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Online privacy and the way your information is being shared by services you use seems to be a major issue lately and while many services have for years used the information you provide to them and use through their services to monetise the platform it seems that because of the mishandling of information and how freely facebook allowed companies to obtain this information through groups on their network the entire internet has been shook up to start being more open with how they hold and use the information they have on you to ensure that you are happy with the way that it is being used.

What began as a series of emails from every company under the sun who have ever had access to my email from ones that I know to ones that I don’t has now turned into an actual privacy checkup from my email provider itself and what I discovered during that privacy checkup was rather concerning with what they do with the information you send through any email and how they gather information about you from the content of your emails and where you send them along with the sheer number of companies both ISA approved and not that they sell this information onto in order to provide targeted advertising and emails direct into your inbox (or spam box)

This lead me to wonder what happens if everyone decides they no longer wish for their information to be shared in this way, would this perhaps make these services unaffordable after all these companies aren’t providing these “free” services out of the goodness of their hearts or any greater act of benevolence, but they are essential services in every aspect of our modern online world and if you have been using a particular service for years you might have linked it to so many of your other online accounts that it becomes invaluable and part of your online identity which you could never afford to lose.

What would you do if you were forced to make a decision between having to pay to keep this essential service or if it was to go offline? I have in the past used a service much greater than facebook before this ever existed which was part of my social online nature eventually renamed to profilenation after it was sued by some other site for using the term “face” in it’s name by a lesser website ironically not even facebook. This service eventually hit monetisation problems when adsense alone couldn’t pay for it’s growing popularity as it was a pioneer in the social networking sector having fully customisable profiles, including the facebook wall before this was ever a thing as well as bulletin board threads which became a big social part of my youth. It was adopted by the alternative youth and social groups I corresponded more with and as a result I felt like I connected more with people there than the countryside I grew up where most people had low intelligence and were criminals and thugs or snobby and rich and wouldn’t associate with me for my lower upbringing so I felt detached and made real friendships and even a relationship with a girl I ended up moving in with from this site.

Towards the end of it’s life profilenation started posting requests to donate due to monetary problems (obviously they never sold off your personal information and resorted only to advertising and eventually attempts to sell increased profile privileges in an attempt to pay for rising hosting costs to cover the traffic) I didn’t believe such a large and popular site could have problems with money and didn’t believe it was ever going to close, and thought “I’m sure they’ll just find cheaper services if necessary” however after a while the site did close down because it was unaffordable as a business to run, and it stands as an example of how anything you use online could eventually vanish. Of course the site eventually returned, a little too late considering facebook is now the primary social site and so feature heavy people are unlikely to revert to a site like this, but had it not closed I believe it could have been bigger than facebook, in fact when I first heard of facebook I suspected it was a return and rebrand of the site due to the fact you had a commentable wall (where on profilenation most profiles had someone comment “first” on their wall as their first post much like youtube video’s today because it was so common on the site for people wanting to be the first comment on a new profile)

Imagine how many services you have linked to your primary email, what happens if your free email service can no longer afford to be run? You might question that this will never ever happen but yahoo have literally just sold their services to oath, and Verizon bought yahoo in 2016. While there might be providers willing to purchase the email services at present if it becomes truly unaffordable without the ability to monetise through selling your personal information these services might eventually be forced into a choice between having to provide your information for sale, purchasing your email services for a monthly fee or having to close down entirely.

What would you do if your email services were forced to close? How many services would you have to update contact details with? How many emails do you have stored that you would permanently lose access to? How would you cope if you lost your primary contact email? I don’t think these are questions anyone ever wants to ask themselves let alone answer, but in a world where privacy is becoming more of a concern you may have to start wondering how much would you be willing to pay for your email services if you were forced to pay for them to keep them online?

You might think there are other options such as hosting an email service yourself but believe me this can be more hassle than it is worth especially when it comes to filtering out generic spam emails sent via a robot to every single permutation of an email and web domain under the sun until it gets a ping, and finding your actual emails amongst all of this can be rather difficult which is why using an established provider tends to be the most popular option rather than using your own domain and it’s why I use a generic provider rather than using my own domain.

