Setup Environment based on SSID via Keyboard Maestro

This keyboard maestro macro checks if you’ve just arrived at work or at home based on the SSID you connect to, and executes another macro you specify (in my case something that activates / deactivates applications and sets window sizes depending on the number of connected monitors, but it can be something easier, like turn on Skype at work and turn it off at home). Only a change of SSIDs from home to work or vice versa will trigger a change.

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Spam is the curse of the Internet, where communication costs no time and effort, if it’s automated. And as the is only one big antispam provider (Akismet) that’s built in in WordPress, the most used publishing system of the World, a lot of people use the widely known reactions of the Akismet algorithm to get through their spam messages on blogs in the whole wolrd. This also hits my site of course. And as the simple math comment protection plugin doesn’t work anymore, I just activated a (seemingly free?) plugin of CleanTalk, to protect me from people who just loooove my content sooooo much.

If you’d leave your preferred method to block spam in the comments, or tell me anything somehow related, I’d be very grateful as I need to see if this plugin here doesn’t only keep out the bad guys.

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Define what defines you

There are two great things about Twitter:

  1. You can choose who to follow and define who you listen to, from all the people on the world who care to share their thoughts. This means you get to decide what your filter-bubble looks like, and it doesn’t have to be identical to your friends and coworkers anymore, as it is for anyone not using Twitter.
  2. You can share your thoughts, to make the first point work. You can be a part of the filterbubbles of people you’ll most likely never see, can influence their lives in a (hopefully) positive way, and be someone they can ask for help / opinions.

There’re more great things about Twitter, but redefining what your mental social input is is one of the biggest factors I can imagine.

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Is there a reason to still have a blog?

No. Not really. Facebook, Twitter, and all the other systems out there do basically the same.

But in my opinion there’s still a reason to have a website, where you can put anything you like, without someone censoring it, where you can shut off the comments and likes, where you can fully decide about the layout, pictures, style, and wording.

This is some kind of freedom in the digital world.

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What is a Rating?

A rating is subjective in nature as a single person gives it to “rate” the quality  of something. As if you say “I liked it” or “Well it was average” to “I didn’t like it at all”. A rating is not very differentiated as such, and also very dependent on what you like category-wise as well as how high your expectations are. Highly subjective thing, such a rating.


But a rating is also a message to others, a recommendation (or the opposite), expecting that they feel similar to you about certain categories and the expectations you have. For someone, who has the same expectations in the diverse categories, you most likely can give very good recommendations (or advice on what he/she won’t like too).

But if you understand how people feel about certain categories of consumables, what they rate about the consumable and what they don’t rate, and what expectations they have in these rated subproperties, it should be possible to calculate a distance between the peoples expectations about categories in a consumable space, and to tell them reliably things they’re missing out on still.

I deem this doable technically, but as I don’t have the time / money to build this platform (that I have sketched out already), I just want to tell you programmers out there that you should really build a platform, that can show people what they really would love. I’d use it.

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