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php

Avoid using switch-case statements

1 minute read

Recently I’ve been asked why switch-case statements should be avoided, it turns out to be a pretty common question, and although I’m pretty happy with the re...

Why error suppression in PHP is bad

1 minute read

I appreciate that to most people, this is not a new topic and it almost goes without saying, however I can understand that not everybody knows this, espec...

to.je – The Failed TinyURL.com Clone

2 minute read

Ever since my IRC (Internet Relay Chat) days I'd always wanted to write a TinyURL.com clone, especially since it gained traction on twitter and Facebook. ...

Google’s Official Profanity API

2 minute read

Recently a list of “bad words” were made available through Google's new website which asks: “What do you love?” (wdyl.com).

What is my IP?

1 minute read

An IP address is a unique number which identifies a machine on a network.

get_favicon() php function

less than 1 minute read

I was after a php function that would get the favicon for a supplied domain, I did attempt to write my own but it proved more complex than I had first ant...

rglob.php

less than 1 minute read

Today I was having a look on PHP.net and noticed a PHP contest so I decided to submit one of my functions.

Choosing a PHP Framework

4 minute read

Recently I've been writing a lot more PHP based websites and web applications. I've found myself building and rebuilding my own framework, but to no real ...

50+ PHP optimisation tips revisited

6 minute read

After reading an article some time ago entitled “40 Tips for optimizing your php Code” (and some others that are suspiciously similar), I deci...

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software

Rule of three

1 minute read

Sometimes called “1, 2, refactor”, the “rule of three” is code refactoring rule of thumb to decide when a replicated piece of code should be replaced by a ne...

Exceptions are meant to be exceptional

3 minute read

Now and again I come across patterns that I see in codebases and pull requests, especially when the project or team is maturing. This covers one of them.

Is no QA the way to go?

7 minute read

There’s no getting away from it, quality is a whole team responsibility. If you’re aiming for Continuous Delivery, then you’ll recognise one of the core prin...

Avoid using switch-case statements

1 minute read

Recently I’ve been asked why switch-case statements should be avoided, it turns out to be a pretty common question, and although I’m pretty happy with the re...

Agile, what’s it all about?

3 minute read

Why does the agile software development exist? What’s it all about? Why do people use it? Who uses it? How do you use it?

Keep it Simple, Stupid!

2 minute read

“RTBQ! RTBQ!”. This is the phrase that my high school friends shouted at me when I asked them to remind me of the phrase they remember from school. Mr Fletch...

Story Points Baseline

2 minute read

Given a new team or a team restructure, should you baseline? Do all teams point differently? Do the team need to baseline?

Devops Best Practices

4 minute read

DevOps started out as “Agile Systems Administration”. In 2008, Andrew Shafer did a talk called “Agile Infrastucture” addressing issues around involving more ...

Scan to Excel

5 minute read

This week I've mostly been trying to figure out a way to digitalise some of my bank statements to make accountancy and archiving easier.

W32Dasm

1 minute read

W32Dasm (or Win32DASM) doesn't seem to exist on the map any more, but it's still a very useful programmers tool, especially if you like reverse engineerin...

Pingotron

3 minute read

I've been meaning to publish a post about Pingotron for some time now, but now I fear it's already too late.

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development

Rule of three

1 minute read

Sometimes called “1, 2, refactor”, the “rule of three” is code refactoring rule of thumb to decide when a replicated piece of code should be replaced by a ne...

Exceptions are meant to be exceptional

3 minute read

Now and again I come across patterns that I see in codebases and pull requests, especially when the project or team is maturing. This covers one of them.

Is no QA the way to go?

7 minute read

There’s no getting away from it, quality is a whole team responsibility. If you’re aiming for Continuous Delivery, then you’ll recognise one of the core prin...

Avoid using switch-case statements

1 minute read

Recently I’ve been asked why switch-case statements should be avoided, it turns out to be a pretty common question, and although I’m pretty happy with the re...

Microservices - Managing the flow of data

5 minute read

There’s a number of companies that have been pioneering the microservices architectural style, including Amazon, Netflix, The Guardian, the UK Government Dig...

Agile, what’s it all about?

3 minute read

Why does the agile software development exist? What’s it all about? Why do people use it? Who uses it? How do you use it?

Keep it Simple, Stupid!

2 minute read

“RTBQ! RTBQ!”. This is the phrase that my high school friends shouted at me when I asked them to remind me of the phrase they remember from school. Mr Fletch...

UX Tips: Carousels

1 minute read

So what’s the deal with carousels? Why does everyone keep asking for them on their website?

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SEO

Enhanced: Randles Navigation

less than 1 minute read

After discussing website improvements with the Randles Motor Group marketing manager we decided that the website needed a new navigation menu with simple ...

XSS: Get linked from Dmoz instantly

1 minute read

Recently, like many of you, I've had some trouble getting websites listed on the AOL owned “Open Directory Project” known as Dmoz.

BT Web Clicks

7 minute read

Today I received a phone call from one of my clients who said that they had a BT engineer with them. OK. I thought, what's going on here…

Word separators in URLs

4 minute read

In the world of web development and search engine optimisation you find this topic is frequently discussed, yet often without any reasoning or conclusion....

Does using CSS affect SEO?

3 minute read

I get asked this question time and time again. People seem to believe that the use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) will help with their Search Engine Opti...

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webdev

Exceptions are meant to be exceptional

3 minute read

Now and again I come across patterns that I see in codebases and pull requests, especially when the project or team is maturing. This covers one of them.

Delivering Value

3 minute read

By now you’ve probably seen this image, with waterfall on the left, and continuous operations on the right, it’s an evolution.

Have a compromise strategy

5 minute read

Back in February 2016, I went to PHP UK Conference. One of the points resonated with me, so I wrote down the following:

What’s involved in a code review?

