Category: Web/Tech

  • Collections in any browser

    leaves hang on rope

    One of the features in Microsoft Edge that I’ve grown to really like is Collections. Granted there is some overlap with regular bookmarks. At the same time, Collections feel much more convenient, and immediate. Still, they are limited to Edge (in this form).

  • Plus Codes are the addresses you didn’t know you have

    Woman reading a fold-out map in a seemingly remote area

    I’m fascinated by Plus Codes, a @googlemaps initiative to give people without conventional street addresses, a GPS-based address that can be used to receive mail or assistance when they need it. I’ve noticed #PlusCodes in Google Maps, and didn’t really explore them further. Take this one as an example. It’s apparently a beautiful hiking spot […]

  • The amazing technology in our hands

    Black, old-style phone on a counter

    Every now and then I look at my very mid-range phone, and I'm just amazed that we have this technology in our hands. I still remember when the Nokia N97 was the most advanced device I had seen. Of course, the phone I remember the most fondly was the Nokia 6310i. I had the silver […]

  • Choosing Signal over WhatsApp is about personal agency

    Analog cryptographic device

    Reframing the WhatsApp privacy debate It is tempting to frame the discussion about WhatsApp’s privacy policy change that enables WhatsApp to share your profile data with Facebook (even though it’s been doing this for some time without being clear about this) as being about Facebook being able to read your WhatsApp messages. That interpretation is […]

  • Why I prefer to use Signal, and not WhatsApp

    People staring at their devices in a busy train

    What’s going on with WhatsApp? WhatsApp recently notified users that we will need to agree to changes to the WhatsApp privacy policy that enable Facebook to access our WhatsApp profile data, or we will need to stop using WhatsApp. This prompted a number of renewed calls for people to switch to alternatives such as Signal, […]

  • Cautionary tale about clearing your browser history

    Spider Web

    I cleared my Firefox cache in an attempt to resolve a slow performance issue. Boy, I didn’t realise how much I rely on my browser history to get things done every day. I should have persisted with the performance issue … Also on: Twitter

  • Reminders why blogs remain relevant despite social media

    Blogging on a laptop

    Chris Maiorana published a post highlighting why blogs remain relevant despite social media, perhaps because of social media.

  • Screen time for kids during a pandemic

    Child looking at a tablet device

    Back when we were in a “normal” routine, our kids’ screen time was pretty limited during the week. We only permitted them to use their phones and computers for school-related tasks during the week. On weekends, they could play (there’s a limit on the Nintendo Switch, mostly as an experiment) for as long as their […]

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