Category Archives: Computers and Internet

Drinking from the Firehose

It’s been a journey that has taken more than five years, but we have a fibre-optic broadband network connection here at the farmhouse at last. Now we have an internet connection speed of 200 mbits/s instead of just 3 mbits/sec. … Continue reading

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I Have A Bad Feeling About This…

I use Ivideon occasionally to keep an eye on the dogs when we’re out of the house. A couple of days ago, I received an email from Ivideon’s newly appointed business development manager. We are exciting [sic] to announce that … Continue reading

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A Contract For The Web

I see that Sir Tim Berners-Lee has launched his “Contract for the Web” – that requires endorsing governments, companies and individuals to make concrete commitments to protect the web from abuse and ensure it benefits humanity. Two of the nine … Continue reading

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Stumbling at the Finishing Line

Time for yet another instalment in the long-running saga of trying to get broadband internet available in our area. Our story began five years ago when I described the connection to the internet as being like a piece of wet … Continue reading

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China Today, Tomorrow, The World?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Jaron Lanier’s book: Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, which is a warning against the rise of surveillance technology and algorithms capable of social manipulation. In the West, … Continue reading

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Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

That’s the title of a book by Jaron Lanier. He poses the question: How can you remain autonomous in a world where you are under constant surveillance and are constantly prodded by algorithms run by some of the richest corporations … Continue reading

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Plex Drops a Bomb

Back in the mists of time (i.e. 2006), I installed a home cinema setup here: a Denon AVR with 7.1 audio, B&W speakers, and a Bluray player connected to the TV. After four years of service, I began to wonder … Continue reading

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