7 minute read

We now live in a time of version control, git and github. If you work in software development you should be familiar with “pull requests”.

That Testing Pyramid

6 minute read

Today I want to talk about that “Testing Pyramid”, you know the one, that one, Martin Fowler calls it a “Test Pyramid”.

Why error suppression in PHP is bad

1 minute read

I appreciate that to most people, this is not a new topic and it almost goes without saying, however I can understand that not everybody knows this, espec...

cssbase

1 minute read

Yesterday marks the day that I took over the “cssbase” project.

Choosing a PHP Framework

4 minute read

Recently I've been writing a lot more PHP based websites and web applications. I've found myself building and rebuilding my own framework, but to no real ...

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microsoft

DVD Playback on Windows

1 minute read

One of the biggest annoyances I’ve heard about Windows 8 so far is that there’s no DVD support included.

Office

1 minute read

Gone of the days of getting a copy of Microsoft Office from dodgy Dave down the pub.

Microsoft Office 2007 Downloads

1 minute read

One of my customers has specialist database software built on the FileMaker Pro database engine. The unfortunate downside to this is that certain legacy plug...

Open docx, xlsx, and pptx files

less than 1 minute read

If you’ve been sent a file with the extension .docx, .xlsx or .pptx and you don’t have the latest version of Office then you’ll share the frustration that ma...

Remove OGA Notifier

1 minute read

I had a call today about Microsoft OGA (Office Genuine Advantage) Notifier becoming an annoyance for a client.

Blocked links in Microsoft Outlook

less than 1 minute read

When you click a link on an email in Microsoft Outlook, you are blocked from visiting the URL and you see the following error message:

C:\Windows\Installer overload!

1 minute read

If like me you’ve recently come across a computer where the “C:\Windows\Installer” directory is overloaded then you’ve probably used something like TreeSize ...

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security

Have a compromise strategy

5 minute read

Back in February 2016, I went to PHP UK Conference. One of the points resonated with me, so I wrote down the following:

Is my password secure?

1 minute read

In light of the recent security breaches of huge websites such as Gawker, Sony and Nintendo I am concerned about an issue that affects us all: Is my password...

XSS: Get linked from Dmoz instantly

1 minute read

Recently, like many of you, I've had some trouble getting websites listed on the AOL owned “Open Directory Project” known as Dmoz.

How not to use PHPMailer

2 minute read

I came across PHPMailer usage the other day on a Chinese gadget wholesale site “SourcingMap.com”.

Cex.co.uk site errors

1 minute read

After browsing the cex.co.uk website for some time I came across a few errors on the site…

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email

Anti Email Spam in the UK

1 minute read

Many years back I began investigating anti email spam in the UK as a way to defend against the amount amount of email spam we were receiving to certain em...

Replacing Outlook Express

1 minute read

Recently Microsoft have been running a campaign to get rid of their 10-year-old web browser, Internet Explorer 6. This got me thinking…

Don`t forward virus warnings, delete them

1 minute read

If you’ve ever received a virus warning from your friends, family or co-workers, you’ll know what I’m talking about. These virus warnings are hoaxes and are ...

email address on your website

1 minute read

This is something that people don't seem to realise, and although I tell them over and over it seems to go ignored.

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FreeBSD

Ident Spoofing

1 minute read

Today I wrote about Oidentd on Wikipedia. Ident as per RFC 1413 is used for a few different services, in particular IRC. A feature of oidentd that my user...

longip perl script

1 minute read

I wanted to create a script that would convert a normal IP address to a long IP, just like mIRC Script's $longip alias.

Xen on CentOS Host running FreeBSD Guest

3 minute read

Recently i've been investigating Xen. In short, Xen is open source virtualisation software that provides you with the ability to split a physical hardware...

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Wordpress

Replace strings MySQL

1 minute read

If you ever need to make big changes to your site, such as moving directory or changing the domain name you'll know that you'll have to make changes to th...

Cannot redeclare pclziputilpathreduction()

less than 1 minute read

I had this issue today, I found that you need to deactivate the “WordPress Automatic Upgrade” plugin as it's included in the core of WordPress...

10 wordpress performance optimisation tips

less than 1 minute read

I wanted to prepare my wordpress powered blog for an influx of traffic from social media sites such as reddit.com or digg.com, in case one of my articles ...

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Design

Free icon sets for your website

less than 1 minute read

If you don't have the time to make your own icons for your latest product or website, then you need to find some for free.

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devops

Delivering Value

3 minute read

By now you’ve probably seen this image, with waterfall on the left, and continuous operations on the right, it’s an evolution.

Devops Best Practices

4 minute read

DevOps started out as “Agile Systems Administration”. In 2008, Andrew Shafer did a talk called “Agile Infrastucture” addressing issues around involving more ...

That Testing Pyramid

6 minute read

Today I want to talk about that “Testing Pyramid”, you know the one, that one, Martin Fowler calls it a “Test Pyramid”.

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agile

Microservices - Managing the flow of data

5 minute read

There’s a number of companies that have been pioneering the microservices architectural style, including Amazon, Netflix, The Guardian, the UK Government Dig...

Agile, what’s it all about?

3 minute read

Why does the agile software development exist? What’s it all about? Why do people use it? Who uses it? How do you use it?

Keep it Simple, Stupid!

2 minute read

“RTBQ! RTBQ!”. This is the phrase that my high school friends shouted at me when I asked them to remind me of the phrase they remember from school. Mr Fletch...

Story Points Baseline

2 minute read

Given a new team or a team restructure, should you baseline? Do all teams point differently? Do the team need to baseline?

Delivering Value

3 minute read

By now you’ve probably seen this image, with waterfall on the left, and continuous operations on the right, it’s an evolution.

