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      • Farewell, Twitter gadget (is there a point to them?)
        • 24 Oct 2021
        • Jack Yan
        • One good thing to having Twitter lock Lucire’s account: there’s no point having a Twitter gadget or widget on your home page any more. Was there ever one to begin with? I don’t think I’ve ever gone to a site and found a Twitter widget useful.    It did bother me that a Lucire print […]
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      • That’s the hat-trick: Twitter has locked Lucire’s account
        • 24 Oct 2021
        • Jack Yan
        • Pixabay In the space of less than a month, another US social network has shut Lucire’s account down. This time it’s Twitter.    When going through the settings to see if Lucire could be verified, Twitter requested that we complete all the information. It specifically states that the date of birth should be entered, even […]
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      • The Google analogy of today
        • 23 Oct 2021
        • Jack Yan
        • Of course a Reddit post like this appeals to me.    The one quote a few Redditers have picked out: ‘As I’ve often lamented, Google has reduced the Web to a brothel of whores competing to give a robot the best blow job.’    One awful thing the poster notes is (link removed, but you […]
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      • Autocade reaches 26,000,000 in under two months
        • 23 Oct 2021
        • Jack Yan
        • Overnight, Autocade served its 26 millionth page view, which is a new record, having cracked the latest million milestone in a day under two months.    Only 24 models have been added since the last post on this topic, bringing the total to 4,524. Of the last 20, 10 were, rather disappointingly, crossovers or SUVs. […]
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      • Refreshing the less oft-seen pages on Lucire’s website
        • 23 Oct 2021
        • Jack Yan
        • A decade separates these two incarnations of Lucire’s shopping home page. Some Facebook gadgets were added during the 2010s and the magazine cover was updated, but it was woefully out of date and needed to be refreshed. It’s very unusual for us to go into the less-frequented pages in Lucire and adapt them to a […]
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      • Facebook knows it doesn’t have as many users as it claims
        • 22 Oct 2021
        • Jack Yan
        • In the ‘I told you so’ department, from the Murdoch Press this week: An internal Facebook presentation this spring called the phenomenon of single users with multiple accounts “very prevalent” among new accounts. The finding came after an examination of roughly 5,000 recent sign-ups on the service indicated that at least 32% and as many […]
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      • Chatting at a pro level on Leonard Kim’s Grow Your Influence Tree
        • 21 Oct 2021
        • Jack Yan
        • Shared on my social media on the day, but I had been waiting for an opportunity to note this on my blog.    It was an honour last week to guest on Leonard Kim’s Grow Your Influence Tree, his internet talk show on VoiceAmerica. Leonard knows plenty about marketing and branding, so I thought it […]
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      • Big Tech: you’ve already lost against mainland China
        • 21 Oct 2021
        • Jack Yan
        • Big Tech often says that if they’re broken up, they won’t be able to compete with mainland China.    Folks, you’ve already lost.    Why? Because you’re playing their game. You believe that through dominance and surveillance you can beat a country with four times more people.    The level playing field under which you […]
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      • What I do when someone uploads my private information on to Facebook
        • 14 Oct 2021
        • Jack Yan
        • I can’t be the only person who does this. This is one of the few things that I do on Facebook. Removing off-Facebook activity is another.        1. Let me check my Facebook advertising preferences. Who has been uploading my private information to Facebook without my permission? Hmm, Ramp, @rampcard, that’s new. I’ve […]
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      • 台山阿伯返鄉下講英文
        • 12 Oct 2021
        • Jack Yan
        • This is one of those things I have to note down otherwise it’ll get lost to time. And you won’t see this mentioned during ‘Chinese Language Week’ here.    In the old country (台山, or Taishan, China), when my father was a boy in the 1930s and 1940s, there were some whānau in the village […]
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      • Even if they don’t delete you, people are deactivating their Instagram accounts
        • 11 Oct 2021
        • Jack Yan
        • I probably should have included this in yesterday’s blog post. When Lucire first lost its Instagram account, I searched for Instagram deactivate on Twitter. Sure enough, there were others in the same boat. However, on subsequent searches, these were far more frequent:    I’m not being selective here—indeed there was an earlier search that had […]
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      • Switching Lucire’s home page over to the new template
        • 7 Oct 2021
        • Jack Yan
        • Lucire’s online edition home page: out with the old (top), in with the new (above). I switched over Lucire’s home page to the new template today. I’m going to miss the old one, since it had the effect of a bled page, something that’s de rigueur for a fashion magazine.    As outlined in my […]
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      • After eight years, a new template for Lucire’s online edition
        • 4 Oct 2021
        • Jack Yan
        • Those were two pretty intensive days but Lucire’s web edition now has a new template. Before you head over there excitedly expecting all change, it only exists on two pages so far, and they are of the same article but in different languages.    The look itself is not that different, either: we wanted to […]
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      • October 2021 gallery
        • 1 Oct 2021
        • Jack Yan
        • Here are October 2021’s images—aides-mémoires, photos of interest, and miscellaneous items. I append to this gallery through the month. Might have to be our Instagram replacement!
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      • Lucire’s Instagram account is gone, for no reason
        • 29 Sep 2021
        • Jack Yan
        • Lucire’s Instagram is toast (hopefully temporarily, but you never know), since they unilaterally allege without evidence that there was unusual activity. This is utter shite, but it’s just another day in Facebookland where actual spam is tolerated, and legitimate activity is flagged.    I’ve sent through the information they requested with a review promised in […]
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      • Contextual targeting worked, so why abandon it?
        • 27 Sep 2021
        • Jack Yan
        • Didn’t I already say this?    Contextual targeting worked for so long on the web, although for some time I’ve noticed ads not displaying on sites where I’ve blocked trackers or had third-party cookies turned off. That means there are ad networks that would rather do their clients, publishers and themselves out of income when […]
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      • Spacing in French: figuring out how to punctuate professionally
        • 22 Sep 2021
        • Jack Yan
        • With the French edition of Lucire KSA now out, we’ve been hard at work on the second issue. The first was typeset by our colleagues in Cairo (with the copy subbed by me), but this time it falls on us, and I had to do a lot of research on French composition.    There are […]
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      • Have you driven a Ford … lately? Probably not
        • 13 Sep 2021
        • Jack Yan
        • Ford’s Brazilian line-up, 2021. Once upon a time, there were locally developed Corcels and Mavericks; even the EcoSport was a Brazilian development. Today, it’s Mustang, a couple of trucks, and a rebadged Chinese crossover. We heard a lot about the demise of Holden as GM retreats from continents at a time, seemingly in a quest […]
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      • The return of Van der Valk
        • 8 Sep 2021
        • Jack Yan
        • I came across an old post of mine on Euston Films remakes, at the time the American version of Widows hit the big screen.
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      • Nostalgia: Money for Nothing
        • 6 Sep 2021
        • Jack Yan
        • Money for Nothing—image from Amazon Prime, where, as of yesterday, you can watch a presumably cleaner copy than what’s on YouTube.
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