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102 articles, 65571 words.

  • 2018, December

    • Helm Personal Email Server Overview
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech.
      117 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Lee Hutchinson on ArsTechnica.
      An excellent ArsTechnica overview (and tutorial) of Helm Personal Email Server, which provides the hardware and services you need to easily host your own email.
    • Tenda Nova Mesh WiFi Review
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, review.
      990 words, 4 minute read time. External link to an article by Lee Hutchinson on ArsTechnica.
      A review of the Tenda Nova Mesh WiFi system, specifically the MW6 version which is the one I used to penetrate the thick walls where I live.
  • 2018, November

    • What Do People Do At Cashpoints?
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: society.
      316 words, 2 minute read time. External link to an article by Lee Hutchinson on ArsTechnica.
      Why do people spend so long at cashpoints, standing in front of me, making me get wet in the rain?
  • 2018, October

    • The Hellish Netflix Work Environment
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, companies.
      285 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Rhett Jones on Gizmodo.
      An article at Gizmodo describes the working environment at Netflix, which seems to operate by ensuring employees are scared to death.
    • Apple's Reminders App Needs Two Features
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, review, apple, ios, macos, omnifocus.
      527 words, 2 minute read time. External link to an article by Rhett Jones on Gizmodo.
      A very brief review of Apple's Reminders app which lacks two key features as far as I am concerned. The addition of these features would make it truly useful.
    • Are Apple Products Worth the Money?
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, apple.
      520 words, 2 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Bradley Chambers on 9To5Mac.
      Are Apple products now too expensive? I add my own comments on the back of an article by Bradley Chambers at 9To5Mac.
    • Companion Phone Released by Japanese Firm NTT Docomo
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech.
      133 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article on the BBC.
      A Japanese firm has released a credit card-sized phone to act as a 'companion' to one's main phone.
    • Schema.org for a Blog
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, blogging.
      1524 words, 6 minute read time. External link to an article on the BBC.
      How I use schema.org markup on a blog. A combination of WebSite, Blog, Article and BlogPosting, and things like Product and Review to generate rich snippets.
    • Wilkins Cider Farm, Mudgley, Somerset
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: local, review.
      215 words, less than 1 minute read time. External link to an article on the BBC.
      Wilkins Cider Farm in Mudgley, Somerset is well worth a visit, not least for the ambience of the place.
    • Coda Review - Nearly the Perfect Code Editor
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, review, apple, ios.
      1112 words, 4 minute read time. External link to an article on the BBC.
      A review of Panic's Coda, which is a code editor, FTP and terminal app for macOS and iOS. It's basically very good but suffers from one or two drawbacks.
    • PHP 7 Sessions Timing Out Too Soon
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, php.
      191 words, less than 1 minute read time. External link to an article on the BBC.
      Fixing PHP sessions, which seem to be timing out too soon since PHP 7. The problem lies with where the sessions are saved.
    • Tim Berners-Lee Aims to Give People More Control of Their Personal Data, Possibly
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech.
      462 words, 2 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article on the BBC.
      A look at Solid, which is Tim Berners-Lee's latest project. It is intended to give people more control of their personal data.
  • 2018, September

    • Apple's 12 September 2018 Event
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, apple.
      98 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Dan Frommer on Recode.
      A short article on Recode about Apple's 12 September 2018 event. It's mainly watch and phone stuff.
    • How I use Jekyll on Both macOS and iOS
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, jekyll, macos, ios, linux.
      598 words, 2 minute read time. External link to an article by Dan Frommer on Recode.
      Whereas Jekyll will run on macOS, it won't run on iOS, so I had to install it on my Linux server. This is the cross-platform process I use to publish articles via Jekyll.
    • Phone Addiction
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, social-media.
      384 words, 2 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Sophie Gallagher, Ash Percival, Sara Spary, Connor Parker on The Huffington Post.
      An article on the Huffington Post looks at how some of their staff handle an evening’s TV without a phone. The results concern me.
    • 7 Weight-Training Tips for Beginners
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: weight-training.
      1767 words, 6 minute read time. External link to an article by Sophie Gallagher, Ash Percival, Sara Spary, Connor Parker on The Huffington Post.
      7 weight-training tips for beginners based on my 15+ years of experience. I’m no professional but I have picked up a lot of information during my time in the gym.
    • Medium Stops Supporting Custom Domains
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, blogging, social-media.
      395 words, 2 minute read time. External link to an article by Sophie Gallagher, Ash Percival, Sara Spary, Connor Parker on The Huffington Post.
      Medium deprecates custom domain support, which is just another way to maintain control of your content in my opinion.
    • Dark Sky Weather Review
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, review, apple, ios.
      1675 words, 6 minute read time. External link to an article by Sophie Gallagher, Ash Percival, Sara Spary, Connor Parker on The Huffington Post.
      A review of the Dark Sky Weather app, which I tested for seven days. It's quite accurate although it had one or two interface problems.
  • 2018, August