Devops Best Practices

4 minute read

DevOps started out as “Agile Systems Administration”. In 2008, Andrew Shafer did a talk called “Agile Infrastucture” addressing issues around involving more ...

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Linux

longip perl script

1 minute read

I wanted to create a script that would convert a normal IP address to a long IP, just like mIRC Script's $longip alias.

Next time i’m buying a mac

7 minute read

Recently I decided to get away for a break, so I left the country with all intention of not doing anything work related for a week.

Xen on CentOS Host running FreeBSD Guest

3 minute read

Recently i've been investigating Xen. In short, Xen is open source virtualisation software that provides you with the ability to split a physical hardware...

Migrating from Windows to Linux

5 minute read

These days I find myself playing less and less games on my computer. This is mainly because I use my computer as a workstation, and playing games would in...

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Mobile Phone

Siemens CX65 Review

3 minute read

I bought this on the 20/08/04 for £179.99, which actually seems quite a lot for such a phone, but it was not bad at the time for a brand new unlocked phon...

Txt Spk iz Gr8

1 minute read

From a very early age I have been taught to write the English language correctly, I try and carry this trend over when I'm on the internet.

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web design

Update: Randles Website Homepage

1 minute read

I’ve been quiet for a little while settling into the new job role and tackling some quick fixes as well as dealing with some larger infrastructure challen...

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web development

Choosing a PHP Framework

4 minute read

Recently I've been writing a lot more PHP based websites and web applications. I've found myself building and rebuilding my own framework, but to no real ...

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windows

(Not so) Sharp printer stuck offline

1 minute read

A client called explaining to me that they were unable to print to their Sharp MX-1800N network printer. Upon inspection it said that the printer was “Offlin...

W32Dasm

1 minute read

W32Dasm (or Win32DASM) doesn't seem to exist on the map any more, but it's still a very useful programmers tool, especially if you like reverse engineerin...

No More Adobe Acrobat Reader

3 minute read

If like me you have ever received a PDF files as an attachment in an email, you will no doubt have heard of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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business

Agile, what’s it all about?

3 minute read

Why does the agile software development exist? What’s it all about? Why do people use it? Who uses it? How do you use it?

UK Business License

1 minute read

We recently had an issue with a US based company who asked us for the following:

When broadband fails

3 minute read

The best part of last week I spent trying to resolve an issue for a business who was experiencing downtime with their broadband.

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Site

Geek in the Park 2008

less than 1 minute read

It's about this time that geeks start to think about things to do over the summer.

Twitter for mIRC

less than 1 minute read

I signed up for Twitter quite some months ago, but have yet really found myself using it.

A new month

less than 1 minute read

First of all I'd like to say thanks to everyone who has visited my website since I began at the start of last month.

New Site

1 minute read

For some time I have been meaning to update my website, I had decided long ago that if I did create a new site it would use the wordpress engine, as I did...

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Apache

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eggdrop

worldtime.tcl

1 minute read

Sometimes you need to know the time somewhere else in the world. I find it useful to get my eggdrop to return the time of another timezone…

weather.tcl

1 minute read

Update: This script is now part of the eggtcl project.

Lame Botnet

1 minute read

Yes, my botnet is pretty lame, but it's also kinda cool. I'm not talking about anything bad though.

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TCL

worldtime.tcl

1 minute read

Sometimes you need to know the time somewhere else in the world. I find it useful to get my eggdrop to return the time of another timezone…

weather.tcl

1 minute read

Update: This script is now part of the eggtcl project.

Lame Botnet

1 minute read

Yes, my botnet is pretty lame, but it's also kinda cool. I'm not talking about anything bad though.

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api

Google’s Official Profanity API

2 minute read

Recently a list of “bad words” were made available through Google's new website which asks: “What do you love?” (wdyl.com).

What is my IP?

1 minute read

An IP address is a unique number which identifies a machine on a network.

PHP OpenSRS Client

less than 1 minute read

This is only a quick message to say that I am now developing the PHP OpenSRS Client project.

Gmail needs an API

2 minute read

Yesterday I spent some time investigating Google Wave. A very interesting new product from Google. Not only that but an interesting protocol.

weather.tcl

1 minute read

Update: This script is now part of the eggtcl project.

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isp

Choosing a broadband provider

1 minute read

The advise for any services these days is to change provider every 12 months to get the best deal. Your broadband subscription is no different.

Alternative name servers

2 minute read

If you’ve ever had a problem with your ISPs DNS name servers then you’ll probably find this very useful.

Troubleshooting routing issues

2 minute read

Recently I’ve received reports from clients on a particular ISP are having trouble reaching services on a particular server in a data centre.

When broadband fails

3 minute read

The best part of last week I spent trying to resolve an issue for a business who was experiencing downtime with their broadband.

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internet explorer

jQuery sucks at browser detection

3 minute read

This week i've been tweaking a little site I've started called “ismybrowseruptodate.com“, which is designed to assist people who don't know wh...

Blocked links in Microsoft Outlook

less than 1 minute read

When you click a link on an email in Microsoft Outlook, you are blocked from visiting the URL and you see the following error message:

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virus

Report a virus

1 minute read

I’m always coming across new viruses that haven’t even been added to the latest anti-virus software.

Don`t forward virus warnings, delete them

1 minute read

If you’ve ever received a virus warning from your friends, family or co-workers, you’ll know what I’m talking about. These virus warnings are hoaxes and are ...

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office

Office

1 minute read

Gone of the days of getting a copy of Microsoft Office from dodgy Dave down the pub.

Microsoft Office 2007 Downloads

1 minute read

One of my customers has specialist database software built on the FileMaker Pro database engine. The unfortunate downside to this is that certain legacy plug...

