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Jeremy Cherfas

2020-02-17

2020-02-17

How cool is this? Lego kit for Friends, just what I needed for today's podcast. 

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Podcasting's biggest mistake

I'm not sure I actually read about any biggest mistake, apart from maybe not being united, in the immensely parochial piece. But I can't disagree with this:

Podcasting didn’t start in control of the monied few and gradually become democratized. Podcasting started as a democracy, and now faces the incursion of the monied few.

And while I don't mind about the monied few taking over (well, not too much) I do mind that they are even called podcasts. They really are radio on demand, and we storied few shouldn't be judged by the same standards.

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@webby2001 Of course, it could easily evaporate, if something happened to Medium. Wouldn't it be a good idea to have a copy on a site you actually control?

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Jeremy Cherfas

2020-02-16

1 min read

Are unsecured cafe wi-fi networks deliberately hostile to VPNs?

I’m in Bill’s cafe in Cambridge, which offers ‘free’ Wi-Fi — which of course I don’t trust. So I switch on my VPN to find that, mysteriously, it can’t connect to its server. And I’m wondering if this is just some kind of glitch, or a policy by the firm that provides the Wi-Fi. After all, they don’t want clients sending communications that are encrypted and therefore inscrutable for advertising and tracking purposes. In this stuff, only the paranoid survive.

I had the same experience as John Naughton yesterday and Friday, signed in to the wifi in a bed and breakfast. No matter what, my VPN (Mullvad) would not connect. Rather than go unsecured though, I signed out of the wifi, but it definitely is strange and I think I am seeing something similar more and more often.

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Currently reading: The Secret Pilgrim by John le Carré, ISBN: 9780340552056





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Finished reading: The Final Solution by Michael Chabon, ISBN: 9780060777104





Jeremy Cherfas

Jeremy Cherfas

Jeremy Cherfas