When WordPress Rickrolls You. Lol!

I just signed into my site’s dashboard and I noticed this curious JetPack banner:

Curious JetPack banner

So I clicked on the button and this loaded:

Lol! Oh you crazy people!

For Upstairs Neighbours, Noise Is An Art Form

My wife sent me a link to this video that explains the incomprehensible sounds many of us hear from our upstairs neighbours. It's funny, in a sadistic way

My wife sent me a link to this video that explains the incomprehensible sounds many of us hear from our upstairs neighbours. It’s funny, in a sadistic way:

Oh Firefox, You Little Resource Hog

I love using Firefox as my primary browser. I prefer using it for a variety of reasons. Lately, though, I've noticed that it's become a bit of a resource hog, and I can't work out why?

I love using Firefox as my primary browser. I prefer using it for a variety of reasons. Lately, though, I’ve noticed that it’s become a bit of a resource hog, and I can’t work out why? I’ve disabled add-ons that I don’t need, and it still uses about 1.4GB of RAM at a minimum for pages that Chrome uses a quarter of RAM for.

Has something changed in Firefox’s architecture? One thought I had is that maybe this has to do with something like page pre-fetching (I think Firefox does that), or something along those lines. I want to sort this out. Chrome seems to be so much better at resource management at the moment.

Update (2018-03-18): Mozilla shared this page to help troubleshoot Firefox memory issues: Firefox uses too much memory (RAM) – How to fix | Firefox Help

Photo by ideadad on Unsplash

Be a better man

Today's random sampling of the crap men still do to women in 2017 is both a source of despair, and inspiration to be a better man.

Today’s random sampling of the crap men still do to women in 2017 is both a source of despair, and inspiration to be a better man.

I’m not just talking about starting in 2018, I’m talking about starting today, right now.

Why wait until the new year to start figuring out how to be a better human being?

It’s 2017, we can send people into space, and talk to our phones. Surely we men can come to terms with this idea that the women we live and work with are just as smart and capable as we are (often smarter and more capable) .

Good grief, men, this is what it means to man up!

Photo by Samantha Sophia on Unsplash

The James Damore memo can’t negate talented women or their work

What I find disturbing about the James Damore memo about men’s and women’s comparative capabilities (aside from the memo itself) is that its publication seems to negate women’s daily achievements in the eyes of so many men who read it.

What I find disturbing about the James Damore memo about men’s and women’s comparative capabilities (aside from the memo itself) is that its publication seems to negate women’s daily achievements in the eyes of so many men who read it.

Even the mighty pen can’t change a reality that talented women create each day. It can’t undo the extra work that women have to do just to appear comparable to men in men’s estimations[1].

Anyone who agrees with Damore’s conclusions about women’s abilities based on biology, even just a little, clearly needs to look up once in a while, and pay attention to what women are actually accomplishing.

A memo doesn’t negate talented women or the work they do. Although, we can’t say the same for its proponents’ link to reality.

Postscript: Also read Jeremy Keith’s post titled “Intolerable“.


  1. It can’t even offer a compelling explanation for why men’s estimations have any real value.

A little Firefox nostalgia

My little trip down memory lane to the release of Firefox 3 and the robot artwork used to announce its emergence.
The Firefox 3 robot
The Firefox 3 robot declares victory. Design apparently by Nobox.

I’ve started using Firefox a lot more lately. The browser feels like a new beast lately, especially Firefox Nightly which I started using because of the CSS Grid Inspector tool.

Firefox 55 was released on the stable channel yesterday and it is also pretty snappy. Chrome is starting to feel a little sluggish by comparison (although it’s possible that I’m imagining it).

I found myself thinking back to the marketing campaign for Firefox 3 back in 2008 (I think). At the time, Firefox wasn’t on its current 6-8 week release cycle so developments took a bit longer.

For some reason, Firefox 3 was a big deal back then. I don’t remember why but I do have a vivid memory of the robot imagery that Mozilla used to publicise the release. I found this image on Flickr earlier this afternoon.

Almost a decade later, there is still something about this robot imagery that I love.

Firefox making moves on Chrome

If you’re curious about this “new” Firefox that people are talking about lately, you may find this article interesting:

It’s tempting to just dismiss this browser as a “has been” and stick with Chrome. Chrome is a great browser and dominates the Web. Still, I think having a spunky challenger with a strong focus on an inclusive and open Web is important.

Just as it successfully challenged Internet Explorer back in the day, Firefox could help keep Chrome in check where it counts.

My blog-Twitter stats synchronicity

A little synchronicity between my Twitter stats and my blog stats. Just sharing my momentary diversion.

I just noticed that there is a little synchronicity between my blog stats and my Twitter stats. 4,022 blog posts alongside 40.2k tweets … See? 😁

Blog stats
4,022 blog posts already … boy, where did the time go?
My Twitter stats
40,2k tweets and more than a decade on Twitter. Where did that time go?

I doubt very much that there are any stars and/or planets in alignment for this one. Just the same, it’s a fun little thing for me.

Dear @Afrihost, it’s time to part ways

We've been in Israel for almost three years now and I think it's safe to say we won't require Afrihost's services any longer. I decided it's time to part ways with our former ISP and unsubscribe from Gian's emails. I'm not sure he's ready to let go, though.

We’ve been in Israel for almost three years now and I think it’s safe to say we won’t require Afrihost’s services any longer. I decided it’s time to part ways with our former ISP and unsubscribe from Gian’s emails.

I scrolled down Gian’s latest email about how Openserve will only charge me R2,850 for fibre installation from 1 August. I’m a bit out of touch with Internet access costs in SA but at least they have fibre access. Still, I doubt Openserve will install where we live so I found the link to unsubscribe.

Afrihost unsubscribe link

I clicked on the link, taking Gian at his word that doing this would unsubscribe me altogether. I was hopeful that this would work as well as their ADSL service back in South Africa (at least back in 2014).

Unfortunately things didn’t quite work out as I had hoped.

I guess we'll email again?

While we had good times together, I think it’s time that we part ways, Afrihost. We’ve moved on (literally) and while we’d love to have fibre Internet access too, I just don’t think you can help us all the way here.

So, if you could remove me from your mailing list, that would be great. You can get in touch with me on Twitter and we can say our goodbyes there.

Featured image credit: Mathyas Kurmann