BitQS: Back After a False Start!

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After a false start my personal social web site BitQS, or Bubbles in the Quantum Static, is back this time implemented using Oxwall again with the hope that things will got go west again and last for the few months the previous social web sites lasted.

All depends on my luck which has been poor with my personal social network software unlike my personal homepage and blog written in WordPress. One thing it did highlight the fact WordPress is very good at what it meant to do is being a blogging tool but very poor at being anything else including being a social network. All this because of the lack of real control and testing of it’s third party plugins and themes which tend not to work well together and now for me let down the whole WordPress experience for me.

Regardless of this my small social network for my friends and acquaintances both in the real and virtual world is up and running again under the new shorted name BitQS. Though it is open to anyone who wants an alternative place to be or to get to know myself more as there will be exclusive content on the social network not available elsewhere.

So I am sounding like a broken record which me luck that this venture into my peronal social network lasts longer than my last attempts!

If anyone is brave enough to join me there just follow the link: http://quantumstatic.duckdns.org/.

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to Bubbles in the Quantum Static.

Giving Oxwall Another Chance!

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After over a weeks work getting my social network up and running again using WordPress and BuddyPress it failed in a spectacular way as once again between the plugins and the theme chosen managed to destroy parts of the site yet again.

I was very unhappy, I am being polite, about the whole thing as I do not like wasting over week in fruitless labour because someone else somewhere else could not be bothered to test or create robust software in the first place. It is also a very soul destroying as you watch all that work destroy itself due to someone else’s incompetence and laziness.

So once again I pick myself up and after bit of research I have decided to give Oxwall a chance once again and this time I have made sure I have customised it very little both because I did need to and one of the lesson I have learnt especially with packages which use third-party plugins is to keep their use and customization to a minimum.

All this is a very valuable lessons to learn on my part and I embark on trying to keep a social network going without the software behind it crashing around me. So once again wish me luck!

So if anyone is brave enough to join me there just follow the link: http://quantumstatic.duckdns.org/.

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to Bubbles in the Quantum Static.

My Social Network Flies Again!

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I have been quiet over the last few weeks as I have been working on the third reincarnation of my small and personal social network using WordPress and BuddyPress again. This time I have made sure the social web site is regularly backed up including the database so the next time so if it decides to self distrusts again I can rebuild it again.

Add to this this time I used a theme which actually worked better than the last theme I used in the previous social web site using WordPress though it does have one minor glitch with the registration screen which is liveable. Though I suspect I will find other glitches as it get used in anger as always with likes of WordPress who use third party plugins and themes there are always issues with them interacting with each other as their developers always bend the rules when creating them.

So the adventures with a small social network starts again my end hopefully this time I will have a more successful time without the social website not crashing out of existence again.

So if anyone is brave enough to join me there just follow the link: http://quantumstatic.duckdns.org/.

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to Bubbles in the Quantum Static.

On The Other Side Bites the Dust!

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After a major issue with Changeip who up to today were providing me with a free dynamic dns service with no known reason decided to stop my service so all the sites which used Changeip have been moved to another free dynamic dns service.

But in the move I have not decided to move my small social web site, On the Other Side, and to close the web site down as it was serving no real purpose in the end. Also I needed the space on the server so I can run a small Opensim sim on my main server which is far more likely to be a far more fruitful use of my time than the social web site ever was.

So it is both a sad time and relief that my social web site has gone though it may still reappear in a smaller form connected to my main WordPress.org site so watch this space.

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Social Media: Time Gentlemen Please!

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With the news that Stephen Fry has been hounded off Instagram got me thinking about the main stream social media web sites like Facebook, Instagram and even Twitter that there time has come, hence Time Please Gentlemen.

One comment Stephen Fry did say about Twitter, which can be said about all social media, is the fact that there was too much “too much aggression and unkindness” there. This sadly is very true and it is a sad reflection of what the Western World and those who use Social Media have become is very detached to the world and people around them.

It has been one reason why now I have no Facebook or any other mainstream social media accounts other than an impersonal Twitter account which purely exists to promote my blogging rather than be a personal Twitter account. All so I can keep these mainstream social media web sites at arm length with no personal data there.

I know that once the mainstream social media have in the past have had a very useful function in keeping people in contact but over their life times they have stopped being places to socialise but places where people now aggressively promote their political views, opinions and the such regardless of the effect it has on other people.

