12 Odd Idioms

Some years ago, a German friend – who speaks very good English – was visiting New Zealand and boarded a tour bus. The driver called, “How ya going?” to which…

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Diagnosing Mac Hardware Problems

Your Mac’s acting up. It’s been all right for hours. Days, even. Then you have a rush on. You need something in a hurry. A look at a database or…

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Submission Guidelines

A friend is currently going through this miserable process, so I thought I’d help out … 😉

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True Privacy Tales – The AOL search data release

What could be more innocuous than a search engine interface? They’re simple, clean, uncluttered, with that empty text box almost welcoming your words. Type anything, anything at all; your fears,…

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True Privacy Tales – Targeted Marketing

In 2011, an irate father marched into his local Target store and demanded to know why the second-largest discount chain in the United States was sending his daughter pregnancy-related offers….

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Beware of Windows 10 S

Ever come across a brand new Microsoft Surface laptop running Microsoft Windows 10 that wouldn’t allow the installation of a brand new retail copy of Microsoft Office 365? Me neither….

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10 disturbing quotes about Facebook

I’ve seen and heard very little about the Cambridge Analytica scandal here in New Zealand, even though the data of tens and possibly hundreds of thousands of Kiwis are also…

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William Safire’s Rules for Writers

Remember to never split an infinitive. The passive voice should never be used. Do not put statements in the negative form. Verbs have to agree with their subjects. Proofread carefully…

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Census spies (part 2)

Following on from my surprise finding that New Zealand’s 2018 online census website is infested with third-party spies, I decided to look at it from the perspective of another browser…

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Census spies

March 6 is census night here in New Zealand, and this morning Radio NZ reported that 1.7 million people have already completed their forms online. Time to do the same,…

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