With the privacy shakeup as well you might want to check out what information you share with your viewing preferences as services like facebook and google have integrated themselves so far into your browsers that you are always getting “targeted advertising” based upon your viewing history and often tries to get you to purchase an item off amazon or ebay you’ve viewed in the past whether you’ve decided to purchase it or decided I never want to buy that item it will always go hey you looked at this, let us advertise things you’ve already seen rather than anything new you might be interested in but have never heard of which is why I find targeted advertising particularly disgusting as it’s primary purpose is to show off ever website under the sun you’ve browsed and go hey we know you were looking at this.

Consider every site with adsense and every site with a facebook like button, those tendrils are all over the web tracking everywhere you’ve been, and that’s before the cookies advertising services plant anywhere else online and once you take these into account it’s all too clear how much of your browsing data these companies are tracking and that’s before you even consider that using google chrome allows it to see every single thing you look at ever and target advertising around that towards you.

There is an option to disable tracking, however using this service isn’t perfect as most sites will simply turn targeted advertising back on whether you want it or not just by visiting them, and that’s a bad thing because I am happy to get advertising and I always found the non targeted advertising to be far more interesting and perfect for me than targeted advertising ever is, you had more variety of adverts and were more likely to see something new that caught your eye and made you consider a visit to a site, however targeted advertising leads to non stop amazon and ebay “you looked at this” style adverts and 6 kfc adverts in a row on twitch, and other stupid repeats of adverts you clearly have no actual interest in but it’s targeted because of something you’ve visited or expressed a vocal mention of or seen a mention of from your friends.

As a result I would like to disable targeted advertising and just have generic advertising because this works better for me, I see more interesting adverts and I’m of course happy for these sites to monetise their services through advertising and I actually think they’re more effective at advertising something to me when it isn’t something I’ve already seen or expressed some vocal mention of because these things aren’t something I need advertised to me, where as some new wonder product or service I’ve never heard of might be something I’d have an interest in and might be interested in clicking on. I’ve never been one to be interested in repeats and I know it’s a thing in many regular peoples lives that repetition creates a closer connection and brands think if they’re engrained into their thoughts enough people are more likely to feel close to them and buy them but that doesn’t work with me and if you’re constantly in my face I’m actually more likely to be turned off.

So the world is becoming more careful with how it handles your private information and they are trying to ensure they only do what you wish with it, but you must consider the other side of the coin and how if you refuse to allow this information these services might become unaffordable and you might have to look elsewhere or start paying for these services, and this could lead to big changes in the online world so at what cost will having control over your private information hold in the end? That’s a question for another day

Check your online advertising preferences yourself at http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices

The windows 10 creators fall update is here, like all windows updates it’s forced upon you whether you want it or not. For the most part these are fairly harmless changes in the background that you’d never know about however this one is causing particularly large problems for many, ranging from software becoming unusable to supposedly bricking the pc’s entirely leaving a completely black screen.

Having experienced a similar problem myself with the previous time this update attempted to assert itself I tried everything from changing the resolution to no avail before I finally found a way to fix my pc and get rid of this problematic update.

What happened to my pc?

How my problem manifested on my pc was that it begins with a black screen, however if you jiggle your mouse around enough you can find a way to get it onto your screen, after a lengthy time (around 15 minutes) the background will actually load in, and then it will take several more minutes for the icons to appear along with a windows fall update window, however the resolution won’t be changeable and you’ll be stuck to a really sketchy blurry out of resolution screen that shows only about 1/5th of your native desktop size with the rest being off your screen (and this is on a fairly large sony tv which should be more than big enough to contain the entire pc, and does with much better resolution on the previous version and displays perfectly with the 8gb graphics card it uses.) However in this resolution you would need a wall eating 80″ tv to show everything at this scale and it would still undoubtedly be blurry and terrible to use.

How To Solve This Problem?

