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Thu 24th Oct 2019, and can I just say...

I need a car, it seems

Some, probably white-jacketed and bespectacled, scientists in America have found that mice who are trained to drive small electric cars for edible rewards, are more relaxed as a result.
I am hereby putting my name down for such treatment, and can be available for tests and trials at any time. I can confirm that I am over 18 years of age, and I possess a current, clean driving licence.

Wed 11th Sep 2019, and can I just say...

Bah! Humbug!

Yesterday, Sony kicked-off a new TV channel, "Sony Movies Christmas." Yes, yesterday. The 10th September, 2019. September. Forget the fiasco that is British politics; pay no heed to Trumpton tweetery...this is final proof that the World has gone mad.

Citation icon. Fahrenheit 451...What's Yours Is Ours

Posted by on in category: software, with tags: tech, blinkout.
328 words, less than 2 minutes read time. Comments by me and a link to an external article.

I’ve learnt a salutary lesson today, one which I should have learnt some time ago, and that is to read and understand the Terms & Conditions attached to anything one signs up for.

Dave Lee, in a post today as part of technology news on the BBC news website, discusses the fact that Microsoft are closing their eBook store. More importantly, he discloses that when this happens any books that I have “bought” from that store will no longer be available to me on any of my devices. Eh, you what?!

As Mr Lee tells us:

…just think about that for a moment. Isn’t it strange? If you’re a Microsoft customer, you paid for those books. They’re yours.

Except, I’m afraid, they’re not, and they never were - when you hand over money for your “book”, what you’re really paying for is access to the book. That access, per the terms and conditions of every major eBook store, can be taken away at any moment.

So, those of us who have started to create our own virtual library of literary classics, page-turners, bodice-rippers and whatever else, will lose all capability to read them unless they have the print version in a real bookcase. I suppose that the possibility of disappearing books may induce many to stick to buying a physical version, and keep bookshops going for a while yet, but it’s still a shock to find that was I thought was mine isn’t, and never was.

In fairness to Microsoft, they are offering refunds to customers which will be rolled out when the eBook store shuts in July 2019, and they can always argue that the fact that one was simply ‘renting’ books was explained in Microsoft’s T & C’s.

I can only hope that my digital music collection is safe or indeed, that Apple don't suddenly want my laptop back as I'd only "borrowed" it...

Citation icon. This is GreenHat Static Blogging, innit

Posted by on in category: software, with tags: greenhat, blinkout.
281 words, less than 1 minute read time. Comments by me and a link to an external article.

Over a period of probably several years I have created a few blog sites for myself, usually short-lived and hardly impressive. Now, after a gap, I’ve decided to have another stab at putting my thoughts, ideas, opinions and rants in writing; not least because I have little better to do with my time.

For the majority of my previous blog attempts I have used Wordpress which although good and functional, can be time-consuming and fiddly.

All I want for now is just to get a blog site online and only have to worry about the content, much like many CMS software packages provide, but not have to handle backend databases and the like.

What I’ve chosen to use is an example of Static Blogging software, and it would be remiss of me to not mention it.

The software I'm utilising - from GreenHat - allows me to create content for static pages on my local machine so I can check them on a local server. Then when happy, the software converts my local files into webpages that, because they are static, are quantitively much faster to load into your browser than pages that use dynamic content that depends upon the server to process each page before you see it.

I’m also using a “stripped-down” blog style so, at least for now, no plug-ins like Comments and all that toot, which keeps the site fast to load and saves me time and effort not having to moderate the ramblings of other fools.

I'm a sprout of little brain but with my limited knowledge and some gentle guidance, I may now have an annoying online presence.

Deal with it.