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Out and about on the Web – A list of rants & raves

Thanks for giving me a moment of your time for today’s series of rants and raves. I’ll start with the new(ish) WordPress UI. It’s awful. It seems WordPress has decided on giving you a “quick & easy” web based method of creating a post and in doing so has achieved a “cheap and nasty” look … Continue reading

Changing times, busy times and why Google will save Usenet.

I can’t believe its been almost a month since my last post, suffice to say I am almost through one of the busiest periods of my life and have battled that mammoth of tasks – The house move.  The problems were compounded by the fact that my new home is a considerable distance from my … Continue reading

Web roundup 25.07.14 – eBooks, error codes and X-files!

It’s been a funny old week in cyberspace.  Firstly I had a couple of instances of downtime with gMail (which is rare to say the least) but these breaks in service luckily were only for a couple of minutes.  Whilst awaiting service to resume I thought I’d check out Google’s offer to give me a … Continue reading

Musing: Microsoft to offer its software on Linux – A theoretical consideration.

This musing comes as a result of a topic brought up over on Usenet. The crux of this article is around a fictitious headline of: BREAKING NEWS: MICROSOFT RELEASES ITS OFFICE SUITE FOR LINUX Take a few seconds to consider how you would feel, then maybe be kind enough to hear my view. So it’s great? … Continue reading

Chromebook – What it is and what it isn’t.

I think readers will recall mention I made a while back of a little known area called (Usenet/newsgroups) and how it’s time as a serious discussion group is over. I was prompted to write this article as at one time Usenet was the place where technology experts could be expected to post and engage in … Continue reading

In the company of strangers – My computing office “social life”

A musing of sorts….. Computing is anti-social.  That statement is still made today although its more a comment for the 80’s/90’s where the idea of being permanently connected (to then a BBS service) was a little rare to say the least.  Messages posted could be read instantly but it wasn’t like it is today with … Continue reading

Web roundup 11.07.14 – Online apps, Indi documentary makers and Usenet!

I tweeted recently that there was very little to interest me in the world of technology.  Has tech reached its peak? – No I think its more a case of everyone trying to cash in on the tried and tested idea’s that are selling well. Please don’t talk about Google Glass, I’ve already voiced my … Continue reading

MUD glorious MUD: Interactive literature & gaming

Today I’m going to look at MUD.  If you are already familiar with Multi User Dungeon’s, then you can probably skip most of this article. So what is a MUD? It’s basically a text adventure game where locations are described with text rather than pictures.  It can be played in a browser or with a … Continue reading

The (not so) secrets of promoted Tweets and Twitter accounts

A free service is allowed to make money, just as consumers are able to go elsewhere if they don’t like it. I’m not sure how many other people are bothered by promoted tweets on the Twitter service, but I managed to have them beat for a few weeks by blocking any account that promotes itself. … Continue reading

Venting in an old fashioned blog rant

Its time for a rant and a collection of annoyances from over the past few days. They say its better to express it rather than bottle it up, so if I can entertain you at the same time then that will be an added bonus. My first annoyance from this week is Youtube. I can’t tell … Continue reading


Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson

Writer/Novelist of many facets both in the world of technology and fantasy/sci-fi. Co-host of the TechBytes audiocast and writer for both OpenBytes and Goblin's Domain. Supporter of free and open source software.


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