory party leadership election. It’s a kamikaze Brexit mission

2019-06-20: 10 years of Voiceover I listened to 36 Seconds That Changed Everything – How the iPhone Learned to Talk yesterday, an …

2019-06-20: Why a Computer History Museum Owns a Legendary Teapot This made me smile, because I’m a big CG …

2019-06-19: Affinity Publisher launched today, and I’ve installed my pre-ordered copy. Next week I will …

2019-06-18: Another not-good day. Work pushed aside most of my self-care, and I’m feeling the effects of …

2019-06-17: Don’t just Google it! First, let’s talk! Asking in conversation is frowned upon too. Why ask us …

2019-06-17: The Problem With "Content" The Problem With “Content” Om Malik: You can tell a lot about a person and how they think about …

2019-06-17: Read: Barnes & Noble SOLD: Goliath has Fallen & What This Means for Writers

2019-06-16: Read: Why iOS Fonts Matter — Business Letters LLC

2019-06-16: It Made Sense to Someone in Management... The worst morale boosting gesture I’ve experienced Terence Eden: If it had been actually …

2019-06-16: Ambient Privacy The New Wilderness (Idle Words) Maciej Cegłowski: Our discourse around privacy needs to expand to …

2019-06-15: Read: The Ins and Outs of Non-destructive Editing in Photos for Mac and iOS Filing this for future …

2019-06-15: Read: Dana Blankenhorn: The Political Triumph of Tech

2019-06-15: Next Saturday is going to be tough. It’ll be six months since my dad passed away. On the other hand, …

2019-06-15: It’s now two months into my switch from Spotify to Apple Music. The only thing I’m missing is the …

2019-06-14: Read: The Lost tags of HTML

2019-06-13: Not loving the new Dropbox desktop app, or the coming price rises. Considering my options. iCloud is …

2019-06-13: Read: SwiftUI and Catalyst: Apple executes its invisible transition strategy

2019-06-13: The Day the Music Burned Bummer. :(

2019-06-13: I’ve been gradually increasing the number of tasks I’m processing each day in Todoist, …

2019-06-12: Out of Stock: How to Survive the LTO-8 Tape Shortage Been a long while since I dealt with tape …

2019-06-12: Project Svalbard: The Future of Have I Been Pwned Wow. I’d not even realised that Troy Hunt …

2019-06-11: Opera, Brave, Vivaldi to ignore Chrome’s anti-ad-blocker changes, despite shared codebase No …

2019-06-11: PrettyZucky - Your handy timeline of Facebook privacy zuckups. Turns out, FB has pretty much been …

2019-06-11: Watching: Facebook’s role in Brexit — and the threat to democracy Carole Cadwalladr is the …

2019-06-11: Read: Web archiving and languages

2019-06-11: Adobe TypeKit is now Adobe Fonts. And to get full access, you need a paid Creative Cloud …

2019-06-10: Original Apollo 11 Guidance Computer (AGC) source code for the command and lunar modules. As someone …

2019-06-09: High Tories Brexit as an experiment in mass hallucinogenics is the only thing that makes sense. The …

2019-06-09: Read: Queer Computers In Science Fiction Basically, what I’m saying is this: if you …

2019-06-09: After watching this video, I’m really glad that my days of doing tech support are behind me! …

2019-06-08: The Cult of Trump The Cult of Trump Dana Blankenhorn: It’s easy to see the cult-like hold Trump has over his most …

2019-06-08: Read: The Future of Television

2019-06-07: Read (and listened): When Kraftwerk Issued Their Own Pocket Calculator Synthesizer — to Play Their …

2019-06-07: 6.5 Million Unpaid Carers in the UK With No Support As someone who was in a similar situation for …

2019-06-07: Oh joy. Was wondering why my Windows 10 VM was taking so long to start up. Turns out to be a …

2019-06-07: I realised earlier this week that I’d not yet set up voicemail with my new mobile provider. Having …

2019-06-07: I’m gradually increasing my daily and weekly goals in Todoist. Seeing that I am getting stuff done …

2019-06-06: Watched: What you should know about vaping and e-cigarettes

2019-06-06: Last night I came up with the following filter for uBlock Origin to zap the sidebar on YouTube …

2019-06-06: Read: I Tweeted About The Joker Being a Woman Who Was Tired of This Shit and It Now Feels …

2019-06-06: I’ve been puzzling for a while over why reports from my websites kept getting marked as spam. It …

2019-06-05: Guess I won't be visiting the USA any time soon... US visa applicants required to hand over social media info Those social media identifiers will be …

2019-06-04: The Swiss City That’s Full of Cat Ladders Paging @hollyhoneychurch :)

2019-06-04: Read: Fake news writer: If people are stupid enough to believe this stuff…

2019-06-04: Groggy Early Morning (UK) WWDC Thoughts Woke up, scrolled through RSS feeds to see what was announced at WWDC. Mac Pro looks nice, but way …

2019-06-03: I’ve taken to using ad-blockers not just against adverts and trackers, but also against sites …

2019-06-02: Browser vendors win war with W3C over HTML and DOM standards It’s now official, and …

2019-06-02: Sunday morning lie-in, iPad, TuneIn Radio, Reeder, Micro.blog. Life is good.

2019-06-01: Read: Regulating the net is regulating us

2019-06-01: Read: In the Automagical Age of Surveillance Capitalism

2019-06-01: Ethical Web Principles W3C TAG Ethical Web Principles There is one web The web should not cause harm to society The web …

2019-06-01: Read: As Everest Melts, Bodies Are Emerging From the Ice

2019-06-01: Read: The Sun Shines, The Wind Blows, and Watch Houston Become Detroit

2019-06-01: The Error! The Error! iTunes: An Error Occurred - Allen Pike Of course, with great power comes great technical debt. As …

2019-06-01: Read: Is your kitty a convict? - The Oatmeal I see a lot of lost cat posters in my neighbourhood. :(

2019-06-01: I Declare To-Do List Bankruptcy! (and you should too) I’ve done this several times over the years, …

2019-05-31: Read: An Exercise Program for the Fat Web

2019-05-31: So how's that GDPR working out for ya? One Year Into GDPR, Most Apps Still Harvest Data Without Permission Protected Media is regularly …

2019-05-31: It’s just over 5 months since my dad passed away after a terminal illness. The strain of helping …

2019-05-30: Read: An oral history of USB, the port that changed everything

2019-05-30: Read: Intentional Subscriptions — Ideas for better subscriptions on iOS

2019-05-30: Cake or Death? Cake or death: AMP and the worrying power dynamics of the web If Google was my doctor, they’d be …

2019-05-30: Google’s Chrome Becomes Web `Gatekeeper’ and Rivals Complain Truly, Chrome has become …

2019-05-30: Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam... Fake News is Spam Crank calls and robocalls were spam of the phone era. The email had its spam. …

2019-05-30: What in the Hell Was Google Wave Trying to Be Anyway? Wow. A whole decade since Google debuted what …

2019-05-30: 102KB ought to be enough for any email Good grief. I remember this from when I still used Gmail in …

2019-05-30: Zdog · Round, flat, designer-friendly pseudo-3D engine for canvas and SVG Mind = Blown.

