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The Proprietary Renaissance

noun, re·nais·sance often attributive \ˌre-nə-ˈsän(t)s, -ˈzän(t)s, -ˈsäⁿs, -ˈzäⁿs, ˈre-nə-ˌ, chiefly British ri-ˈnā-sən(t)s\ : a situation or period of time when there is a new interest in something that has not been popular in a long time : a period of … Continue reading

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Your cloud pricing isn’t webscale

Thankfully in 2015 most (but not all) proprietary software providers have moved away from the archaic ideology of software being licensed by the CPU core – a concept that reflected the value and importance of systems back when you were buying … Continue reading

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SMStoXMPP

Having moved to AU means that I now have two cell phones – one with my AU SIM card and another with my NZ SIM card which I keep around in order to receive the odd message from friends/contacts back … Continue reading

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Don’t abandon XMPP, your loyal communications friend

Whilst email has always enjoyed a very decentralised approach where users can be expected to be on all manner of different systems and providers, Instant Messaging has not generally enjoyed the same level of success and freedom. Historically many of … Continue reading

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Google Play Region Locking

Sadly Android is giving me further reason for dissatisfaction with the discovery that Google Play refuses to correctly detect the current country I’m in and is blocking content from them. Being citizens of New Zealand and living in Australia, both … Continue reading

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Google Convoy

Spotted this when doing street view around Pyrmont Sydney – there’s at least two Google cars since one has captured this picture, looks like there might even be a third…. Unsure why there would be a convoy of cars, the … Continue reading

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Fixing Blogging

I’m finding an increasing number of friends and people using services like Tumblr or Google Plus as blogging services, or at least as a place to make posts that are more detailed an indepth than typical micro-blogging (aka Twitter/Facebook). The … Continue reading

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Google Search & Control

I’ve been using Google for search for years, however it’s the first time I’ve ever come across a DMCA takedown notice included in the results. Possibly not helped by the fact that Google is so good at finding what I … Continue reading

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Mozilla Collusion

This week Mozilla released an add-on called Collusion, an experimental extension which shows and graphs how you are being tracked online. It’s pretty common knowledge how much you get tracked online these days, if you just watch your status bar … Continue reading

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Why I hate URL shorteners

I’ve used Awstats for years as my website statistics/reporting program of choice – it’s trivial to setup, reliable and works with Apache log files and requires no modification to the website or usage of remote tools (like with Google Analytics). … Continue reading

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