• Unmet Expectations with iContact

    Unmet Expectations with iContact

    Updated 26 January 2024. Since publishing my initial experience with the iContact Camera Pro Kickstarter campaign on January 19, 2024, appended below, I regret to inform readers that the situation has not improved; in fact, it has deteriorated further. Despite my hopes for a turnaround or at least some form of communication from Stacy Nimmo,…

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  • The Musk X effect, and other marketing stories

    The Musk X effect, and other marketing stories

    Published this week on the Socially Unacceptable podcast is an episode where I joined the hosts, Chris Norton and Will Ockenden, as their guest. We recorded this episode in early October, now some two and a half months ago. There has been quite a lot of water under the bridge in that time, including my…

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  • Unveiling the layers in the Covid-19 inquiry

    Unveiling the layers in the Covid-19 inquiry

    In the wake of the Covid-19 global health crisis in 2020-22 that reshaped our world, the United Kingdom has embarked on an ambitious and crucial endeavour: the Covid-19 public inquiry. Announced in May 2021 by then Prime Minister Boris Johnson, this independent public inquiry delves into the UK government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, aiming…

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  • The OpenAI upheaval: decoding the Sam Altman episode

    The OpenAI upheaval: decoding the Sam Altman episode

    Last Friday 17 November marked a pivotal moment in the AI industry, with the unexpected announcement by OpenAI that its CEO, Sam Altman, had been fired by the company’s board of directors. The surprise event has since spiralled into a media maelstrom. Over the weekend, rumours and speculation flooded both social and mainstream media, with…

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  • A wizard setup for a WordPress block theme

    A wizard setup for a WordPress block theme

    Since I first got to know WordPress with version 1.2 back in 2004, I must have installed, set up and used well over 30 themes in my quest for the subjective “great look and feel” for my websites. At least ten were themes I paid money for. I’m not a WordPress developer, simply a keen…

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  • Customizing social media icons display with ChatGPT

    Customizing social media icons display with ChatGPT

    For some time, I’ve wanted to update the social network icons on my primary blog to use icons that accurately represent the social networks concerned. There have been many changes this year – not the least being Twitter’s change to X – plus the emergence of new social networks like Pebble, Bluesky, and Threads. As…

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  • The sound of silence

    The sound of silence

    As a podcaster, I’m conscious of the need for ambient quiet in the room where I record audio and video. That’s my home office. It’s not a formal recording studio with sound-absorbing panels, etc, just a room with a view, desks, a picture or two, a bookcase, some knick-knacks, and three computers with monitors. A…

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  • Claude Pro: First impressions of Anthropic’s paid AI chatbot

    Claude Pro: First impressions of Anthropic’s paid AI chatbot

    Artificial intelligence is all over the news right now with information, narratives and opinions plentiful if not bountiful on the pros and cons of AI. The hottest topic is generative AI, the subset of AI that, broadly speaking, is a form of machine learning that’s able to produce text, video, images, and other types of…

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  • ChatGPT, Claude, Bing, or Bard?

    ChatGPT, Claude, Bing, or Bard?

    How do four of the most prominent AI chatbots compare? That question was put to me recently by a friend who has a fair amount of scepticism about AI chatbots and was keen to know which one is best. Inevitably, a question like that will get an “It depends…” answer. I’ve been using four chatbots…

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