2019-05-30: Get off of Twitter Nolan Lawson doesn’t mince his words. Write blog posts. Use RSS. Use …

2019-05-29: I have the font size cranked up to max (40 point) in macOS Safari’s Reader View. And the same …

2019-05-29: Read: Radical Mindfulness: Zen Teachings for Challenging Times – Transcript

2019-05-28: Today, I went for an initial assessment interview, which I’m hoping will eventually lead to an …

2019-05-27: Read: My kind of tablet

2019-05-27: Read: Dana Blankenhorn: Decoration Day

2019-05-27: Before Netscape: The forgotten Web browsers of the early 1990s Back in the 1990s I was accessing the …

2019-05-27: I’m going to give Visual Studio Code a try-out for my coding tasks. Getting tired of wrestling …

2019-05-27: One of the downsides of installing new packages from within Sublime Text is that you’ve no …

2019-05-26: Read: Fields of Wheat and a Country for Ryon

2019-05-25: Read: After 15 Years, the Pirate Bay Still Can’t Be Killed

2019-05-25: "The Algorithm Says NO!" Fake News from Facebook and Instagram Artist Jannica Honey has been photographing the female body …

2019-05-25: I’ve rejigged my timed Keyboard Maestro macro to create a new daily journal entry in the …

2019-05-24: We scattered my dad’s ashes today, at a local public garden he loved to visit.

2019-05-24: The M in WIMP What’s Wrong Apple & Microsoft Om Malik talks computer mice: What does suck about the iMac is …

2019-05-24: Terminator: Dark Fate: Linda Hamilton Looks Tougher Than Ever | Vanity Fair How many reboots of this …

2019-05-23: Google stored business customers’ passwords in plaintext on its servers… for 14 years Well, …

2019-05-23: Read: “The Uber of Live Music”

2019-05-23: PayPal’s Beautiful Demonstration of Extended Validation FUD Troy Hunt (the guy behind …

2019-05-23: Moved all of my writing back to Ulysses. My journalling workflow will need rejigging, but that …

2019-05-22: My Markdown editing setup in Sublime Text has broken somehow. Bold and italic text has stopped …

2019-05-21: Today I bought the MacSparky Keyboard Maestro Field Guide. I’ve been using Keyboard Maestro …

2019-05-21: Read (and watched): Here’s how RadioShack sold its Model 100 laptop A trip down memory lane with …

2019-05-21: Read: The Cowardly State

2019-05-20: I’ve had some ideas for long-form blogging knocking around my head for a while. Time to crack …

2019-05-19: Google uses Gmail to track a history of things you buy — and it’s hard to delete When it comes to …

2019-05-18: Read: Human Capital and the 1980 Game

2019-05-18: Read: The Story My Male Editors Kept Killing – Human Parts

2019-05-18: Read: Faster script loading with BinaryAST? Of course, not requiring so much JavaScript in the first …

2019-05-18: Read: The Pivot Point - Craig Murray

2019-05-18: Read: 5G Trade Wars: the US Empire Strikes Back – Bella Caledonia

2019-05-18: Read: Are you in a school shooting right now? There’s an app for that / Boing Boing

2019-05-18: Read: Daring Fireball: Bloomberg Shits the Bed Again on Cybersecurity

2019-05-17: Read: Men Designed a Sexist World, and Women Are Tired of It

2019-05-17: Read: The Power of Distributed

2019-05-17: Read: Inequality is spiralling because our democracy is broken

2019-05-17: Dear Valued Customer... So I received the following email today from Adobe. Dear Valued Customer, At Adobe, we always …

2019-05-16: Ambient Surveillance Read: Idle Words > Talks > Privacy Rights and Data Collection in a Digital Economy (Senate …

2019-05-16: Read: Trans-inclusive Design – A List Apart

2019-05-16: Read: Why I Don’t Believe in Empathic Design

2019-05-16: Read: Buying Too Much Stuff is Driven By Uncertainty I’ve gradually weaned myself off of …

2019-05-16: Slipping back into some bad habits involving iPad games and procrastination. So I’m going …

2019-05-16: I’ve tried Drafts on iOS, but I just can’t figure out how to get it doing what I want. Same with …

2019-05-15: Creative Clod Adobe Warns Users Someone Else Might Sue Them For Using Old Versions Of Photoshop Sigh. I was a fan …

2019-05-15: Read: A Little Less Conversation

2019-05-15: Playlist Malfeasance I’ve come across songs on Spotify that are almost identical to each other …

2019-05-14: Read: Nest, the company, died at Google I/O 2019 | Ars Technica

2019-05-14: The Dark Side of Amazon Household Object: Amazon Package While the Nike swoosh embodies confidence and cool, the simple …

2019-05-14: Don't Worry, Blog Happy Om Malik: When I started blogging back in 2000, I never felt the pressure of making it perfect. And …

2019-05-13: Read: Dream State – Bella Caledonia Thoughts on 20 years of devolved Scottish government.

2019-05-13: Read: Last Week on My Mac: Language wars – The Eclectic Light Company

2019-05-13: Still aching a bit from pulling up rampant growth from the garden yesterday. Ibuprofen taken. Done …

2019-05-12: A recurring problem I’m having with Safari on macOS Mojave—tags that I apply when manually …

2019-05-12: Read: The Do’s and Don’ts of Tech Regulation

2019-05-12: Read: The End of Cyberspace

2019-05-12: Algorithms and Unintended Consequences Facebook’s “celebration” and “memories” algorithms are auto-generating …

2019-05-11: Read: Getting your fix online: the websites that make repairing easier Bookmarking these for the …

2019-05-11: Read: Pretty much all that most people need to know about modern monetary theory Filing this for …

2019-05-11: The Upgrade Train How the MacBook’s keyboard fiasco has reshuffled my whole upgrade path Riccardo Mori’s post …

2019-05-11: Privacy Theatre Google’s New Privacy Features Put the Responsibility on Users | WIRED But as Google increases the …

2019-05-11: Read: Italian Vineyards Are Glowing From the Light of Hundreds of Torches It’s a beautiful, if …

2019-05-11: Subscription Fatigue I read Nick Heer’s recent post Taking Stock of Subscriptions yesterday, and it struck a chord …

2019-05-10: Read: Some Amazon Sellers Are Paying $10,000 A Month To Trick Their Way To The Top Of The …

