Category Archives: Computers and Internet

Will Microsoft Ever Learn?

This is an old cartoon showing the organisation chart of Microsoft and its warring fiefdoms. It was certainly true back in the day when I had business contacts with Microsoft on behalf of my employer. And it would seem that … Continue reading

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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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