So how to fix this problem? What you have to do is fish about on the bottom of the screen for the windows logo, which thankfully they added as without this you’d be stranded in broken pc hell destroying your entire pc. Once you’ve clicked this you have to hope enough displays for you to be able to find the settings button, I believe if you type S on your keyboard it will take you there and be the first clickable in the list unless you’ve added more software that overrides this (finding this blind would be very difficult)

You may have to express some patience as this slower version of windows seems to take a very long time to open this, once you have it open you need to scroll down to “update and security”, your middle mouse button won’t natively scroll like it will in any other window so you’ll have to find the hidden scroll bar here.

Once you’re into the next window you can use your middle mouse again and click on the term “view installed update history” at the top under the windows update status, from here select the second option “recovery options” from here you should have the option “go back to the previous version of windows 10″ click on this button, it’s the second in the list and you’ll be able to uninstall this broken and terrible garbage fire version of windows that destroys your pc and enjoy the previous working version.

After you have done this it’s a good idea to go back into the settings and pause updates for as long as possible to delay this garbage update coming back and re-enforcing it’s horrid nature on your desktop device.

I hope windows realise they’re destroying themselves by pushing this update and not allowing you to prevent it’s destructive nature from reasserting itself over and over again, because it needs to end and allow us to simply use our pc’s without this trash.

I realise everything here has slipped away but my life was destroyed by the council illegally witholding housing benefits I was entitled to in 2011, they illegally witheld them for 9 months, despite every attempt to get the situation resolved which includes visits to the local council offices, sending the proofs they requested, initiating a rapid re-sign for all benefits, filing 3 whole fresh benefits applications and numerous emails attempting to get due benefits paid all completely ignored by the council it resulted in my homelessness, now 6 months into that I received a letter which stated if I was to leave the property at any time the housing association could take possession of the property and change the locks and at that time someone had arrived and sat in a car outside the property all day every day which I could see from the window and clearly he was waiting for me to leave and take the property, I begged once more for the council to pay due benefits so I could attend jobseekers sessions however they did not and I was terrified to leave the house, not being able to attend jobseekers and having lost everything that mattered in my life and having attempted everything humanly possible to get due housing benefits paid I sank into a deep depression and cried all day every day for 3 months, barely existing only opening the door to 11pm food deliveries scared to do anything else.

3 months on I began attempting suicide repeatedly and in a variety of different forms I wont go into here, being unsuccessful in trying to find a painless death and months of attempts which undoubtedly caused lasting damage (I now get headaches I never had in my life and struggle with words a lot of the time which I should know) I attempted to avoid being evicted as it had taken too long and I’d expected to be thrown out on the streets to die long ago, of course it was far too late at that point and I was evicted the next day, after this I began complaints again and attempting desperately to get rehomed, the council ignored all attempts to start complaints and wouldn’t investigate and they wouldn’t accept responsibility or applications to be rehomed without a permanent address and not via email which was my only option being recently homeless with no permanent residence. I continued trying to get rehomed and complaints including 2 official complaints which were said to be fully completed however attempting to look up other organisations to investigate in 2014 the ICE required a “final response from the director general of operations” which I requested specifically from the council, they gave a “final response” from another party, the ICE wouldn’t accept it and investigate because the director general of operations didn’t give it, I requested this over again and the council completely ignored the request and created barriers to justice.

Desperate to get rehomed I involved mp’s who also didn’t assist in rehoming me or putting the situation right, the council just suggested means and methods which I tried and clearly didn’t result in me being rehomed and were never possible under the LHA rates they stated I would only be able to apply for, so were completely inappropriate suggestions, all the time tort law dictates they should have been returning me to situations as I had been in prior to their illegal witholding of benefits as soon as possible and compensating for the time and ways my life was different and everything I lost a law they completely ignore.