2019-05-10: Read: Facebook Algorithms Make It Harder to Catch Extremists - The Atlantic

2019-05-10: The Rise and Rise of Smartphone Cameras I’ve Said it Before, And I’ll Say It Again Om Malik: If you think the situation for standalone …

2019-05-10: I finally had a chance to read Autism informs and empowers Greta Thunberg’s climate activism in …

2019-05-10: While I like Typora a lot for journalling, the lack of an auto-save is a major downside for me. So …

2019-05-09: Privacy Versus Cloud Services Privacy Versus Cloud Services, Continued The question gets interesting when you realize there are …

2019-05-09: Read: Human Rights Watch Reverse-Engineers Mass Surveillance App used by Police in Xinjiang

2019-05-09: Read: Disaster socialism This is why I’m not enthusiastic about Labour trying to agree a …

2019-05-09: Facebook Invites Journalists to See New ‘War Room,’ Won’t Let Them Ask Workers …

2019-05-09: Read: Young people rush to register to vote ahead of EU elections – despite government inaction This …

2019-05-09: Watched: Spirituality for People who Hate Spirituality

2019-05-09: Read: The End Is Near for One of Sweden’s Oldest Trees

2019-05-09: How Technology is Hijacking Your Mind — from a Former Insider This is from 2016, but still very …

2019-05-09: The Master is Simplicity One for all you coders out there, whatever code you may be writing or …

2019-05-08: That Time I Tried Browsing the Web Without CSS Not as daft as it sounds. It can show up a lot of …

2019-05-08: Passed Your Accessibility Check? Don’t Be So Sure Turns out that Adobe Acrobat doesn’t check …

2019-05-08: I’d bookmarked The “Developer Experience” Bait-and-Switch for reading and sharing yesterday, …

2019-05-08: Facebook sponsored posts selling access to hacked PayPal accounts If you’ve not enabled …

2019-05-08: Read this if you've got 'nothing to hide' Read this if you’ve got ‘nothing to hide’ Privacy is like insurance; it’s there to protect you when …

2019-05-08: Read: How Slack impacts workplace productivity I tried out Slack briefly a few years ago, because a …

2019-05-08: Right after I posted my review of the iPhone SE to Amazon UK, I got prompted to review a load of …

2019-05-08: Small Is Still Beautiful Amazon UK asked me for a review of the iPhone SE that I got last month, so I’m sharing what I …

2019-05-07: Read: Fear Is Motivation

2019-05-07: Read: Humane: A New Agenda for Tech with Tristan Harris – Presentation and Transcript Long, but …

2019-05-07: The Invisible Man Andrew is a member of the press who fell on hard times, he then fell through the …

2019-05-07: Read: Time for Self-Reflection

2019-05-07: Read: How Safe Are Browser Extension? Adware Extensions Erode Trust in Apple, Google App Stores …

2019-05-07: Jam Making Day I helped make rhubarb-and-orange jam today. :P We haven’t got as much growth of rhubarb this …

2019-05-06: Somewhat annoyed that I’ve hit a part of the JavaScript30 course that absolutely won’t …

2019-05-06: Read: Instagram influencers are out, slackers are in

2019-05-06: Read: The Tyranny of Convenience These days, convenience increasingly has a price that we can’t …

2019-05-06: Read: Evil Clippy: MS Office maldoc assistant A long, and very technical read, but a good reminder …

2019-05-06: Doing this week: Getting Started on WordPress - IndieWeb I’m using Todoist to set myself weekly and …

2019-05-05: Currently listening to The Sound of Music by Laibach on Apple Music. Not as weird as you might …

2019-05-05: Restarted the JavaScript30 challenge today after a hiatus. Today’s lesson involved using the …

2019-05-05: Read: The Theremin: Sounds from Outer Space… and the future

2019-05-05: Today, I helped my mum take apart an old outdoor swing sweat that was past its prime. And it needed …

2019-05-04: Maybe “the integrity of female athletics” is a bad idea The dehumanization of Caster Semenya is …

2019-05-04: Read: Cybersecurity for the Public Interest

2019-05-04: Read: I Am More Than My Chromosomes - by Elísabet Rún

2019-05-04: Read: When American Financiers and Business Leaders Plotted to Overthrow Franklin D. Roosevelt and …

2019-05-04: Read: Slavery 2.0 and how to avoid it: a practical guide for cyborgs

2019-05-04: Read: British Tabloids Amplified Terrorist Propaganda Following Christchurch Attack, Analysis Finds

2019-05-04: Liked: Living Worlds - Art by Mark Ferrari

2019-05-04: Read: The Rise and Fall of Internet Art Communities, from DeviantArt to Tumblr - Artsy I was on …

2019-05-04: Canada, Land of Barbarians Nothing like a little fearmongering to drag the citizenry into war Life Magazine indulged in a …

2019-05-04: Read: Japan is developing a computer virus to fight cyberattacks, claim reports What could possibly …

2019-05-04: Read: A Conspiracy To Kill IE6 A glimpse into the culture of the original YouTube, and a reminder of …

2019-05-04: Sigh. I love the Readly app, but sadly there’s no decent way to share stuff I find there. This is …

2019-05-04: Damn. Media Diversified are shutting down. :(

2019-05-04: One of my fave webcomics is Kevin & Kell. It’s in a league of it’s own. And yes, I was …

2019-05-04: Great post from @Miraz on reasons for not building a community on Facebook’s land.

2019-05-03: Read: Oh Hello Ana - Blogging and me

2019-05-03: Read: The Gilded Age of (Unpaid) Internet Writing

2019-05-03: Read: Avian’s Blog: Google is eating our mail I opted to move to Fastmail back in 2013, at least …

2019-05-02: Read: Are You Gonna Go Huawei? 5G and the Rise of AI Nationalism

2019-05-02: Read: To Cope With a Wartime Banana Ban, British Home Cooks Made ‘Mock Bananas’

2019-05-01: Read: Let’s bury the myth of the safe Mac

2019-05-01: Brexit has shone a light on our constitution. Now it’s time for real self-government The greatest …

2019-05-01: Since @jack posted about how he’s switching around his work system, here’s mine. …

2019-05-01: Today, I took the first step toward getting a diagnosis of my autism. I’ve been warned that it could …

2019-05-01: Annoyed that the ‘compatible’ ink cartridge I got for my old Canon printer is out of ink already. I …

2019-04-30: Read: Content Moderation is Broken. Let Us Count the Ways.

2019-04-30: Social architecture and the house of tomorrow Charlie Stross discusses how house have changed over …

2019-04-30: Read: If Facebook Wants Our Trust, Mark Zuckerberg Must Resign

2019-04-30: Roald Dahl, Who Lost His Daughter to Measles, Writes a Heartbreaking Letter about Vaccinations: “It …

2019-04-29: Read: Scratch, Squeak, Alice and Go – programming for kids, adults and everyone else

2019-04-29: Watched: Havin’ Fun!

