Posts on this site in the 'Opinion' taxonomy, ordered by date
Considering whether to use semantic CSS, utility classes, BEM (Block-Element-Modifier) or something else entirely.
My comments on the six years Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe spent detained in Iran, and on the Metropolitan Police's pursuit of the lockdown party-gate affair.
DPD failed to even attempt delivery to me. Again. Why are then in the delivery business if they don't want to do it?
Microsoft has elected to take a different approach to Apple and Google with its own app store. Are they getting ahead of the game?
A physicist describes his mental heath problems and the woeful treatment he's had at the hands of mental health professionals.
My response to a Forbes article which claims the Internet of Things will facilitate home working by managing domestic tasks.
Why do surveys sometimes ask such stupid questions? Things related to our emotional attachment to utility products, for example.
A description of the process of using Section 5 (Right of First Refusal) to acquire the freehold. Includes the author's observations about his own freehold purchase.
Getting Apple TV to Airplay to a pair of HomePod Minis is an arduous affair. 9To5Mac beat me to the gripe I was going to write myself.
A review of where I am with my writing, notes and GTD apps, which, over the years, I've switched around a lot.
Mix.com has recently changed from being a website into being an app. I question the trend of doing that with everything these days.
The adverts on the front of YouTube videos are tedious to the extreme. I began to wonder how many people skip these irritating walls that are erected around the content we want to see.
Quantum entanglement looks like the ideal candidate to achieve faster than light communication, but it turns out the universe has other ideas.
The European Super League proposals were a travesty and the idea has now been abandoned by the participants. So, what punishment has been handed out?
An app on Apple's app store passed Apple's review process even though it wouldn't let users run it until they'd given the app at least a 3-star review.
I'm an Apple fan-boy, but they don't get everything right. I look at three Apple products that, in my opinion, fall short.
Another look at Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and how all and sundry are waking up in the morning and deciding things are worth money.
The European Super League proposals for football are rotten to the core, but one reason is particularly troubling.
A description of Googles proposed FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts) standard for profiling people and providing those profiles to advertisers.
The BBC's coverage of the Harry and Meghan nonsense has been, to put it mildly, excessive. Interest in this baffles me.
An argument to replace the current corporate social media silos with an independent, distributed alternative.
Does quantum mechanics give an ‘out’ from the determinism of classical physics? Does it restore free will?
I lead quite a tedious, routine-based life, which many people would abhor. Yet it gives me comfort and I have no desire to change.
Being partially deaf is all the more difficult during the coronavirus pandemic. Face masks make it impossible to lip read.
Why isn't everything connected via USB-C? It was supposed to be the cable that replaced all other cables.
My bank invites me to enjoy 0.50% interest and I question their use of the verb enjoy in their marketing literature.
Automation is fine but it's always worth remembering that it's designed and implemented by humans, and humans make mistakes.
Details about the top 5 third-party apps I use on macOS and iOS: iA Writer, Agenda, Keep-It, VS Code and NetNewsWire.
Why nurses can solve the logistics problems we'll suffer at ports as a result of Brexit.
I have a go at the idiots who start celebrating Christmas way to early and ruin it for the sane people.
Tim Cook of Apple and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook have been feuding for some time now. This article summarises that feud.
I've bitten the bullet and ordered one of Apple's new MacBook Pros with an M1-chip in it. I now have no money.
Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming platforms are the future of television, but they haven't quite rid themselves of stone-age practices.
The BBC had a video which considers the how hacking can lead to death. I add my opinions to those of the BBC.
A new rule by Ireland's Data Protection Commission upsets Facebook enough for them to threaten to withdraw their services from the EU.
Some orders of nobility are just much cooler than others, although England doesn't do cool very well.
Why do product manufacturers write instructions in a font only an eagle could read?
I take aim at pop-ups. The sort that ask you to subscribe to a newsletter or whatever. I think the web would be a better place without them.
Apple have made my early 2013 MacBook Pro obsolete, so I need to consider upgrading if I want to remain in the macOS ecosystem.
My iPad seems to drain some battery even when it is powered off overnight. I think this has something to do with iPadOS 13.5 or 13.5.1.
Confirmation bias is blight on human decision making. Are there ways we can avoid it?
The Premier League is considering restarting the season, I suspect mainly for financial reasons.
The support offered by big companies is often terrible and that's particularly true for big tech.
Why are we plagued by intrusive tracking and advertising without our informed consent?
Will society learn lessons from this coronavirus pandemic? Will it reward the people we depend on in the long term?
What exercises can you perform on the Ironmaster IM2000? This article lists those exercises.
Why does the horizontal scroll bar on MS Code disappear when you hover over it?
How does the entire economy of a planet collapse? Surely these things are only relative.
Just some fairly pointless thoughts about the current coronavirus situation.
