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/time to hit the books_

This week I am making final preparations to begin my Open degree studies with the Open University. The first two modules that I am going to do are learning how to study and business communication. By my reckoning, I should complete the degree course within four years.

That is all.

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MAKING PEACE WITH SMARTPHONES & SOCIAL MEDIA

The more I read about the evils of social media, the more I know that I need to make for the digital door. There isn’t one of these apps that works to monetize your data. I’m addicted, I have been doing my best to walk away for over ten years, but I keep getting sucked back into their trap. I don’t want to use WhatsApp or Facebook or Twitter, or any Google produced apps and resources.

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/what a fucking mission getting a pre-order in place for the new XBox Series X today_! /we did it though.

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/fuck yeah_this looks way better_!

So, another evolution to this website/blog/journal_thing. The post number_title/thingy will now be a tag, and I’ll update the /url_slug with it too. I’m not sure what I hope to achieve by doing this? Maybe it is all about aesthetics? Anyhoo, I’m now limiting my social media and smartphone use to just a couple of times per day. I check once in the morning, and then once again in the evening before I log off the tech for the day. I feel lighter, somehow?!

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I’m playing with the format for this blog again.

I’m thinking about losing the post title (sequential-numeric), and sticking it in the tags section instead. I think it might look a bit better?

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This is much better than social media! Welcome to the 500th post.

Wow! I can’t believe that I have hit half a thousand posts. I’ve been chipping away at this blog for some time, and I have to say, I LOVE IT! I like that I can say whatever I want, whenever I want. I own all of the content that I post, it cannot be weaponised for use in targeted advertising. I don’t have to worry about algorithms fucking with things, or bots deciding if anything that I write gets to see the light of day for more than a nanosecond.

Long live freedom of expression, freedom of speech and freedom to write about anything that tickles my fancy. This is un-social media, if you don’t like it, there’s the door! That is all.

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IT’S KEBAB O’CLOCK!

Thursdays seem to have become takeaway kebab and pizza day for this household!

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THE XBOX ONE OPEN NAT DEBACLE

I now have IPv6 fully operational on my broadband connection. IPv6 is fucking awesome; except it isn’t. Not where my Xbox One is concerned. It should be the best way to connect the console to the internet for the online gaming etc. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Suddenly, I can’t play games online with my friends. I had to go back to using IPv4, just so we (my son and I) can play games. FFS.

If that wasn’t bad enough, I have just spent the best part of two hours trying to obtain an open NAT. Job done, but what a fucking faff. Let’s hope the next gen Xbox does better.