A little tech help here please, people

I haven’t been able to access my home wifi on any of my devices over the last few days. It had been going fine and then all of a sudden my iPhone and Nintendo 3DS stopped being able to detect it. I’ve since also found out that my netbook, which I often connect to via Ethernet cable, cannot detect the network either when I try to use wifi on it (I did flick the wifi switch on it just so you know). I hadn’t messed around with any settings prior to it happening.

I have tried pretty much everything I can think of. I have googled for loads of info on how to solve the problem. I reset the network settings on my iPhone, I reset my router a couple of times and changed the password, to no avail. One thing I do notice is that when I login to check the status of my modem router it says that wireless is disabled, even though I had made sure it was enabled when I entered the settings again. If it helps, I have a TP-Link TD-W8968 modem router.

I have also wondered whether the position of the router was affecting the wifi signal and causing it to drop, but it has been in the same place for ages. The previous ones I had were in the same place and I had no trouble with them – well not until they broke. I have even thought of updating the firmware but I have heard that doing that can be pretty risky. I am pretty good with technology but I am still a bit fearful of messing around with things too much in case I screw them up altogether.

I don’t really know what else I can try, so does anyone have any other suggestions? You will have my eternal gratitude if you have. Especially if it works.

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My domain

I will absolutely buy anything off the internet at the moment. Today, I bought a domain name for this blog.

I didn’t really set out to get one, however I have been interested in seeing if I could get one on and off for a bit, so as to make this site a bit more professional, like (well as professional as I can make it). Out of curiosity, I wanted to see if lynsblogson.co.uk was available, and funnily enough, it was. So I bought it. Only for 12 months though.  I’ll extend it if I am still running this thing when the time on it is up.

The only thing now is working out how I actually use it on here. Is it better/easier for me to transfer the name onto here or is it easier for me to transfer the whole blog over to where I bought the domain name from and have them host it? I love using wordpress and wouldn’t want to export it to another host thinking I’d lose everything I like about using this. I have read up on stuff online but all it does is confuse me.

Maybe I should have looked further before doing it, but then it might well have been gone. Well it most likely may not have, but you know…

Liam Stacey and the Right to Free Speech

Much has been in the news this week about Liam Stacey, the student who was sentenced to 56 days in jail for posting offensive tweets about the footballer Fabrice Muamba. While many are pleased that this troll has been punished (his appeal against his conviction has as of today also been dismissed), there are also a number who see his conviction as extreme, and have brought up the old “freedom of speech” chestnut.

My view on it is this: Stacey’s punishment might seem excessive to some, but he nonetheless deserved it. He was posting sick, racist tweets about a person who was seriously ill and used abusive and threatening language to those who challenged him. He had no regard for who he was upsetting and somehow revelled in it. Only when it occurred to him that he had been reported to the police did he panic and give the old excuse that all internet trolls give when they are found out “It wasn’t me guv, my account was hacked.” He wasn’t sorry for what he had said as he was that he’d been caught and was facing the prospect of not only getting kicked out of university, but of messing up his future career prospects. He brought it all on himself.

For the most part, I am firmly on the side of Voltaire on the issue of free speech:

“I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

However, there are times when I feel that it is far more appropriate to defend the right of people to not be exposed to language that is inflammatory, intimidating, and prejudiced, whether it be online or in real life. People should be able to use the Internet, and in particular sites like Twitter and Facebook without being subjected to abuse and vile comments from some numbskull who is somehow capable of operating a computer never mind has access to one.

What Stacey did was the online equivalent of walking down the street, drunk as a skunk, spouting racist nonsense that an EDL member would approve of, while intimidating passers-by. For that, he would have also been arrested by the police and likely facing a custodial sentence. His was an anti-social act as well as a hate crime. The fact that he committed his crime on twitter doesn’t make it any less serious.

