On the blogging software and contact tracing.

I gave up. I was trying to not install Jetpack, but to speed everything up it simply made sense. Their backup software, Vaultpress does not work that well, but I have my backups stored well away from them. I am not that great a fan of wordpress, and less so of their block editor. I still write in raw html most of the time. But it’s better than what google is doing to blogger.

Goolag has unveiled an all-new snazzier version of Blogger, and as usual, in the process of “enhancing the user experience”, they have inevitably broken a bunch of stuff that used to work really well – such as interpreting HTML embed code directly into posts without having to go into the HTML version and edit it there, or the ability to add hyperlinks quickly and easily. And they’ve left some of the original, broken, functionality in the front-end; putting in blockquotes, for instance, is still an awful process.

And that new version doesn’t work very well because you can still go back to the old version simply by clicking on a section of the interface that is still on the old platform, and then going back to your posts.

This is what happens when you try to create a chimeric construct. Works great in Greek mythology – does not work AT ALL in software. Just ask anyone who has to deal with the increasingly crufty and stupid and bloated Windows OS.

Then again, expecting Google to do anything particularly well these days, outside of search – and they can’t even do that well anymore – is a bit of a stretch. So we’ll just grin and bear it, really.

The good news is that you can now use wordpress or other credentials to log on. The bad news is that I’ve had about 100 login attempts blocked by the brute force alogrithm. So if you can’t get through and you want to, email me.

Onto other things. The stepdaughter went back to her training today, but had to register her phone for a contact tracing app. I had to go to see the optometrist today, and my entrance into his premises was recorded. Our activity is being put in a database without any assent. The contact tracing regulations have (to my knowledge) not been made part of law, but NZ has a habit of retrospective legislation.

Businesses can open to the public, but must follow public health guidance including in relation to physical distancing and contact tracing. Alternative ways of working encouraged where possible, for example remote working, shift-based working, physical distancing, staggering meal breaks, flexible leave.
It is safe to send your children to schools, early learning services and tertiary education. There will be appropriate measures in place.

Level II guidelines, NZ COVID 19 site

A fair number of businesses are going to automate this. We are at Level 3, with most businesses closed to the public: at level 2 they can open up under regulation. I’m a cynic (almost every Kiwi is) and I can’t see people keeping to this.

As New Zealand moves to Level 3, a homegrown Christchurch software development company is offering all businesses and public organisations a free contact tracing app.

Registered businesses receive a poster design with a unique QR code for them to print and display at their premises.

All visitors to the premises simply need to scan the QR code on their phone to have their visit registered.

All businesses and organisations opening under Level 2 and 3 will have to meet government guidelines, safeguarding community health.

Keeping appropriate records of who has visited your place of business will support the government’s contact tracing efforts in the fight against Covid-19.

Tracing.co.nz digitally captures the required contact tracing data. It is simple, efficient and being offered at no charge – just head to the website and register your business. Health organisations can then easily access tracing data if required.

Software development company, Media Suite, has years of experience working with both local and central government.

The app was originally built for Environment Canterbury’s public transport services to support its contact tracing efforts.

Since it was created, the app has successfully registered thousands of Cantabrians’ contact tracing information.

As a local business invested in the wellbeing of the community, Media Suite has decided to offer the tracing.co.nz app at no charge.

Free access to technology like this is going to be important in our fight against the virus.

These apps are not going to sort this out, because there is a very simple cure: if your employer insists you take his phone to work, do so. Along with your ID, which you generally need to get into any risk or confidential area anyway. Then leave them in the car. No phone, no issues. If a firm does not want your business and won’t let you in, vote with your feet and dollars.

Given that some of my mates expect that this managed depression will shut half the businesses in most high streets, the law will be considered of less use than a donkey.

Only the Karens will try to enforce it. And no one likes Karens.

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1 year ago

I had trouble commenting as well. Take 3…

1 year ago

Just checking since I have tried to comment a couple times over the past few weeks and been blocked out. Figured it would be a worth a throwaway comment to see if it works now.

Here in the US I don’t see much chance of the government being able to mandate a tracing app. Even though cell phones pretty much track everything you do anyway, Americans don’t handle being told to do stuff very well.