Hopefully this week: farewell, Amazon Web Services

  Wow, we’re nearly there: the long journey to migrate our sites off AWS and on to a new box. We began hosting there in 2012 but the server—which appears to have had a single major update in 2016—was getting very old. In 2018 we began searching for someone who knew about migrations. A second […]

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Where democratizing technology got the better of us

From the start, I’ve been a supporter of the democratization of design. Everyone has the right to access it, because fundamentally good design is something that makes the world a better place. A lot of websites are founded on this, such as Shopify, which has enough flexibility to give most of the stores we visit […]

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The erosion of standards

For homeowners and buyers, there’s a great guide from Moisture Detection Co. Ltd. called What You Absolutely Must Know About Owning a Plaster-Clad Home, subtitled The Origin of New Zealand’s Leaky Building Crisis and Must-Know Information for Owners to Make Their Homes Weathertight, and Regain Lost Value.    My intent isn’t to repeat someone’s copyrighted […]

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Big Tech: you’ve already lost against mainland China

Big Tech often says that if they’re broken up, they won’t be able to compete with mainland China.    Folks, you’ve already lost.    Why? Because you’re playing their game. You believe that through dominance and surveillance you can beat a country with four times more people.    The level playing field under which you […]

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Can a no-name mouse take the place of a Microsoft Intellimouse?

I’ve occasionally had good luck with ultra-cheap Chinese mice. Years ago, I bought one, with very simple left and right buttons and a scroll wheel, and it proved to be one of the most comfortable I owned. The wheel didn’t run smoothly at first but a quick trim of the plastic, and it’s been fine […]

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Admiral doesn’t understand that I’m not blocking ads, only trackers

It’s pretty bad that Admiral, which detects whether you are using an ad blocker or not, now advises this with Privacy Badger.    Let me make this very clear: I am not against advertising on websites. I have advertising on our websites.    I am against tracking by people such as Google. And that is […]

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Facelifting the Lucire licensing site after 13 years

After 13 years, it was time to facelift the Lucire licensing website.    It’s a very familiar template, similar to what we used for JY&A Consulting a few months back. The home page copy we already had from a flier that we created late last year that Susan Ninan and I worked on; and the […]

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Why the British people still prefer Boris Johnson

When you see the utter dog’s dinner the British government has made of COVID-19, namely turning their country into a petri dish for mutations while they plunder the place with impunity, you have to wonder why many there still prefer these current Tories, when even Max Hastings and Sir Nicholas Soames don’t. Is it because […]

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Why does my landline phone dial by itself?

As sent to Vodafone New Zealand today. Anyone know what might be going on?   Hi there:   Not really a complaint but since you don’t give any options other than compliment and complaint, the latter will have to do!    Since moving to Tawa, my landline phone has been calling numbers that no one […]

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Dear Gmail user: your industry has worn me down

After three messages I decided I would answer one of those Gmail users asking about advertorial. And from now on I’m just going to copy and paste this to anyone else asking, ‘Why won’t you answer me?’ Dear [redacted]: Sorry, this is why I haven’t answered you (and this is not because of you, but […]

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