How France Invented a Popular, Profitable Internet of Its Own in the 80s: The Rise and Fall of Minitel Colin Marshall, writing at Open Culture: Conceived in the “white heat of President Valery Giscard d’Estaing’s technological great leap forward of the late 1970s,” Minitel appeared as one of the signal efforts of a nationwide developmental …Continue reading "The Web Before The Web"
I finally got around to looking at the report that Brave created showing the results of their investigation into third-party tracking on UK local council and county websites earlier this month. The interactive map included is particularly eye-opening. There is no good reason for most of those trackers to be there. I can only presume …Continue reading "Why On Earth Do Local Council Websites Need Adverts Or Trackers?"
Gopher: When Adversarial Interoperability Burrowed Under the Gatekeepers’ Fortresses Cory Doctorow, writing for EFF: Today’s Web giants want us to believe that they and they alone are suited to take us to wherever we end up next. Having used Adversarial Interoperability as a ladder to attain their rarefied heights, they now use laws to kick …Continue reading "Kicking Away The Interoperability Ladder"
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I installed a WordPress plugin to alert me to broken links in my posts. Depressingly, some of those broken links have proved impossible to fix, because there’s no copy in the Internet Archive. Which reminds me, I should that my site is being archived…Continue reading
As part of my practice of minimising the number of inboxes in my life, I’m getting back into the habit of using Pinboard to store all the links that I want to refer back to later. It can also double up as a read-later list. I’m using Spillo on the Mac, and Pinner on the …Continue reading
I’ve been using Safari as my primary browser on the Mac for a couple of years, and for the most part I’ve been happy with it. But with the changes Apple have made to browser extension support, the number of extra apps I’d installed to block ads, trackers and other annoyances was getting ridiculous. Yes, …Continue reading "Going back to Firefox"
Pinterest: How a once inspiring social media app was ruined by ads Suzana Dalul, writing at Android Authority: When it first came out, Pinterest stood out from other social media platforms because it was a place to find inspiration. You could create and curate your own boards without interacting with others, or you could follow …Continue reading "Sod Inspiration, Here’s a Screenful of Adverts Instead"
Are We Failing Families At The End Of Life? A graphic op-ed on the weight of end-of-life care on loved ones. This piece hit me hard, as I’m reminded of what we went through caring for my terminally-ill father in the last year of his life. We did get support, but we had to push …Continue reading "Are We Failing Families At The End Of Life?"
The Age Of Cooptation: The High Cost Of Doing Business In Xi’s China A former Apple executive—and China bull—writes about the dark days ahead for multinationals in the People’s Republic, and tells a revealing story about how Huawei developed its facial recognition technology. A potted history of how China’s relationship with international business has changed …Continue reading "“Do what the government wants or get out”"