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Citation icon. Zuckerberg wants good privacy for Facebook, as long as it doesn’t affect profits

Posted by on in category: News, Citation, with tags: Tech, Social-Media, Facebook.
203 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and a link to an external article.

Astonishing, really. Giving people more control over their privacy is undoubtedly a good thing, yet Zuckerberg is going to try and exclude as many users as possible from the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

He’s essentially saying that he’ll only comply with good privacy regulations where he absolutely has to, otherwise he’ll sell your data on to all and sundry, without your permission, as he sees fit.

It further demonstrates he is really only paying lip service to the scrutiny he’s under following the Cambridge Analytica debacle.

Privacy’s a nice idea ... as long as it doesn’t interfere with profits.

It’s just greed because it’s perfectly possibly to have privacy and profits. Give users the control they deserve and then tempt them to hand over their data voluntarily. There’ll still be millions of takers and it can all be done in a transparent and morally justifiable way.

Regulation can be a double-edged sword that often creates more problems than it solves, but we need to regulate the shit out of a lot of these internet giants that surreptitiously abuse our privacy. If that’s their only business model then they deserve to fail.

Citation icon. How to actually get work done on an iPad

Posted by on in category: Citation, with tags: Tech, iPad.
192 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and a link to an external article.

This article is interesting but when Whitson Gordon at Endgadget says:

It won't totally replace a laptop, but it can come surprisingly close.

I disagree. I’ve almost transitioned from a MacBook Pro to an iPad Pro in a little less than a month. The only thing I need my MacBook for is an app I wrote myself and it’s entirely my fault I didn’t create an iOS version of it. I can now go many days without powering up my MacBook and even then it’s usually to use the aforementioned app or to take a Time Machine backup.

Of course it depends what you do. There’s no xCode on iOS, for example, so if you’re a developer and that’s your environment of choice you’re going to need something with MacOS. That’s probably true for other bits of software too. And of course that are evil app developers who think iOS should have a cut down versions of MacOS software.

In principle, though, iOS should be able to handle pretty much everything and I think for most people it can indeed replace a laptop.

Citation icon. Why Zuckerberg's 14-Year apology tour hasn't fixed Facebook

Posted by on in category: News, Citation, with tags: Tech, Social-Media, Facebook.
175 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and a link to an external article.

A really good overview of how Facebook has abused users’ privacy over the years. They’re finally being called to task over some of this stuff, but how much difference will it really make when it has all blown over?

I suspect privacy issues will crop up more and more in the future and eventually it’ll be subject to much heavier regulation. Maybe the day will come when we own our own data and can trade it as a commodity, taking a payment for providing these companies with our location, our hobbies and interests or whatever. Maybe we’ll get our cut of the pie.

Currently they harvest our data for free and then make a profit on the back of it. In return they allegedly provide a service for us that we desperately need or want. They are reluctant to stop doing that and instead charge a fee for the use of their services because they know people would probably soon find out they could quite easily live without the service after all.

Owner-occupiers in an RTM management company

Posted by on in category: Opinion, with tags: RTM.
1148 words, 5 minutes read time.
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In a diversion from my normal sorts of article, this one looks at the rights of owner-occupiers v landlords in a building management company set up under Right To Manage (RTM) legislation. It's something I've been heavily involved in over the last few years as an owner-occupier myself.

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Categories v tags on blogs

Posted by on in category: Opinion, with tags: Blogging.
1085 words, 5 minutes read time.

How should we use categories and tags on a blog? In this article I present my own particular view of how it should be organised.

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Apple iPad Pro 12.9 Inch - unboxing and first impressions

Posted by on in category: Opinion, with tags: Tech, Apple, iPad, iOS.
1049 words, 5 minutes read time.

My first impressions after unboxing a new 12.9 inch iPad Pro and accessories. I also describe how I've gone about setting things up as part of my project to see if I can effectively use an iPad Pro as my main computer instead of a MacBook. There's more to do here, so this article just describes the beginning of the process.

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Reconfiguring Jekyll processes for iOS

Posted by on in category: How-To, with tags: Tech, Jekyll, Apple, iPad, iOS, Web-Development.
707 words, 3 minutes read time.