Frustrated I found another organisation the local government ombudsman (lgo) who again requested a final response which again the council did not provide despite requesting and the one they had given was deemed not to be a final response, I tried everything possible and eventually they suggested I visit an undisclosed office to fill in a homeless application, I requested where this was and where to go on multiple occasions all of which were completely ignored by the council, not knowing where to go and desperate to get rehomed I required a permanent address so I could send in an application as they had deemed was all I needed to do, having avoided worcester because I hate the town and can’t stand being there and stuck out in the middle of nowhere and hadn’t got on with my mom well and also that she was looking after my sisters kids as she had adopted them and there wasn’t room for me to stay I had only gone there to stay on the sofa as a last resort, expecting to be there weeks at most as the application would be sent and expecting to be immediately offered emergency accommodation as I had been requesting constantly so that I could get on with my life while waiting to be rehomed.

The council lost application after application despite immediately sending a completed application and chasing this up after months as I had been patient allowing time for it to process, I had to send application after application and it took 5 postal applications and one visit just to get anything done and this took years which unreasonably delayed me getting on with my life, and despite proof of severe maladministration and chasing this and having to resort to sending via recorded delivery as the council denied receiving applications that they had received (and they even deny that still even with proof of delivery and statements from royal mail they still suggest it was never delivered and the lgo ignore the evidence showing delivery and use this to excuse the entire council maladministration and only offer £150 which is utterly unacceptable) When they did finally begin processing an application they waited 6 months from the august they state they recieved it, where another was sent in december, and another handed in by hand in march, they took til april to process it which is conveniently when the maths of my application placed me outside of the singular local housing criteria of having spent longer than 2 years out of the past 5 outside of birmingham which they had deliberately waited for so they could reduce the housing points 90% and completely avoid rehoming me giving me such a terrible score I would never get rehomed and completely ignored all other criteria where I had still local area connections which were valid, but the council and the LGO still don’t compensate for these delays to rehoming me or apply tort where I still wasn’t in circumstances remotely as I had been prior to their illegal witholding of benefits, and how I was in my personal version of hell and had avoided being out there entirely and only went there as a last resort as nothing else was working to get rehomed, and this clearly wasn’t working either and left me feeling hopeless and suicidal much of the time too.

Eventually in april 2016 they rehomed me, but having no money I had no means to get anything to cook or store food or a bed and the gas was leaking so I could have no hot water and it took several months to resolve this, so I still suffered to a lesser extent at that point, but still my suffering for that entire period must be compensated and the government cannot be allowed to make savings as they are doing for austerity through such illegal means and for me to not get compensated for all of that suffering when at any time they could have provided emergency accommodation which was requested repeatedly and ignored and this would have allowed me to get on with my life and end my suffering even if it took longer to get rehomed, but they did not and I suffered this entire period and I’m not compensated for this, and this is completely unfair.

On top of this despite the council being shown to be at blame and that they caused me to fall into a depression that lead to my not being able to attend jobseekers the council are stealing £1,800 in rent arrears from the suggested compensation to cover the outstanding rent costs, and not paying benefits for the time I would have been able to claim benefits and continued to do so for the entire period to being rehomed which I would have done had they never illegally witheld benefits and created these circumstances in the first place.

This has entirely taken over my life and it eats away at me, I already suffered with manic depression but this haunts me constantly and I feel hopeless and like my life has entirely been destroyed, I need some legal help to get the compensation I deserve for all of those years I lost and I would rather have back and be able to live, and all the opportunities I’ve lost out as a result and the way those deeply hurt me and rip out part of my soul and heart. I need my voice to be heard and this injustice cannot be allowed to go unpunished, the government must face up to what it has done.

If you can share this it would be very appreciated and if you are a lawyer who can help me get some justice please get in touch.
There are obviously Many video’s across time on this subject with updates, along with some posts on this site on the matter.