    • Trump Blustering on about Google
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, society.
      321 words, 2 minute read time. External link to an article by Sophie Gallagher, Ash Percival, Sara Spary, Connor Parker on The Huffington Post.
      Donald Trump now thinks Google Search is biased agains him and blusters on about it, threatening consequences. Google issued denial.
    • Corbyn's Plans for Big Tech
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, society.
      367 words, 2 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by James O Malley on Gizmodo.
      Gizmodo takes a look at Jeremy Corbyn's plans to promote journalism by levying a windfall tax on big tech. There are some problems with this plan.
    • Ironmaster Super Bench Leg Attachment Review
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: weight-training, review.
      634 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by James O Malley on Gizmodo.
      A review of the Ironmaster Super Bench Leg Attachment, which fits into the Ironmaster Super Bench. It’s fine, although a little below par for Ironmaster kit in my opinion.
    • Please Telly, Have Mercy on Me
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: entertainment, tv.
      353 words, 2 minute read time. External link to an article by James O Malley on Gizmodo.
      Love Island, Strictly, X-Factor, Big Brother, Keeping Up with the Kardashians and similar. Why are we constantly plagued by this nonsense on television?
    • Facebook’s ’Trustworthiness’ Score Comes Under Fire
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, social-media.
      185 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Leo Kelion on the BBC.
      In their attempt to deal with fake news, Facebook has introduced a 'trustworthiness' score. This score has its critics though.
    • Instagram Face and the Quest for Perfection
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, society, social-media.
      369 words, 2 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Alexandra Jones on the BBC.
      An interesting article by Alexandra Jones on the BBC about 'Instagram face'. I'm more interested in how this reflects on society in general, if indeed it does at all.
    • What's the Point of Launchpad?
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, apple, macos.
      154 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Zac Hall on 9To5Mac.
      If you've ever wondered why we have Launchpad you're in good company. However, Zac Hall at 9To5Mac describes a way it can be made a bit more useful.
    • Final Cut X Will Not Import AVCHD File
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, macos, apple.
      268 words, less than 1 minute read time. External link to an article by Zac Hall on 9To5Mac.
      How to get around the problem where Final Cut Pro X refuses to import an AVCHD file from a camcorder.
    • Twitter Flips API, Cripples Many Third-Party Apps
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, social-media.
      171 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by John Voorhees on MacStories.
      MacStories reports the Twitter API changes due today and some of the effects those changes are having on third-party apps.
    • BodyRip Cast Iron Fractional Weight Plates Review
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: weight-training, review.
      662 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by John Voorhees on MacStories.
      A review of BodyRip Cast Iron Fractional Weight Plates, specifically the 0.5kg and 0.25kg plates. Fractional weight plates are useful when trying to overcome sticking points.
    • Twitter Finally Takes Some (Minimal) Action Against Infowars
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, social-media.
      107 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Jon Russell on TechCrunch.
      TechCrunch reports Twitter has dropped Infowars into the sin bin for seven days for a tweet that allegedly broke their terms of use.
    • The Infowars Debate and a Website's Whims
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, social-media.
      839 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by Jon Russell on TechCrunch.
      What expectations should you have when it comes to influencing a privately-owned website's content? None at all, I argue.
    • Five Good Books I’ve Read in 2018
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: entertainment, books.
      823 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by Jon Russell on TechCrunch.
      Brief reviews of five fiction books I've read in 2018. Authors are Karin Slaughter, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Matt Haig and Gail Honeyman.
    • Skunk, Waffle and Onion Amongst Emoji Candidates for Version 12
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech.
      49 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article on Emojipedia.
      Emoji candidates for inclusion in Emoji Version 12, which will be released in March 2019.
    • Why Reading Beats Video for Information and Instruction
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech.
      678 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article on Emojipedia.
      An argument in favour of written articles for imparting instruction and information (help texts, how-to articles etc.) rather than videos or podcasts.
    • Advertising Accurate Broadband Speeds in the UK
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech.
      175 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Jon Brodkin on ArsTechnica.
      ArsTechnica reports that ISPs now advertise up to 41% slower speeds after new regulations in the UK make ISPs advertise more accurate broadband speeds.
    • OmniFocus Review
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, review, omnifocus, apple, macos, ios, ipad, gtd.
      1616 words, 6 minute read time. External link to an article by Jon Brodkin on ArsTechnica.
      A review of OmniFocus 2 for macOS and 3 for iPad, the popular list taking, project management and GTD app. In particular, version 3 of OmniFocus for iOS finally brings genuine iPad support.
    • Bullshit Web Indeed
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech.
      6 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Nick Heer on Pixel Envy.
      Nick Heer's excellent article highlights much of what's wrong with the web today. Well worth a read.
    • Google Plans to Comply with Chinese Censorship
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, companies.
      201 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article on the BBC.
      The BBC reports that Google is planning a search-like app that complies with Chinese censorship laws despite withdrawing from China in 2010 on 'free speech' grounds.
    • Controlling Your Own Creative Content and IndieWeb
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, social-media, blogging.
      676 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article on the BBC.
      Why you should maintain control of your creative content on the internet via your own website and the blueprint provided by IndieWeb.
  • 2018, July

