As you should be able to see, from today Grandad’s posts have like and share links to Facebook as standard. But we have no records from before so all the hit counters are zero … and may stay that way if no one thinks the postings are worth sharing!
Cleaning Windows – First for those who did not recognise the photo and the clues it was George Formby that appeared in the previous posting. And rather than explaining who he was it would be best if you take a look at Frank Skinner’s fine Formby documentary from 2011. It’s here on YouTube ..
Second this latest posting comes courtesy of Windows 8.1 and signals that we have almost reached the end of the upgrades, conversions and re-installs on two PCs. The combination of faster hardware, the latest software and cleaning away old left-overs has made some noticeable improvements – but getting there did use up a lot of time. And NetObjects Fusion may have gained some new bugs with the latest update – since on the convenional web page George’s image jumped to the left despite still being laid out on the right. However switching from HTML 5 to HTML 4 fixed the problem. Elsewhere there are other reports of bugs with – sound output via HDMI stopping, system fonts going missing and usb wifi dongles slowing to a crawl. These could all be due to third party software not being up to date but Microsoft have still been busy issuing important 8.1 updates every day to try to stem the flow …
“On February 4th, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma (Russian Parliament). He gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia: “In Russia live Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws … “
So starts a quotation that has appeared on many blogs and web sites over the past month or so. Some postings were followed by reader feedback – mostly supporting Putin’s firm stand on the issue. The same story was even on today’s Daily Mail as a reader’s comment on a different story. However there is one small problem here – the quote is totally false. And all of those web masters that posted it failed in that most basic journalism test – checking the accuracy of the story at source.
The Internet makes it very easy to fire off false stories and watch them circulate around the world. But it also makes it easy to look for proof. Not long ago it would have been impossible to check the Kremlin sources directly for this particular spoof. But now you can – and in English – so it’s easy to see that Putin did not make that speech on that date; or indeed any date.
However there are still plenty of cases where the key information is not in the public domain – meaning, for example, the true story about Plebgate cannot be found online – yet.
Hearing the truth can be upsetting – but overall it should always be better than being fed a diet of spin and propaganda. So remember it’s not just those e-mails from Nigeria that are lies – it’s stories on the Internet as well …