2019-04-29: Read: Personal scale

2019-04-29: I tried out Mailbutler over the weekend to see if it could improve my workflow. Sadly, while it does …

2019-04-28: Read: How I made Deus Ex Machina — Wireframe

2019-04-28: So far, Reeder 4 is holding up really well as my RSS reader on Mac and iOS. I contacted developer …

2019-04-28: I’m going to give the beta version of DEVONthink 3 a try-out, and way up the pros and cons of that …

2019-04-27: Read: Copyright Wars 2020

2019-04-27: Facebook racism? Black users say racism convos blocked as hate speech Now I understand why my …

2019-04-27: 1980s 8-Bit 3D Adventures with Freescape - Paleotronic Magazine Impressive stuff, and a reminder of …

2019-04-27: Read: macOS 10.etc.etc. h/t @martinfeld

2019-04-27: Watched: Let’s End Ageism—TED2017 talk by Ashton Applewhite. ( h/t @Miraz )

2019-04-26: Innovate? Big tech would rather throw us a broken Samsung Galaxy Fold Charles Arthur: > …

2019-04-26: Read: Facebook’s Dereliction of Duty

2019-04-26: Read: Becoming More Deeply Committed to My Commitments

2019-04-26: I took this off my bookshelf the other day. I think I’ll read it again, just to see how much …

2019-04-26: Well, at least Spotify have a sense of humour. I just cancelled my Spotify Premium subscription, and …

2019-04-26: Bought and installed [Reeder 4 for Mac] today. The app is a lot snappier, and Readability view is …

2019-04-26: Went to doctors surgery this morning to have routine blood tests done. Discussed how I was coping …

2019-04-25: In a way, I’ve made a rod for my own back by continuing to having a large collection of MP3 …

2019-04-25: Since taking up the Apple Music 3-month trial, I’ve been reintroduced to the ‘delights’ of …

2019-04-24: Liked: Freddie Mercury Reimagined as Comic Book Heroes

2019-04-24: I’m going to give Apple Music a try-out, started 3-month trial. I’m currently a Spotify …

2019-04-24: Read: Naming things to improve accessibility

2019-04-24: Meteors, Comet, and Big Dipper over La Palma

2019-04-22: Witness the Days of Gammon Rage The times we are living through are so crazy that we are led by …

2019-04-22: Sparking joy this morning by listening to Discover Weekly auto-generated playlist on Spotify. :)

2019-04-22: I’ve started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo. I’ve done …

2019-04-21: I stopped regular alcohol consumption several years ago, mainly for social reasons. I was reminded …

2019-04-21: Friday’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, Milky Way in Northern Spring. As spring brought leaves to …

2019-04-20: Street Art for Book Lovers: Dutch Artists Paint Massive Bookcase Mural on the Side of a Building

2019-04-20: The Resurrection of DVDs > I will admit to laughing at people who collect DVDs. I’ve considered …

2019-04-20: Loneliness—Good longread for the weekend, from Dana Blankenhorn, about how the Internet is the …

2019-04-20: Names of my devices: Colonel K (iMac) Dangermouse (iPad Mini) Penfold (iPhone SE) (Bonus points if …

2019-04-20: After a few months with both the R-Go HE vertical mouse and the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 …

2019-04-19: Microsoft loses control over Windows Tiles subdomain It’s hard to say which is the bigger WTF in …

2019-04-19: Thirty Years Since ‘The Truth’ but Are We Any Closer to Truth? Given that the headline …

2019-04-19: Productivity and Promises Shawn Blanc: > Your productivity and your moral character are not intertwined. > Meaning: …

2019-04-19: Word of advice—if you’re going to do any sanding, wear gloves. My hands are OK, but I’m having …

2019-04-17: Today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. Somewhere, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby are probably …

2019-04-17: So nice to be able to have the heating off and the windows open today. :) And it promises to be a …

2019-04-17: Amazon UnPrimed Om Malik: Additionally, Amazon has lost its core value proposition—it is no longer …

2019-04-17: Today is a day for opening MindNode and doing a serious brain dump.

2019-04-16: Thumper’s Rule – Knowing When And How To Avoid An Online Argument Having been a member of a lot of …

2019-04-16: DWP // FIT FOR WORK_ – Void One One graphic artist’s expression of protest against the UK …

2019-04-16: A Photo Visit to Mount Fanjing - The Atlantic Amazing pictures, but not for anyone with a fear of …

2019-04-15: I’m loving my ‘new’ iPhone SE. And it seems I’m not the only one. I posted a …

2019-04-14: D’oh! I’d forgotten that my Steam account still had my old mobile phone number. At least I was …

2019-04-13: Just finished reading Jeffrey Zeldman’s Nothing Fails Like Success over at A List Apart. …

2019-04-13: Posting selfie with my micro.phone to Micro.blog. :D

2019-04-12: Serendipity I listen to SomaFM Drone Zone at night to go to sleep. (TuneIn Radio app on iPad Mini.) Last night, …

2019-04-12: Looks like the logo / branding pendulum is starting to swing back. From: Every brand logo looks the …

2019-04-11: I now have the essentials installed on my ‘renewed’ iPhone SE. Still getting used to how dinky …

2019-04-11: The Business: Apollo Executive Group Fascinating article about how NASA managed to get men onto the …

2019-04-10: The Toy Store: The Milton Bradley Big Trak The ‘toy of the future’ from 1979!

2019-04-10: The Tech Class: The Computer Enters the 1980s Classroom This brings back some happy memories from …

2019-04-09: Six ways to improve your media diet I’ve been putting a lot of this into practice over the …

2019-04-09: The iPhone SE arrived today. Photo of it alongside my Lenovo PHAB2. (Taken with my iPad Mini 4). …

2019-04-08: Bienvenue | Da ! Heard It Records Came across this net.label a while back. Some seriously weird …

2019-04-07: Accessibility for Vestibular Disorders: How My Temporary Disability Changed My Perspective An …

2019-04-07: Doing magazine layout work, which means opening up InDesign. An application that I tolerate because …

2019-04-06: Phone has now come out of whatever loop it was stuck in, and I can use it again, for now. But …

2019-04-06: Another annoyance. Latest update to DEVONthink Pro Office has caused Apple Mail plugin to vanish, …

2019-04-06: Well, that’s a bummer. My phone (Lenovo PHAB2) appears to have bricked itself. I turned it on …

2019-04-05: Practical vs. Pretty: Finding Balance Between Features and Design These days, I’m becoming less and …

2019-04-04: Welcome To The Prude Internet: No More Sex Talk Allowed However, with last year’s passing of …

