People Like Me

Um… Are you sure about that?

Hold on. Let me check my grammar…

No. I’m sorry. What I actually meant the title to convey was “People demographically similar to myself”. Should I change it?

Can you be bothered?

Not really.

OK. So, what is this all about, then?

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June 8, 2019. Daniel, Media, Politics, Sensible, Social Media. 2 comments.

Smartphone Review

Much to the amusement of many of my colleagues, it is 2019 and I have just got my first ever smartphone at the age of 48 and a bit. I want to talk about this.

Don’t worry. I’m not here to review a smartphone. I am here to review the concept of smartphones from the point of view of somebody who has not drifted along gradually accepting them as normal.

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April 21, 2019. Daniel, IT, Sensible, Social Media. 3 comments.

Share The Inanity II

Eight and a half years ago, I linked this fine blog to Facebook and Google Buzz. Both links stopped working soon after and I couldn’t be bothered to fix them. Google Buzz didn’t last long anyway. Facebook is apparently still going though.

Now I haz an Twitter (@DanielRigal1, if anybody is interested), I guess it is time to try this again. The blog is allegedly linked to Twitter now. This should mean that each post gets Tweeted but that nothing on Twitter should affect the blog.

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February 2, 2019. Administrivia, Daniel, IT, Social Media. Leave a comment.

Cambridge Ana… Oooh! Squirrel!

Now, I am no great fan of Facebook. I’m pretty sure that the list of things they have done wrong is only going to grow. By the end it will range from the merely dickish to the really quite serious and they do need to answer for the more serious stuff.

Nonetheless, people need to remember that it is not Facebook that is accused of undermining the integrity of elections, and democracy more generally, in multiple nations. In this context at least, Facebook are just some dingbats who were too lazy/stupid to see that they were enabling the real bad guys to do this.

We are in danger of getting distracted here!

People who have knowingly engaged in conspiracies to subvert elections or referenda, whether in their own countries or elsewhere, are among the most dangerous people in the world. We need to see them go to jail for a very long time. We cannot allow them to wriggle out of their responsibilities by diffusing the blame over the internet in general, even if some parts of the internet have been culpably incurious about what their services were actually being used for. Facebook need to sort themselves out but this is not fundamentally about Facebook.

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March 30, 2018. IT, Law, Politics, Rigged Polls, Sensible, Social Media. Leave a comment.

Share The Inanity

In keeping with the Web 2.0 social networking principle to consolidate all your daily inanity into one easy lobotomy, I have now linked my main site to Facebook. (more…)

June 29, 2010. Administrivia, Daniel, Social Media. 1 comment.

Social Networks and Land Grabs

I just got talked into registering a Gmail account by some friends (a different bunch to the ones on Facebook). That’s not so bad. I had been meaning to investigate Google Docs anyway. The problem is that they want to use Google Buzz for chat and microblogging and all that modern nonsense. Oh noes! Its like Facebook all over again!

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June 9, 2010. IT, Sensible, Social Media. 1 comment.

Oh noes. I has a Facebook!

Remember only a few days ago how I was saying how I was avoiding Facebook and running down its denizens? Well now I am one.

Some University friends persuaded me to join and I am sort of glad I did because now I can see exactly how identities get stolen. (more…)

June 4, 2010. Administrivia, Daniel, IT, Security, Sensible, Silly, Social Media. 1 comment.