A summary of what we know about Apple AirTags, which is nothing, really, because it's all rumour and speculation.
ISPs often levy charges if you move away from them and want to keep using the email address you had with them.
Now that it has reached its tenth birthday, has the iPad been a success or a failure?
My thoughts on Sonos's announcement that they're dropping support for older kit.
At what age are we considered young, middle-aged or old? I've done a little research.
A rant at council planning departments and the lack of thought they show when approving planning applications.
Comments about how the UK rail network is so expensive these days. It seems to have lost the main reason it exists.
Just musing on the number of things in my living room that are currently plugged in.
Why do baby boomers get all the blame for climate change? All generations have played their own part in it.
Steve Hanke and Dick Henry suggest doing away with timezones. And they suggest reformatting the calendar whilst we're at it. Here's my take on that.
Apple manages to upset users of its Reminders app with a poorly planned release schedule, giving us iOS/iPadOS 13 a few weeks ahead of macOS Catalina.
Why haven't aliens visited us? This is the Fermi Paradox and I look at some of the reasons why this might be the case.
The thought process behind my decision to upgrade from my iPhone 6 to an iPhone 11.
The rules I'd like to see governing online advertising and privacy therein. Something like this will happen. Privacy breaches and onerous advertising will force it.
For no useful reason I wanted to see if I could connect Steve Harley to Camila Cabello. It turns out I could.
Why publishers, advertisers and advertising networks need to get together to ensure advertising is acceptable to users.
The government underestimates another project, this time it's HS2. Why do they always underestimate these things?
The linked article specifically talks about bipolar's depiction in 'Midsommar' but it's equally true of all mental health depictions in TV and film.
Is there a better way than those currently in common use to check if a website visitor is a robot?
I'm hearing lots about 5G these days, which is intensely frustrating as I get 0G most of the time.
There has been some legal tightening of privacy protections in the last few years with things like GDPR, but the privacy policies of many sites are still too impenetrable.
My ideas for reforming the insurance industry, which seems uniquely geared to simply taking premiums off us at the moment.
An advert draws the ire of the Advertising Standards Authority because someone jumps off a cliff and sprouts wings.
I changed my blog titles from title case to sentence case but I still don't know which I prefer.
The song No Goverment by Anti-Pasti, which I only remembered because someone ordered an antipasti pizza.
Chris Sievey was Frank Sidebottom and, sadly, more people remember him for that than his band, The Freshies.
A comparison on the Ironmaster IM2000, the Powertec Workbench LeverGym and the Body-Solid Series 7 Smith Master System.
My own view of the Brexit situation based on an (admitedly small) number of friends whose preferences I'm aware of.
What I would like to see in iOS 13 for the iPad. Mouse support, filesystem access and xCode, essentially.
Why do organisations use the phrase 'we can't comment on individual cases'? Is it really always for confidentiality?
I dislike flat-pack items, but what I really take issue with is when flat-pack items are, in my opinion, misleadingly advertised.
5 truly dreadful songs from the 60s and 70s, at least in my opinion. Presented here with YouTube clips to back up my arguments.
Just some musings on some of the pointless technology produced these days, which I inevitably end up buying
The High Street appears to be in trouble and Mike Ashley recently told MPs how to save it. But I'm not so sure we want to save it anyway.
My HomePod seems to have a mind of its own sometimes and I think about that in this article, which also serves as a very brief review of the device.
Why do people spend so long at cashpoints, standing in front of me, making me get wet in the rain?
Love Island, Strictly, X-Factor, Big Brother, Keeping Up with the Kardashians and similar. Why are we constantly plagued by this nonsense on television?
What expectations should you have when it comes to influencing a privately-owned website's content? None at all, I argue.
Brief reviews of five fiction books I've read in 2018. Authors are Karin Slaughter, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Matt Haig and Gail Honeyman.
An argument in favour of written articles for imparting instruction and information (help texts, how-to articles etc.) rather than videos or podcasts.
Why you should maintain control of your creative content on the internet via your own website and the blueprint provided by IndieWeb.
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.
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.
A comparison between phone and email as communications protocols and some very personal conclusions about which I think is the better.
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.
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.
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 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.
After a short foray into Twitter, I produce my recommendations about how to survive social media. Avoid the politics, essentially.
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.
A rare diversion into politics for me about why it's all rather pointless when it comes to effecting real change.
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?
Ten 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why the drive to make us avoid processed foods is a conspiracy between the government and sprout cultivators.
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.
Why do we have digital piracy? I suspect the main reason is down to the prices charged by the digital media companies themselves.
My thoughts about Apple computers five years after switching to the platform from Windows. Would I now switch back to Windows again?
Why I chose to use Jekyll, a static blog generation app, to power this site rather than something like Wordpress.
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.
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.