    • Clamp Down on Fake News, Says MP
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: society, tech, social-media.
      137 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article on the BBC.
      An article by the BBC about the prevalence of fake news. Some MPs are calling for greater regulation to combat this, particularly online.
    • I Get the Tags-Only Nature of Bear Writer Now
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, apple, bear.
      403 words, 2 minute read time. External link to an article on the BBC.
      I used to want categories as well as tags for Bear Writer but after using it for a number of months I now see how tags alone works fine.
    • What Happened to John Lewis?
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: companies.
      617 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article on the BBC.
      John Lewis used to be a shop that truly put the customer first, an icon of respectability in the shopping world. No so now if my recent experience with them is anything to go by.
    • Well Said, TechnicallyRon
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, social-media.
      390 words, 2 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Aaron Gillies on TechnicallyRon.
      An article by TechnicallyRon, a Twitter user who's suffered at the hands of idiot trolls recently.
    • Bodypower Rubber-Encased Tri-Grip Olympic Weight Plates Review
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: weight-training, review.
      878 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by Aaron Gillies on TechnicallyRon.
      A review of Bodypower Rubber-Encased Tri-Grip Olympic Weight Plates, of which I've been using 285kg worth for about two and a half years at the time of writing. All-in-all they're fairly good plates.
    • Flying Cars are as Likely as Flying Pigs in the UK
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, science, society.
      227 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Dave Lee on the BBC.
      A BBC article announces that Larry Page's flying car company is now training people how to fly them.
    • Depression and the Importance of Trusting Someone
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: personal.
      1497 words, 5 minute read time. External link to an article by Dave Lee on the BBC.
      Depression is a horrible disease but one thing it took me over 20 years to figure out is that it's really, really important to find someone you trust to talk to about it.
    • Phone v Email - Which was the Better Invention?
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech.
      633 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by Dave Lee on the BBC.
      A comparison between phone and email as communications protocols and some very personal conclusions about which I think is the better.
  • 2018, June

    • Filemaker 17, Briefly
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, apple, macos, filemaker.
      515 words, 2 minute read time. External link to an article by Dave Lee on the BBC.
      A quick look at Filemaker 17 and a couple of the new features I find most interesting, along with a couple of my criticisms in general.
    • Apple WWDC 2018 Summary
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, apple, ios, macos.
      197 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Bryan Clark on The Next Web.
      The Next Web's summary of Apple's 2018 WWDC. Quite a few things were announced that probably interest many people, although I'm a little nonplussed.
    • Infernal Windows 10 Updates
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, windows.
      659 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by Bryan Clark on The Next Web.
      Windows 10 updates are complete mess. There's no control over when they'll run and, when they do run, they often fail, leaving you with the 'solution' being that you must reinstall the OS.
  • 2018, May