The software that drives this blog is Jekyll and when a MacBook Pro running MacOS was my main computer, I could install Jekyll locally and do all my builds on MacOS. However, there is no version of Jekyll for iOS and I needed to rethink my blog maintenance procedures. This article describes how I reconfigured my Jekyll processes for iOS.

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Switching from a MacBook Pro to an iPad Pro

Posted by on in category: Opinion, with tags: Tech, Apple, iPad.
1320 words, 6 minutes read time.
Image of an iPad.

I have been thinking about switching from using a MacBook Pro to using an iPad Pro as my main computer for some time now. After six months of research and indecision I decided to take the plunge today. In this article I explain why I'm making this switch and how I assessed my requirements. I then ordered the hardware.

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Ironmaster Super Bench review

Posted by on in category: Review, with tags: Weight-Training, Products, Ironmaster.
1037 words, 5 minutes read time.
4 stars.4 stars.4 stars.4 stars.4 stars.
Ironmaster Super Bench icon.

A review of the Ironmaster Superbench. I really rate Ironmaster's workout equipment. I have an Ironmaster IM2000 and I bought an Ironmaster Superbench as part of the package, which is what I'm reviewing here. I think this is one of the best multi-purpose, flat-incline-decline benches on the market.

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Tardiness and why it drives me mad

Posted by on in category: Opinion, with tags: Nonsense, Rant.
772 words, 4 minutes read time.

I hate being late for anything. It's one of those things that drives my anxiety off the scale and it's something that bothers me significantly, maybe unduly so. So here's my rant about tardiness.

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The problem with reviews - what makes for a good review?

Posted by on in category: Opinion, with tags: Writing.
1376 words, 6 minutes read time.
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One of the problems with product reviews is that they are inherently subjective. It's impossible to write a review that isn't subject, at least to some degree, but I think there are ways we can account for some of that subjectivity.

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CPanel AutoSSL renewal problems

Posted by on in category: How-To, with tags: Tech, Linux, cPanel.
363 words, less than 2 minutes read time.

Since adding a new domain to my CPanel server, I've had AutoSSL renewal errors. These have been emailed to me via the AutoSSL check that runs overnight. Anyway, the problem (at least in my case) sits with the .htaccess file and here's my solution.

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Powertec Workbench LeverGym review

Posted by on in category: Review, with tags: Weight-Training, Products.
1728 words, 7 minutes read time.
3 stars.3 stars.3 stars.3 stars.3 stars.
Powertec LeverGym manufacturer's image.

A review of the Powertec Workbench LeverGym. This is the first bit of workout kit I bought when I moved from a five-bedroom house with a garage to a two-bedroom flat. I needed something with a fairly small footprint.

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Body-Solid Series 7 Smith Master System review

Posted by on in category: Review, with tags: Weight-Training, Products.
1356 words, 6 minutes read time.
4 stars.4 stars.4 stars.4 stars.4 stars.

A review of the Body-Solid Series 7 Smith Master System. Back in my youth I did a lot of weight-training but then life got in the way and I took a 20 year layoff. When I was 46 I took it up again and this is the kit I originally used for my weight-training when I restarted.

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Why use Jekyll as a blogging platform?

Posted by on in category: Opinion, with tags: Tech, Jekyll, Blogging, Web-Development.
637 words, 3 minutes read time.

My reasoning behind using Jekyll to power this site. I've used Wordpress on many blogs in the past but I didn't need all the features it provides for this blog and a static blog generation app seemed more appropriate. This article looks at how I came to decide to use Jekyll.

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Bear Writer review - a gorgeous notes app

Posted by on in category: Review, with tags: Tech, GTD, Apple, Bear, Software, macOS, iOS.
1174 words, 5 minutes read time.
4 stars.4 stars.4 stars.4 stars.4 stars.
Bear Writer site home page image.

A review of Shiny Frog's Bear Writer, which I really like and assessed to see if I could integrate it into my GTD process. I think it's ideal for note-taking, short-form writing (blog posts and such) and journaling, although some people might not like the subscription model it uses. I think it's worth looking at if you want a Markdown-based notes app.

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