Mark's Musings

A miscellany of opinions, thoughts, rants and comments

25 August 2011
by Mark
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A worrying trend in government non-communication

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There seems to be a worrying trend for government departments to stop accepting contact by email. Earlier this year, the Department for Education wrote to WhatDoTheyKnow to try to stop them sending FoI requests by email. More recently, I’ve been … Continue reading

25 August 2011
by Mark
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Web forms are not a replacement for email

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You run an online business. You need a way for people to contact you. But if you publish your email address on your website, then spammers get hold of it. The solution? Don’t publish your email address. Instead, put a … Continue reading

19 August 2011
by Mark
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e-Petition: Implement the Hargreaves Review proposals in full

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Please show your support for copyright reform. Continue reading

17 August 2011
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Arrogant Twits

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One of the limitations of Twitter is that it’s hard to tweet a URL without exceeding the 140 character limit. A result of that has been the growth in URL shorteners, such as bit.ly, is.gd, ow.ly and so on. Last … Continue reading

14 August 2011
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Riotous musings

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I’ve deliberately avoided commenting on the riots so far because, well, there isn’t really anything I can say that hasn’t already been said. So this isn’t so much a comment as a vaguely linked set of observations. But there are … Continue reading

13 August 2011
by Mark
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Number crunching WhatDoTheyKnow

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big fan of WhatDoTheyKnow.com, the mySociety website which makes it easy for anyone to submit a Freedom of Information (FoI) request to any organisation which is obliged to respond to them. One thing it … Continue reading

11 August 2011
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A Shakespearean commentary on the riots

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This just seemed rather apposite to me. The middle section (“This blessed plot”, etc) is very well known, but in context it has a very different meaning. Methinks I am a prophet new inspir’d, And thus, expiring, do foretell of … Continue reading

6 August 2011
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Happy birthday, World Wide Web

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Today, 6th August 2011, is the 20th anniversary of the World Wide Web (not the Internet, as has wrongly been reported by far too many media sources already, but that’s another story).  The first public website went live on this … Continue reading

5 August 2011
by Mark
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Music industry revenue is down. Sky remains in place.

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According to figures released by the PRS, revenue earned by the mainstream commercial music industry in the UK declined by 4.8% in 2010, as compared to the previous year (full report available as a pdf here). Despite the fact that … Continue reading

3 August 2011
by Mark
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Points mean….?

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I don’t normally go in  for the Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells approach, but the answer to this Freedom of Information request very nearly had me heading into Daily Mail territory with my reaction. The question asked was fairly simple: The … Continue reading