The upshot of which the mainstream social media have stopped places to socialise but places for people to spread hate, ignorance and hound those people who do not fit the more so called profile of a normal person that is heterosexual, white, Christian and Conservative. So in the end for anyone who does not fit this profile these social media websites stop becoming nice places to be to a point they have a very negative effect on the people in question.

From my own experience of Facebook which was not a very pleasant one because of bigoted, ignorant and openly abusive people I had to leave Facebook as it was starting to make me ill as it aggravated my depression. I suspect I am not only one who had has the same experience of Facebook and left for the same reasons.

In the end my personal view the time for the likes of Facebook, Instagram even Twitter has come unless they do something about their negative side but sadly they seam unwilling to do anything about under the guise it would compromise people’s freedom of speech.

But in the end these social media keep allowing people to bully, abuse and spread hate about others is undermining their very purpose of being social media networks as after all people are not going to stay there and find somewhere else to go online which gives them a better and safer experience online.

Those of us who have taken notice about the world around us would of noticed that Facebook now has to advertise on television here in the United Kingdom to attract people to join their social media network something such social networks never had to do before!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to On the Other Side!.

Facebook: A Reflection of Western Society!

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A friend on a small social network reminded by why I left Facebook over a year ago with his comments about his experience on returning back to Facebook after 4 months. In so much it was still a social network which is racked with hate and conflict between various groups who rather than argue in a civilised fashion but at a level of verbal abuse and bullying.

I am not surprised that nature of Facebook has not changed since I left and if anything with recent events especially in Paris and the Middle East I suspect it’s very nature will of got worse with more people spreading more hate and extremist views all under the pretence of being social network.

All made worse by the owners of Facebook who seam incapable to properly moderate their own social network especially they cannot use the excuse they do not have the tools as they certainly do as they can already locate and remove undesirables from their massive social network. Plus if they do not have such tools you have to wonder their competence to even run a social network unmoderated!

But if seams that owners of Facebook are unwilling to moderate heir social network and allow people to spread hate and extremist views all under the pretence of the freedom of speech.

This regardless of the fact a large number of views people post on Facebook potentially very damaging to fabric of society in general in so much they enforces intolerances in society under this right of freedom of speech. Such intolerances including religious, racial even sexual orientation to name a few.

If such remarks were made outside of Facebook in public or media here in United Kingdom especially those which involve religion and race it is highly likely they will fall foul of the law as it stands. So why do the people and Facebook itself think it is acceptable to say such things on a public social network on line?

But as always it is both lack of understanding of the large majority of the Facebook users and their governments who fail to grasp the simple fact anything they say on Facebook is in the public domain and no different to saying on the street where such remarks are not accepted by society in general.

On top of which Facebook also reflects the way Western society deals with important matters of race, religion and sexual orientation rather than in a civilised and measured way but in a confrontational manor tempered by a political correctness which both stop anything actually being solves if anything encourages more hate and bullying from both sides.

My personal view if it hight time for the owners of Facebook to stop hiding behind the pretence of freedom of speech and actually take responsibility for their social network and educate it’s members it is not acceptable for a member of a civilised society to spread hate and bully people.

Personally I ask people like myself who are fed up of what Facebook has become to leave it and go back to the old fashioned way of making friends by actually going out meeting people or even exploring the wonders of the internet more as there are some gems of people and sites out there both real and virtual!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to On the Other Side!.

On the Other Side is Back!

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After the first failed attempt of my own social web site using Oxwall and a lot of work and some inspired guess work my own social web site, On the Other Side!, is back up and running using WordPress/BuddyPress and various plugins associated with them.

Over the past month I have been working on the new version of the web site which included moving it on to a new server at home which went remarkably well and a lot easier than I expected. Though I expect I will continue to add and remove features on the new social web site depending if existing features prove useful or not and new features are added to WordPress/BuddyPress.

But at least it is now a workable social web site waiting for my friends and interesting people to join me there which I hope my friends join me there so I can keep up with them outside of the mainstream social networks.

Only issue I now have is with sloggers and spammers who insist on joining my social network in vain hope someone will listen to their pathetic messages. Luckily I have a wonderful plugin which stops the large majority of them in their tracks which is very entertaining especially now they are helping the hits on my site.

Those of you who wish to join me there just follow the link: http://theotherside.changeip.net/

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to On the Other Side!.

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