Despite Twitter's increasing visibility, the question "What's the point of it?" still comes up quite a lot. The TwiTip blog offers one intriguing answer to that question: drawing the attention of the wider world when you're stuck on a plane that's (say) been sitting on a runway for two hours while the airline tries to find someone to refuel it. As the post itself notes, tweeting about your situation won't necessarily make things get fixed any quicker — but it can't hurt, and it'll help to pass the time.
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The NBN is a painful political boil on the government's arse. After the promise of fast 100Mbps connections was squashed by the Abbott/Turnbull government, in favour of a program that said 25Mbps qualified as broadband, there have been all sorts of delays and issues with the service. A recent survey, albeit with a small sample size, quantified some of that pain, with many NBN customers saying they'd prefer to go back to their old ADSL connections. You know things are bad when ADSL looks like a better option. So, what can you do about it if you're on the NBN but it sucks?
The government's My Health Record (MHR) system promises to bring together a bunch of different healthcare data so that a trip to the hospital or doctor won't require lots of information being recorded over and over again. It should reduce some costs as healthcare providers can access pathology and other analyses without repeating tests and will simplify how we deal with some agencies. But it's also being implemented in a pretty ham-fisted way, with everyone's consent assumed unless they opt out. I've been looking at the system. Here's what I'll be doing.