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Hatchet Job on a Hacker

January 24, 2009 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | 2 Comments | Filed in: appeal, politics, tech.

Personally, I think Gary McKinnon has already served his time. Hacking into US Military computers back in 2001/2002 Gary McKinnon was only looking for information on UFOs. With all the rumours and speculation, call them conspiracy theories if you will, he was merely being inquisitive and I think many people would have been tempted to • Read More »

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Episode XLIV: A New Hope

January 20, 2009 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | 1 Comment | Filed in: politics.

I’m not going to get into a round of Bush-bashing here because we all know that the “toxic Texan” is now out of office; “the end of an error” as my girlfriend’s friend put it. Nor am I going to malign all those that did actually vote him in, those that gained so much from • Read More »

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Blue Monday

January 19, 2009 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | 2 Comments | Filed in: philosophy.

Isn’t it funny how Everything’s Gone Green is the title of my green news & views blog and now here’s a post on Blue Monday. Both those titles were tracks by New Order, one of the most influencial bands of the 80s and part of the soundtrack to my childhood. The single Blue Monday was • Read More »

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Life’s Rich Tapestry

January 17, 2009 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | 5 Comments | Filed in: philosophy.

How about that for a positive spin on the concept that modern life’s too busy? A perfect illustration of information overload is demonstrated by the struggle I had with writing (and rewriting) the about page of this blog. In my official day-to-day role I am a Web Designer. However, being at such a small and • Read More »

Hijacking History

January 14, 2009 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | 2 Comments | Filed in: history.

Working in the Internet industry fosters a sense of exactness, or at least I would hope it does. Whether it’s coding HTML or PHP, designing a template for a content management system or publishing articles on business or legal issues, everything should be correct. Why? Well, a mistake in your HTML code could end up • Read More »

Consumers: Such Contemptable Creatures

January 6, 2009 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: Uncategorized.

I’ve always had a problem with the term “consumer”; it’s so simple, so final, such a singularity. Producers produce and consumers consume. And that’s it. It’s like a linear process that is like dumping something on a short conveyor belt and seeing it drop off at the other end. Personally I prefer the term “customer”. • Read More »

Piercing the Veil of Illusion

January 5, 2009 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: Internet, philosophy, tech.

Mystics call it “piercing the veil of illusion”. Alcoholics may have a “moment of clarity”. Whatever popular tag it may have earned, “seeing things as they really are” isn’t just the exclusive remit of esoterics, washed-up drunks or the writers of the chief concept of “The Matrix”. Truth, facts and reallity underpin virtually everything. Even • Read More »