This blog has just passed it’s thirteenth birthday, and we’re at the start of a new year, a year that’s to be honest, brought little to be happy about in many ways: the loss of many celebrities (and for once, the word celebrity is actually valid here), and, perhaps more importantly for some of us, the unexpected loss in November of Steph Clarke, who should be an inspiration to anyone wanting to do stuff in their community. I was lucky enough to meet her a few times, and her energy and commitment to help people was just unreal. A sad loss to the local community, both online and off. I usually use this post to say how strong the online community is (which is still true), so it’s sad to lose such a big part of it. There’s an ongoing drive to do something good, however small, in her memory- #stuffforsteph, which I’d urge anyone to take part in.

2016 has, generally, been pretty poor- personally, nothing major at all- but we’ve had the idiocy of Brexit, with the corresponding rise of hate crime, a quite spectacularly inept prime minister, and the election of a dangerous halfquarter-wit in the US. In the computing world, we saw the IP Bill pass into law, so someone besides me knows you’re reading this, and the Digital Economy Bill is on its way. The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.

Looking forward to 2017, I’d like to wish everyone a happy new year: let’s hope for a better one: as Brownhills Bob said online recently, we can at least hope that Trump might fall out of an aeroplane and hit Farage on the way down.

One Response to “Thirteen”

  1. species5618 Says:

    i can see a boom in VPN consumers, private tunnel have a good deal, $29.99 / yr
    if you dont mind popping out in an end point owned by a company in trumpton !

    Few european ones too, which say no logs, i can feel a seperate wifi SSID and VLAN to a pi comming on ..

    i already run my own to home , which i use while out to stop the shop etc profiling my traffic

    went to an internal tech event in july, that allowed you to download your wifi traffic profile at the end of the event, eye openeing, and probably about time i wrote it up properly
    the tool they used was VERY good,