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Opinion: The Dark Side of Social Media Settings Part II [Guest Post]

Article originally  appeared as  The Dark Side of Social Media Settings on Digital Inferno by Paul Levy, founder of CATS3000 and Rational Madness. No one claims to understand the majority of settings available to them on the social media platforms they use. What’s the solution? In platform induction, start with the settings. Training in becoming … Continue reading

Opinion: The Dark Side of Social Media Settings Part I [Guest Post]

Article originally  appeared as  The Dark Side of Social Media Settings on Digital Inferno by Paul Levy, founder of CATS3000 and Rational Madness. I’ve just carried out a non-scientific poll of a dozen friends and professional colleagues. Not one claims to understand the majority of settings available to them on the social media platforms they … Continue reading

Opinion: Web Design Trends 2014

Yes, I know 2014 is half over – but it’s also half remaining. So rather than spot the trends during Christmas party season, let’s take a look at the trends that have emerged so far and look set to continue. 1. Interesting Typography with external fonts Time was, if you wanted a site to render … Continue reading

Opinion: Windows 8 Divides – Part One

Microsoft has turned its face away from the enterprise and the stalwart ‘home’ user in an all-out bid for the hearts and minds of a new generation. And it’s not working. Did someone say ‘convergence?’ The battle lines are firmly drawn over Windows 8. On one side is the (dying) breed of PC professional who … Continue reading

My New Year’s Resolution – To Get A Divorce (Re-post)

A superbly well-expressed post from earlier this year by Lesley Carter on her great blog, Bucket List Publications I’ve been cheating on Darren for almost two years and it’s time I admit it to myself and the world. It’s with someone who’s a reliable, funny, genius and never leaves me feeling lost. But if you’re … Continue reading

Opinion: Go Fischer-Price with Flat Design

No, not flat-pack design, what do you think this is? IKEA? No, software design. The user interfaces for years have been Skeuomorphic and 3D; Apple went for hand stitched and patina’d leather finishes, Windows 7 was Aero’d, glassy and transparent. Buttons were pop-up, pop-out, marbled, reflective and lozenge-shaped. Well forget all that, the future’s flat, … Continue reading

Opinion: Losing the Phoney War

In an attempt to assuage the moral outrage of Daily Mail (it’s all their idea, you know) and Daily Telegraph readers, David Cameron “wants to declare himself the first prime minister to win the war on on-line porn” What war? The one against the legal, tax-paying industry that successive governments have relaxed restrictions year by … Continue reading

Opinion: From tumblr to Tumbleweed – I Give It a Year

One Billion Dollars!! If, like me, you were surprised to hear that this is not Dr. Evil splashing the cash, but Internet dinosaur Yahoo, your first reaction might have been: wow, Yahoo has still got a billion dollars? Second surprise; they just spent it on a cash acquisition. Yes, cash. This is not one of … Continue reading

Opinion: Windows 8 [Guest Post]

Opinion: Windows 8 by Knightwise originally appeared in Full Circle Magazine issue 71. As I’m punching this out on my old but trusty HP Pavilion DM1, I’m somehow overpowered by a sense of nostalgia, and …irony. I remember getting into computers years ago, starting out on machines like these, back in the days when they … Continue reading

Opinion: The Death of Privacy, Part Three [Guest Post]

More thoughts and reflections on the digital realm from Paul Levy, founder of CATS3000 and Rational Madness. First posted under The Death of Privacy at Digital Inferno. This is about being more conscious with privacy. The problem of social media platforms with their default “public” settings and their clever terms and conditions that few of … Continue reading

Opinion: The Death of Privacy, Part Two [Guest Post]

More thoughts and reflections on the digital realm from Paul Levy, founder of CATS3000 and Rational Madness. First posted under The Death of Privacy at Digital Inferno. Many corporations and social media zealots are attempting to link openness with a kind of moral duty in all of us to heal humanity by taking down the … Continue reading

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