    • Washington Post Doesn’t Quite Get GDPR Right
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech.
      892 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by Bryan Clark on The Next Web.
      The Washington Post seems to charge people extra if they want GDPR compliance. This is wrong but with a little more thought the Washington Post could probably correct that.
    • The Drake Equation and the Search for ET
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: science.
      1245 words, 5 minute read time. External link to an article by Bryan Clark on The Next Web.
      A look at the Drake Equation, which is used to estimate the number of intelligent alien planets currently residing in the Milky Way galaxy. I plug my own numbers into it to see what comes out.
    • Tech Companies Should Have More Email Support
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, apple.
      625 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by Bryan Clark on The Next Web.
      The big tech companies rarely have genuine email support, which I think discriminates against the hard of hearing. Not only that, email is the most efficient way to provide support in most cases.
    • How Did Google Get So Big?
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech.
      114 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Steve Croft on CBS News.
      A CBS News article about Google's search and search advertising dominance. An anti-trust lawyer is interviewed about this situation.
    • The Importance of Backing Up Your Computer
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, apple, windows.
      1162 words, 4 minute read time. External link to an article by Steve Croft on CBS News.
      Why must you back up your computer? Because you will need it one day and it's far better than losing important photographs, letters and other documents. Backups are essential.
    • Google Chrome to Flag Insecure Websites
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech.
      171 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Peter Bright on ArsTechnica.
      ArseTechnica article about how Chrome will flag insecure websites rather than secure ones.
    • How to Survive Social Media
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, social-media.
      610 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by Peter Bright on ArsTechnica.
      After a short foray into Twitter, I produce my recommendations about how to survive social media. Avoid the politics, essentially.
    • What Does a Bona Vacantia Freehold Mean for Leaseholders?
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: rtm.
      774 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by Peter Bright on ArsTechnica.
      What does is mean for leaseholders if a freehold becomes bona vacantia and reverts to the Crown? In this article I look at how that situation affects leaseholders and what they should do to mitigate it.
    • Medium Demonstrates Why You Should Publish Independently
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, blogging.
      111 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by John Russell on TechCrunch.
      An article from TechCrunch about the Medium blogging platform and how it has changed the rules, screwing some publishers in the process.
    • Is it Illegal to do Something Someone Might 'Take Offence' To?
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: society.
      269 words, less than 1 minute read time.
      A BBC article about a butcher who has been told his light-hearted, humorous signs might be offensive.
    • Bear Writer Update - Version 1.5 Released
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, apple, bear, gtd.
      577 words, 2 minute read time.
      The Bear Writer team have released a new update, version 1.5. This includes tweaks to TagCons, more default tags and export to ePub, amongst other things.
  • 2018, April

