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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

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

Story Tracker (beta) – A free tool for writers!

I remember dial-up.  I remember the handshaking noises my trusty modem made.  I also remember when the idea leaving a machine connected 24-7 online was unthinkable.  Even when I ran a BBS I had set times it operated in (we only had one phone line in our house) Today, users, PC’s and apps blur the … Continue reading

Google & take-down requests – Pointless, worrying & censorship?

I’ve avoided talking about this story until it progressed further.  Historically Google has had many take-down requests, many to do with “piracy” and there’s also court order’s for ISP blocks on domains – we already have an increasing trend towards censorship.  But is some censorship good? Whilst the copyright take-down’s and ISP blocks are mostly … Continue reading

Web round up – Anonymous, Politics and Elite!

Well not so much about politics since I’ve found an article results in a minefield of bad feeling, strong emotion and outright trolling played out in my comments section.  Suffice to say, with one or two exceptions, politicians are self serving weasel worded free loaders. On that note I’ll start by mentioning UKIP.  Over the … Continue reading

Web round up – Microsoft, Google and phones!

Some of these subjects I’ll be covering in a solo broadcast of Techbytes (which I lovingly refer to as Techbits) since my co-host and I are having issues in the meeting of minds as I’m using a Chromebook at the minute and it has limited broadcast choice.  We hope to return to normality asap. Microsoft seems … Continue reading

Web round up – Free stuff, NSA Jobs & new packages!

I’ve had a pleasant surprise. I have paid for 100gb of Google Drive storage for a while.  I’ve been very happy with the service and price (around £2 per month), but I was told recently that because I’ve purchased a Chromebook, I’m entitled to 100gb for 2 years for free! – Thank you very much, … Continue reading

Google Glass – Why I’m not interested.

A short rant for today. I’m fed up with Google Glass.  Not the endless reviews mind you, I’m fed up with the people not on the Google payroll who insist on pushing it on every user they come across.  These fanboys/girls are so besotted with their latest toy, all reason seems to fly out of … Continue reading

The Reality of Chromebooks/OS – Not as limited as you think!

My family PC finally took its last gasp last night.  It’s GPU fan finally packed in, but then after about 4 years of being “always on” and used nearly every day, its done very well.  I would have liked to have simply whipped the cover off the machine and replace the fan myself, its not … Continue reading

TechBytes Episode 87: Catching up With Surveillance (NSA, GCHQ et al.)

It’s been far too long since I presented with Dr Schestowitz on the TechBytes show.  Over the last year many things have changed, most notably that I am now almost completely living my digital life in the Cloud.  On that note we cover topics relating to surveillance, GCHQ and why you’ve already given up your … Continue reading

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