2019-04-04: After Christchurch, we need more than digital-security theater If Germany has to pass a law to stop …

2019-04-04: Reasons To Be Cheerful: The Bigots and Xenophobes Don’t Have Any Good Tunes Written by Boff Whalley …

2019-04-03: Are there viable alternatives to Facebook and Twitter? Yes, there are, and I am hopeful that more …

2019-04-03: We Built A Broken Internet. Now We Need To Burn It To The Ground. Maybe we’re better off turning our …

2019-04-03: Every time our DAB radio downstairs splutters, I give thanks for my iPad Mini and TuneIn Radio app. …

2019-04-02: Apple’s new feature a step towards digital apartheid The title may sound sensationalist, but …

2019-04-02: Navigating the Deep Riches of the Web Lots of links from this article to places where you can view …

2019-04-02: I had to replace an inkjet cartridge this afternoon. Unfortunately, the replacement cartridge …

2019-04-02: Codecademy vs. The BBC Micro A good long-read about the history of ‘computer literacy’ as we …

2019-04-01: Tidying up for your computer in the ‘90s: Marie Kondo style Warning - contains flashbacks to Windows …

2019-03-31: I went to bed early last night, thinking that would counteract the lost hour from the clocks going …

2019-03-30: From the super-badly-targeted dept. What If Google And Facebook Admitted That All This Ad Targeting Really Doesn’t Work That Well? …

2019-03-30: What Facebook Is Getting Wrong in the Fight Against Fake News Long interview with Brooke Binkowski …

2019-03-30: Happy Email Debt Forgiveness Day!

2019-03-30: Google launches AMP support on Gmail for interactive emails AMP is a solution in search of a problem …

2019-03-30: Early Morning Political Thoughts I think I know now my Theresa May is still trying to get her Brexit Withdrawal Deal accepted. It’ll …

2019-03-29: The Filter Bubble is Actually a Decision Bubble - Baekdal Plus An illuminating - and depressing - …

2019-03-29: A Map of the Internet from May 1973 The network was so small in the early days that those circles …

2019-03-29: Why bother with What Three Words? Terence Eden explains the issues. Not open. Not a standard. The …

2019-03-29: Phil Salvador reviews the 1988 computer game Charlie Chaplin. Or is it a bleak take on the silent …

2019-03-29: There may be a question mark over it’s continued development, but I’ve got to say that I love …

2019-03-29: Day One isn’t syncing between my devices. Sigh.

2019-03-29: I’ve now set a goal of listening to at least one podcast every day. Getting back into that habit is …

2019-03-28: Chinese Women Once Had to Point Out Their Medical Troubles on Ivory Dolls Often when a woman saw a …

2019-03-28: The Female Archaeologists of the Scottish Orkneys Were Hiding in Plain Sight At first glance, many …

2019-03-28: While my hope would be for a Labour majority, I believe that the changes Britain desperately needs …

2019-03-28: One thing is for certain. Whatever happens, the Conservative Party is finished. Brexit was supposed …

2019-03-28: I glanced at BBC News last night before bedtime. That was a mistake. Time to cut this Gordian Knot. …

2019-03-27: Sean Adams’s The Designer’s Dictionary of Type explains famous fonts Adding this to my …

2019-03-27: Sparking digital joy My digital detritus isn’t quite as old as Chris Coleman’s—I lost a lot of …

2019-03-27: Finding and converting legacy media 1: still images More fallout from the imminent demise of …

2019-03-27: Google Plus (or Minus) and the Ephemerality of Community Jason Scott from the Internet Archive, who …

2019-03-27: I’ve decided to give Day One another go for journalling. One immediate wrinkle: the Android version …

2019-03-26: The Brexit debacle limps on for another day. It would be hilarious, were the potential consequences …

2019-03-25: Independence Day Postponed and the Precious Precious Union Brexit is English nationalism using …

2019-03-24: The 32-bit Mac apocalyple is coming (possibly) for your videos! Jason Snell and Howard Oakley have details of what you need to look for. TL;DR—macOS 10.15 will kill …

2019-03-23: Just had a 50-minute meditation session. Was feeling down earlier. Could really use some more hope …

2019-03-23: I’m researching alternatives to Amazon for various things I might want to purchase. Not just for …

2019-03-23: Which Safari extensions do you use? My list of extensions is slightly longer—StopTheMadness, …

2019-03-22: You Are What You Read Guest Blog: Jodie Jackson, author of “You Are What You Read” | Hacked Off We are all …

2019-03-22: Star Trails and the Equinox Sunrise Belated happy Spring Equinox, everyone.

2019-03-22: Reasons to quit Twitter and Facebook and switch to Mastodon David Chartier makes a good case for …

2019-03-22: I’m glad I have a private journal I can write in. That way, I can dump my emotions into it, …

2019-03-21: Newspapers help to radicalise far right, says UK anti-terror chief Of course, those same newspapers …

2019-03-21: The role of mastodon.social in the Mastodon ecosystem - Official Mastodon Blog People are used to …

2019-03-21: iAnorexia Am amused to see that the new iPad Mini still has a 3.5mm headphone jack. As does the new iPad Air, …

2019-03-20: Patreon ups its revenue cut, but grandfathers in old creators I’m guessing there’s going to be …

2019-03-20: Today is going to be a writing day, I feel. Avoiding listening to or watching the news. Majority of …

2019-03-19: A week on from closing my Facebook account. No regrets. Thankfully, I’d already pulled back my …

2019-03-19: A different, better world What would a world that was different, and which was better, look like? In essence, on a morning …

2019-03-19: Hated and hunted - BBC News This guy ‘Fabian’ cracks ransomware for a living. He has helped a lot of …

2019-03-19: Apple’s new iPads cling to old Apple Pencil facepalm Well, that’s clear as mud.