Open docx, xlsx, and pptx files

less than 1 minute read

If you’ve been sent a file with the extension .docx, .xlsx or .pptx and you don’t have the latest version of Office then you’ll share the frustration that ma...

Remove OGA Notifier

1 minute read

I had a call today about Microsoft OGA (Office Genuine Advantage) Notifier becoming an annoyance for a client.

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centos

error: no dbpath has been set

less than 1 minute read

I've recently been having trouble with a OpenVZ VPS upgraded from CentOS4 to CentOS5, here's what I'm seeing when trying to rum a yum install of mod_pytho...

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google

get_favicon() php function

less than 1 minute read

I was after a php function that would get the favicon for a supplied domain, I did attempt to write my own but it proved more complex than I had first ant...

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ux

UX Tips: Carousels

1 minute read

So what’s the deal with carousels? Why does everyone keep asking for them on their website?

Update: Randles Website Homepage

1 minute read

I’ve been quiet for a little while settling into the new job role and tackling some quick fixes as well as dealing with some larger infrastructure challen...

Enhanced: Randles Navigation

less than 1 minute read

After discussing website improvements with the Randles Motor Group marketing manager we decided that the website needed a new navigation menu with simple ...

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website

Update: Randles Website Homepage

1 minute read

I’ve been quiet for a little while settling into the new job role and tackling some quick fixes as well as dealing with some larger infrastructure challen...

Enhanced: Randles Website Layout

less than 1 minute read

A couple of days ago we launched the new look Randles website. To the untrained eye the site may not look that different. The main purpose for introducing...

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cloud

Microservices - Managing the flow of data

5 minute read

There’s a number of companies that have been pioneering the microservices architectural style, including Amazon, Netflix, The Guardian, the UK Government Dig...

Paperless office

6 minute read

The “paperless office“: a concept that dates back to the 1970s (before I was even born) with promises of the “office of the future” where record-handling wou...

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ci

Delivering Value

3 minute read

By now you’ve probably seen this image, with waterfall on the left, and continuous operations on the right, it’s an evolution.

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programming

Rule of three

1 minute read

Sometimes called “1, 2, refactor”, the “rule of three” is code refactoring rule of thumb to decide when a replicated piece of code should be replaced by a ne...

Exceptions are meant to be exceptional

3 minute read

Now and again I come across patterns that I see in codebases and pull requests, especially when the project or team is maturing. This covers one of them.

Avoid using switch-case statements

1 minute read

Recently I’ve been asked why switch-case statements should be avoided, it turns out to be a pretty common question, and although I’m pretty happy with the re...

Keep it Simple, Stupid!

2 minute read

“RTBQ! RTBQ!”. This is the phrase that my high school friends shouted at me when I asked them to remind me of the phrase they remember from school. Mr Fletch...

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Telecomms

Fax to email

2 minute read

Fax to email is perhaps one of the most interesting, oldest and most overlooked technology.

Telemarketing

2 minute read

The thing that has been bothering me recently most of all, even more than online spam and junk mail, are telemarketing calls. I recently had an increase o...

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Printers

Samsung ML-4500 XP driver install

1 minute read

I decided I was finally fed up with my Epson Stylus C46 bubble jet printer, and decided that I don't really need it anyway.

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code

What’s involved in a code review?

7 minute read

We now live in a time of version control, git and github. If you work in software development you should be familiar with “pull requests”.

How to correctly make a PHP contact form

1 minute read

I use contact forms on many websites, and over the years I have discovered many problems with using them, including hijacking, mail injection, server hack...

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Reviews

IHTOOM pmp

6 minute read

Despite my problems with purchasing mp4 players in the past I decided to purchase a new one.

Siemens CX65 Review

3 minute read

I bought this on the 20/08/04 for £179.99, which actually seems quite a lot for such a phone, but it was not bad at the time for a brand new unlocked phon...

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irc

Converting your logo to ASCII art

1 minute read

If you're a geek like me or you've just  seen Iron Man 2 you'll probably like the idea of having a custom motd display something cool when you login to yo...

weather.tcl

1 minute read

Update: This script is now part of the eggtcl project.

Twitter for mIRC

less than 1 minute read

I signed up for Twitter quite some months ago, but have yet really found myself using it.

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Broadband

Choosing a broadband provider

1 minute read

The advise for any services these days is to change provider every 12 months to get the best deal. Your broadband subscription is no different.

When broadband fails

3 minute read

The best part of last week I spent trying to resolve an issue for a business who was experiencing downtime with their broadband.

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wireless

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adobe

No More Adobe Acrobat Reader

3 minute read

If like me you have ever received a PDF files as an attachment in an email, you will no doubt have heard of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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pdf

Scan to Excel

5 minute read

This week I've mostly been trying to figure out a way to digitalise some of my bank statements to make accountancy and archiving easier.

No More Adobe Acrobat Reader

3 minute read

If like me you have ever received a PDF files as an attachment in an email, you will no doubt have heard of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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bt

Choosing a broadband provider

1 minute read

The advise for any services these days is to change provider every 12 months to get the best deal. Your broadband subscription is no different.

When broadband fails

3 minute read

The best part of last week I spent trying to resolve an issue for a business who was experiencing downtime with their broadband.

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outlook

Replacing Outlook Express

1 minute read

Recently Microsoft have been running a campaign to get rid of their 10-year-old web browser, Internet Explorer 6. This got me thinking…

Blocked links in Microsoft Outlook

less than 1 minute read

When you click a link on an email in Microsoft Outlook, you are blocked from visiting the URL and you see the following error message:

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password

Is my password secure?

1 minute read

In light of the recent security breaches of huge websites such as Gawker, Sony and Nintendo I am concerned about an issue that affects us all: Is my password...

