It’s coming up for a year since I started blogging again on a regular basis, and I’ve managed to keep it going for almost every day. In the coming year, I’ll make an effort to do more long form writing, and expand my own thoughts about the state of the world. Onward!

I cleared out my books wish list over on Amazon UK, save for two reference book I’m actually going to use this coming year. Buying those used.

Next step: collect books off shelves to be donated to local Oxfam shop.

I went spelunking through the Wayback Machine again today, this time on my first blog site, and it’s three iterations: Blogger, Movable Type, and finally WordPress, in ascending order of perseverance…

(Recovered Post) The Compulink Information eXchange

This is the second of two posts from an earlier, short-lived, incarnation of this site, retrieved from the Internet Archive. Originally posted November 15th 2009.

One thing that I neglected to mention in my previous entry was the impetus behind my purchasing my first modem. Well, that impetus came in the form of an online service in the UK that started life as the Compulink Information eXchange, or Cix to its friends. More specifically, in the form of a section that appeared in the monthly UK computer magazine Computer Shopper containing printouts of conversation from the forum that the magazine ran on Cix.

(To be even more specific, the forum was run by Huw Collingbourne—so really, it’s his fault originally that I ended up marauding the Internet!)

(Recovered Post) Twenty Years Online

This is the first of two posts from an earlier, short-lived, incarnation of this site, retrieved from the Internet Archive. Originally posted November 10th 2009.

One of the reasons for starting this new blog was to celebrate an anniversary. It was 20 years ago, in 1989, that I got a dial-up modem connected up to a BBC Master 128 and persuaded my dad to wire up a phone line extension to my bedroom.

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I just did some Internet archeology using the Wayback Machine, to retrieve some posts from an earlier incarnation of my website. Will post them tomorrow, once I’ve checked that the links work. 🙂

Slash Dot Dash Dot Crash Dot Com

My first foray into ‘blogging’ was about 20 years ago, on Slashdot of all places. Users who created accounts got a personal journal to use as they wished.

I used it to post links to stories I’d found interesting, and to share in snark about Slashdot itself. And there was much snark to be had. Slashdot was notorious for the (ab)use of its moderation systems. Sometimes, users got opportunities to moderate stuff themselves. But for the most part it was at the whims of the admins.

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Google’s Digital Dementia

( Sidenote: I wrote this last year on another site, and I'm reposting it here for posterity. )

I read a rather depressing post by Bacchus over at ErosBlog the other day.

As if we didn’t have enough problems, there’s a mounting body of evidence that Google now has an attention span somewhat shorter than ten years. After ten years or so, Google forgets things. Or, perhaps, Google just can’t be bothered to index these older web pages, because there’s no money in it.

Bacchus isn’t the first to come across this phenomenon. Tim Bray encountered something similar in 2018, and Marco Fioretti expanded upon Bray’s findings. And a year earlier in 2017, Tony Hirst applied the “dementia” term to it.

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Solstice

( Sidenote: I wrote this last year on another site, and I'm reposting it here for posterity. )

The last few weeks have been pretty rough for me. My father’s health deteriorated further, while I battled illness in order to get a work project completed on time. After several scares and paramedic call-outs, we reached the point where end-of-life care was initiated, on Friday 21st, the Winter Solstice. My father passed away in the early hours of Saturday 22nd, with his family around him.

Our Christmas celebrations have been pretty low-key as a result. For the most part, we are recovering and resuming our lives, which have been on hold to varying degrees for most of 2018.

Farewell, Tumblr

( Sidenote: I originally wrote this last year on another site, and I'm reposting it here for posterity. )

The #Pornapocalypse has officially claimed Tumblr.

Bacchus, the proprietor and scribe of ErosBlog, was the first in my newsfeeds to bear the tidings:

It’s official: Tumblr has banned porn, effective December 17, 2018. Rest in obscurity, Tumblr.

What exactly is Tumblr banning? Here’s what the article linked above has to say on the matter:

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