    • Yohann iPad Stand Review
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, review, ipad.
      856 words, 3 minute read time.
      A review of the Yohann iPad stand for a 12.9 inch iPad Pro. It's an attractive-looking wooden stand that serves both form and function very well.
    • Amazon Review System Rigged
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech.
      298 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Dan Box and Sachin Croker on the BBC.
      A BBC article about how Amazon and Trustpilot reviews can be bought by unscrupulous vendors.
    • Facebook Profits and Revenues Up Despite Privacy Scandal
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, social-media.
      161 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Sheera Frenkel and Kevin Roose on The New York Times.
      A New York Times article shows that Facebook has been largely unaffected by the privacy scandal in terms of its profits and revenues.
    • A Monkey Can’t Sue. Surprised?
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech.
      110 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Cyrus Farivar on ArsTechnica.
      A monkey can't sue for copyright, which ought to be common sense. Unfortunately a less intelligent species than monkeys became involved - lawyers.
    • There’s Too Much Pointless Fuss About Politics
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: society.
      1139 words, 4 minute read time. External link to an article by Cyrus Farivar on ArsTechnica.
      A rare diversion into politics for me about why it's all rather pointless when it comes to effecting real change.
    • How Social Media has Changed the Internet
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, social-media.
      629 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by Cyrus Farivar on ArsTechnica.
      A look at how social media has lessened the need for things like site identity and a home page. But is it wise to make social media your only 'home' on the internet?
    • Zuckerberg Wants Good Privacy for Facebook, as Long as it Doesn’t Affect Profits
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, social-media.
      203 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article on the BBC.
      An article from the BBC about how Facebook is trying to dodge new EU privacy regulations.
    • How to Actually Get Work Done on an iPad
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, ipad.
      192 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Whitson Gordon on Endgadget.
      An article from Gizmodo about iPod productivity. It claims an iPad is not a laptop replacement.
    • Bear Writer Revisited - Transferring From Ulysses
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, apple, gtd, bear.
      1067 words, 4 minute read time. External link to an article by Whitson Gordon on Endgadget.
      Moving from Ulysses to Bear Writer for article writing. How to manage the transfer and tag articles appropriately, emulating Ulysses categories in Bear.
    • Ulysses Review - The Best Writing App For MacOS and iOS?
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, apple, ulysses, gtd.
      1539 words, 6 minute read time. External link to an article by Whitson Gordon on Endgadget.
      A Ulysses review. I think this is currently the best writing app available for MacOS and iOS and I present my justifications in this review.
    • MoneyWiz Review - MacOS/iOS Personal Accounting Software
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, review, apple.
      891 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by Whitson Gordon on Endgadget.
      A review of MoneyWiz personal accounting software, which is a cross-platform app compatible with MacOS, iOS, Windows and Android. Over all, it's a pretty good package backed with good support.
    • Why Zuckerberg's 14-Year Apology Tour Hasn't Fixed Facebook
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, social-media.
      175 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and an external link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      An article from Wired about Mark Zuckerberg's approach to privacy on Facebook over the years.
    • Ironmaster IM2000 Review - Awesome, Essentially
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: weight-training, review.
      1947 words, 7 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      A review of the Ironmaster IM2000 Self-Spotting Machine, which I think is awesome. It's expensive but it's one of the best bits of weight-training kit I've ever owned and it's perfect for a home gym.
    • 10 Awesome Punk Songs You May Have Forgotten About
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: entertainment, music.
      277 words, less than 1 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      10 punk songs (with YouTube links), mainly from the late 70s and early 80s. Includes songs by Wire, X-Ray Spex, The Only Ones, Crass and others.
  • 2018, March

