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Problems not of my making are annoying.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

One continues to struggle against changes made without my consent or direction to paid services like WordPress and Flickr, but those are just the tip of a personal iceberg that offers a continually shifting footing. The trick to being productive in the digital age involves consistency on the part of the content creator, which is dependent upon the predictability of technologies used to bring the content forward and present it. The sudden insertion of advertising into this page, which I don’t see a dime from and is the digital equivalent of a business card stuck into your door jam, just annoys me as it breaks up the narrative offered and introduces a coarse visual esthetic. What I see being inserted involves a series of banner ads which revolve around some quack selling snake oil for sufferers of stomach issues. You? Leave a comment and let me know, I would beg of you.

Extortion is what’s at work, as WordPress is essentially blackmailing me into forking over some filthy lucre to them in order to make the ads stop, and causing the site to work and look the way it used to. It’s not like I’m freeloading, Newtown Pentacle is already, and has been, coughing up money annually for the privilege of publishing with WordPress. WordPress just wants more. They want to monetize me, and by extension – you. Apologies are offered, I should have this situation solved soon but it means forking over extortion monies.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The service which serves the photos here is Flickr, which has been owned by Yahoo for more than a decade and was recently purchased by an outfit called Smugmug. The Smugmug people are modernizing a lot of things at Flickr right now, but a particularly annoying “gotcha” they’ve introduced bars me from logging into my paid account via the desktop computer which I use to process and deliver photos via. This has added to my workload in several annoying ways, making even the rather straightforward task of setting up posts from a template labor intensive. My desktop is a few years old, but still quite capable at doing what I need it to. The technology companies seeking to monetize me, however, are all fairly insistent that I should buy a new box, which would aid them in their profit seeking. A new box would see me paying a monthly subscription fee to Adobe, give Apple further opportunities to isolate me into their walled garden, and remove any vestige of control over the desktop environment that I currently have.

Today’s post was constructed using three different devices, when I used to use just one. That’s how many “workarounds” are now involved.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Can’t fight City Hall, don’t be a luddite and embrace change, you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t, right?

As a note, I remember installing Adobe Illustrator off of about a dozen floppy discs onto one of the first Macs with a color screen at a Madison Avenue agency back in the early 90’s. I’ve been around the digital world since it emerged, and have profited off of my technical acumen and understanding of it over the last three decades. Tech companies have always been somewhat predatory, but we seem to have entered a new era in this regard. I don’t mind paying out for technologies, but forced upgrades accompanied by a diminishment of services enrages a humble narrator.


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Written by Mitch Waxman

June 3, 2019 at 1:30 pm

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  1. Purchase some webspace and host?

    Tommy Efreeti

    June 3, 2019 at 1:39 pm

  2. As requested, O Humble Narrator, two screen shots of WordPress’ audacious insertion of unrelated adverts into the email version of the Pentacle. In my mail client (Apple Mail) they appear at the very end of the article, if that helps. Viz:

    PS: don’t worry about the old email addy, it’s a spam-avoidance maneuver.

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    fabianphoto

    June 3, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    • Couldn’t attach the screen shots; sent them through the æther to home base.

      fabianphoto

      June 3, 2019 at 2:21 pm

  3. “A new box would see me paying a monthly subscription fee to Adobe, give Apple further opportunities to isolate me into their walled garden, and remove any vestige of control over the desktop environment that I currently have.”

    Macintosh is the new Windows. I’ve been using SmugMug forever — willing to pay a yearly fee in exchange for absolute control over my and The Baroness’ photos and a goodly amount of cloudspace. No secret deals with Getty. Hope that doesn’t changebecause the alternatives, including Flickr suck.

    fabianphoto

    June 3, 2019 at 2:31 pm

  4. This is what I see. It’s at the bottom of the page: [image: mitch.jpg]

    On Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 10:32 AM The Newtown Pentacle wrote:

    > Mitch Waxman posted: “Problems not of my making are annoying. – photo by > Mitch Waxman One continues to struggle against changes made without my > consent or direction to paid services like WordPress and Flickr, but those > are just the tip of a personal iceberg that offe” >

    Fiesta Cranberry

    June 3, 2019 at 2:51 pm

  5. Happy to report that I don’t see any banner ads – for stomach aids or anything else – inserted between your narrative or photos. Your posts look the way they always have; at least on my computer. The only ad is at the very bottom, and that is for often for The Motley Fool, which in my humble opinion, has long since outlived its usefulness as a purveyor if investment advise.

    Lawrence Lambert

    June 3, 2019 at 4:17 pm


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