I tweeted recently that I hated Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, only to be sold “its a kid’s film, lower your expectations.” Well, I like kids films and see no reason to lower my expectations. The Wall-E character is the animated mash-up of E.T. and Johnny Five (Short Circuit), both movies I hated. Wall-E … Continue reading
There’s nothing worse than the thought of data loss to an habitual geek, particularly if that geek happens to be a hoarder of bits going back a couple of decades. We’re all inexorably going digital; music, photo albums, correspondence; all so convenient, all so ephemeral. It’s not good for one’s state of mind to know … Continue reading
I had to refresh a client’s website recently; in a rather quaint way, the front-end consists of a set of static pages containing the general company info while the back-end holding the day-to-day business data is in a third party content management database. I cheated (creatively) in creating a ‘staging’ area on the Linux server … Continue reading
I’ve been with Microsoft’s Hotmail for so long I’ve almost forgotten what a spam-infested up-and-down yo-yo of a service it used to be. But it was a pioneer, the first time we realised you could have email without being tied to a PC client. Now everyone has a solid web-mail service, mostly over-branded engines from … Continue reading
Full Circle #50 – the half-centenary issue! is available from Full Circle Magazine. This month: How-To : Program in Python – Part 24, LibreOffice – Part 5, Ubuntu Development – Part 2, and Use KDE (4.6). Linux Lab – Gnome Shell -vs- Unity. Review – PAM Facial Recognition. Top 5 – USB Installers.
• More U.S. Adults Own a Smartphone Than Have a Degree (Mashable) • 5 Legal Considerations for Your Social Media Campaign (Mashable) • Brown ‘targeted by Sunday Times’ (BBC) • Anonymous threatens to hack Met Police (Guardian UK)
One of the things I like about Blogspot (as Blogger used to be known way back when), is the flexibility to change ANYTHING in your template. You should bear in mind the terms of service before you start ripping out branding and credits elements; but it is a free service, where the technically minded can … Continue reading
Full Circle Podcast Episode #21, Wibberty Wibberty Woo is available from the main site. In this episode, why do we need Ubuntu? The desktop versus the cloud Full Circle Podcast is also a proud member of the Tech Podcasts Network.
Regular visitors may notice that we have refreshed the template here on the Blogger site. Partly for a visual refresh and partly for functional reasons, we’ve finally left our original template behind to go with a feature-rich template Novato (itself based on Bloggerized). The benefit of an established platform like Blogger is the wealth of … Continue reading
So far I have kept my own council on tablets, but in the last three months or so, I have noticed the spread of tablet usage out of the home and into the briefcase. Despite lots of sceptical commentators asking ‘who NEEDS a tablet,’ the tablet computer is moving out of content consumption and into … Continue reading
Google, Yahoo and Bing Indexing Simply being listed in search engines doesn’t guarantee you traffic. However, not being in them guarantees near invisibility. Similarly submitting once doesn’t guarantee a presence for life. The proper ‘grown-up’ Search engines send out web spiders to crawl for information regularly. They look for new and updated content, so you … Continue reading