Opinion

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Opinion: Ad Blocking and why you’re not a pirate

Web user: I hate ads. They’re annoying, intrusive, distracting, they suck up bandwidth, delay my page loads, scam me with fake content and click-bait, and show me and my kids offensive and inappropriate content that is NSFW or home and bypass my privacy and parental rights. Advertiser: That’s my revenue stream you’re talking about. That’s … Continue reading

Opinion: Fingerprints Make Bad Passwords

We all know passwords are rubbish. We pick short ones, simple ones, easy ones; we never change them, we use our birthdays, childrens’ names, pets’s names, postcodes; and then we write them down on post-it notes and stick them to the screen. We think we’re clever when we use a password manager – right up … Continue reading

Opinion: Flipping heck! Adobe Flash and HTML5

When we tried to kill our usage of Flipping Book document previews, I realised with horror that it’s more than four years since I declared in a podcast that Flash would be dead within eighteen months. Not only is it still here, but there’s no end in sight to the long tail of Flash. And … Continue reading

Opinion: ‘The Cloud’ vs ‘The Fog’

DropBox, GoogleDrive, OneDrive; Office 365; Zoho Office; AWS, Microsoft Azure… I could go on. That’s before we get to Social Media. You may have noticed everything these days is in ‘the Cloud.’ But what does that mean? Are you, like me, a Cloud-sceptic? Granted, I still play CD’s and DVD’s. An occasionally vinyl records. This … Continue reading

Opinion: Android Hacks and the Stagefright from Hell

You may have read about the multiple-hack affecting Stagefright, the code in Android that plays back media in MMS (multimedia messages). An enterprising hacker (allegedly) needs only send an MMS containing the exploit to the phone number of an Android 2.2 or later device and Stagefright will write code to any part of that device … Continue reading

Opinion: Goodbye Google Plus

It’s true: Google is breaking it’s heavily embedded but failed social networking product Google Plus into separate products – Streams and Photos, new head of Social Bradley Horowitz announced on Google+ earlier this month. It was telling that Horowitz didn’t specifically mention Google Plus, which pretty well signals the end of Google’s foray. Google Plus … Continue reading

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

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