Category Archives: Miscellaneous
My lovely company, Wild Orange Media, is almost two years old, so we’ve had a bit of a revamp and have being tying up some loose ends.
I’ve been blogging across various platforms since 2003 but this is the last post I’ll be making to this personal WordPress.com site. From tomorrow, all new posts will be landing on our shiny, new self-hosted WordPress.org site at www.wildorangemedia.com.
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Thanks for your support over the years, see you on the other side!
The Christmas and New Year festivities are almost upon us. And, as I pull down the shutters on another year of trading, I’m looking forward to switching off from the bustle and hustle of business life at Wild Orange Media and spending some quality time with family and friends.
I’ll also be making a conscious effort to spend less time thinking about what’s likely to happen in our digital future, and more time living in the present, enjoying the here and now.
And you might like to also. Technological progress and computers of all shapes and sizes have transformed large parts of our world. But they will never be a credible substitute for human-to-human interactions and the simple joy of spending time with others. That’s why I’ll be switching off as much as possible, to make time and space for some other, more precious stuff to fill my days.
Whatever you’re doing this holiday season, have a wonderful, relaxing time, and recharge those batteries. I suspect we’ll see things in 2014 that will be faster, smaller, more astonishing, more awe-inspiring than anything we’ve seen before.
To you, dear reader, thanks for all your support and encouragement in 2013. See you in the New Year!
Our mission here at Wild Orange Media has always been to help everyone benefit fully and safely from all the good things that our digital world has to offer.
Yet one of the greatest threats we see in our internet-fuelled world today is to the safety and wellbeing of children.
Left unattended, with unrestricted access to the internet, a child has little hope of protecting their innocence. It’s only a matter of time before they are exposed to scenes that used to be kept firmly out of the reach of prying young eyes. The internet is wonderful thing, but very little of it is truly suitable for children.
That’s why our company citizenship programme is firmly focussed on making the online world a safer place for children. But instead of working directly with children, we’ve chosen to give our time to educate parents and carers about the dangers their children may face online. Over the years we’ve given dozens of talks at schools and community venues and we’re really pleased to now share some of the slides we talk through at our brand new ‘Internet Safety School.’
But there’s one thing we’d like you to do to help. If you understand how parental controls and restrictions work on popular devices like PCs, Macs, smartphones and gaming consoles, why not help out a friend by giving them advice or offering to set things up for them? Or how about simply having a conversation with someone you know to find out if there’s more they could do to keep their children safe online? Your help could make a huge difference to a child’s life.
If you’d like to know more about our ‘Internet Safety School’, please visit our company page in LinkedIn. Just hit this link: http://www.linkedin.com/company/wild-orange-media-ltd/products
In around seven weeks’ time I’ll be attempting to cycle 100km (62 miles) overnight around the cold, dark streets of London to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. My nan died last month after battling cancer for much of her life so this feels like a nice way to remember her and help others who need help.
I’d be so grateful for your support and any small donation you can make. The donation page is open now at www.virginmoneygiving.com/allister; every penny goes straight to charity.
My training is now underway although this has mostly consisted of playing with my new bicycle bell and wondering why padded cycling shorts make me look so absurd. I need to get some serious miles under my belt over the next few weeks; if you see me wheezing along the road near you give me a wave.
Thank you for your support, wish me luck!