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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    Quote Originally Posted by Millennium View Post
    Sure let me just get on my Batphone to GCHQ or Echelon or whatever.
    Or Google, or Amazon, or Facebook, or just about any site Russian hackers can access... It can't be that hard if so many small 'PPI recovery' companies can get it...

    Quote Originally Posted by Millennium View Post
    Don't post links if you don't like I'm just wondering what cool stuff has been going on online I'm missing out on.
    The internet is a big place... some vague idea of what sort of things you're looking for and would personally consider cool would be far better and far less creepy than requiring a summary of everyone's internet history and habits...

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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    yeah yep Yes mmhmm that would be a better question.

    I'll just pose it without framing it correctly, or even really caring for an answer. What's the worst that can happen? Hmm?
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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    I haven't been using it as much as I was and came off Facebook last week as its click bait at the best of times.

    However I use email, forum admin here at HEXUS, watching the retro gaming subscriptions I have on Youtube and I have quite got into some online gaming on PS4 like Destiny 2 & Overwatch.

    Other than that I do have Netflix & Amazon Prime subscriptions which get used often and I do a fair bit of online shopping with Amazon & eBay and also weekly shopping via ASDA & Iceland.

    I think the home shopping stuff is becoming more normal for a lot of people, we placed a HUGE ASDA order yesterday for Christmas (£130 family of four), food & drink and so on as its easier than actually going to the store, you would think that the shops wouldn't be open for months not just 3 days!!

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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    Quote Originally Posted by Millennium View Post
    I'll just pose it without framing it correctly, or even really caring for an answer. What's the worst that can happen? Hmm?
    On this forum... dunno. Depends how 'paranoid' Saracen is feeling, I suppose.
    On some other forums, a ban under suspicion of phishing for data, or somesuch.

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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    HEXUS / bit-tech / PC-Max.de...... obvs
    Shopping, mainly Amazon and the bay
    Youtube, for both advice/tech help and for regular subscribed actvity
    I hate Facebook... don't get it. But I do get, and love, Insta
    Email Skype, essential parts of life
    Lots of browsing and research on the above shopping and tech / advice etc
    Gaming... just as much now as ever
    Iplayer and equivalents
    Waze nav
    Googlemaps
    News particularly Reutuers
    Translations
    Data transfers ie bigger than email text, tranfer a lot of images etc.
    Organisation/Process etc in particular Trello, and Dropbox

    Basically, without the web, I'm screwed for work and tech

    But.. I do love getting away utterly and unplugging occassionally.

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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    Most of the time I watch tech videos and product reviews.

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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    Using forums and Googling to get some knowledge. Sometimes playing games online.

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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    I spend a lot of my time learning something new. I find online courses enjoyable and it fits nicely into my schedule. So far I've learned:
    Sewing/crafts : http://craftsy.com/
    French : udemy
    Photography : udemy
    Statistics : https://www.studypug.com/statistics-...ata-collection
    Linguistics : https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/#linguistics-and-philosophy

    It really is up to you how you use your spare time, but to me, learning takes away from the boring monotonous way I used to spend my free time (e.g. browsing reddit/youtube all day), and now I have a good balance with what I'm doing with my time.

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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    This might sound bad, but I sort of find the real world a bit boring(graphics can be terrible). I mean I still enjoy the countryside to chill(fishing season starts next week), and riding my Guzzi.

    But in reality I can't wait to get online. I need the mental stimulation. So all the usual; running my whole life from email communication, ordering tech(and that's become something else; by the time you've read all the reviews, compared products, prices etc. I'm a tech hunter gatherer), most food delivered. YT and I've already added a few sites I've picked up on here.

    I've been spending too much time on forums, mostly political(and if you know how partisan politics is at present they are challenging. Left and Right are hunting in packs), but now politics is a bit boring, so I've stopped lurking and have brought my cultural attitude here.

    As I say to friends(who aren't online), you're connected to everyone online and all the ideas known to humans. I think(I know it's old news) the internet is the true democratising force, knowledge and power for everyone(well more for some than others). Try to learn something new everyday, and watch a film to chill after virtually murdering most of gangs and cops in New York or San Fran.

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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

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    I spend a lot of my time learning something new. I find online courses enjoyable and it fits nicely into my schedule. So far I've learned:
    Sewing/crafts : http://craftsy.com/
    French : udemy
    Photography : udemy
    Statistics : https://www.studypug.com/statistics-...ata-collection
    Linguistics : https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/#linguistics-and-philosophy

    It really is up to you how you use your spare time, but to me, learning takes away from the boring monotonous way I used to spend my free time (e.g. browsing reddit/youtube all day), and now I have a good balance with what I'm doing with my time.
    Andy_Niger Thanks so much for the links and Welcome To HEXUS!
    When my health improves courses such as you suggest would be an excellent way to spend time.
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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

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    Try to learn something new everyday, and watch a film to chill after virtually murdering most of gangs and cops in New York or San Fran.
    Yep. I appreciate your input. I spend a lot of time online too but I'm trying to get out more and socialise more in person. All forms of social interaction are valuable but there's only so much you can read in a day... so to speak!
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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    Quote Originally Posted by Millennium View Post
    Yep. I appreciate your input. I spend a lot of time online too but I'm trying to get out more and socialise more in person. All forms of social interaction are valuable but there's only so much you can read in a day... so to speak!
    Hi Millennium, always good to meet friendly people, where ever. Yes It's good to get the balance right between being online and socialising, but in some ways you can have more in depth conversations online(I've met many interesting people online, mostly on forums, from a wide age range and different backgrounds) .

