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    Hi Hexusites

    With 12 years on this Forum I thought I would reach out and ask you - so How do you spend your time online? Do you still enjoy it? What's changing?

    For me, I love Hexus, I check it nearly every day. I did take long breaks in the past but it wasn't deliberate. I have come to many realisations and changed many things in my life Over the years and so I will try and stick to this site for some time to come. Thanks and You're Welcome )

    Things I like to do online:

    1) Email is King. GMail is just brilliant. I am on freecycle lists, I get updates from this and other websites, do banking, MoneySavingExperts weekly email, anyway it's 2017 I probably have no reason to go into this further

    2) Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, I didn't get on these trains early and I don't use them much but its nice to keep up with friends and colleagues and be inclusive in life.

    3) Reddit . Reddit is cool. It's a little random and a little NSFW but it's still interesting and polling it is like reading some kind of newspaper. Try it.

    4) Hexus. Of course. I also participate in RC forums like Oople, msuk-forum but this is my main tech forum.

    5) I have something cool for you to try - it's an open and free network of Social Media sites a little like a more advanced and less dodgy Facebook. It's called Mastodon. I'm quite new to it but it's fun and insightful and you tend to see posts by interesting and fun people. I'm on octodon.social as @plesuvius

    6) Hmm this is getting tricky. I like the moneysavingexperts forum and the UKPersonalFinance subreddit. Hotukdeals I tend to check every day. I don't buy all that much but sometimes I bite. I've gotten tens of free books on my Amazon account thanks to them.

    7!) I use Youtube a lot. I tend to follow a lot of Tech youtubers and also watch a lot of live concert recordings. It's also a great way to find good music and perhaps become a DJ?

    8) ebay and Amazon are my main retailers but if I need something I'll generally look around and perhaps use comparison sites to actually find the cheapest source, including shippieing, as long as it doesn't seem too dodgy. I use Aliexpress and Gearbest too, haven't had too much trouble with them, customs and shipping insurance is a thing.

    9) I have just this year foundd the community Health Unlocked and it's pretty brilliant. I would suggest going there and registering and following some communities. For many instance, there is professional help also available in the form of charities and healthcare organisations but this is a neat little resource and I'm posting there a fair bit now.

    10) The BBC Radio 1 online stuff is pretty epic. Their Live Lounges don't disappoint, they interview a lot of interesting people. For music I would recommend initially the B.Traits shows. I haven't yet watched the new friday night music program on iPlayer

    That's pretty much it, it's hard to summarise 20+ year of being online and I have given it a shot. Am I missing some cool stuff? Almost certainly, let me know, perhaps post your own summary?

    That's all folks

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    11) I forgot Eve Online. It's pretty epic. I've been involved on and off since the Beta (that's way over a decade now). The community is fun as is the media. The game is great but it's like an afterthought lol. Enjoy!

    12) If you are into your HIFI and even if you're really not, HiFi WigWam is pretty brilliant. I don't go there much any more though I have rather a good couple oos Sound Systems.
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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    A administrator a forum for a lower league football team,post on this one and on Rockpapershotgun.com.

    I have half a dozen sites I I visit regularly as well as a few I go to if I go to if I'm researching a purchase such as smallnetbuilder. I follow a couple of YouTubers & have a minimal social media presence to interact with friends & family who are don't know better. Hotukdeals is going to do for bargains as is isthereanydeal. Com for games.

    Big user of steam, gog etc. That's about it.


    Oh, and copious amounts of porn obviously.

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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    Email.
    Several forums, always visited in the same order.
    YouTube subscriptions.
    Random research, reading or Googling/browsing of things that interest me at a particular time.
    Farcebook, if I can be bothered.
    I have some apps, but still use browser for shopping if I'm in the market for something.

    Most of this is during lunch break or summat.
    At home it's gaming, gaming and more gaming, with a few breaks to watch movies or online TV.

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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    In no particular order

    Gaming (RL mostly)
    Poker
    Reddit
    Site administration/maintenance
    Work
    Downloading/Streaming

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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    Thanks for the replies/ so far.

    I would like to encourage more participation. The strength of the Internet is the HTTP link so we all need to know where to go?

    Take care and post lots.
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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    Mainly porn. A little general news, some tech news, the odd email, the odd YouTube video. But mainly porn.

