Thursday, 15 October 2015

Opinion: Flipping heck! Adobe Flash and HTML5

When we tried to kill our usage of Flipping Book document previews, I realised with horror that it's more than four years since I declared in a podcast that Flash would be dead within eighteen months. Not only is it still here, but there's no end in sight to the long tail of Flash.

And that long tail is causing us problems; as an independent publisher on the web, my current client is struggling not only with a reliable preview technology, but also wants to sell read-only resources via it's website. Welcome to the digital realm...

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

How-to: Compliance with EU Cookie Regulation

As previously stated in an earlier blog post, the contents of this column should in no way be taken as sound legal advice. Or legal advice of any kind.

In an attempt to demonstrate that it was serious about data privacy (and having nothing to do with court proceedings against Google in the EU), over the Summer, Google sent out a letter to users of its AdSense, DoubleClick for Publishers, and DoubleClick Ad Exchange products:

Dear Publisher,
We want to let you know about a new policy about obtaining EU end-users’ consent.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

How-to: What are Cookies? (re-post)

Final word on the cookie topic (until the next time...): this is a straight repost of the guidance from the UK Information Commissioners' Office summarising cookie controls by major browser and some additional information on controlling and opting-out of cookie placement. RC

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is downloaded on to your computer when you visit a website. Cookies are used by many websites and can do a number of things, eg remembering your preferences, recording what you have put in your shopping basket, and counting the number of people looking at a website.

Opinion: Cookie's Law

NOTE: the contents of this column should in no way be taken as sound legal advice. Or even unsound legal advice.

I've got another email in my in-box from our software house about cookie compliance, suggesting we spend money upgrading the compliance statement to a full 'explicit consent' opt-in. But with 'enforcement' of the 'cookie laws' in such a mess and talk of further reform in 2016, should we really be spending money on this?

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Full Circle Issue 101 is here!

This month:
  • Command & Conquer
  • How-To : Install Newer Software Versions, LibreOffice, and Website With Infrastructure
  • Graphics : Inkscape.
  • Chrome Cult
  • Linux Labs: Drupal 7
  • Ubuntu Phones
  • Ubuntu Games: Retro Games Emulators, and The Talos Principle
plus: News, Arduino, Q&A, Security, and so much more.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Review: CSI Cyber Season 1

CSI Cyber poster
Show runners Zuicker, Mendelson and Donahue give up on CSI-cities (they missed CSI Cricklewood) to give themselves free reign with the FBI's glossed-over cyber-crimes team. Two lurid opening episodes fail to produce anything other than another glossy TV franchise behemoth assembled in expensive kit-form. Including yet another theme tune by The Who.

The CSI Cyber team looks to have been pulled from a deck of TV Cop Show Top Trumps cards; Medium's Patricia Arquette, glossed and plastered to the point she looks like someone else (Marg Helgenberg) is the troubled psychologist turned FBI agent; Dawson's Creek lead James Van Der Beek is now the running, jumping, shooting action man.

The rest of the team includes schlubby fat beardy hardware geek, lippy African-American software hacker geek, and oriental hottie forensic geek; all overseen by the ever-watchable, but so far scarce, Peter McNichol (Numbers, Ally McBeal).

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Humour: Alternative Cookie Policy

Reviewing the website 'small print' finally caused us to flip, somewhere around page 80 of the document....

Cookie policy
Please can we replace ALL of this wording with this instead:

How to control and delete cookies
You can’t control cookies – they have no brains and just sit there waiting to be eaten – similarly, the only way to delete them is to eat them.