Category Archives: Internet

Has Medium.com Fixed Broken Publishing?

Has Medium Fixed Broken Publishing

In August 2016 I speculated, in a post about the blogging platform Medium.com, as to what the business’s future might hold.

At the time, I imagined that Medium’s most likely means of financing its existence would be increasingly heavy advertising. But this year, the platform switched to a subscription model in which users pay to read the site’s best content. Well, in theory the best, although that does depend on whether the best writers choose to lock their content behind the site’s optional paywall. If Medium’s best writers opt to keep their feed open to the wider Internet, in practice the best content will still be free. Continue reading Has Medium.com Fixed Broken Publishing?

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The Not-So-Advanced World of Online Troll Investigation

As a result of other posts on this blog, I’ve got used to being asked for help in unmasking “trolls”. Most typically, the requests have come from political activists who think they have the right to verbally attack those with whom they don’t agree, but should themselves be immune from any such attacks. Because… well, you know… Because their opinion is right, and everyone else’s is wrong, basically.

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Why ‘Porn Addiction’ is a Myth

It seems that in the back yard of every adult service stream, there’s a selfless guy offering to free disgruntled users from the horror of ‘porn addiction’. But have you ever stopped to think what ‘porn addiction’ is supposed to mean, and how such an addiction could work in a clinical sense?

Given that the term is applied to a much broader base of sexually-motivated vices than simply buying or using pornography, why is it called ‘porn addiction’ and not ‘sex addiction’? Is it even an addiction at all? And if ‘porn addiction’ is a myth, should we not just accept it as “a white lie which is helping to eradicate evil?”
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How a Blogger Finds The REAL Money

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Last Thursday afternoon, I walked out of a boardroom after taking part in a conference call. In itself that was an achievement for someone who, back in the spring, was so crippled with social anxiety that he could barely even face a doctor.

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How To Get Greater Recognition as a Creator of Online Comedy

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I went in at the deep end with written humour, sending irreverent articles to printed magazines in the 1990s, and fortunately finding an editor who was only too pleased to publish and pay for them.

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A Very Low-Resource Browsing Option For Old PCs

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Just over a year ago, I looked at the little known browser K-Meleon and deemed it a very good way to keep computer resource usage low when browsing the Internet. Thus, it represented a great solution for very old PCs with low RAM availability. After a recent update, K-Meleon is still very much fulfilling that brief, but more options are always good, so in this post I’m looking at a different, if rather unusual approach… Continue reading A Very Low-Resource Browsing Option For Old PCs

The History of Online Photo Sharing: Part 1

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As we head into the final quarter of 2015, free photo sharing on the Internet is staggeringly ubiquitous, and is something most of us take for granted. Today, most online image sharing is really publishing – making images available (or at least potentially available) to a wide audience, most of whom may not be known to the image creator.

But whilst this phenomenon is now deeply entrenched in Web culture, it’s still relatively new. It’s easy to forget that the technology to even capture digital images did not gain great presence in the mainstream until long after the Internet became a recognised resource. It’s also easy to forget that until June 2011, photos could not be uploaded directly to tweets (I know, imagine not having a photo-upload button on a tweet composition box!). And for some of us, it’s getting harder by the week to remember the roots of online photo sharing. When did all this start, and how did it take over our lives? Continue reading The History of Online Photo Sharing: Part 1