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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    Practical stuff, banking, booking deliveries (hermes etc), groceries, all hugely helpful and/or indispensable.

    Ebay - shopping & selling, Amazon occasionally but usually cba to round up purchases to the right add-on amounts & everything I want seems to go out of stock at the exact wrong time. Though have had a few quid off them recently on promos so ta for that. Other shopping, definitely; probably more than in person these days. Large amounts of time spent cursing pop up please sign up for our newsletter please please please windows. But worth it for the vast range of books magazines &c I couldn't possibly get my paws on as easily without.

    Email - if I must.

    Instagram occasionally, twitter occasionally (reading not posting), Facebook not if you paid me. Youtube rarely.

    This forum less than once upon a time; no others regularly.

    Google google google. Mostly reading/rabbit holes. Serial tab opener. Excessive bookmarker. Gaming, don't seem to find the time, & eyeballs don't seem to like anything too intensive sadly.

    That's nearly all laptop based, use my phone really only for news, checking ebay, twitter, the weather, youtube occasionally. S'about it.
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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    Well my daily routine would be something like
    1) checking trains,
    2) checking weather,
    3) checking trains,
    4) doing rail refund claim when the train doesn't show up/run on time
    5) news and emails
    6) browsing the online sales
    7) doing my job and researching stuff
    8) repeat 1-4
    9) tech sites, photo sites, music sites, etc etc
    10) fantasy football
    11) pictures of kittens
    12) fail videos
    13) laughing at a weird man yodeling
    that sort of mundane and boring stuff.

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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    I should mention I do very occasionally shop online from Iceland or Ocado. It was a thing when I broke my ankle earlier this year (I also got into Uber back then). I am not sold on online food shopping yet though - you can find some nice deals at a store in person and I am lucky to be very close to 3-4 large food retailers at my current address.

    I will have a go at mentioning how I use my phone online which is quite different. I use reddit is fun quite a lot, HUKD app (it's good but not perfect - there doesn't seem to be a way to browse just freebies for example), BBC news, iPlayer and similar, since I got a chromecast that thing is just brilliant I use it with You Tube all the time. I do some banking and just very recently Ayondo seems to be doing very well (nb this is supposed to be risky stuff lol).

    I do admit to browsing 4chan. It's one of those things that's probably (almost certainly) doing me more harm then good but hell, I admit it. Sue me I use Clover for that. The Tech board is where I frequent, Biz is also kind of interesting very occasionally. If it's good enough for dear Miss Swift to name her cat after, I'll take it.
    I also use Citymapper to get me around London, google Map of course, err I don't really game on the damn phone, don't pay for much. I guess that's it.

    Link me up peoples?

    edit: Shout Out to Bloomberg it's great telly I often find myself watching it for hours at mum's house.
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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    Mostly, here.

    I also run a small number of sites and/or forums for customers, but these are not public-facing. Other than that, I browse a few news sites, and access some 'official' sites, like various .gov.uk sites, for reference items.

    There's also a number of things I don't do, like online banking, and/or very rarely do, like online shopping .... though I may research items online before buying in person.

    Oh, and as for social media, I have yet to see an SM site with any purpose or use I want, and certainly for the major sites .... over my dead body.
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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    mostly it is gaming
    a lot of Youtube as i clean the kitchen while watching. ( my pc is in the kitchen )
    my wife and kids use it quite a lot too.

    i do most of my social media and email on my IOS devices
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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    Quote Originally Posted by Millennium View Post
    I would like to encourage more participation. The strength of the Internet is the HTTP link so we all need to know where to go?
    Take care and post lots.
    Sorry, are you asking us to post links to everywhere we go on the internet?
    Can't you just steal my history or track my activity like everyone else?

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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    Sure let me just get on my Batphone to GCHQ or Echelon or whatever.

    I mean yes they have your history. I do not. 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. I guess in the end it's just online, though
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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    My main habits:
    Gaming, hexus, Email, News & shopping when I need something.
    Browsing in general is now horrendous, I'm glad I use an ad blocker. The web is unrecognisable without.
    Sadly now when you google something its all very commercial. Home brew sites rarely come up in search results anymore, they often had far higher quality of information.


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    Re: How do you spend your time online?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    Sorry, are you asking us to post links to everywhere we go on the internet?
    Can't you just steal my history or track my activity like everyone else?
    Just post the contents of your index.dat file
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