Category Archives: Computers and Internet

WhatsApp’s privacy policy change breaks Signal

Update 17Jan2021: Signal’s issues appear to be fixed. At least for the time being… With about two billion users, WhatsApp is the most popular communications app on the planet. It is owned by Facebook, which has a rich history of … Continue reading

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Everything in Sync

If you’re like me, you probably have a need to share content with others on occasion. Email is not always an option, especially with very large files (and it’s not polite to oblige the recipient to download a lot of … Continue reading

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How to circumvent the flaw in Google Authenticator

I recently became aware of ‘two-factor authentication‘ (2FA). This is a means by which one can add another level of protection to online accounts. There are several apps that provide this service: I opted for the Google Authenticator (GA), as … Continue reading

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Escaping the ‘sewer of realities’

[edit 10Sep2020 — following a comment by Russellings of the Spirit (below), I feel that I ought to point out that in order to make sense of my post here, you really do need to first watch this video clip. … Continue reading

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Here’s why the UK Television Licence Fee should remain free to over 75s

I just intercepted an email to my 89 year old mother, titled: Your TV Licence expires on 14 July 2020 – please renew today invoice No -GB11744572UK It was from a telenet.be address. The link in it was to a … Continue reading

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I cannot teach him; the boy has no patience

This post is mainly for my brother, ‘Big M’. Its aim is to highlight a post I wrote in 2007, one about using pattern recognition to remember credit card personal identification numbers, a subject that came up in our meeting … Continue reading

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Like, Mad?

What message does a ‘like‘ send? One of the things about blogging (and other aspects of Internet life) that puzzles me more than a little is ‘the like’. How can one like this? Or this? Or this? There are, quite … Continue reading

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Winners create history

Those who cannot learn from history are destined to repeat it. (– various attributions) Great quote. But learning from the past can be tricky… While thumbing through a copy of New Scientist I came across a reference to a German … Continue reading

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How to add mouseover tooltips to links in WordPress

Recognising HTML anchors To make sense of this post about ‘mouseover tooltips’, you will want to be able to recognise what the HTML code for a link (known as an ‘anchor’) looks like, which is this: If you don’t feel … Continue reading

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Reverting to the WordPress Classic Editor

Update 14Oct2020: Oh, dear. My environment has been reverted from ‘classic’ to ‘block’ again. I guess what the ‘Happiness Engineer’ did back in August didn’t stick. *sigh* Update 21Aug2020: Something’s broken. The advice I give below no longer works. I … Continue reading

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