Unimpressed with Nest

The longer I’m using our Nest thermostat in the summer, the more unimpressed I become with it. The “learning” feature doesn’t seem to include finer details that have to do with perceived temperatures, like humidity, for example (ie. what you see as “feels like” in the weather forecast).Read More »

EU Cookie Law

The “EU Cookie Law” is the dumbest piece of internet legislation in existence. I understand the internet, and cookies. My browsers are configured to delete cookies as soon as I close the tab (with a few exceptions that I configured, such as banking sites). Everyone always has had that same choice – except now, I need to “acknowledge” cookie usage every time because I made my choice for better privacy, and don’t allow cookies to be stored permanently on my computer. Ridiculous.

Cellphone Photos – July 2016 Gallery (6 photos)

A few selected cellphone photos from July 2016. As Summer hits Southern California, outdoor activity decreases, and so does the photographic output – and it seems it’s not limited to my “normal” photography, but includes the cellphone as well…

My dear friends on Facebook

My dear friends, I log on to Facebook to connect with you on a personal level, and not to get exposed to yet more political crap that I already get plenty of when I watch the news. Please, do your friends a favor, make your and my social feed better – and just cut it.

I regret to inform you that from today on, I’ll be unfollowing you if you post or share more political stuff. Even if your post is marked “Public”, the ones who’ll see it first are your friends on Facebook – please think about that. Isn’t it just very, very likely that they share your political convictions anyway? Why bother them with more of the same? It’s just white noise, and it doesn’t change anything.

No one cares about yet more commentary about how bad Trump is or will be, Hillary is or will be, their pick for vice president is or will be, how awesome Bernie would have been, and so on, and so on.

You’re in an echo chamber, and you’re only going to hear more of the same. Or do you really think that you’re going to change anyone’s opinion and political conviction with your commentary, on a social network?😀

 

 

Own your content

OK – Dennis Cooper is perhaps a bit confused* about things but well, he’s an artist.😀 Anyway, this is a perfect example to illustrate what I’m very passionate about: getting your own domain, your own web hosting, and putting your valuable content online in an open system, like WordPress.

Why WordPress? It’s described in this article, quote:

“Mortgaging your site to a closed-standards vendor gives them, not you, the economic power.”

So here, Google shut down Dennis Cooper’s Blogger site, and his Google account along with it apparently. Awesome! Not, of course. There’s probably a reason for this and Google is well within their rights, defined by their terms of service, to do what they did.

And that illustrates nicely why you should really, really have your own domain and web hosting, and use an open system like WordPress if you want to make your creations available to the public “on the interwebz.” It doesn’t matter whether it’s writings, drawings, photos, or whatever else. Own your content.

Needless to say, you’ll also help making the internet the diverse and open space it should be. Because walled & fenced gardens a la Facebook, Ello, Google(+/Blogger/Photos), Instagram, etc. etc. do not help with that…


*) making a Blogger site (or any place online for that matter) the only place where you store your creations, not even keeping local backups, is completely reckless. Unless you really don’t care about what you create.

Cellphone Photos – June 2016 Gallery

A few selected cellphone photos that I made in June 2016, gathered from Instagram and other places so that they have a more permanent home here on my personal blog. I recommend you do the same – own your content.

Instaspam

I mentioned Instagram’s annoying “get free followers” spam scheme problems not too long ago. And of course it didn’t stop. So I’ve been marking these comments as “spam”, and that appeared to remove them. But thanks to a hint from my friend Peter I found out that they’re actually just hidden from view – and only for me! They remain visible to everyone else. What the… ?Read More »

Big Laguna drought comparison photos

Updated drought comparison photos of Big Laguna, the largest of the three bodies of water in San Diego’s Laguna Mountains. The “super El Nino” of the 2015/2016 winter that brought good rain and snowfall to central and northern California didn’t really had any impact in Southern California.