To name and shame:
Cartwright king do judicial reviews but won’t even look at the case as I mentioned the council and tort (Did respond after twitter suggesting some other lawyers who haven’t responded)
Irwin Mitchell wont cover the case as they claim they don’t cover that area of law despite the fact that they were involved in a previous class action lawsuit revolving around benefits against the council and they should at least look at the case as it would be in their wheelhouse
www.richardbuxton.co.uk Claim they don’t work in this area of law
www.hja.net Claim they don’t work in benefits cases and I need a specialist in benefits.
mcgrath.co.uk Claim they don’t specialise in this area of law despite appearing on pages suggesting them for this area of law
jrblegal.co.uk Says he is retiring and doesn’t cover this area of law
tuckerssolicitors.com State they only work in criminal law not civil even though they were on a page of results for civil benefits judicial review lawyers in the uk.
kingsleynapley.co.uk Don’t undertake judicial reviews on legal aid (but maybe they do if I had the funds? Which I definitely lack)
dpglaw.co.uk say they are unable to help and I should contact shelter.
leighday.co.uk says to look on http://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/ where every lawyer on that list has some excuse not to take on the case.
bindmans.com “I have discussed your enquiry with the solicitors in the department and I am sorry, but we do not have the capacity to take on your case. We often face more demands for help than we can meet, and, as you will appreciate, we can only take on cases if we have the capacity to do so” So basically they could but they’re too busy, and then they suggest a number of lawyers listed above who claim outright they don’t cover this area of law, how horrible.
hickmanandrose.co.uk State it doesn’t fall within their area of law
simpsonmillar.co.uk State they don’t cover benefits cases, despite being on the page again and many of these other lawyers recommending them.
genesislaw.co.uk State it’s outside their area of competence.
And a variety of smaller lawyers and other lawfirms who have not responded to emails. No lawyer in the UK seems capable of doing this and the government gets away with this injustice.
hcbgroup.com Firmly don’t undertake legal aided work (but again perhaps do work in this area of law but won’t do it on legal aid)
hinesolicitors.com Claim that this is a housing related case and they don’t specialise in housing law. Seperately state they only offer legal aid for benefit fraud.
anthonycollins.com State they don’t operate in this area of law
centralenglandlc.org.uk State how they only work with welfare benefits and wont do this because there are housing issues involved despite this being a welfare benefits case, these really sound like they should take on the case but just look for excuses not to.
Essentially all of these lawyers http://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/search/results?UmbrellaLegalIssue=LIUSWB&Location=birmingham&Pro=False none of them taking on this case, all contacted.

With e3 life is strange before the storm was announced and people are wrongly proclaiming it to be life is strange 2 when we know dontnod entertainment are working on life is strange 2 and it is going to be completely separate in characters and storyline from the original, this is simply what I would refer to as a standalone dlc, made by a Deck Nine and being a prequel to the existing game and trying to match the characters and storyline which itself has it’s own flaws.

In before the storm you play as chloe price, formerly the sidekick of max who entirely selfishly focused upon finding out the fate of rachel amber with no thought or care for anyone else let alone max this game is set in the time when chloe first met rachel and how their bond and friendship grows to fight the challenges of the world around them. The game is set over three episodes with an optional bonus episode where you play once again as max as a child probably without rewind powers and not important to the main story.

You can see some aspects in which they’ve attempted to recreate the original gameplay mechanics, firstly cloning max’s photography ability with chloe now tagging everywhere with graffiti perhaps not understanding that it was most likely nathan prescott dealing with his psychosis tagging everywhere and especially the residence of those who wronged him, and also tagging his beloved vortex club’s logo everywhere as he felt he was all powerful and beyond reproach and wanted everyone to know how he and his family ruled the town, whereas this game makes chloe the tagger, just to replace photography as a gameplay mechanic you can use for achievements and something hidden to look for, and not only that instead of the vortex club logo it’s just an illuminati eye you have to wonder if there was any consultation with the original writers of the game to ensure there was continuity between the two titles.

The next problem they had was the fact that chloe clearly couldn’t rewind time and they needed some mechanic to replace this, of course in the original game chloe had become so focused on finding rachel that she was narrow and focused and willing to do whatever it took to get to her and make those who hurt her pay, this game seems to have taken that but made chloe keep this before ever even meeting rachel. I feel this doesn’t go well as the character progression because I feel under the military father she would have been quite repressed and not so outgoing, she had a secret hideaway with rachel in the scrap yard and clearly she opened up to rachel in ways she couldn’t with anyone else and would not have been the bolshy outgoing selfish individual she because, it was only through losing rachel she was galvanized into that in my opinion.

