Facebook is to merge together WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger even though they said they’d never do this.
Should we be excited by this convergence or trembling with fear as Facebook’s creeping dominance tries to take over the planet?
It’s nice to have all your messaging in one place is it not? Well, maybe in theory, but then it’s probably nicer to have different apps for communicating with different groups or people.
Unfortunately, Facebook is in your face trying to rule the world. I’m looking forward to the day of its sad decline which will inevitably come, but will be taken over by some other behemoth technical giant. Its currently the way of tbe world…
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Chain quick links: A guide to easy connection. A great way to keep your bike moving if your chain breaks. Keep some on you when you ride and you’ll keep riding. #bike #cycling https://buff.ly/2DKWN2g
Is the Ten Year Challenge a Facebook scam??? Well even if it isn’t, think about it before you get dragged into to any faddish craze. There’ll always be someone out there wanting to take advantage of it. Best to let it just wash over you is my advice! #infosec https://buff.ly/2RDT6nL
Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? Why would you want to buy it anyway?! It’s always been overpriced and I really don’t know how they’ve got away with it for so long. #Apple #Technology https://buff.ly/2W23WCJ
The internet transport company Uber is planning self drive bikes. Very nice, but is that really necessary? There’s technology and there’s technology for the sake of technology. The later is becoming more and more prevalent. #bike #Technology https://buff.ly/2CBoucb
There’s a 773 million-record breach list containing plaintext passwords doing the rounds on the internet. That’s an eye-watering amount of people and their lives now exposed and vulnerable. #scary #infosec https://buff.ly/2FEmBi1
Are you an MGIF? A driver who must get in front of a cyclist no matter what, displaying zero levels of patience in the process and often getting stuck on the wrong side of the road. Stop it please. #MGIF #bike https://buff.ly/2QQThHc
Nike’s phone-controlled self-lacing trainers. Proof beyond the all reasonable doubt that the modern world is stark staring swivel-eyed bonkers. #nike #Technology https://buff.ly/2VV32Ib
Should you disable #WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks? Its probably not something that troubles you on a day-to-day basis, but if you have your own WordPress website, you’ve thought about and felt baffled I guarantee it! #infosec https://buff.ly/2TItv9Q
Niki Terpstra has left pro cycling team Quick Step Floors for Direct Energie. The announcement was made in August and has given me time to reflect on the career of one of my favourite cyclists.
I’m not exactly sure why it is that Terpstra is one of my favourite professional cyclsists. As a cycling fan, which riders you support and identify with is subject to a strange and unfathomable thought process. I’m not sure it’s something that’s possible to explain!
The announcement was made just before Quick Step revealed their new title sponsor and name change to Deceuninck–Quick-Step (how do you pronounce that? – it’ll be fun next season listening to commentators attempt it!). Would he have stayed if he’d have known there was a new sponsor to bolster the funding cash pool? He, like all the riders at Quick Step, was concerned for his future and jumped ship before the announcement was made after riding with them since 2011, the bulk of his pro career.
Quick Step had the most successful season last year of any pro cycling team in living memory – probably since HTC Highroad in their day, but HTC relied on many of their wins from Mark Cavendish. What was unique about Quick Step’s 2018 season was how their wins were spread throughout the team. Classics, sprints and time trials, team time trials, Grand Tour stages and even a Grand Tour podium with the somewhat suprising success in the Vuelta with Enric Mas.
In all this success for Quick Step, none of the wins was quite so exciting for me as seeing Nikki Terpstra ride everyone off his wheel in a stunning victory at the Tour of Flanders.
Nikki, I wish you all the best at Direct Energie, but I’m concerned that it’s not going to be the best decision you ever made. Hopefully I’m wrong and you’ll have a stellar season that gives you sole leadership in the races that you target with very many more beautiful victories.