How not to use PHPMailer

2 minute read

I came across PHPMailer usage the other day on a Chinese gadget wholesale site “SourcingMap.com”.

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efnet

EFnet UK

1 minute read

On Sunday July 19 2009 Hardy announced on the EFnet website that Demon Internet will be delinking efnet.demon.co.uk and hub.uk from the EFnet IRC network ...

cssbase

1 minute read

Yesterday marks the day that I took over the “cssbase” project.

Lame Botnet

1 minute read

Yes, my botnet is pretty lame, but it's also kinda cool. I'm not talking about anything bad though.

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uk

UK Business License

1 minute read

We recently had an issue with a US based company who asked us for the following:

EFnet UK

1 minute read

On Sunday July 19 2009 Hardy announced on the EFnet website that Demon Internet will be delinking efnet.demon.co.uk and hub.uk from the EFnet IRC network ...

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excel

Open docx, xlsx, and pptx files

less than 1 minute read

If you’ve been sent a file with the extension .docx, .xlsx or .pptx and you don’t have the latest version of Office then you’ll share the frustration that ma...

Scan to Excel

5 minute read

This week I've mostly been trying to figure out a way to digitalise some of my bank statements to make accountancy and archiving easier.

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gmail

Replacing Outlook Express

1 minute read

Recently Microsoft have been running a campaign to get rid of their 10-year-old web browser, Internet Explorer 6. This got me thinking…

Gmail needs an API

2 minute read

Yesterday I spent some time investigating Google Wave. A very interesting new product from Google. Not only that but an interesting protocol.

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whois

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error

Why error suppression in PHP is bad

1 minute read

I appreciate that to most people, this is not a new topic and it almost goes without saying, however I can understand that not everybody knows this, espec...

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yum

error: no dbpath has been set

less than 1 minute read

I've recently been having trouble with a OpenVZ VPS upgraded from CentOS4 to CentOS5, here's what I'm seeing when trying to rum a yum install of mod_pytho...

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spam

to.je – The Failed TinyURL.com Clone

2 minute read

Ever since my IRC (Internet Relay Chat) days I'd always wanted to write a TinyURL.com clone, especially since it gained traction on twitter and Facebook. ...

Anti Email Spam in the UK

1 minute read

Many years back I began investigating anti email spam in the UK as a way to defend against the amount amount of email spam we were receiving to certain em...

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process

What’s involved in a code review?

7 minute read

We now live in a time of version control, git and github. If you work in software development you should be familiar with “pull requests”.

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makeover

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windows 7

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web

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testing

Getting started with Behat

5 minute read

Behat is a test framework for behavior-driven development (BDD) written in the PHP programming language.

Testing as code

8 minute read

In a time where DevOps culture demands “everything as code”, from infrastructure to monitoring, its about time we took “testing as code” seriously.

That Testing Pyramid

6 minute read

Today I want to talk about that “Testing Pyramid”, you know the one, that one, Martin Fowler calls it a “Test Pyramid”.

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engineering

Is no QA the way to go?

7 minute read

There’s no getting away from it, quality is a whole team responsibility. If you’re aiming for Continuous Delivery, then you’ll recognise one of the core prin...

Devops Best Practices

4 minute read

DevOps started out as “Agile Systems Administration”. In 2008, Andrew Shafer did a talk called “Agile Infrastucture” addressing issues around involving more ...

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lean

Agile, what’s it all about?

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Why does the agile software development exist? What’s it all about? Why do people use it? Who uses it? How do you use it?

Keep it Simple, Stupid!

2 minute read

“RTBQ! RTBQ!”. This is the phrase that my high school friends shouted at me when I asked them to remind me of the phrase they remember from school. Mr Fletch...

Story Points Baseline

2 minute read

Given a new team or a team restructure, should you baseline? Do all teams point differently? Do the team need to baseline?

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eBay

4GB Mp4 Player ebay Scam

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Just before Christmas, I decided I was going to get an MP3 player for my girlfriend as she wanted a new mp3-player, as her 40gb one was too much and now o...

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Mp3/Mp4

IHTOOM pmp

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Despite my problems with purchasing mp4 players in the past I decided to purchase a new one.

4GB Mp4 Player ebay Scam

6 minute read

Just before Christmas, I decided I was going to get an MP3 player for my girlfriend as she wanted a new mp3-player, as her 40gb one was too much and now o...

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MSN

MSN via IRC

2 minute read

Quite some time ago I decided that I wanted to offer support via MSN for a business. This is all very well until you want multiple staff to cover the R...

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branding

Create a unique company name

2 minute read

When trying to create a unique company name for your business, I found that there was a three step approach to creating a unique name.

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Optimisation

50+ PHP optimisation tips revisited

6 minute read

After reading an article some time ago entitled “40 Tips for optimizing your php Code” (and some others that are suspiciously similar), I deci...

10 wordpress performance optimisation tips

less than 1 minute read

I wanted to prepare my wordpress powered blog for an influx of traffic from social media sites such as reddit.com or digg.com, in case one of my articles ...

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shell

Converting your logo to ASCII art

1 minute read

If you're a geek like me or you've just  seen Iron Man 2 you'll probably like the idea of having a custom motd display something cool when you login to yo...

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offline

(Not so) Sharp printer stuck offline

1 minute read

A client called explaining to me that they were unable to print to their Sharp MX-1800N network printer. Upon inspection it said that the printer was “Offlin...

When broadband fails

3 minute read

The best part of last week I spent trying to resolve an issue for a business who was experiencing downtime with their broadband.

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router

Customising the Netgear DG834G

2 minute read

I started writing this article a long time ago, however after researching the DG834G I soon found many more articles and sites dedicated to hacking or cus...

