Meetup goes from commercial app to partisan: encourages sedition, incitement and treason

In an email sent to all users, including those who don’t even reside in the USA, the popular app for organising groups and meetups. Continue reading “Meetup goes from commercial app to partisan: encourages sedition, incitement and treason”

A condescending lecture about server security and the answer to your ‘how did this happen’ question using simple real-world analogies

You’ve been sent a link to this blog post because security on your website has been compromised and you’re really angry with your suppliers for apparently letting it happen. But before you fall out with them, let me explain how it’s not entirely their fault. 

I’m sorry if this article seems condescending by the way, it’s just we have no way of knowing how IT literate you are and what level to pitch the technical explanations.  So we’re going to assume you know what a website is, but not how they work under the hood.

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The Meitu App was just trying to get around the Great Firewall of China

Over on my firm’s blog we have done a post about the data-hungry Meitu app. In that post I touch upon a theory that maybe the Meitu app isn’t so bad after all:

Further research suggests that because the app is based in China the usual and non-alarming tracking methods used by other apps are actually blocked by the Great Firewall of China, and so the developers deployed these solutions as a workaround. Continue reading “The Meitu App was just trying to get around the Great Firewall of China”

Amazon Review of a Universal Remote

This review on Amazon so nicely sums up the complaints I have about the technology industry these days.

You think there must be a better way than to have 9 remote controls floating around the house. You buy a universal remote and, depressingly, a few months later you totally sympathise with this reviewer:

I asked Logitech “Could you explain to my 12 year old why we need a firmware update to turn the television on as I am lost for answers.”
After 12 months I feel like an unpaid Logitech beta tester.

Read the full review here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/customer-reviews/R14UIJ11QJ6YT9/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_viewpnt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00C80JFSS#R14UIJ11QJ6YT9

Sugar Free February

The people at my firm, Beagle Proactive, are doing Sugar Free February.  One of my colleagues has put together a 10-point list to help you if you’re thinking of joining in.

I’m going to do this too. It’s going to be very hard, but I’ve done something similar before. Besides, I’m currently on my 6th day without a binge so I’m in a good place for it!

Here’s my own top tips to add to the ones already given over at Beagle Proactive.

  1. Get a blackboard, put it on your wall and track how many days you’ve been doing it and how many you’ve got left.
  2. Plan your meals a week in advance. Write them on the board.
  3. Get through the first 3 days – they will be hell. Beyond that you’ll be fine.
  4. Record the experience – upload videos, write blogs.
  5. Talk to people. Literally bore them to tears with your sugar free tales. It’ll keep you on track.
  6. Stevia is a gift from God. Actually, it’s a plant-based product so yeah, it is!
  7. Watch your blood pressure – it’s likely to drop during Sugar Free February.
  8. Drink plenty of water.
  9. Pace yourself through the day – eat 5 small meals versus 3 big ones.
  10. Chill out. Don’t stress. Meditate. If you’re stressed you’re way more likely to reach for the sugar.

Read more: http://www.beagleproactive.com/sugar-free-february/