2019-03-19: Bercow: parliamentary democracy at work How ironic that those who’ve accused the EU of making …

2019-03-19: Why Phone Numbers Stink As Identity Proof — Krebs on Security I recently changed phone numbers, and …

2019-03-19: Pondering the new iPad Mini. I’ve had my Mini 4 for two years (refurb from Apple) and I use it …

2019-03-18: A ‘Creepy’ Assignment: Pay Attention to What Strangers Reveal in Public “If someone wants true …

2019-03-18: One of the nicest things about a text editor like Sublime Text is that you can customise and extend …

2019-03-17: I’ve been using Brainwave Studio on the Mac for a while now, but realised that I’ve also got it on …

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2019-03-17: iTunes informs me that I have over 18,000 songs in my music library, and it would take nearly 68 …

2019-03-16: I now have a 24hr block in Freedom of all the main social media services, and Locked Mode will stop …

2019-03-15: At first, the fixed window size of the Micro.blog app for Mac niggled me. But now I can appreciate …

2019-03-15: Switching to posting here on my Micro.blog site instead of Facebook was an important part of weaning …

2019-03-15: On the past, present, and future of COBOL It’s seems that, much like the Hotel California in the …

2019-03-15: A New Lunar Lander for the ZX81 / Timex Sinclair 1000 This brings back memories. I owned a Sinclair …

2019-03-15: It’s Frustrating That Preview in Mojave Isn’t Better I’ve run into occasional issues when …

2019-03-15: One side-effect of using Freedom to block social media sites for most of the day is the way that it …

2019-03-14: I’m working through Wes Bos’s Sublime Text Power User course, because I know I’m not using …

2019-03-14: A reader asks: “What is your favorite laptop that you have ever had or used and why?” – Langa.com …

2019-03-14: A thought occurred to me. Perhaps we need an equivalent of hobo signs for web links, to warn others …

2019-03-14: The web at 30: Apple’s place in history The legacy of NextStep, the weirdness of Internet Explorer …

2019-03-14: The deranged statement from LaCroix’s CEO Nick Caporella, annotated. Wow. That is a lot of WTF in …

2019-03-14: The Coming Software Apocalypse A long read about why the software that we increasingly rely on to …

2019-03-13: The web we broke Ethan Marcotte discussed the depressing results of a recent survey by WebAIM of the …

2019-03-13: Annoyingly, there isn’t a way that I can see to edit my posts via the Micro.blog app for Mac. …

2019-03-13: Facepalm. Name mix-up earlier. MacPaw are the developers of CleanMyMac, whereas Macphun (now Skylum) …

2019-03-13: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 Arrives with a Version for Mac Too - Thurrott.com A blast from the …

2019-03-13: New version of CleanMyMac came out, and it now uses a high contrast theme if you’re using …

2019-03-13: New version of Ulysses for Mac and iOS dropped, so I’m having another look at it. Sadly, a lot of …

2019-03-12: So that’s it. My Facebook profile will be gone in 30 days from now. Not making the same …

2019-03-12: The Great Google Hangouts Shutdown begins October 2019 - Ars Technica The Google Graveyard is …

2019-03-12: Less than a month to go before Google breaks hundreds of thousands of links all over the Internet – …

2019-03-12: What Google knows about you - Axios Google does provide means to tell it to stop most of its …

2019-03-12: You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, but It Didn’t Forget You - WIRED A timely reminder that Facebook …

2019-03-12: Pariah How low can you go? – On my Om What is more disheartening is that except for a handful of voices, …

2019-03-12: Today would have been my dad’s 80th birthday. I’ll be spending time with mum.

2019-03-11: Just posted some thoughts about leaving Facebook over on my main blog. I wrote that in one take, for …

2019-03-11: Moonrise Through Mauna Keas Shadow I didn’t know that such a phenomenon was possible. Neat!

2019-03-11: Last Week on My Mac: The importance of document repair As someone who has files going back over 20 …

2019-03-11: I learnt a valuable lesson just now, while trying to automate something on my Mac. Sometimes, the …

2019-03-10: The Inextricable Link Between Modern Free Speech Law and the Civil Rights Movement —This was an …

2019-03-10: I had an autism flare last night. Bad one. I ended up logging out and listening to chillout radio …

2019-03-09: Hmm, it turns out that I need to restart the Mac in Safe Mode, then enter my iCloud password when …

2019-03-09: At least MarsEdit is still working, as is the RSS feed for my timeline. So there’s that.

2019-03-09: And now Micro.blog on iOS doesn’t appear to be refreshing its timeline. Today is turning out to be a …

2019-03-09: Brexit: 48-hour Deadline Looms for UK as Negotiations Flounder - some perspective from outside the …

2019-03-09: The Digital Unconformity | Linux Journal Doc Searl’s essay about the relative impermanence of …

2019-03-09: Ok, it looks like Micro.blog for Mac is forgetting its authorisation somehow? Every time I relaunch …

2019-03-09: Huh, I uninstalled the Micro.blog app for Mac, then reinstalled the latest version, still getting a …

2019-03-09: Looks like Apple’s iCloud services are having problems. My Mac can’t access them at the …

2019-03-08: Hmm, I’m getting an HTTP 500 error code when I try to access the timeline in Micro.blog for …

2019-03-08: NASA Captures Supersonic Shock Interaction | NASA These looks like they should be poster designs.

2019-03-07: Shared joy is multiplied; Shared pain, diminished. Thus do we refute entropy. —Spider Robinson

2019-03-07: Regarding the Thoughtful Cultivation of the Archived Internet I know that I’ve posted stuff in …

2019-03-07: PDF without Adobe: 14 PDF is inherently not secure I’ve had occasion to peek inside the …

2019-03-07: Reading the Discover feed first thing in the morning, and smiling. Random joy is infectious. :)

2019-03-06: Cory Doctorow: Terra Nullius – Locus Online Cory’s latest article for Locus, on John Locke, …

2019-03-06: Reda Lemeden | We Need Chrome No More I saw this in action earlier today. A website informed me that …

2019-03-06: 2019 Prediction #1 — Apple under Tim Cook emulates GE under Jack Welch Robert X Cringely, in what …

2019-03-06: I’ve got a list in my task manager of choice called ‘Buying Decisions’, where I put in links …

2019-03-06: Been listening to the All My Relations podcast the last few days. I knew of Matika Wilbur, one of …

2019-03-06: APOD: 2019 March 5 - X Ray Superbubbles in Galaxy NGC 3079 Reminder: the universe is amazing and …

2019-03-05: I got a new SIM for my phone, as I’m switching to a better plan on another network. I’ve decided to …

2019-03-05: What Folding Phones Say About State of SmartPhones —insightful post my Om Malik on the history of …

2019-03-05: Celestial Alignment over Sicilian Shore Today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). The Moon, …

2019-03-04: I’ve remapped the keyboard shortcut for Refresh in Micro.blog app on Mac to Command-R, via System …

2019-03-04: ETS Isn’t TLS and You Shouldn’t Use It A ‘secure’ connection that allows for …

2019-03-04: What The Truman Show Can Teach Us About the Future of the Internet | Tor.com Eliot Peper’s …

2019-03-03: I had a problem with Audio Hijack the other day—the Broadcast block wasn’t picking up song …

2019-03-03: De La Soul’s Fight with Tommy Boy Over Copyright and Streaming Revenues This makes me sad.