When broadband fails

3 minute read

The best part of last week I spent trying to resolve an issue for a business who was experiencing downtime with their broadband.

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belkin

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drivers

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it

Tech support blog

less than 1 minute read

I've recently launched a tech support job, which combines aspects of my day job with aspects of this blog to form “fixr”.

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icmp

Pingotron

3 minute read

I've been meaning to publish a post about Pingotron for some time now, but now I fear it's already too late.

Troubleshooting routing issues

2 minute read

Recently I’ve received reports from clients on a particular ISP are having trouble reaching services on a particular server in a data centre.

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ping

Pingotron

3 minute read

I've been meaning to publish a post about Pingotron for some time now, but now I fear it's already too late.

Troubleshooting routing issues

2 minute read

Recently I’ve received reports from clients on a particular ISP are having trouble reaching services on a particular server in a data centre.

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icons

Icon Software

1 minute read

Over the past few weeks I've been assisting the creation</a> of articles regarding icon software on Wikipedia.

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dvd

DVD Playback on Windows

1 minute read

One of the biggest annoyances I’ve heard about Windows 8 so far is that there’s no DVD support included.

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bt yahoo

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btinternet

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yahoo mail

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samba

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convert

Scan to Excel

5 minute read

This week I've mostly been trying to figure out a way to digitalise some of my bank statements to make accountancy and archiving easier.

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opensrs

PHP OpenSRS Client

less than 1 minute read

This is only a quick message to say that I am now developing the PHP OpenSRS Client project.

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tucows

PHP OpenSRS Client

less than 1 minute read

This is only a quick message to say that I am now developing the PHP OpenSRS Client project.

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dns

Alternative name servers

2 minute read

If you’ve ever had a problem with your ISPs DNS name servers then you’ll probably find this very useful.

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yahoo

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mail

Replacing Outlook Express

1 minute read

Recently Microsoft have been running a campaign to get rid of their 10-year-old web browser, Internet Explorer 6. This got me thinking…

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smtp

exim on another port for smtp

1 minute read

When a business I know had trouble with their broadband I was fortunately able to get them back online by using the redundant mobile broadband on the rout...

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antivirus

Report a virus

1 minute read

I’m always coming across new viruses that haven’t even been added to the latest anti-virus software.

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mailchimp

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newsletter

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thunderbird

Replacing Outlook Express

1 minute read

Recently Microsoft have been running a campaign to get rid of their 10-year-old web browser, Internet Explorer 6. This got me thinking…

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pagerank

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blank

Change or remove programs is blank

1 minute read

Windows 2000 is a pain, especially these days when something goes wrong because none of the information or tools that we used to use are around any more.

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docker

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serverless

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seo

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jenkins

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management

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quality

Is no QA the way to go?

7 minute read

There’s no getting away from it, quality is a whole team responsibility. If you’re aiming for Continuous Delivery, then you’ll recognise one of the core prin...

Testing as code

8 minute read

In a time where DevOps culture demands “everything as code”, from infrastructure to monitoring, its about time we took “testing as code” seriously.

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bdd

Getting started with Behat

5 minute read

Behat is a test framework for behavior-driven development (BDD) written in the PHP programming language.

Testing as code

8 minute read

In a time where DevOps culture demands “everything as code”, from infrastructure to monitoring, its about time we took “testing as code” seriously.

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microservices

Microservices - Managing the flow of data

5 minute read

There’s a number of companies that have been pioneering the microservices architectural style, including Amazon, Netflix, The Guardian, the UK Government Dig...

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refactoring

Avoid using switch-case statements

1 minute read

Recently I’ve been asked why switch-case statements should be avoided, it turns out to be a pretty common question, and although I’m pretty happy with the re...

Keep it Simple, Stupid!

2 minute read

“RTBQ! RTBQ!”. This is the phrase that my high school friends shouted at me when I asked them to remind me of the phrase they remember from school. Mr Fletch...

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patterns

Avoid using switch-case statements

1 minute read

Recently I’ve been asked why switch-case statements should be avoided, it turns out to be a pretty common question, and although I’m pretty happy with the re...

Keep it Simple, Stupid!

2 minute read

“RTBQ! RTBQ!”. This is the phrase that my high school friends shouted at me when I asked them to remind me of the phrase they remember from school. Mr Fletch...

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contact

How to correctly make a PHP contact form

1 minute read

I use contact forms on many websites, and over the years I have discovered many problems with using them, including hijacking, mail injection, server hack...

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form

How to correctly make a PHP contact form

1 minute read

I use contact forms on many websites, and over the years I have discovered many problems with using them, including hijacking, mail injection, server hack...

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7-zip

Compression Utilities

4 minute read

For years now, for whatever reason I have used WinZip. I don't really know why I continued to use it for so long as from WinZip 8 onwards, I was under the...

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compression

Compression Utilities

4 minute read

For years now, for whatever reason I have used WinZip. I don't really know why I continued to use it for so long as from WinZip 8 onwards, I was under the...

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squeez

Compression Utilities

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For years now, for whatever reason I have used WinZip. I don't really know why I continued to use it for so long as from WinZip 8 onwards, I was under the...

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winace

Compression Utilities

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For years now, for whatever reason I have used WinZip. I don't really know why I continued to use it for so long as from WinZip 8 onwards, I was under the...

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winrar

Compression Utilities

4 minute read

For years now, for whatever reason I have used WinZip. I don't really know why I continued to use it for so long as from WinZip 8 onwards, I was under the...

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winzip

Compression Utilities

4 minute read

For years now, for whatever reason I have used WinZip. I don't really know why I continued to use it for so long as from WinZip 8 onwards, I was under the...

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Marketing

Marketing Concepts

1 minute read

Some people find it difficult to get to grips with marketing concepts, so here's some real life examples to get you started.

