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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bear Writer Update - Version 1.5 Released
    Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, apple, bear, gtd.
    577 words, 2 minute read time. External link to an article by John Russell on TechCrunch.
    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.
  • Yohann iPad Stand Review
    Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, review, ipad.
    856 words, 3 minute read time. External link to an article by John Russell on TechCrunch.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.