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Things I Think About, by Peter Bowditch

April, 2014

Save me from amateurs.

Article in the Gebesse blog about people who don’t know what they are doing and get paid for doing it. http://www.gebesse.com.au/blog/2014/04/save-me-from-amateurs/

Let me do things my way, Apple. Please.

It sometimes seems that I’m the only person in the world outside Apple who likes iTunes. Even the fanbois who camp outside shops to get the latest iGadget seem to hate it. I like it because it does what I want and it does it how I want it done. The only Apple device I own […]

Should you worry about Windows XP?

Article in the Gebesse blog about the end of life for Windows XP. http://www.gebesse.com.au/blog/2014/04/should-you-worry-about-windows-xp/

Should you worry about Heartbleed?

Article in the Gebesse blog about the latest security panic. http://www.gebesse.com.au/blog/2014/04/should-you-worry-about-heartbleed/

I go trolling

Over a period of a week I found myself in several discussions on Facebook, many of them in forums with “Skeptic” in the title, where people expressed strong opinions about the sort of foods humans must eat, the stupidity of religion and its adherents, the dangers of genetically modified foods, the compulsion of people making […]

Security experts. Right!

Article in the Gebesse blog about people who think that their computers and data are secure but aren’t. http://www.gebesse.com.au/blog/2014/04/security-experts-right/

Talk is cheap, but not always free

A continual complaint from nonsense peddlers is that their right of free speech is infringed by media outlets that won’t print their opinions. They overlook the fundamental issue that private owners of publications have no obligation to provide platforms for people who disagree with them. It is not a restriction on freedom of speech if […]

Does homeopathy work?

Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council has had a look at the uses of homeopathy to treat various medical conditions. The result: don’t waste your money, it does nothing. A draft of the report has been released for public discussion. You can read it here. People have until May 26 to comment on it […]

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

I usually find political correctness to be a sometimes amusing and generally harmless activity. Then I saw this. I’m currently reading my way through Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels in the sequence in which they were published (which is not the sequence in which they were filmed) and these books show the casual racism of […]

Sometimes we geriatrics know things

Article in the Gebesse blog about people who forget history. http://www.gebesse.com.au/blog/2014/04/sometimes-we-geriatrics-know-things/