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One man’s view of how the world might be.

Thinking it over…

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On reflection perhaps the problem is actually just the title of the blog.

Times have changed and I’m not really sure I *want* to ramble incessantly about ‘the world as I see it’. Perhaps I really should give up on the blog in this format and create a new one based loosely around my life just posting whatever comes to mind.

Ok ‘opinion’ comes in many forms but if I’m writing, for example about spiders in the garden, adding them here might not be ‘appropriate??

Having said that it *is* my blog so whatever *I* think is appropriate *is* appropriate! ๐Ÿ˜€

Maybe I’ll have to think that one over and see where it takes me!

Perhaps “My life and welcome to it” ?? ๐Ÿ˜€

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March 5, 2010 at 1:55 pm

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It's been a while.

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If it isn’t obvious, I got ‘disenchanted’ with blogging a long time ago. I think I just got bored more than anything else, or perhaps I found soemthing else to occupy my mind/time/etc which ever, I just stopped almost a year ago.

I came back a few months later to have a look around, but didn’t really do much after that. Since then bucket loads of stuff has happened that I’d have rambled on about… but much of that went into the ‘sister site’ at the Australian Opinion Forum.

Since I spend so much time in there, what else is there to say?? Beats me.

And yet the domain is still here… the software is still here… the archives are still here so I’m obviously keeping it for something.

Dunno… maybe I *should* simply sit down and start sounding off about the world again. There are things I can say in here I can’t say on the forum… and of course there is a lot more space here to ramble than on there.

We’ll see.

Last time I said I was off to find a new theme. Well I recall cleary that I *did* go… and I recall clearly that this was *still* the best theme out there! It’s clean, it’s effective and it works – even tho I upgraded the software by several iteration that had passed me by over the last year. ๐Ÿ™‚

So… will I post. As I said I can only answer by saying “we’ll see”. Blogging is such a solitary activity it’s not necessarily the best form of communication. After all, I type into the void… and who reads it? Anyone? Quite possibly not!

We’ll see. ๐Ÿ˜€

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March 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm

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Anyone still out there… ??

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It’s been a long time since I ‘blogged in anger’, months in fact. I’ve spent much of the last few months posting on the sister forum (Australian Opinion) mostly wrecking and rebuilding it. However I miss the old blog site where I can just say whatever the hell I like without having to take into account the feelings of a lot of other people! ๐Ÿ™‚

Maybe it’s time to come back and get back to telling the world how it *ought* to be run… or at least tell it’s leaders how they should be behaving!!

We’ll see.

Right now I’m thinking about it and seeking out a new theme. After all ‘new beginnings’ sort or rquire a new theme. Having said that… I’m actually quite fond of the existing one. It’s clean, clear and does what it’s ttold. What else can one ask of a theme after all?? ๐Ÿ˜›

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August 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm

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Down we go…

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Billions again wiped off the financial markets. The biggest drop in total sharemarket value in decades. Financial ‘experts’ all round the world perplexed and unsure what’s going on.

Sound familiar?

Maybe it’s ‘Wall Street 1929’ all over again!

It’s nearly time to stock the cupboards, lock the doors and pass the ammo!

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March 3, 2009 at 7:28 am

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Vale Wendy Richards

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We learned this morning of the death of Wendy Richards who finally succumbed to breast cancer after a long struggle, she was 65.

Wendy was a favourite on the small screen for in Britain for many, many years both as a ‘blonde bombshell’ย  Miss Brahms in the classic series “Are You Being Served”, and as the matriarch of the Fowler family in “Eastenders”.

I first heard of her ‘singing’ with Mike Sarne back in the 1960’s on his hit song “Come Outside” but that was a one-off for her and she continued with her acting career to the relief of all.

She was a lovely lady.

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February 27, 2009 at 5:44 am

What does it mean to be "British"?