    I used to read books about four hours a day(and at uni it was like going into hyper drive, where you had to write a 20,000 word essay on what you'd read), but the internet encourages a more lateral approach. I think that's one area that being online empowers us, we have access to info that would have been hard to acquire before. So instead of say just relying on say; health professionals, politicians, mass media etc, we can look at what they suggest, follow other leads as well as understanding the subject in more depth.

    I had a heart valve repaired a while ago, so I was able to look at all the possibilities, success rates of say an artificial valve, check out the surgeon's success rate. I could have even watched the operation on YT, but I declined, thought it might traumatise me. If you haven't experienced it, they run an angle grinder type device up through your rib cage. I also find that gaming completely distracts me from any pain, it's only when I stop that I remember my body.

    Andy-Niger's post has reminded me, I want to learn how to play salsa piano. Got to find more uses for my USB keyboard. I also download a lot of music software. But I'm sure I haven't scratched the surface in terms of what's possible.
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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    But what, johnroe, is the "right" balance?

    I mean, what feels right to me is probably not what feels right to you.

    And for that matter, what feels right to me has certainly changed over time .... and that's accelerated in recent years. Somethings changed, and I'm not sure if it's me, the internet, or both.

    Or rather, I am sure, but could nevertheless be wrong.

    Bear in mind I'm perhaps more jaded that many. My first "online" experience was a dialup acoystic coupler link, with a teletype on my end and an ICL1905/ DEC PDP10 on the other.

    Then, in the 80s, I ran a BBS with several phone lines, and various BBS software, up to Wildcat, which I still have somewhere.

    Next was I was an early adopter of CIX (Compulink Info eXchange).

    So I was online when the Web was stilk a twinkle in Tim Berners-Lee's eye, and hence perhaps some 'been there, done that, self-printed the T-shirt applies.


    What I feel now is that the more "corporate" the internet gets, the more it has it's soul sucked out. It used to be a fun playground for wild spirits, albeit nerdy, tech-aware ones. Now it's a corporate-corrupted advertising and marketing machine that's perverted the original (if naive) ethos. And in no small part, I blame Zuckerberg and his coterie of "social-media" bigwigs. More like anti-social media, IMHO.


    So I find my online activity, and interest, decreasing in inverse proportion to the corporatisation of our beloved 'net. I'm not quite ready to go offline entirely, in large part because of good conversations on HEXUS. But it wouldn't take much to convince me to bung ALL my compyting devices in a bonfire and cancel the old broadband permanently.

    The internet has been ruined, for me is in serious decline and, probably, is terminal.
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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    Saracen my friend. I feel you.

    I've been using a modem for BBSes (with a 486 DX2/80 and 4 to 8mb ram initially) since around 1993-4. I well remember sending my first email and having my first email address (on a BBS). I later spoofed an email address to pretend to a friend that his ISP Pipex had seen him pirate some software and was kicking him out (I did fess up to that) in school.

    After the BBS phase, I've seen the internet in it's growth years, in it's perhaps best years of geocities and Lycos and ICQ. Newsgroups (alt.binaries etc) and spiders and Mozilla on Windows 3.11. Of course, also Duke Nukem 3D, Doom 2, Quakeworld, Descent, all those amazingly fun things so many missed out on because they were shooting ducks on their NES or playing tetris on their Gameboy or whatever...

    You've got to bear in mind that on average every successive generation has a higher IQ than the previous one. We're progressing, globally, as a species. Sure the internet is now a massive marketing machine in large part and more and more traffic is going to fewer and fewer sites. There are still some gems out there though, like mastodon (linked in my OP) and similar efforts. The free software movement is only gaining in power.

    This communication and collaboration platform may have been subverted in large part but it's still amazing in many ways and well worth participating in. When I first heard about the Internet in the 80s as a child under 9 I was completely in love with the idea, wanted to be part of it, wanted to be part of this incredible collaboration and means of communication. I saw the immense potential and somewhat saw how huge this would be for all of us. That enthusiasm has not changed.

    One of the best parts of the Internet for me remain forums, like this one, like the Wam, like the PC Perspective forums, it's astounding how you can have a deep and meaningful conversation with often better educated (and more well adjusted) 'strangers' and it's as if you were locals in your favourite café or library or public house or whatever.

    I want you to see the potential in the future. After the initial dot com boom and bubble, it was inevitable that big money would cause changes in the way we use the internet. IPv4 and most of the RFCs have not materially changed. We've still got the internet of the 90s, we just have at least one whole new generation using it as they wish to.

    Stay positive about this.
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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    Upside of t'internet: There's a whole lot of knowledge there, you can find out about anything, communicate with people far away etc etc

    Downside: It's given a louder voice to the stupid. Those who would be the know-it-all bore in the pub now have a whole world to hear their crap. There's no filter or fact checking. And as Saracen noted, everything is corporatised. Remember when eBay sold things people didn't need any more but were still good? They're increasingly difficult to find under the noise of the corporates who already have their own shops, but want to invade your car boot sale as well. Like Tesco's pitching up and the church hall jumble sale.

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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    Too much youtube if I'm honest I'm spending far more time watching other people play games than actually playing games, I avoid the drama and most of the rubbish channels
    It's weirdly like hanging out with friends playing games but never getting a turn and they have no idea who you are.
    I've watched a few steams on twitch, but while the person interacts more with the viewers it distracts from the game.

    Wikipedia is still a place I keep ending up at, or going too to look something up, then falling into a wiki hole as one entry leads to two more and so on.

    I find e-mail time is directly proportional to junk, more junk less I want to even open it, I'm not talking unwanted spam, just spent the last two years contracting, so constantly looking for jobs and getting alerts from 10+ sites.

    Online banking

    Shopping, not food, but almost everything else involves looking online for reviews, rough prices, local shops.

    Moving to a new city has involved a lot of online research into things.

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