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Miscellaneous Debris
Miscellaneous Debris

Miscellaneous Debris

If it doesn't fit one of my other blogs, then it will end up here!


Searching for relevance in an unrecognizable industry

19 Aug 2020 8 minute read 8 comments X-51

Anybody who follows me will likely know that I am unemployed and looking for work - I think I have mentioned finding a job as a high priority thing on almost every article I've written in the last few months 😅. I haven't had full time work since late...

Direct contact scams & how to protect yourself

8 Aug 2020 7 minute read 3 comments X-51

Last month I was targeted by yet another scam, this time on Skype. I knew well in advance what I was getting myself into before I even hit the "accept" button, and thought I would share some of the knowledge I have gained over the last few years on h...

Social engineering attacks via social media: How to spot them and how to protect yourself

22 Jul 2020 6 minute read 5 comments X-51

Anybody who has been on Facebook for more than a month (possibly other social media too, but this is where I see them) has probably seen one of these things going around - a quiz asking you to list out some random details about your favourite colour,...

A lighthearted look at the downsides of weight loss

21 Jul 2020 4 minute read 2 comments X-51

My current weight loss journey began back in 2017. At the end of 2016 I was 110kg, and somewhere over 25% body fat (possibly over 30% 😳). Sometime previous I had been close to 120kgs but can't remember exactly when. I'm surprised I went down from tha...

My Google exodus: part 2

15 Jul 2020 4 minute read 4 comments X-51

A while back I talked about how and why I was trying to leave many Google services behind, with my increasing clarity towards just how much it costs (in non-monetary ways) to use so many of their services. Some I already had left, some I was actively...

How to bypass your VPN for specific sites on Mac

24 Jun 2020 5 minute read 0 comments X-51

When Australia passed their controversial metadata retention laws in 2017 I decided it was time to take some action to protect at least some aspects of my privacy. So I went hunting for a VPN - I did my research on the different free and paid service...

My love/hate relationship with Google

7 May 2020 4 minute read 2 comments X-51

For a long time I was one of those people who just said "screw it, Google know almost everything anyway, so why should I try to hide anything from them". But that was a different me. These days my thinking is a bit different, and I have slowly (ever...

To the PublishOx devs: why does the new posts feed not show the posts in chronological order?

2 May 2020 1 minute read 2 comments X-51

I've noticed this in passing before, that posts in the "New" posts feed occasionally reorder themselves. But I'd always just kind of ignored it and went about my day. But today I looked further, and noticed a very big problem.   Right now as I start...

Kontrust - Time To Tango review

27 Apr 2020 5 minute read 2 comments X-51

Kontrust are an Austrian and Polish six piece group featuring both a male and female singer who have been around for almost 20 years. The band integrates some very disparate cultural and genre styles into a cool but odd metal/pop/folk crossover. The...

PublishOx features & fixes I would love to see

17 Apr 2020 3 minute read 0 comments X-51

PublishOx is a pretty nice place to write & read, but there are still a few things that could definitely help improve the experience. Here are a few I've noted over the last couple of months. Some of them are kind of major, some of them are smaller a...