It appears everything is working on my VPS. I just updated the DNS.

I haven’t minded a bit of a break from scouring the news.

I will take a rest from this for the rest of the day. In the meantime, I have nothing but good things to say about the quality of the tech support at my hosting provider. I could get cheaper hosting, but I’m willing to pay for value received.

Besides, it’s still a cheap hobby compared to golf or skiing.

In the meantime, my notes from the HTML updates I’ve been posting during this transition are below the fold.

Regular insanity returns tomorrow.

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29 January 2017 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: Geek Stuff

The BBC looks at Twitter Bots:

On Twitter, bots are accounts that are run remotely by someone who automates the messages they send and activities they carry out. Some people pay to get bots to follow their account or to dilute chatter about controversial subjects.

“It is difficult to assess exactly how many Twitter users are bots,” said graduate student Juan Echeverria, a computer scientist at UCL, who uncovered the massive networks.

Mr Echeverria’s research began by combing through a sample of 1% of Twitter users in order to get a better understanding of how people use the social network.

However, analysis of the data revealed some strange results that, when probed further, seemed to reveal lots of linked accounts, suggesting one person or group is running the botnet. These accounts did not act like the bots other researchers had found but were clearly not being run by humans.

Via Schneir on Security.

25 January 2017 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Culture Warriors, Geek Stuff

One more time: the internet is a public place. If you cuss someone out online, everyone’s going to hear you.

25 January 2017 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: Geek Stuff, Republican Lies

Disappearing twits.

The Trumpling of truth marches apace.

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24 January 2017 · Comments Off on Don’t Brick Your Furby · Categories: Geek Stuff, Running Naked through the Internet

News from the “Internet of Targets.”

H/T to Tom Lawrence for the phrase, “Internet of Targets.”

24 January 2017 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: Geek Stuff

“Use the bot, Luke, the bot.”

16 January 2017 · Comments Off on You’re Lyin’ Eyes · Categories: Geek Stuff

The things that you’ve seen
A-flickerin’ on that screen,
They ain’t necessarily so.

16 January 2017 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Geek Stuff

Yet more racist frolics.

11 January 2017 · Comments Off on Meta: Down at the Farm · Categories: Geek Stuff

The Add-to-Any plugin, which I’ve had installed almost since the beginning of this blog, threw a syntax error preventing the blog from loading.

I FTP’d into the server and deleted that plug-in’s sub-directory, and things seem to be working again absent that plugin. I shall wait a bit before reinstalling it, in case an update comes out.

We shall see.

Also, bloggery will be light today because reasons.

10 January 2017 · Comments Off on Remember the “Information Superhighway”? · Categories: First Looks, Geek Stuff

Neither do I.

Pig says,


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09 January 2017 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: Geek Stuff

Dude bro twits.

07 January 2017 · Comments Off on Phoning It In · Categories: Geek Stuff, Too Stupid for Words

Title:  The Social Media Education System.  Image:  Persons crossing street at crosswalk staring at their cell phones as they disappear into a pit marked by a flashing sign saying


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07 January 2017 · Comments Off on No Place To Hide · Categories: Geek Stuff, Running Naked through the Internet

“Don’t say anything. The refrigerator is listening.”

31 December 2016 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Geek Stuff, Gunnuttery

Felonious firearms frolics.

28 December 2016 · Comments Off on Echoes of That Thing You Did · Categories: Geek Stuff

Elie Mystal explains that you can have no expectation of privacy from your Amazon echo. A snippet:

Your expectation of privacy when telling Echo to unlock the murder room should be no more than your expectation of privacy when writing down “I’ma kill that fool” in your diary.