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This is just a little lockdown project to familiarise myself with nodeJS and Pug. was the first domain I registered at the age of 15, back in the year 2000. I was pleasantly surprised to find after years on and off with domain squatters, it was still available. This page simply lists the most recent entries from my blog (via RSS), and is running on a Linux box. Its purpose: for me to get to know the basics before diving into more complex projects.

Time to Turn Off Video to Avoid Online Meeting Fatigue? - iMarc

Researchers at Stanford have identified four causes of what they call “Zoom fatigue”. They all resonate with me as someone who has a lot of online meetings,. (Though I’m not keen on the attempt to turn “Zoom” into a generic noun!) I recommend reading the article in full, but the four causes boil down to … Continue reading Time to Turn Off Video to Avoid Online Meeting Fatigue?

Moving Away From LastPass Premium - iMarc

LastPass made headlines recently because it’s stripping back its free offering and asking users to pay for features that were once bundled for free. I’ve been a paid LastPass subscriber for over 5 years, and over that time it has become a critical part of both my professional and home workflows. The problem is the … Continue reading Moving Away From LastPass Premium

Chrome Uses More RAM by Design - iMarc

Great video by Matt that shows that Chrome isn’t always that different to Safari in its memory consumption as others have found. Most of my daily collaboration is done using Microsoft Teams, which is an Electron app – which is to say a web application bundled in its own Chromium wrapper so it can run … Continue reading Chrome Uses More RAM by Design

‘M1 Mac Users Report Excessive SSD Usage’ - iMarc

From 9to5 Mac: Some advanced users have been reporting an overuse of the SSD for writing and reading data on the newly-released Macs with M1, Apple’s first computer chip based on ARM architecture. The issue could eventually affect the lifespan of the internal SSD used in M1 Macs — not to mention the machine itself. … Continue reading ‘M1 Mac Users Report Excessive SSD Usage’

Botched Cosmetic Surgery - iMarc

Riccardo Mori has written a thoroughly enjoyable critique of the the latest macOS user interface design. This passage in particular made me laugh: The Mac’s user interface is undergoing plastic surgery by the hand of surgeons who have studied on iOS books. The result is pretty much the same as when you see a favourite … Continue reading Botched Cosmetic Surgery

Squashing Services Into Apps - iMarc

Lee asks Are Apple ruining user experience to promote their own services? – While using the Fitness app earlier today it occurred to me that the answer is most definitely yes! The current incarnation of the Fitness app (formally known as Activity) now squashes in Activity History, current day, workout lists, awards, and the recently … Continue reading Squashing Services Into Apps

Moderating Directories, Not Podcasts - iMarc

Great article over on The Verge, but I have one small issue with it: Asking it [Apple] to remove a show from its directory is like asking it to make a specific webpage inaccessible in Safari — is that something people want? Podcasting has, so far, avoided crowning one platform as king, meaning anyone, both … Continue reading Moderating Directories, Not Podcasts

The BBC Is Using It’s Own ‘Dot BBC’ Domain - iMarc

The BBC has started using its own custom Top Level Domain (TLD). The entire BBC Online offering is available at Many large corporations such as Apple and T.K. Maxx own their own TLD, which were rumoured to cost around $185,000. Currently the site doesn’t seem to have officially switched as some components such as … Continue reading The BBC Is Using It’s Own ‘Dot BBC’ Domain

Twitter Muscle Memory - iMarc

Great post by Greg about muscle memory and firing up the Twitter app as a habit, something I have struggled with (and continue to do so). I made the … Twitter Muscle Memory (Via Lee) Pleased to see more and more people coming round to this view. As I wrote in January, we all need … Continue reading Twitter Muscle Memory

Working From Home in a Small Apartment - iMarc

My girlfriend and I are currently trying to move to a bigger house, but with a global pandemic it has been a slow process. Hence we are currently both working from our 1 bedroom flat and are likely to continue this way for the next few months. Both our jobs involve lots of online calls, … Continue reading Working From Home in a Small Apartment

Making Siri Timers More Timely - iMarc

I can be a perfectionist when it comes to software, and one thing that bugs me when using Siri timers is the fact that the time taken for Siri to understand me is added on to the timer duration. Frequently I will start a timer using the “Hey Siri” wake word, either using my Apple … Continue reading Making Siri Timers More Timely

A New Age of Web Censorship? - iMarc

Opinions are understandably mixed as to whether it was right for Twitter, Facebook et al. to remove Donald Trump’s various accounts from their servers. Amazon blocking access to the prominent alternative Parler, which was welcoming Trump and his followers with open arms was also questionable. There is a genuine debate to be had about whether … Continue reading A New Age of Web Censorship?

Now It’s Amazon’s Turn to Block Parler - iMarc

Update: 10/01/2021 05:40. Amazon it seems to have listened to me. (Or have come to the view by some other means, which let’s face it, is probably more likely.) Good for them. After Twitter banned Donald Trump following his attempted coup on Wednesday, it seems many of his followers are leaving Twitter and joining Parler, … Continue reading Now It’s Amazon’s Turn to Block Parler

What Is a Console? - iMarc

I was recently listening to John Gruber and Rene Ritchie speaking on an episode of The Talk Show. They both make the argument that by calling an iOS device a console, it somehow justifies Apple’s position that the only way to load software onto it should be via their App Store. Have a listen. While … Continue reading What Is a Console?

Microsoft Is Replacing Outlook With a Web App - iMarc

According to Windows Central, Microsoft is planning to replace the aging native Outlook apps for both Windows and Mac with a Chromium-wrapped HTML app. I came across this link thanks to John Gruber, whose take on it is unsurprisingly negative – within the Mac community there is a definite preference for native over web software … Continue reading Microsoft Is Replacing Outlook With a Web App