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How Facebook Avoids Ad Blockers

I remember how the maker of the FB Purity browser extension had to regularly update their software in a game of cat-and-mouse with Facebook. This article details the lengths that the latter goes to in order to thwart the former (and other ad-blockers).

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De-quantifying my life

I can relate to so much of this blog post on ReaderWriterVille . Measuring my ‘success’ by how much ‘stuff’ I was doing didn’t help that much, and made me feel worse.

I’ve now consciously stepped back and reviewed what I’m doing and why. The result has been that I end up getting plenty done anyway, because I’m no longer in an artificial race against myself.

This part in particular stuck out to me:

It’s ironic that I’m back to blogging and enjoying it, because blogging in the old days was definitely part of social media and had all the quantification attributes that the popular platforms have now. People blogged to develop a media portfolio, to reach a larger audience than they could in face-to-face life, to get a book contract, to become internet-famous. But now that blogging is unfashionable and back to being under the radar, most people who blog don’t do it for the clicks. Quantified blogging will make you depressed, whereas unquantified blogging is its own reward.

In many ways, I’ve come full circle. I’m blogging for the love of writing, expressing my thoughts. 🙂

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Doing the Scary Thing

Matt Bonney:

I’m absolutely terrified of blogging.

I think I know why, but it’s still curious to me that the idea of writing down my thoughts and putting them out there scares me as much as it does.

I have thoughts and feelings about Apple and the technology industry – many thoughts and feelings – but for whatever reason, I’ve been too afraid of criticism and judgement to make those feelings public.

But you know what? I just turned 30, and goddamnit, if I’m ever going try my hand at this sort of thing, I may as well try now. I’d rather try now than wake up in another 30 years and regret never starting.

Welcome to the blogosphere, Matt. 🙂

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The Deep Sea is a fun interactive presentation where you literally scroll down into the depths. I’d not realised just how deep some parts of the ocean floor are.

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My short and sweary case for voting Labour

Alexei Sayle’s latest piece for The Canary, on a possible origin story for Boris Johnson. Which involves a lot of elderly bloke poo…

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TikTok Secretly Hid Content From Fat, Queer, and Disabled Users

Supposedly done under the guise of combatting cyber-bullying, and no longer in use. But it looks an awful lot like making the problem go away by making the victim leave the platform.

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What are Jo Swinson’s Liberal Democrats so desperate to hide?

Mary Fitzgerald, Editor-in-chief of openDemocracy:

It’s a privilege to do this job.

As editor-in-chief, when the award nominations and accolades pour in, you get to bask in the glory of your brilliant, tenacious colleagues.

Equally, when your organisation gets threatened by powerful, sometimes dangerous people who want to silence it, it’s your job to take that heat.

Often those threats come in the form of expensive lawyers’ letters, usually from the expected quarters. Oligarchs. Criminals. Sex offenders.

But something happened recently which was completely unexpected. We’ve decided to go public about it, not only because the Liberal Democrats have some serious questions to answer. But also because it stinks of the cynicism and fakery we’ve seen across politics during this election.

And it would be quite funny – except it’s not.

It all started when we published a story by my colleague Jim Cusick, a highly experienced political reporter. It was about how the Liberal Democrats had sold voter data to the official Remain campaign, Britain Stronger In Europe, for £100,000 back in 2016.

The Lib Dems have always maintained there was nothing wrong with the lucrative deal, but it raised eyebrows, and the Information Commissioner launched an investigation. You can read more about that here.

The way in which the Liberal Democrats have handled this cements, in my mind, that they’ve truly become the ‘yellow Tories’. 🙁

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The Home Computer Christmas Wars

One for all you fellow nerds of a certain age, from the pages of Paleotronic Magazine. 🙂

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Opinion: Blocking the Disabled on the Web Means Blocking Innovation | WIRED

Interesting article. I wasn’t aware that Vint Cerf was deaf, or that Joybubbles, one of the first phreakers, was born blind.

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nicu’s FOSS’n’stuff: A history of Mozilla browsers design

I must admit, I didn’t really follow much of the early development of what would eventually become Mozilla Firefox at the time, so this is a fascinating read for me, from 2012.