Launch, flight and touchdown of Blue Origin First Human Flight. Very impressive. Looking forward to seeing images captured from within the capsule. πŸš€

Watching the launch of Blue Origin First Human Flight πŸš€

My anniversary

My first post to was made four years ago today - on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.

There are posts dated earlier than this on my hosted site because I imported my content from various web silos - including Twitter, Instagram and - into the The Dim Pause.

Homescreening because I listened to today’s episode of Hemispheric Views // @HemisphericViews.

Two screens, first is all widget, everything else in App Library.


And for reference it’s an iPhone 8 with 162 apps installed. 😟 🀷 February Photoblogging Challenge Day 15: reflection β€” I still have my Power Macintosh G4 Mirrored Drive Door (2003). Hasn’t been powered up in a very long time though. ο£Ώ πŸ“·

Power Macintosh G4 Mirrored Drive Door

Been tinkering with @vincent’s Sublime Ads on my blog Works very nicely. πŸ‘

Watched: The Social Dilemma, 2020 - β˜…β˜…Β½ πŸŽ₯

The scramble for Edtech β€” just another data mining operation? πŸ”— β€” Excerpt: …students aren’t really the customers, they are the product.

Covid-19 surveillance tech explained: 6 ways governments are monitoring the virus – and you πŸ”— β€” Excerpt: Governments across the world face the same dilemma: how to contain the spread of Covid-19 while at the same time re-opening their shuttered societies. The stakes are immense. Open up too early and the death toll could sky-rocket, putting health systems under enormous strain.

Dark Sky Blog πŸ”— – Dark Sky has joined Apple.

Politics and social media

An interesting article on The Correspondent about social media and politicians - If a politician can say something in 280 characters, perhaps they shouldn’t say it at all.

I’m not sure that I agree with the conclusion that politicians should not engage with social media but there are certainly a number of valid examples of how it (or at least Twitter) can and has been misused.

The comments on the article are also interesting, comparing social media to newspaper headlines, soundbites and a TL;DR culture. I have more sympathy with some of those points of view.

Good that I can still use my old iPod touch as a music player to some extent. Catalina syncs my music library with iOS 5.1.1 so long as tracks are ripped from CD, manually added audio files or purchased from iTunes. Tracks downloaded via Apple Music subscription do not sync.

Appointment at the Cardiff Apple Store Genius Bar this morning, first for several years. Bit of a wait but the issue (faulty iPad) was dealt with quickly and efficiently.

Very impressed with this update to NewsBlur on iOS

Successfully installed Dialog app for onto a Kindle Fire tablet. Easier than I thought it would be! Used these instructions to get Google Play Store installed.

πŸ”– Don’t trust Daily Mail website, Microsoft browser warns users

πŸ”– Google+ to shut down early after privacy flaw affects over 50m users

I don’t think I want to see Mastodon content in the (app or web) Discover sections, but I’m enjoying seeing photos from Mastodon users I follow appear in the Sunlit app Timeline.

Checked in at SSE Swalec Stadium. RM Technical Seminar

Found a minor niggle with the new Mastodon features. Set up my ActivityPub/Mastodon-compatible username as, but am finding in Mastodon this is appearing as - any possible reason for this change of case @manton?

Testing out Pi-Hole applied as DNS to a few of our mobile devices - seems to be working well


What?? – Facebook hires Nick Clegg as head of global affairs

The Facebook account breach extends way beyond the site itself. The compromise of access tokens means the FB SSO (Single Sign-On) mechanism was also vulnerable, meaning users’ accounts on third-party sites implementing the FB SSO system may have also been compromised.

Just upgraded Acorn image editor from version 4 to version 6

To celebrate the launch of macOS Mojave … we’re slashing the price of Acorn by 50% for a limited time.

It’s the image editor I use most on the Mac and IMHO at $14.99 is a bargain!