    • Owner-occupiers in an RTM Management Company
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: rtm.
      1148 words, 4 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      A look at the rights of owner-occupiers in an RTM management company, in particular how things might play out between the owner-occupiers and the landlords who share the same building.
    • Categories v Tags on Blogs
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, blogging.
      1222 words, 5 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      How should we use categories and tags on a blog? I offer some suggestions in this article and I think categories should represent a different grouping of information to tags.
    • Apple iPad Pro 12.9 Inch - Unboxing and First Impressions
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, apple, ipad, ios.
      1141 words, 4 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      I received a brand new 12.9 inch iPad Pro and accessories. In this article I explain the unboxing process, my first impressions and some of the initial tasks I needed to do.
    • Reconfiguring Jekyll Processes for iOS
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, jekyll, apple, ipad, ios.
      753 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      This article describes how I went about changing the way I used Jekyll to support moving from a MacOS MacBook Pro as main computer to using an iOS iPad Pro instead.
    • Adding Exchange Aliases on iOS 11+
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, apple, ios.
      350 words, 2 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      There's no easy way to add Microsoft Exchange aliases on iOS like there is on MacOS. In this article I present an ugly but effective workaround.
    • Switching From a MacBook Pro to an iPad Pro
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, apple, ipad.
      1334 words, 5 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      I have decided to switch from using a MacBook Pro to using an iPad Pro as my main computer. I'm planning to document my progress and this is the first article on the subject where I assess my requirements and make my purchase.
    • Rebel Rebel
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: entertainment, music.
      684 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      A fantastic live version of David Bowie's 'Rebel Rebel' and an overview of my music tastes.
    • CSF/LFD Reports Virtual Memory Size Exceeded
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, linux, cpanel, csf.
      534 words, 2 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      If you get reports from CSF/LFD telling you various limits have been exceeded, there are a couple of ways to fix them. Here I show you two of those ways.
    • The Processed Food Conspiracy and the Dreaded Sprout
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: archaeopteryx.
      483 words, 2 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      Why the drive to make us avoid processed foods is a conspiracy between the government and sprout cultivators.
    • Ironmaster Super Bench Review
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: weight-training, review.
      1137 words, 4 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      A review of the Ironmaster Superbench, which is an excellent, high-quality FID bench that also takes attachments such as a leg machine, preacher curl and dipping bars.
    • Tardiness and Why it Drives Me Mad
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: archaeopteryx.
      772 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      My rant about how I hate tardiness, either when it's me who's late or when someone else is late for an appointment with me.
    • Multi-Factor Authentication - An Argument Against It
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech.
      465 words, 2 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      I think multi-factor authentication can often be less secure than single-factor authentication - i.e. a single password - and in this article I explain why.
    • The Problem With Reviews - What Makes for a Good Review
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: writing.
      1409 words, 5 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      One of the main problems with product reviews is the inherent subjectivity of them. In this article I look at how product reviews can be written to help overcome subjectivity.
    • The Main Reason We Have Digital Piracy
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech.
      1229 words, 5 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      Why do we have digital piracy? I suspect the main reason is down to the prices charged by the digital media companies themselves.
    • CPanel AutoSSL Renewal Problems
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, linux, cpanel.
      363 words, 2 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      If you use CPanel's AutoSSL facility and you get problems after adding a new domain, this might just be the answer. It could be your htaccess file causing problems.
    • Powertec Workbench LeverGym Review
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: weight-training, review.
      1860 words, 7 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      A review of the Powertec Workbench LeverGym, which is capable bit of workout kit that has a relatively small footprint, making it ideal for a home gym.
    • Five Years After Switching From Windows to Apple
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, apple, windows.
      772 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      My thoughts about Apple computers five years after switching to the platform from Windows. Would I now switch back to Windows again?
    • Body-Solid Series 7 Smith Master System Review
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: weight-training, review.
      1339 words, 5 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      A review of the Body-Solid Series 7 Smith Master System, which includes a Smith machine, high/low pulley, pec deck, bench and free weight gunrack.
    • The Fast and The Furious 8 (The Fate of The Furious) Review - Complete Tosh
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: entertainment, review, films.
      520 words, 2 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      A review of the Fast and The Furious 8 (The Fate of The Furious), which in my opinion is a film without any redeeming features.
    • Why Use Jekyll as a Blogging Platform?
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, jekyll, blogging.
      716 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      Why I chose to use Jekyll, a static blog generation app, to power this site rather than something like Wordpress.
    • Bear Writer Review - A Gorgeous Notes App
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, review, gtd, apple, bear.
      1181 words, 4 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      A review of Bear Writer, a markdown-based note-taking application from Shiny Frog. It supports tags and has multiple import and export options.
    • Rescuing The Exclamation Mark
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: writing.
      754 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      Let's rescue the exclamation mark from all the abuse and overuse it suffers today. 99% of all exclamation marks on the internet are unnecessary.
    • How To Calculate Your Wilks Score
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: weight-training.
      493 words, 2 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      How to calculate your Wilks Score in order to make a fair comparison between the weight you lift and the weight lifted by someone of a different body weight, gender or age.
    • Adding Exchange Aliases on MacOS (High) Sierra
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, apple.
      185 words, less than 1 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      How to add Microsoft Exchange aliases to MacOS mail so that you can send email from multiple address via your Apple computer.
    • My GTD (Getting Things Done) Software — Still Searching for the Holy Grail of GTD
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, gtd, ulysses, apple.
      1442 words, 5 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      A description of my GTD process, which currently incorporates native MacOS apps along with OmniFocus and Ulysses. I still want to find a Holy Grail of GTD though.
    • CSF Problems After EasyApache 4 Upgrade
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, linux, cpanel, csf.
      191 words, less than 1 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      How to fix CSF (ConfigServer Firewall) after upgrading your CPanel system from EasyApache 3 to EasyApache 4.
    • Problems With p0f After Reboot or Upgrade
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, linux, cpanel.
      268 words, less than 1 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      How to fix the 'p0f appears to be down' message that sometimes occurs on CPanel systems after an upgrade or reboot.
    • Installing Jekyll on MacOS (OSX) 10.11+
      Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, jekyll, apple, macos.
      676 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.
      A description of how I installed Jekyll on MacOS 10.11+, including how to get past some of the errors I encountered.