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Some statistics have been released which, if correct, maye you wonder what’s happening over in ‘dear old blighty’. ย The figures released imply that 1 in 9 people living in Britain were born ‘overseas’.

Globalisation, cheap travel, easy migration and wide differences in living standards have encouraged people to move in ever greater numbers from place to place, and especially from less developed areas to those perceived as ‘better off’. There are now nearly 7 million people resident in the UK who weren’t born there.

As the recession starts to bite, unemployment rates are increasing and large numbers of non-uk born residents are qualifying for, and receiving the dole.

I suppose this is an issue countries around the world have to deal with, especially Australia which relies on immigration to keep the economy growing. The question to ask is are we going down a similar path to the UK and if so… is it really such a good idea?

It also makes you reevaluate what exactly it means to be “British”!

Source:ย One in nine people living in Britain now born overseas

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February 25, 2009 at 6:44 am

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Cloud Computing – getting closer!

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The concept of ‘cloud computing’ had me very confused for a while, I really had no clue what these buzz words actually meant., or what benefit it would give me. Eventually ‘daylight dawned’ and I not only understood what the pundits meant, I discovered that I’d actually been using it for some time! ๐Ÿ™‚

At the simplest level, even a personal website is cloud computing. Basically *anything* you access/store/manipulate etc anywhere online, and off your own hard drive, could be gathered under the umbrella term. In practice however the term has slowly developed to the point where it’s taking on a subtle difference. Now it’s becoming understood as covering any activity you currently do locally, i.e. on your own computer HDD, but can be done online.

So for me, apart from this sort of site, the most obvious use of ‘cloud computing’ has been Google Mailย which I’ve been using for some time. However I’ve slowly been getting used to accessing my *data* online as well. I have been using a backup service called ‘Mozy Home‘ and currently have some 45Gb backed up ‘just in case’. It ‘syncs’ overnight when I’m asleep and ensures that if the machine is stolen or destroyed I’ve not lost all my data… photos, music, documents etc. Diverging slightly from the topic, being with Mozy has some added benefits. If the computer is stolen and used by the thieves, it’s possible I might be able to locate who they are and where my machine is by downloading *their* files which Mozy would have backed up! ๐Ÿ™‚

Moving on, I’ve just started using an online facility called ZumoDrive. It’s still in beta and ‘invitation only’ but still worth checking out. The free account gives you 1Gb of space to give you a chance to evaluate its usefulness. Basically it’s a hybrid system that creates a ‘virtual drive’ on your computer which you can use exactly the same way as any other drive on your machine, with a few important differences.

To begin with the data isn’t stored on your hard drive, it’s uploaded to the ‘cloud’. Secondly, that data can be accessed anywhere you have access to a computer. Thirdly, you can use it as a ‘file sharing utility’ by giving access to other people via your own, or alternate email address logins!

Naturally it has a few drawbacks, the main one being using it for *all* your data needs a fast broadband account… and if you have no web access you have no access to your data. For the most part tho this just means modifying what you upload and for storage/easy access of images etc it’s ideal. I tried using it to ‘stream’ my Lord of the Rings music to my netbook using a free connection at the local Macca’s and it worked perfectly. I’m seriously considering opening a monthly account (10Gb for $2.99/month) and using it for more file transfers!

There are other ways of achieving the same ends, tho perhaps not quite so elegantly. One of these would be theย Windows Live SkyDrive. With the SkyDrive, Microsoft has given all users a 25Gb online storage space which they can access, use for file sharing etc. It isn’t as versatile as ZumoDrive, but is free and of course, works.

The point is that as the cloud develops more and more features and functions will be made available for online use. Already Google online offers tools including a word processor, spreadsheets, presentation software etc. Add in the mail service, blogging facility, photo storage etc and you can begin to see a time closing in where purchasing an expensive computer for ‘home use’ will be a thing of the past.

From my perspective – sooner the better! ๐Ÿ™‚

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February 24, 2009 at 7:12 am