‘Brands turn a blind eye’: Confessions of a former agency exec on attribution scamming Truly, there’s no honour among thieves. (Of note, this was published on Digiday, which is on the side of the advertisers. And just part of a long series of confessional interviews…)

Continue reading

Whatever Happened to the Semantic Web? Reading this article, and remembering some of the hoopla of the early 2000s, I see a lot of similarities between the Semantic Web and the IndieWeb. I just hope the IndieWeb doesn’t end up suffering the same fate.

Continue reading

The 10th Anniversary of the iPad: A Perspective from the Windows Team Steve Sinovsky was in charge of the recently-launched Windows 7 at the time of the iPad’s debut, and he provides some great context on the thinking at that time in the PC industry, and Microsoft in particular.

Continue reading

I’d had Avast’s free antivirus software installed on both mine and my mother’s Macs, but now that their data-collection and monetisation has been exposed, I’ve uninstalled it. I’m gonna stick with the built-in protections for now. Because I reckon Avast aren’t the only ones…

Continue reading

I Tried Listening to Podcasts at 3x and Broke My Brain I tried listening to podcasts at 2x for a while, and while they were intelligible I eventually found that the words just weren’t registering with my brain, plus the vocal range of speakers got lost.

Continue reading

The Chocolate-Brewing Witches of Colonial Latin America The Inquisition persecuted women who used cacao to entice lovers and spurn enemies. As someone who knows the power of a chunk of dark chocolate, I can see why the Spanish feared it.

Continue reading

Mozilla bans Firefox extensions for executing remote code Every time it looks as if Mozilla is getting on top of the problem of malicious or risky extensions, it finds itself having to step in to block another batch. Moral: use fewer extensions, make sure they’re reputable.

Continue reading

Privacy and security concerns in Grammarly Gary McGrath advices against using Grammarly’s browser extensions due to the company’s attitude towards security. I’ve used it in the past, but gave up due to its unreliability.

Continue reading