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Cookies are small files that a web browser saves on your computer that contain information about you, your browsing activities, or your computer configuration.

Most cookies are used to deliver interactive "Web 2.0" features. For example, if you register on a website it may save cookies on your computer to store your account details so that you can access forums or make purchases without having to enter your login details every time you access the site. Because of this, some people and organizations believe that the use of cookies may constitute an infringement of civil liberties and that cookies ought not to be saved on your computer without your explicit permission. Others believe that while this may be a lovely idea in theory, without "automatic" cookie technology the web would be a far worse place to visit.

On this website there are no interactive features that require you to create an account. Though if you do want to communicate with me or other users of the site and discuss the content, you can visit its YouTube channel or join me on Twitter.

The above noted, this website does use a web service called Google Analytics to obtain visitor information, and this service does store cookies on your computer. In using this website, you are therefore agreeing (technically giving 'implied consent') to the storage of Google Analytics cookies on your computer. Please note that these cookies contain no personal information that could be used to identify you as an individual. Rather, Google Analytics uses first-party cookies solely to track visitor interactions. For example, Google Analytics cookies store information relating to the time the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before, and what site referred the visitor to the site. These cookies are not shared across domains (or in other words with other websites).

The specific cookie files stored on your computer by Google Analytics are as follows:

__utma: this cookie is used to distinguish users and sessions, and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. It expires two years after it was first set or updated.

__utmb: this cookie is used to determine new sessions/visits, and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. It expires 30 minutes after it was set or updated.

__utmc: this cookie may be used to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit. It expires at the end of your browser serssion.

__utmv: this cookie is used to store visitor-level custom variable data, and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. It expires two years after it was first set or updated.

__utmz: this cookie stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site, and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. It expires six months after it was first set or updated.

You can learn more about Google Analytics cookies here.

If you wish to opt out of the storage of Google Analytics cookies generated by this and all other websites, you can install the browser opt-out add-on available from Google

I choose to use Google Analytics and its cookies on this website in order that I can better understand my visitor profile and what people are most interested in. This information is then used to help plan updates, and in particular forthcoming video releases. I hope that you understand that this is a reasonable activity that allows this site to continue to deliver a better, free service. Cookies are simply not the Internet bad guys that some people and organizations (such as the European Union) claim them to be.

More information on the Terms of Use of this website can be found here.

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