2019-03-03: I think this is why I found @patrickrhone ’s Minimal Mac resonated so much with me. Instead of …

2019-03-03: Related to my previous post, I realised that MarsEdit on Mac, while a fine product, just wasn’t a …

2019-03-03: You already have everything you need to create stuff on the internet - Matt Hauger This blog post …

2019-03-02: I find myself using Reading Mode more and more when browsing. If I can’t do that, usually due to …

2019-03-02: I’ve started to explore #mastodon a bit more, now that I have apps on both my Mac and iPad. The …

2019-03-02: I’ve decided to become a mobile tariff tart. That sounds a lot dirtier than it should. What I mean …

2019-03-01: Long-tap the iOS screenshot preview to immediately share it David Chartier points out an iOS feature I wish I’d known before.

2019-03-01: Universal Music CEO to artists: Fine-tune your lyrics for smart speakers Lucian Grainge clearly doesn’t share my taste for the more eclectic, and usually lyric-less, …

2019-03-01: Two Fundamental Things Wrong with Social Networks Jack Reichert’s blog post articulates a lot of the feelings I increasingly have towards …

2019-03-01: What if Snow Crash was actually a documentary? PZ Myers: The novel Snow Crash analogized human minds to computer operating systems and suggested …

2019-02-28: Watching the Black Body Malkia Cyril: In December 2017, FBI agents forced Rakem Balogun and his fifteen-year-old son out of …

2019-02-28: My big lifehack currently is to listen to podcasts and instructional videos at 2x speed. My brain …

2019-02-28: Related to last post—I still have a lot of love for Mozilla Firefox, and the current ‘Quantum’ …

2019-02-28: I’ve started using Safari on macOS again as my primary browser, for the first time in many …

2019-02-27: Firefox (Not) Sync Usually, my copy of Mozilla Firefox on my Mac will periodically sync my bookmarks to the cloud via …

2019-02-27: Automating All The Things I’ve been using Mac utilities like Hazel, Keyboard Maestro, Typinator and others for a while …

2019-02-26: Facebook ≠ Blog On a blog, you can be sure that your post can be found. On Facebook, your post may or may not show …

2019-02-25: The deadly truth about a world built for men – from stab vests to car crashes - Life and style - The …

2019-02-25: I used Kirby a few years back for a small website project, and really enjoyed it. Very customisable, …

2019-02-25: Just tried out sharing a link to Micro.blog app on iPad via Share Sheet. The only problem is that …

2019-02-25: Last Week on My Mac: Apple quietly pre-announces major change in macOS 10.14.4 – The Eclectic Light …

2019-02-24: Added the Micro.Blog Discover feed to my feed service of choice, Inoreader. Good times.

2019-02-23: Last Week on My Mac: Problems of PDF The Eclectic Light Company: I was asked why some PDFs would only display properly when opened in …

2019-02-23: Nike just bricked its self-lacing shoes by accident Jack Morse, Mashable: This is the future we deserve. Owners of the newly released $350 Nike …

2019-02-23: Cyber-Mercenary Groups Shouldn't be Trusted in Your Browser or Anywhere Else Cooper Quentin, EFF: DarkMatter, the notorious cyber-mercenary firm based in the United Arab …

2019-02-22: Forget privacy: you're terrible at targeting anyway A very long article by data analyst Apenwarr explaining how all the profiling in the world is for …

2019-02-22: WebExtensions v3 considered harmful Daniel Glazman: The Open Web Platform is a careful and fragile construction billions of people, …

2019-02-22: Why does my remote control need to know my location? Terence Eden describes the saga of an Android remote control app for his sound system that suddenly …

2019-02-22: What part of “No Flash” doesn’t Microsoft understand? Sergui Gatlan at BeepingComputer: According to the initial bug report filed by Google Project …

2019-02-22: Citizenship is not a commodity Richard Murphy argues that the case of Shamima Begum, the UK girl who ran away to Syria to join …

2019-02-20: Invoicing day is always a good day. :)

2019-02-19: Let The Words Be Free Written on FB just now: Facebook asks “What’s on your mind?” then gives you a …

2019-02-19: RIP Dr Peuto, Zilog and Sun's bright SPARC* Andrew Orlowski at The Register wrote this obit for Dr Bernard L Peuto, his work at Zilog (makers of …

2019-02-19: You know smoking is bad for your health, right? Did you also know it’s damaging your …

2019-02-19: The Obscuritory delves back into the Age of CD-ROM, and the Eyewitness Virtual Reality Earth Quest …

2019-02-18: ‘Link to the rest’: the 12-year journey to 1,000 days of @TheOverspill links Great longread from …

2019-02-18: I have a new system for stuff I want to read later. I put it in my task manager (Todoist, in my …

2019-02-17: Is it creepy when brands pester you on social media? Yes, it most certainly is. Another reason why I …

2019-02-17: Etsy sellers say their bank accounts were emptied in major billing snafu This is bad. And Etsy’s …

2019-02-16: Related to my previous post about DEVONthink, though it’s applicable to Evernote, OneNote and …

2019-02-16: I’ve discovered a lot of bit-rot in my DEVONthink Pro Office databases, due to their previously …

2019-02-16: I only just discovered that I can set my own timer for Brainwave Studio. The pomodoro timer that …

2019-02-15: ZIP is Broken, Except it’s Not, Except it Is Wherein Jason Scott expound on the question ‘What …

2019-02-15: Just posted this to FB Just posted this to FB: I know quite a few of you have blogs out there on the interwebs. And some of …

2019-02-12: The Myth of the 'War of the Worlds' Panic Found this article on Slate the other day. It turns out that the ‘panic’ was actually …

2019-02-11: Why isn't the Internet more fun and weird? Why isn’t the Internet more fun and weird? By mistake, MySpace inspired a generation of teenagers …

2019-02-11: I’ve had Brainwave Studio for Mac for a while, and usually use it to help me relax. But the …

2019-02-10: A few notes on the iPhone 4S Riccardo Mori recently got an iPhone 4S to see how it fares nowadays. I do miss my iPhone 4S a bit. …

2019-02-10: This week, I completed Working Smarter for Mac Users, a productivity course by Bob “Dr. Mac” …

2019-02-09: Switching.Social - ethical, easy-to-use and privacy-conscious alternatives Switching.Social looks to be a very useful reference resource for those of us looking to help others …

2019-02-08: Inoreader New Plans and Pricing Updates in February 2019 I’ve mentioned before that I’m using Inoreader as my RSS feed collector of choice. You …

2019-02-07: Google Fiber dumps Louisville So long, and thanks for all the fish!

2019-02-07: Dinosaurs' Revenge Charles Arthur’s commentary on a report in the New York Times that 2018 was the fourth warmest …

2019-02-06: Things More Heavily Regulated Than Buying a Gun in the United States From 2017, but still very relevant. Contains a LOT of expletives, and I can fully understand why.

2019-02-04: My new ergonomic setup Took delivery of a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 today. It replaces an Apple Wired …

2019-02-03: FYI: If you're using Inoreader to follow your Micro.blog feed Yet another reason why I’m glad I switched over from Feedly for my RSS needs.