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company name

Create a unique company name

2 minute read

When trying to create a unique company name for your business, I found that there was a three step approach to creating a unique name.

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name

Create a unique company name

2 minute read

When trying to create a unique company name for your business, I found that there was a three step approach to creating a unique name.

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unique

Create a unique company name

2 minute read

When trying to create a unique company name for your business, I found that there was a three step approach to creating a unique name.

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mirc

Twitter for mIRC

less than 1 minute read

I signed up for Twitter quite some months ago, but have yet really found myself using it.

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twitter

Twitter for mIRC

less than 1 minute read

I signed up for Twitter quite some months ago, but have yet really found myself using it.

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email address

What is a valid email address?

17 minute read

With the on-going abuse to email based systems, we are in need of ways to validate the email addresses we're handling.

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validation

What is a valid email address?

17 minute read

With the on-going abuse to email based systems, we are in need of ways to validate the email addresses we're handling.

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verification

What is a valid email address?

17 minute read

With the on-going abuse to email based systems, we are in need of ways to validate the email addresses we're handling.

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dating

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getmxrr

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explorer

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restart

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xp

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pclziputilpathreduction

Cannot redeclare pclziputilpathreduction()

less than 1 minute read

I had this issue today, I found that you need to deactivate the “WordPress Automatic Upgrade” plugin as it's included in the core of WordPress...

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upgrading

Cannot redeclare pclziputilpathreduction()

less than 1 minute read

I had this issue today, I found that you need to deactivate the “WordPress Automatic Upgrade” plugin as it's included in the core of WordPress...

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framework

Choosing a PHP Framework

4 minute read

Recently I've been writing a lot more PHP based websites and web applications. I've found myself building and rebuilding my own framework, but to no real ...

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openid

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openid delegation

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802.11n

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BT home hub

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USB

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acrobat

No More Adobe Acrobat Reader

3 minute read

If like me you have ever received a PDF files as an attachment in an email, you will no doubt have heard of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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foxit reader

No More Adobe Acrobat Reader

3 minute read

If like me you have ever received a PDF files as an attachment in an email, you will no doubt have heard of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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reader

No More Adobe Acrobat Reader

3 minute read

If like me you have ever received a PDF files as an attachment in an email, you will no doubt have heard of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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sucks

No More Adobe Acrobat Reader

3 minute read

If like me you have ever received a PDF files as an attachment in an email, you will no doubt have heard of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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uninstall

No More Adobe Acrobat Reader

3 minute read

If like me you have ever received a PDF files as an attachment in an email, you will no doubt have heard of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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uninstaller

No More Adobe Acrobat Reader

3 minute read

If like me you have ever received a PDF files as an attachment in an email, you will no doubt have heard of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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c:\windows\installer

C:\Windows\Installer overload!

1 minute read

If like me you’ve recently come across a computer where the “C:\Windows\Installer” directory is overloaded then you’ve probably used something like TreeSize ...

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msi

C:\Windows\Installer overload!

1 minute read

If like me you’ve recently come across a computer where the “C:\Windows\Installer” directory is overloaded then you’ve probably used something like TreeSize ...

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msp

C:\Windows\Installer overload!

1 minute read

If like me you’ve recently come across a computer where the “C:\Windows\Installer” directory is overloaded then you’ve probably used something like TreeSize ...

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treesize

C:\Windows\Installer overload!

1 minute read

If like me you’ve recently come across a computer where the “C:\Windows\Installer” directory is overloaded then you’ve probably used something like TreeSize ...

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windirstat

C:\Windows\Installer overload!

1 minute read

If like me you’ve recently come across a computer where the “C:\Windows\Installer” directory is overloaded then you’ve probably used something like TreeSize ...

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backup

When broadband fails

3 minute read

The best part of last week I spent trying to resolve an issue for a business who was experiencing downtime with their broadband.

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continuity

When broadband fails

3 minute read

The best part of last week I spent trying to resolve an issue for a business who was experiencing downtime with their broadband.

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dialup

When broadband fails

3 minute read

The best part of last week I spent trying to resolve an issue for a business who was experiencing downtime with their broadband.

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down

When broadband fails

3 minute read

The best part of last week I spent trying to resolve an issue for a business who was experiencing downtime with their broadband.

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draytek

When broadband fails

3 minute read

The best part of last week I spent trying to resolve an issue for a business who was experiencing downtime with their broadband.

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fails

When broadband fails

3 minute read

The best part of last week I spent trying to resolve an issue for a business who was experiencing downtime with their broadband.

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Internet

When broadband fails

3 minute read

The best part of last week I spent trying to resolve an issue for a business who was experiencing downtime with their broadband.

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openreach

When broadband fails

3 minute read

The best part of last week I spent trying to resolve an issue for a business who was experiencing downtime with their broadband.

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redundancy

When broadband fails

3 minute read

The best part of last week I spent trying to resolve an issue for a business who was experiencing downtime with their broadband.

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F5D7051

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blog

Tech support blog

less than 1 minute read

I've recently launched a tech support job, which combines aspects of my day job with aspects of this blog to form “fixr”.

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fix

Tech support blog

less than 1 minute read

I've recently launched a tech support job, which combines aspects of my day job with aspects of this blog to form “fixr”.

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fixr

Tech support blog

less than 1 minute read

I've recently launched a tech support job, which combines aspects of my day job with aspects of this blog to form “fixr”.

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support

Tech support blog

less than 1 minute read

I've recently launched a tech support job, which combines aspects of my day job with aspects of this blog to form “fixr”.

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tech

Tech support blog

less than 1 minute read

I've recently launched a tech support job, which combines aspects of my day job with aspects of this blog to form “fixr”.