How to survive the wikipedia blackout

It’s simple really. Go down to the library. There you’ll find shelves full of books on various subjects that should be suitable for whatever you’re researching. Indeed, they are probably more useful to you and accurate than some of the articles on wikipedia or the internet in general.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand the reasons why wikipedia are staging their blackout and I do respect them for making a stand, just as I support any other site that is doing this. However, anyone who thinks that the site is 100% a reliable and credible resource to use for their homework is a bit of a fool really.

Christmas is coming…

And before you ask, no I don’t know what I want yet. Well, there are one or two things that I would like, but I’m thinking that they would be pretty impossible to get. Plus Father Christmas would probably have great difficulty getting down the chimney with it. But seriously, the older you get, the harder it is to give anyone any suggestions. A friend of mine likes to start texting me for ideas in September, and then every week from the first week of November. Thing is, whenever I ask her what she wants, she doesn’t know either.

To be honest, I don’t mind too much if I don’t get everything I ask for. Having a birthday one and a half months after Christmas means that if I don’t get everything on that day I might get it for my birthday. I kind of prefer getting the stuff I really want on birthdays anyway. Does make it a bit more special.

One thing’s for sure, nowadays it is far more easier to buy presents what with internet shopping and everything. Well, it’s easier when you know what you’re getting people. Play.com and Amazon are proving to be a godsend at the moment. I’ve already got most of my mum’s presents, a couple for my nephew and one for that aforementioned friend (you get to a point where you just get what you think they will like. It’s the thought that counts). I think I will probably spend more online this year than I have any other year, but I aim to make a few actual shopping trips too, because nothing still beats going around shops looking for stuff. Even when the weather’s cold. And the shops are extremely busy.  And you’re having to dodge people with those ginormous prams that block half the shop. As well as those who don’t have a fucking clue where they’re going.  And those who don’t look where they’re going because they are on their bloody phones.  Not to mention being slowly driven insane by THOSE songs being played in every single place you enter.

Don’t you just love it?

 

The trouble with twitter (and the internet).

Last night,  I unintentionally worried at least one of my followers on twitter by hinting that I felt like giving up on the website altogether. I had been in a bit of  a mood since earlier on in the evening, and didn’t necessarily feel at all talkative in the twitter sense. At one point during the evening, I said that it was a time like then that I felt like leaving it. I got a DM from someone asking me if I was ok.

Nearly a day later, I have broken my twitter silence, yet I still feel the way I did last night. Thing is, I have looked at some of the things I’ve posted on my timeline recently and I fear that I am becoming the kind of people on the internet – and especially twitter – that I hate the most. The kind of people who tweet that they are bored.com or confused.com on a near regular basis. The ones who constantly fill their timelines moaning about everything and everyone. The ones who constantly bitch about other people, especially those in the public eye to the point that they abuse these people directly by incorporating the username of their target into the tweet. The ones who, generally don’t have anything interesting to say and just spend their days just getting off on being negative.

Usually, I would try to ignore the negativity that gets spouted on the internet, but recently I’ve found it all getting to me.  Yes there has always been a nasty contingent of people on the internet, who think that hiding behind a username and a computer gives them the right to say whatever they like, however horrible and/or hurtful that may be. Yet whether their contributions be aimed at you or not, it is still a depressing sight to see what they say.  It seems to be that nearly every day I log on to twitter, I find myself seeing nothing but negativity clogging up my timeline. Just before I came on here, I saw a tweet from someone I follow saying that he wished that a sick rumour someone started about a celebrity being dead was true.  These kind of twitter rumours are abhorrent to start with, but for someone to respond to it by saying they wished the person in question really was dead – sorry, but that’s unacceptable no matter how much you hate them.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to have a rant, a moan and a bitch now and again, but to do it so much that it is all your twitter profile seems to be about isn’t healthy.  And it doesn’t seem healthy to be constantly subjected to it. Which is why I feel the way I do about twitter  at the moment.  However despite this, I don’t think I could totally delete my account. The vast majority of people I’ve met on Twitter are lovely and I enjoy chatting with them. I guess the main thing is to try and prevent some of the not-so-nice people on twitter from finding their way onto my timeline. Or just stop looking at it altogether.