* Posts by big col

11 posts • joined 16 Jul 2010

After outrage over Chrome ad-block block plan, Google backs away from crippling web advert, content filters

big col

Re: So, basically, no change there

No need to root. Just use BlokAda on Android. Works wonders I have never seen an advert on my phone.

Pages load faster, and a huge monthly data saving

And of course Pi-hole for my home network.

Cheap call? Hardly. GSM gateway judicial review to settle whether UK Home Sec can legally push comms watchdog around

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I run a small charity for a rare genetic disorder. Most of our members are not in the UK. I have been using a VOIP service since 2003. 10 euros for 120 days of free calls. Then I use the credit.

On Sunday we had a conference call with our research board in the USA, a 2 hour call cost 1.2 euros. Brilliant service and quality. I hate to think how much it would have cost by standard landline.

It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update

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The name got me into bother

Many years ago I was showing a group of student teachers the software we used. After a quick photoshop demonstration I was asked if there was anything less costly.

Gimp I say, its open source so free for you to use. I will show you

Unfortunately I entered gimp.com, rather than gimp.org. In those days the .com site was... see icon

Dodgy website projected on big screen to 25 student teachers...

woops... Quick clickety click to the correct address, and carried on red faced.

Mobile app devs have, oh, about 9 hours left to decide whether to stay on Google's ad platform

big col

What are these mobile adverts you speak of. I see no adds.

Blokada is my friend..

Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

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I upgraded to 10 because I wanted to play with the 3D printing tools otherwise I would have stuck with 7.

The spying was a worry, at first I used O&O ShutUp10 which does a good job of protecting privacy, but the settings kept reverting back on each upgrade.

I then found the best add on for win10 was a Raspberry Pi , running PInhole, and using wally3k lists.

It is amazing at how much traffic windows 10 generates on the network, it is constantly phoning home, fortunately all now blocked.

And the big advantage of pihole - stuff, my daughter who has development delays is safe online and gets no add to click by mistake on her iPad, and my wife is now able to use the web advert free which is all the better for our bank account, and all windows 10 talemetry is blocked,

US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

big col

I wonder if Sub Lt Phillips, was on secondment to the American navy.. "left hand down a bit"

Dry those eyes, ad blockers are unlikely to kill the internet

big col

Re: @werdsmith - People who use adblockers...

Those signs (lists) on doors that say "no leaflets, no charity, no canvassers etc are generally usually found in scummy neighbourhoods and on untidy unkempt properties. The residents are usually grumpy, miserable gits. Houses that have welcome mats and decorative flowers etc outside, generally don't have these lists but have happy residents who will take the leaflet with a smile and a thank you.

Just an observation....

Or maybe they are people who have other responsabilities such as caring, and are sick to death of people knocking or calling, desterbing the much needed 5 munutes of rest they get each day.

Will Europe's ISPs unmask anonymous IP infringers?

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Whats wrong with catching real crooks

The police, EU, law makers and anybody who wants to look good puts massive effort into preventing IP infringement.

Yet the crooks, scumbags, tricksters and spammers continue to ply their trade ripping off the old and vulnerable, with impunity.

I am sick of the whole debate.

Mosaic turns 20: Let's fire up the old girl, show her the web today

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Re: Mosaic changed my life

sorry if you visited the above link the site was in maintenance mode, a Drupal update messed up the database, all fixed now.

selfless promotion - visit


An interesting side note, since those early days the web has assisted many researchers scientists and families around the world to understand genetic conditions better, families noticed connection's between a number of unique syndromes. And now a group of 9 different syndromes are known to be related making the RASopathies the largest group of genetic disorders known.

I doubt that the level of collaboration that is happening now would ever of happened without those forst steps through the mosaic browser and a few people who could see how it could be used as a tool to bring groups together.

big col

Mosaic changed my life

In 1994 my daughter was born, she was diagnosed with a very rare genetic condition called Costello syndrome. She was the 23rd person in the world known to have the condition and little was known about her future or outcomes.

I used gopher to try and find information with little success, and then saw mosaic, it was amazing. Suddenly users had a way of finding information in a way that was simpler to use then the previous tools. My thoughts at the time were that my daughter is the 23rd person with this condition then I will set about finding somebody else. Working in IT at a university I had access to an early Novell web-server, so I built a small website, archived references to all the medical publications I could find, an hoped that somebody else would find us. Amazingly someone did and our support group was born.

In 1996 when my daughter was diagnosed with cancer the articles referenced on that early website helped to save her life, New scientist included the story in an article 04 October 1997 called Surfer, heal thyself.

Our support group was one of the first, or maybe the first rare disorder support groups just on the web. Even today it is estimated that the numbers of people with my daughters condition is less then 500 world wide, yet our support group has members from all corners of the globe. Mosaic gave me the reason to learn HTML. learn how to make a website and change not only my life but the health of others.

Our current website is http://costellokids.com

Apple antenna guru 'warned Steve Jobs' over Judas Phone

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since 2002 all consumer goods sold in the EU have a 2 year warranty by law. Unfortunately for us the people who are paid silly money to enforce consumer law don't give a dam.

Under the sale of goods act it is up to the consumer to prove there is an inherent fault after the first 6 months, and this can often be difficult to do.

However Under EU law the 2 year warranty is mandatory



Directive 1999/44/EC, May 1999 from the European Parliament stipulates that by 1st January 2002 all member states must have altered their legislation to comply with new consumer laws. These new laws will ensure that all new consumer goods, including cars, carry at least a two-year warranty and used consumer goods have a minimum of a one-year warranty.

So stuff Microsoft or any other manufacturer who says its out of warranty when it breaks 1 year and a day after purchase, and point them to the above directive.

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