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

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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…… Continue reading Plus Codes are the addresses you didn’t know you have

The amazing technology in our hands

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…… Continue reading The amazing technology in our hands

Choosing Signal over WhatsApp is about personal agency

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…… Continue reading Choosing Signal over WhatsApp is about personal agency

Why I prefer to use Signal, and not WhatsApp

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,…… Continue reading Why I prefer to use Signal, and not WhatsApp

Cautionary tale about clearing your browser history

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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 icon

Screen time for kids during a pandemic

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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…… Continue reading Screen time for kids during a pandemic

Google Wave 2.0?

According to Ars Technica - Integrating the service into Gmail is an aggressive move and something we haven't seen the company do since the Google+ days. Reportedly a lot more integrations are coming in the future—the G Suite team apparently wants to make some kind of "new unified communications app" that merges features from Gmail,… Continue reading Google Wave 2.0?