Paul Gregg

Jack of all Tech.

Archive for July, 2012

Leaving Menshn for good

I’ve decided to close my Menshn account, folks. It’s over.  After four weeks of micro-menshning and meeting great friends and colleagues (largely not on Menshn), I’m off. It’s been amazing but it never provided the community feeling it once promised. So I’ll be posting my rants on twitter and my blog instead, and I’ll be […]

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Menshn: Another password design flaw

Ok – so I forgot my password on Menshn, again, and went to reset my password. Normal email address+token thing – except I noticed another problem. Menshn emails you a link in the form: pwreset.php?e=email@address.com&c=8chartoken At least they are not emailing plain text passwords again. But, I noticed that the token link can be used […]

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Menshn DNS is a (technical thingy).

So Menshn changed their DNS and stopped their site working for a number of users. Users pointed it out and Menshn did what Menshn does and blamed everyone else but themselves. I call it the Apple Defence. Or #You’reHoldingItWrong. What Louise probably doesn’t know is that whoever is advising her*, plainly doesn’t know the first, […]

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Louise Mensch, MP, brands me a spammer.

So after my latest round of tweets with Corby MP Louise Mensch nee. Bagshawe, she has effectively called me a spammer and forbade me from tweeting her any longer (or I’ll be blocked). So be it. I won’t tweet her any more. She has invited me to email her – but why would I do […]

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Further examples of Copyright Infringement by Menshn

Following on from my earlier article on Copyright Infringement by Menshn and a find on Menshn co-founder Luke Bozier’s personal web site, I found a few more copyrighted images that Menshn are using without proper attribution. When you create an account on Menshn, you get randomly assigned a profile picture from their library of, supposedly, […]

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First rule of Menshn is talk about Menshn, unless you are on Menshn.

The first rule of menshn is you do talk about menshn. Please feel free to invite your friends, spread the word, and post about us on Facebook and Twitter.   (c) Menshn, Screenshot below: Yet, if you do talk about Menshn within Menshn – you will get banned. Yes, I got banned. I talked about […]

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Why Menshn will fail

One of the driving factors of social media is the human need to be heard. The belief that somewhere, out there, someone is not just interested in what you say, but more fundamentally, has the ability to hear (or see) what you say (and write). When the Social Media platform fails in that most fundamental of […]

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Blog change to WordPress

Well, I thought after calling out Menshn for security flaws, I ought to check if my Movable Type was up to date. It wasn’t and one of the changelogs suggested I should upgrade. However, the upgrade went badly leaving me unable to login at the blog level, or anyone to comment. Admin area was fine. […]

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Luke Bozier of Menshn has form on Copyright Infringement

3rd in my series of articles about Menshn. So, today (or last night), Luke Bozier blocked me on twitter. Seems like a pointless act since anyone not logged into twitter can read all his posts anyway.  However, it did cause me to google his name and I came up with two personal web sites of […]

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Menshn does not censor, Allegedly.

Officially: However, my messages on menshn.com do not appear to be visible to others. Compare this screenshot of the same “menshnabout” topic/room. On the left is Firefox – not logged in. On the right is Chrome – my account logged in. My message is only visible to me when logged in. And, I checked…. Private […]

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