eXtensions - Wednesday 1 December 2021
Wednesday Diversion: Waiting for Monterey; Router Notes; Key Command Efficiency; Facebook Growth Trumps Genocide
By Graham K. Rogers
At the end of the week, I removed the Hue bridge from the Airport Extreme router and connected its ethernet cable to the Netgear router. I was slightly surprised to find that there was no set up required. I was able to operate the lights right away. The setup when adding a new device is a little more complex and usually involves a QR code.
I disconnected the old Airport device, patted it on the top and said, Thank you, for its years of trouble-free service. I repositioned the new router to make better use of the available space and turned it through 90° so that the lights were slightly less bright. However there was one more device that I had forgotten. The Withings scales that I use daily were linked to the Airport device and needed the password for the new network. That was easily done, but this revealed another problem that I will need to contact Netgear to fix. In the meaning it works as it should.
My home system is now fully set up and all my devices are running WiFi6: just in time for the CES2022 announcement on WiFi 7 (2.4 times faster) which a Tweet showed will be made by Mediatek There may well be others, but this is all I have seen so far.
I noticed that there had been a couple of other articles on this, specifically a link from MacDaily News to an article by Jonny Evans on Apple Must who started with the WiFi and Bluetooth ones I had mentioned. There are several more, including some related to the Finder and Preview. MacDaily News mentioned a couple of their favorites that I tried on the iPad Pro keyboard. With no Finder (or Preview) the iPad Pro has different outputs. While playing about I tried the bottom keys on the folio keyboard I use. I was surprised to see a new range of outputs so went through all the keys, from ` (top left) to / (bottom right). To save coding this in HTML, I took a screenshot.
I was slightly surprised to see it listed on iTunes Movies this week, but when I clicked the panel, Apple TV opened and I had the same panel as before, showing a problem with the link. I suspect it may be connected to the way the subtitles are done as with other services, like Siri, because this does not work with Thai, no one is allowed to watch (or use the service) and devices such as the Home Pod are not made available except through the gray market. Of course, maybe the link is broken, but somehow I doubt it.
The MIT Technology Review put out an article last week by Karen Hao, on the way Facebook and Google have spread misinformation. This is not the first time this has been suggested and with the ways the platforms have been influential, not only in pressuring people to buy products, but in elections, it is time that the authorities stop dithering and get to grips particularly with Zuckerberg and the power without responsibility that is exercised.
She begins with the ways in which these platforms had influence on Myanmar with regard to the Rohingya, turning a local dispute into a genocide. She also reports that similar tactics were used by "clickbait farms in Macedonia and Kosovo to reach nearly half a million Americans a year before the 2020 election". There is also mention of an idea that has been put forward several times before: the "reckless push for publisher growth". There are some interesting statistics about clickbait farms in South-east Asia, particularly Cambodia and Vietnam, almost all linked to Facebook pages.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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