Tim Berners-Lee

Headline from The Verge:

“Tim Berners-Lee launches Google and Facebook-backed plan to fix the web”

The two companies who are doing the most to damage the web and destroy privacy want to “fix” it.

What The Actual Fuck?

Tim Berners-Lee has now hopped into bed with Larry, Sergey and the lizard.

There is no hope.

#deletefacebook #fuckgoogle

Jack Dorsey is a slimeball

Register at twitter
One
I opted to use Email. Note that it says “instead”.

I verified
Two

Then I logged in, clicked around seeing what different icons did.
Then
Three

I did nothing suspicious. My computer did nothing suspicious.
This is Jack Dorsey being a total slimeball by initially saying “You can use email” and then denying you access unless you give him your phone number.

Scummy tactic.

Happy to stop using Fitbit

I’ve several fitbit devices – the clip-on, Flex, Charge, Charge 2, Charge 3, Surge and was until very recently looking to buy a Versa 2. I like them, I like the focus and on some days it did motivate me to get to 10k steps. The Charge 3 was easily my favourite – the perfect size, display and functions.

The Versa 2 comes in at over £200, so when I was in the Apple store recently and say the Series 3 watch was £199 I was suddenly interested. I’ve dumped the Samsung S8+ I was using for an iPhone 11, bought an iPad so the Apple watch made sense. It does everything the fitbit did and more and it does it better. It’s a neat device.

Why dump the S8+? Two reasons, in order: (1) the camera placement right next to the fingerprint sensor is a really really stupid design. I’ve been unable to take a ton of pics because the lens would be blurry and (2) Google.

The fitbits. I’ll never use them again. Ever. Partly because the Apple watch does more – and better – and partly because I’ve stopped really caring about 10k steps. But now I’ve an even better reason – Google again. It looks like Alphabet – effectively Google – will be buying it.

Yeah, like Google having even more of my data would be a good idea.

Deletions

I nuked my FB account a few days ago. One person noticed (love you.)

I just deleted Jacqui’s. I doubt that will be noticed.

Mark Zuckerberg is a fucking lizard.

Jack Dorsey is a lowlife fucking slimeball.

I’m glad to be rid of them – and I love my HOSTS files.

Link death

The all-new Twenty Nineteen theme highlights what I’ve noticed across the very many blogs which I both happen to see while working and also while browsing the net of an evening. The new theme is a single column affair. No sidebar. No widgets. No links.

Funny how so many people want others to link to their own site but they won’t link out…

I used archive.org to look at snapshots of this site since 2004. At one point I was showing 12/42 randomised links at a time (I’ve yet to find a database backup from then but it’ll be on a CD somewhere) so I made a list of most of the domains I used to link to. Those unlinked either go nowhere, or to a very different owner, or to some spammy site. Those linked are good links.

http://www.mindfulmusings.net
http://www.wump.info
http://www.uberwald.com
http://www.linguagymnastics.com
http://www.onefinejay.com
http://gpshewan.com
http://photomatt.net
http://www.heatheranne.org
http://carthik.net
http://nuclearmoose.com
http://www.os42.com
http://www.atthe404.com
http://www.nixit.co.nz
http://www.delymyth.net/en/
http://williambragg.com
http://www.differentsky.com
http://carelessthought.com
http://mindfulmonkeys.babygeek.org
http://www.ifelse.co.uk
http://geeksmakemehot.com
http://caitlin.kicks-ass.org/blog/
http://www.unknowngenius.com/blog/
http://www.skippy.net
http://www.gordonmclean.co.uk
http://h0bbel.p0ggel.org/
http://www.tekwh0re.net/
http://midnightalchemist.com/
http://www.miklb.com
http://www.ftwr.co.uk/blog/
http://www.white-pebble.net
http://www.fullyindependent.com
http://randomreality.blogware.com/blog
http://neenaw.co.uk
http://www.mikeschepker.com
http://simon.sp8.org
http://tossr.com
http://txfx.net
http://the-way-to-the-centre.org.uk/blog/
http://croaghan.com
http://www.brokenkode.com
http://www.village-idiot.org
http://www.wantmoore.com
http://www.xenu.net
http://blogtackular.com
http://raincoaster.com

Of all the above while clicking through only Raincoaster’s site jumped out as having a good list of links to other blogs (I’ll be reading those too).

So why aren’t people linking? Is it just the lack of a sidebar? Is it full width pages? Single Column themes? It’s not like the number of blogs is going down. Are link lists considered ugly? Are new ‘influencer bloggers’ not using them? Sidebars being used for twitter, insta and affiliate ads?

A quick skim of some older established blogs shows blogrolls, so why not new?
I am guilty of missing a blogroll too, something that I am rectifying.

And note all those http links in that list… and those lapsed and squatted domains.

Google Funding Choices

https://fundingchoices.google.com/start/

With Funding Choices you can automatically identify ad blocking visitors and ask them to disable their ad blocker especially for your site — or give them an alternative way to fund your content via Contributor.

Yeah right.

I’ll block what the hell I want – it’s my connection, not yours.

I’ll be polite – get lost.

Reddit – adblock it AF

So Reddit will make $100 million this year yet they are completely incapable of answering mods who have questions.

I help mod a sub that has over 500,000 users.

I have sent mails to the reddit admins multiple times.

They ignore them.

I adblock anyway but reddit? Fuck them.

If you are on Chrome .. lol .. yeah .. just give up. Why TF do you use spyware for personal browsing?

Firefox?

You need uMatrix and uBlock Origin. Block their ad systems.

Wasting time on reddit is fine, but at the very least do it in a way that makes those inconsiderate idiots zero money.