This year's tech news, in brief

This perhaps goes against the grain of this blog somewhat, but… Good grief, I’m getting bored with tech / web stories lately! It’s not that there aren’t new ones to read – quite the reverse. The sheer quantity never changes…

Retargeting ads aren't always retargeting the right people

Personalised retargeting or remarketing. Ads that seem to follow you around the internet, tailored to the online retail sites you’ve already visited and even the specific products you’ve browsed there. However you want to describe them, such ads seem to…

Canaries in the coal mine?

A question: are the internet naysayers* right? A more useful question: what can be learned from their criticisms? Last month, I wondered about the internet’s strengths also being its weaknesses, and what could be achieved by addressing these weaknesses, rather…

The Weekly Links Post: No. 14

Welcome, again, to another entirely subjective selection of 15 links, humanely culled from my week’s online reading and roughly collated under the seven broad categories seen below (I was having a bit of an internet detox last week): Selected Highlights…

The Weekly Links Post: No. 5

An entirely subjective weekly selection of 15 links, roughly collated under the seven broad categories seen below: Highlights from Guardian Technology (Because otherwise I just don’t get around to reading it now that it’s no longer in the print edition).…

ExtensionFM: a (p)review

At present ExtensionFM is still in pre-release*, so whether what follows constitutes a review, a preview, or a preview with a silent ‘p’, I’m not wholly sure. On the other hand, let’s leave ontology to philosophers, it’s just a blogpost.…

Hell is other cyborgs

I am a cyborg. You are a cyborg. We are all cyborgs. Try to stay out of the rain. Who was it that first said that we are all cyborgs now? And when? I have no idea. Because as I…

Return of the links

For a while, every Friday I used to post a collection of links here – just fun stuff really, procrastinatory bits and pieces that might help pass the time on a boring Friday afternoon while waiting for the weekend. I…

How to waste time. And influence people?

If anyone was wondering, it’s actually surprisingly easy to find yourself responsible for wasting the time of hundreds of people you don’t even know. Or at least that’s my excuse anyway. Here’s what happened. It’s early Thursday evening, I’m in…

Panda Cloud – the hassle-free antivirus?

I think I may have already mentioned my opinion that the average antivirus program can be almost as annoying and intrusive as having an actual virus. The slow downs, the updating, the increased boot times, the panicky messages popping up…

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