2019-02-02: Bad news on the Facebook fact-checking front... Want to get away with posting fake news on Facebook? Just change your website domain. One of the …

2019-02-01: Ultra-what now? UltraViolet is Shutting Down on July 31st, Here’s How to Transfer Your Movies If you’re …

2019-02-01: Happy DNS Flag Day! (Unless you’re on a machine that is still running 20th century DNS, in …

2019-02-01: 30-Jan-2019 (Wed) Wherein The Man has discovered Synthwave Jamie Zawinski: Hey look, the Wall Street Journal, of all things, has discovered Synthwave. That …

2019-02-01: ICYMI: Google+ shutting down on April 2nd The official version, from Product Manager David Conway: We announced this past fall that we’re …

2019-02-01: Why Google is like Donald Trump Lauren Weinstein (via the Network Neutrality Squad mailing list): Some observers claim that Google …

2019-01-31: My iPad Home Screen for 2019 This is my current home screen on my iPad 4. Yes, all my installed apps are in that folder in the …

2019-01-30: Argh! Something has upset the Mac App Store on my iMac. I’m unable to install updates, it keeps …

2019-01-29: Why do so many people get offended at facts they don't like? Why do so many people get offended at facts they don’t like? In which Ross Greer MSP puts some …

2019-01-29: I’ve been using Freedom for a while now to block out social media between 7am and 7pm on all …

2019-01-29: I Made A Resource For A Pre-Diabetic Friend I Made A Resource For A Pre-Diabetic Friend Posted to my main blog. There’s a PDF you can …

2019-01-29: How old is too old to play videogames? Craig Grannell: Frankly, I find it astonishing this is still a question people need to ask …

2019-01-28: The Grouch for Mac I found this video via a recent Daring Fireball post, which in turn was commenting on the first of a …

2019-01-28: Does This Spark USB Joy? I recently did an audit of what spare USB and other cables I had. It turned out I had a lot of extra …

2019-01-28: The Other Art History: The Forgotten Cyberfeminists of '90s Net Art Loney Abrams: n 1991 the Internet was born. That same year, the term ‘Cyberfeminism’ was coined …

2019-01-27: I was running my iMac display at scaled-up resolution for a few month. (For those who don’t know, …

2019-01-26: #DeleteFacebook? #DeleteTwitter? #FatLotOfGood that will do you Lisa Vass, at Sophos’s Naked Security blog: A study published on Monday found that when it …

2019-01-25: Jersey’s illegal Senators and Deputies [ FYI: This is Jersey the Channel Island, not Jersey the US State ] Richard Murphy: The scandal …

2019-01-25: Hello (Again) Ello Om Malik: It is the antithesis of the likes-fueled, influencer-juiced world of Instagram and its …

2019-01-25: Upcoming Version of Google Chrome Will Make It Harder to Block Ads Upcoming Version of Google Chrome Will Make It Harder to Block Ads On the one hand, there have been …

2019-01-24: I'm Marie Fucking Kondo and You Can Keep All Your Fucking Books, You Ingrates Felipe Torres Medina, writing for Points in Case: I know you guys are not used to listening to a …

2019-01-24: The army sent my child a 66-page recruitment magazine and it’s utterly vomit inducing Emily Apple: But this isn’t the point. In a parallel universe, he could be ideal cannon fodder for …

2019-01-23: Added the RSS feed for post by people I follow here to Inoreader. Now I won’t miss new posts! …

2019-01-23: An Important Message from “Google” about Google+ ! Lauren Weinstein: We know that many of you have built major parts of your lives around Google+, …

2019-01-23: State of User Experience Design Tom Fishburne: At one end of the spectrum, there’s been a lot of recent attention to “Dark UX“: “an …

2019-01-22: Nigel Lawson created a climate science denying apparatus in the heart of Parliament Mat Hope: At the age of 86, Lawson last week stepped down as chair of the climate science denying …

2019-01-22: The Nazis and your privacy Roderick Miller: Today we don’t need the Gestapo to force us to give up our personal data, we offer …

2019-01-21: Trump adviser reportedly speaks regularly to Grayling and Fox on Brexit Johnathan Swan, Axios: Trump isn’t the only senior White House official rooting for Brexit. …

2019-01-20: Windows Phone users: Your reminder that support ends in December 2019 Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet: Just a reminder for those still using Windows Phones: Microsoft is ending its …

2019-01-19: Apple’s Biggest Problem? My Mom -> Apple’s Biggest Problem? My Mom Kevin Roose, New York Times: When I asked my mom what would get her …

2019-01-18: Two of my old cameras are definitely going to be headed to the recycling centre soon. Put fresh …

2019-01-18: Behold Moebius’ Many Psychedelic Illustrations of Jimi Hendrix Behold Moebius’ Many Psychedelic Illustrations of Jimi Hendrix The 1995 release of posthumous Jimi …

2019-01-18: Today, I’m trying out something @patrickrhone suggests in his book Minimal Mac, and simplifying my …

2019-01-17: Yep, One of *Those* Days

2019-01-15: The Right Tool For The Job I’ve been gradually thinning out the number of applications I have on my Mac and iPad, and my …

2019-01-14: One year to go—according to Microsoft’s current lifecycle plan—until Windows 7 ceases to be …

2019-01-13: Reading ‘Minimal Mac’ by @patrickrhone on my iPad currently. The advice holds up pretty well …

2019-01-12: The oral history of the Hampsterdance: The twisted true story of one of the world's first memes The oral history of the Hampsterdance: The twisted true story of one of the world’s first …

2019-01-12: Going through my Amazon wish lists and thinning them out. Do I really need that book I added on a …

2019-01-11: RIP Anthony John Ralph, 1939–2018 We had the funeral service for my Dad today. Private family event, plain coffin, no religious …

2019-01-10: I was reminded today why I'm glad I stopped being a system administrator for Windows devices. The UI may change, but when things go wrong the WTF is just the same. Of course, Windows 10 itself …

2019-01-09: I downloaded my Facebook data just now There’s not a lot in there, but then that’s not a huge surprise considering: My …

2019-01-08: I Left LinkedIn They do the download of your data in two separate parts, a summary version followed by the full …

2019-01-07: Generated using Frax HD on my iPad mini

2019-01-06: Thirty Years Online Learning to do long-form blogging again.

2019-01-05: I’m trying out* Linux Mint 19.1, and it’s not bad. (*In a virtual machine on my Mac, …

2019-01-05: Today, I’ve discovered that: I have way too many USB cables. It helps if the container …

2019-01-04: Nearly 30 years since I first got online. Yikes! Insert dial-up modem screech here Currently writing a blog post about this for my main blog.

2019-01-04: Testing... 1, 2, 3... Nothing to see here. Move along.

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