Every House I've Ever Lived In

Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015

Every House I've Ever Lived In

Here's a list of every house I've ever lived in. It's 32 across four continents - a different one every 15 months or so which is impressive as I lived in one of them for ten years.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Every House I've Ever Lived In #etc #bio #houses A project to document every house I have lived in through Google Maps - so far 32 of them. )

News: No need to breed like rabbits - Pope

Updated on Sunday, October 16, 2022

GDP, The Music Video

Updated on Saturday, February 19, 2022

GDP, The Music Video

The time on screen for each country is proportional to its Gross Domestic Product.

GDP figures are from the United Nations for 2013 from Wikipedia. Flag images are also from Wikipedia via the handy Google region-flags project. Music is "Money to Burn" by Alex (cc).

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(Published to the Fediverse as: GDP, The Music Video #etc #gdp #video A music video made from flags where the amount of time on screen is proportional to the GDP of each country. )

News: The War Nerd: More proof the US defense industry has nothing to do with defending America

Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015

News: Prototype Companion Cube, 1980

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Nine for Exchange email on Android

Updated on Sunday, May 3, 2020

Nine for Exchange email on Android

I have been super frustrated with the stock email client on Android which seems to crash about 50% of the time when I reply to ActiveSync / Exchange email.

Last week I discovered Nine which handles both Exchange and GMail if you're an apps for business user. It handles email, calendar and tasks beautifully and can present a combined mailbox from several accounts. The app is nicely designed and so far hasn't crashed or hung for me which has reduced the amount of daily swearing I aim at my phone considerably.

If you need to access Exchange on Android I can't recommend Nine highly enough.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Nine for Exchange email on Android #etc #email Nine is still the best way to get Outlook / Microsoft Exchange email on Android. )

Fermi Suicide

Updated on Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Fermi Suicide

One family of solutions to the Fermi Paradox is that civilizations die out before they communicate - natural disaster, nuclear war, etc. This sort of calamity seems plausible some of the time but it would need to happen all of the time. What if any sufficiently advanced society inevitably discovers irrefutable proof that free will is an illusion and just gives up?

Depressing. I prefer this.

(This is a joke. For a more serious consideration please read this.)

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Fermi Suicide #etc #fermi #seti Does the inevitable discovery that free will is an illusion explain the Fermi Paradox? )

Leaving Chrome

Updated on Saturday, February 12, 2022

Leaving Chrome

My Chromebook was stolen over the weekend. The good news is that I didn't lose anything given the cloud only nature of the device. The bad news was that I didn't really want to get a new one.

I loved the cost and the boot speed and being able to do nearly everything I needed to with a browser-in-a-box.

But the nearly was a deal breaker. I sometimes need to VPN and the Chromebook wouldn't. It just wasn't compatible with our flavor of VPN and I didn't want to buy another Chromebook on the off chance that Google would eventually fix this. I also have to use Skype (I'd rather not) and this isn't really possible on the Chromebook either. Imo.im was good while it lasted. IM+ is horrible.

I've abandoned the Chrome dream and picked up a Surface Pro 3.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Leaving Chrome #etc #microsoft #google #chromebook #surface Why I moved back to Windows after a year of using a Chromebook as my secondary system. )

Google PageSpeed Insights hates Google Analytics

Updated on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Google PageSpeed Insights hates Google Analytics

I so want to get to 100% on Google PageSpeed Insights but I'm getting dinged for loading Google Analytics!

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Is it safe to open securedoc.html (Cisco Registered Envelope)?

Updated on Friday, February 3, 2023

Cisco's insane securedoc HTML attachment

I last got one of these in 2010 and assumed it must have died by now, but no, otherwise sensible organisations are still training their customers to fall victim to phishing attacks by asking them to open dodgy email attachments.

The product in question is Cisco Registered Envelope and it deals with the lack of security in email by sending you an encrypted HTML file. Opening this file sends you off to register on some website and then runs a Java app to decrypt the message. This is insane. The HTML attachment in insane and the Java applet is insane.

The latest email I got in this format was an appointment reminder from UCSF. I'm sure there is some HIPPA requirement that they can't just send medical information in a plain text email. But they could send an email that lets you know you should login to your account to see the appointment. It's not like the securedoc.html method is magic, you still have to create an account on a website to use it so it buys you literally nothing.

UCSF, shame on you. Look after your patients digital health as well as their physical health. Out of self interest if nothing else, nobody can pay you if their bank accounts have been emptied after falling victim to a real phishing attack.

Cisco, shame on you. This product is so wrong headed it's impossible to believe that you're doing anything right.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Is it safe to open securedoc.html (Cisco Registered Envelope)? #etc #securedoc #cisco #phishing​ #ucsf #hippa Securedoc.html looks like a phishing/malware attack but isn't. Here's why it's dangerous anyway. )