Good Times! Blocking is Back on Tumblr!

Bob Leggitt | Friday, 5 June 2015 |

If you recall Tumblr prior to spring 2012, you’ll know that once upon a time the site had a Block function. You didn’t want anything to do with a user? Fine. You simply hit Block, and bang – they were out of your life, end of. Well, almost end of. They could create another account, of course, but since it was much quicker to hit a Block button than to create a new account, any persistence would inevitably be finite.


Image: The new location of your list of blocked users - at the bottom of your blog's Settings page. I've edited out the middle of the page to save space, so yours will be longer. To edit the list you just click the pen symbol to the right.

In spring 2012, however, Tumblr changed the old Block feature to a softer, updated option called Ignore. The idea behind this was to prevent users from easily recognising they’d been blocked, and perhaps cut down on some of the revenge tactics they could feasibly consider (like creating aggressive new accounts to circumvent the block and hurling abuse). Afterall, if a troll doesn’t know they’re blocked, they’re not going to try and take action in response.
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Shadow MIDI Guitar Synthesis in the 1980s

Bob Leggitt | Friday, 24 April 2015 |

Boasting 21st century technology as early as the 1980s, the German company Shadow powerfully marketed a range of guitar-related products through the era of spandex and headbands. With a range running from a well-established assortment of innovative guitar pickups, right up to complete guitars like the SHP-01 (electric solid with acoustic sound), and the SH1 (Superstrat with both passive and active capabilities), Shadow made big noises in the ’eighties. But it was the brand’s very high-profile venture into guitar synthesis that perhaps proved most interesting.

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Tumblr Now Accepting Large Images in Text Posts – Kind Of…

Bob Leggitt | Sunday, 19 April 2015 |



If you’ve used Tumblr recently, you may have noticed that when you upload an image to a Text Post, the picture ‘stretches’ to the full width of the post container in the Dashboard. Technically, what’s happening is that instead of displaying at the old width of 500px across, images in Text Posts gain an extra 40 pixels of width and now display at 540px.
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The Guys Who Sell Rolls-Royces For Next To Nothing

Bob Leggitt | Wednesday, 25 March 2015 |

Okay, so the title is a metaphor, but this is an issue which needs a lot more attention than a conventional title would likely bring. I’m using a motor vehicle analogy, but this is really a piece about the Internet, and the people who are slowly strangling it. It’s a piece about legitimised theft, and the impact that legitimised theft has on our long-term experience of the Web.

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Why Stock Guitar Pickups Could Be Best

Bob Leggitt | Tuesday, 24 March 2015 |

If the title of this piece was based purely on anecdotal evidence, I wouldn’t need to write another word. The number of guitarists who’ve switched a full set of stock pickups for expensive replacements, then sheepishly pulled out the replacements and replaced them with the originals, is staggering.

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