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Its not paradise, but lets not exaggerate

Posted by Graeme in Uncategorized at 10:35 am on Sunday, 29 March 2015

I can understand Ankie Renique’s frustration about people who think that living is the tropics and working as a remote freelance is idyllic, but her reaction is to pick on a number of minor issues, or those that say more about her than the country, rather than picking very real problems. (more…)

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Open sources licenses still not understood (by Hiscox, at least)

Posted by Graeme in Software at 8:24 am on Sunday, 29 March 2015

Insurance company Hiscox has posted a misleading article on “the advantages and risks of open source software” in its “small business knowledge centre”. It is not clear who the article is aimed at, the explanations of legal issues are unclear, and the discussion of security issues irrelevant. They could have saved themselves from looking foolish if they had asked some with some technical knowledge and familiarity with the licences to review the article. (more…)

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Fossil vs Git

Posted by Graeme in Software at 12:33 pm on Friday, 13 March 2015

I have used Fossil for version control for a few years, and I like it, but this recent comment on the fossil-users mailing list made me think about its limits:

we must agree Fossil [..] much easier and friendlier to use.

It is, and it is not. I do recommend it, and it does provide a a lot of functionality and it is easy to learn and use. (more…)

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Why you should not use WordPress

Posted by Graeme in Internet,Wordpress at 12:24 pm on Monday, 6 October 2014

The appeal of WordPress is obvious: cheap and easy, and lots of “developers” know it. The biggest problem with WordPress is that something originally designed as a blog platform, has evolved general CMS features, and is widely used a development platform. The problems are that it has security issues, and is neither flexible nor productive when used a a development platform and cheap developers are not good developers. (more…)

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The philistines are running the asylum

Posted by Graeme in Politics at 11:05 am on Monday, 18 August 2014

This post was sparked off by a comment a teacher made about the British government’s education policy, but the point I want to make is that this is the result of a globally accepted change in values. There is a link between education policy, how prisoners are treated, arts policy and more. (more…)

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Tablets: anti-consumer and anti-innovation

Posted by Graeme in Market failure,Software at 6:52 am on Friday, 6 September 2013

Tablet computers (and smart phones) are bad. They are bad for consumers and kill innovation. They move power from the owner of the device to its manufacturer, and denying the use of a cheap base for research and development, the very base that made the tablets possible in the first place, and, if PCs follow suit, innovation will become much harder. They deny consumers choice, are sometimes impossible to update (a security nightmare) and are inflexible. (more…)

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Smarterer – a broken recruitement tool

Posted by Graeme in Business & Investment,Internet at 11:21 am on Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Having taken a number of Smarterer tests I find it scary that people use it as a recruitment tool. The tests are unreliable and meaningless. First, I will explain what is wrong about my scores — and I am complaining more about scores being to high than too low, so there is no personal grudge here. Then a few quick thoughts on the reasons. (more…)

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Homeopathy is magic

Posted by Graeme in Health at 1:36 pm on Tuesday, 2 July 2013

When I say that homoeopathy is magic I do not mean it as a metaphor or analogy, I mean that its principles are a variation of those of sympathetic magic.  The term sympathetic magic was first, as far as I know, coined by Sir James George Frazer in The Golden Bough. He wrote: (more…)

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A new site for Galle

Posted by Graeme in Internet at 4:24 pm on Thursday, 2 May 2013

An announcement, rather than an opinion piece for a change. I have set up a new site, a town portal for Galle, All Galle. Design and development by me, the site is to be mostly run by my wife. It has been well received so far. (more…)

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The real purpose of DRM

Posted by Graeme in Business & Investment,Economics,Media,Software,Uncategorized at 1:45 pm on Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Ian Hickson, maintainer of the HTML5 specification, argues that the real purpose of DRM is to give content providers leverage over device manufacturers. Although this is true for some applications of DRM, in many cases the purpose is to lock customers to particular devices and services, and to raise barriers to entry against new devices and services. (more…)

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