Regardless of how you see the character chloe before meeting rachel the issue is that the barbed tongue doesn’t replace the external gameplay mechanics added through the time travel abilities, there was a lot that was added through being able to find out facts with someone and go back and then create further narrative and choose how you wanted to progress conversations, and then onto time based puzzles where you used the time travel ability to do things before consequences happened and use this to progress through the game, and it was also integral to the entire plot of the game, whereas a simple choice to use wit or agressive talk to get your way does not add a lot to the gameplay and it could leave it feeling a little bare and boring as a game outside of the conversations and a little too much like a telltale game adventure, with pointless walking around between the conversational aspects and then a few choices which really make little difference whatever you pick.

The game does promise multiple endings, however it remains to be seen just how diverse you could get over three episodes especially without any form of powers to make big differences to the world, and at the end of the day it’s pretty predetermined that rachel is going to go missing in the end even if it isn’t during this storyline, and that is another big problem this developer needs to face, not only is the game only three episodes and such a short time to tell a good story but also what could you do to live up to the grand climax of the escalation of consequences with max’s time travel powers (or in fact just being drugged and overdosed by jefferson and perceiving the world crashing down around her in the final throws of life) They would have to introduce a grand jeapordy and resolve it in such a short period of time whilst also developing the character relationship between chloe and rachel that I just can’t see a big draw at this point for a well written storyline, to me it just feels like a cash grab on the life is strange franchise trying to get a little extra out of it in the gap between the original and a sequel, without playing it I can’t tell you anything for a fact but from the trailer and the teasers on the twitch e3 coverage I don’t feel like there’s going to be a lot to this, yes there’s a little jeapordy in the club and at some mechanic’s place but it doesn’t feel a fraction of the grandiose world ending cataclysm max was facing, and the relationship between chloe and rachel doesn’t feel anywhere near as emotional as kate’s storyline arc. I will play the free first episode and see what I have to say based upon that but the choice of character wasn’t the best for me, any of the other characters even minor ones felt more human than chloe to me, and if they had to persue this relationship I feel rachel would have been the best to have as the main character as it allowed more freedom on a creative perspective and would have felt less intrusive to fans.

I just hope this doesn’t ruin things for a sequel because I can see a lot of fans being let down by this title without any powers or rewind ability, and simply being a storyline perhaps twisting characters out of shape and not understanding the subtleties of telling a great story like the original did, I never was close to chloe as a character as she was a selfish brat but it remains to be seen just how this will go down, I also provide a few theories on what would have made a better choice for this game or even the sequel dontnod stated they were working on if they were to follow the original storyline in some form.

Check out life is strange: before the storm for yourself on steam http://store.steampowered.com/app/554620/agecheck



Ranting about the government and clarifying how the jobseekers system works at the request of a friend, stating what you have to do in order to maintain the jobseekers each week and how fragile the payments are and how easily they will cancel them, I also note how the government are incentivising councils to remove people from jobseekers by any means possible, and a side note about the euro and the eurozone along with how David Cameron left his eight year old child in a pub while he drove all the way home before realising. Look at what safe and caring hands we trust our society in

After many things going wrong and being constantly ripped off lately I decided to have a mini rant on the matter.  I detail a few of the items I have purchased which I have been truly ripped off on and all of the stress it has been causing when people tell you something is working and it isnt.  Is this what the world has come to where you cant believe anything anyone in shops tell you?

This is my attempt at doing an impression of Frank Gallagher from Shameless, for a first attempt with no cuts or edits I think I did alright considering.

Also I did a slightly  modified image (I added some text and changed the coat colour to green as it is supposed to be) but other than that its all me, and entered a lookalike competition at

http://apps.facebook.com/easypromos/entries/3208

I would appreciate your votes :-)