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mtr

Troubleshooting routing issues

2 minute read

Recently I’ve received reports from clients on a particular ISP are having trouble reaching services on a particular server in a data centre.

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packets

Troubleshooting routing issues

2 minute read

Recently I’ve received reports from clients on a particular ISP are having trouble reaching services on a particular server in a data centre.

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pathping

Troubleshooting routing issues

2 minute read

Recently I’ve received reports from clients on a particular ISP are having trouble reaching services on a particular server in a data centre.

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routing

Troubleshooting routing issues

2 minute read

Recently I’ve received reports from clients on a particular ISP are having trouble reaching services on a particular server in a data centre.

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traceroute

Troubleshooting routing issues

2 minute read

Recently I’ve received reports from clients on a particular ISP are having trouble reaching services on a particular server in a data centre.

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winmtr

Troubleshooting routing issues

2 minute read

Recently I’ve received reports from clients on a particular ISP are having trouble reaching services on a particular server in a data centre.

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emails per hour

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exceeded

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max

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wikipedia

Icon Software

1 minute read

Over the past few weeks I've been assisting the creation</a> of articles regarding icon software on Wikipedia.

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blocked

Blocked links in Microsoft Outlook

less than 1 minute read

When you click a link on an email in Microsoft Outlook, you are blocked from visiting the URL and you see the following error message:

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cex

Cex.co.uk site errors

1 minute read

After browsing the cex.co.uk website for some time I came across a few errors on the site…

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collection

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inspiration

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fonts

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photoshop

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yahoo toolbar

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adobe illustrator

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adobe photoshop

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ai

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aiicon.dll

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psd

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psicon.dll

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thumbnails

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fail

How not to use PHPMailer

2 minute read

I came across PHPMailer usage the other day on a Chinese gadget wholesale site “SourcingMap.com”.

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PHPMailer

How not to use PHPMailer

2 minute read

I came across PHPMailer usage the other day on a Chinese gadget wholesale site “SourcingMap.com”.

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sourcingmap

How not to use PHPMailer

2 minute read

I came across PHPMailer usage the other day on a Chinese gadget wholesale site “SourcingMap.com”.

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bug

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frames

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recusion

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translate

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corruption

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vista

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winsock

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8900

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blackberry

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o2

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ring

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voicemail

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botnet

Lame Botnet

1 minute read

Yes, my botnet is pretty lame, but it's also kinda cool. I'm not talking about anything bad though.

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harry.tcl

Lame Botnet

1 minute read

Yes, my botnet is pretty lame, but it's also kinda cool. I'm not talking about anything bad though.

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lame

Lame Botnet

1 minute read

Yes, my botnet is pretty lame, but it's also kinda cool. I'm not talking about anything bad though.

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customising

Customising the Netgear DG834G

2 minute read

I started writing this article a long time ago, however after researching the DG834G I soon found many more articles and sites dedicated to hacking or cus...

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dg834g

Customising the Netgear DG834G

2 minute read

I started writing this article a long time ago, however after researching the DG834G I soon found many more articles and sites dedicated to hacking or cus...

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hacking

Customising the Netgear DG834G

2 minute read

I started writing this article a long time ago, however after researching the DG834G I soon found many more articles and sites dedicated to hacking or cus...

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netgear

Customising the Netgear DG834G

2 minute read

I started writing this article a long time ago, however after researching the DG834G I soon found many more articles and sites dedicated to hacking or cus...

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malware

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prevent

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spyware

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updates

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browser

jQuery sucks at browser detection

3 minute read

This week i've been tweaking a little site I've started called “ismybrowseruptodate.com“, which is designed to assist people who don't know wh...

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detection

jQuery sucks at browser detection

3 minute read

This week i've been tweaking a little site I've started called “ismybrowseruptodate.com“, which is designed to assist people who don't know wh...

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JavaScript

jQuery sucks at browser detection

3 minute read

This week i've been tweaking a little site I've started called “ismybrowseruptodate.com“, which is designed to assist people who don't know wh...

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jquery

jQuery sucks at browser detection

3 minute read

This week i've been tweaking a little site I've started called “ismybrowseruptodate.com“, which is designed to assist people who don't know wh...

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layout engine

jQuery sucks at browser detection

3 minute read

This week i've been tweaking a little site I've started called “ismybrowseruptodate.com“, which is designed to assist people who don't know wh...

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opera

jQuery sucks at browser detection

3 minute read

This week i've been tweaking a little site I've started called “ismybrowseruptodate.com“, which is designed to assist people who don't know wh...

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sniffer

jQuery sucks at browser detection

3 minute read

This week i've been tweaking a little site I've started called “ismybrowseruptodate.com“, which is designed to assist people who don't know wh...

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useragent

jQuery sucks at browser detection

3 minute read

This week i've been tweaking a little site I've started called “ismybrowseruptodate.com“, which is designed to assist people who don't know wh...

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version

jQuery sucks at browser detection

3 minute read

This week i've been tweaking a little site I've started called “ismybrowseruptodate.com“, which is designed to assist people who don't know wh...

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cssbase

cssbase

1 minute read

Yesterday marks the day that I took over the “cssbase” project.

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google code

cssbase

1 minute read

Yesterday marks the day that I took over the “cssbase” project.

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html

cssbase

1 minute read

Yesterday marks the day that I took over the “cssbase” project.

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nrgetik

cssbase

1 minute read

Yesterday marks the day that I took over the “cssbase” project.

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demon

EFnet UK

1 minute read

On Sunday July 19 2009 Hardy announced on the EFnet website that Demon Internet will be delinking efnet.demon.co.uk and hub.uk from the EFnet IRC network ...

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pingotron

Pingotron

3 minute read

I've been meaning to publish a post about Pingotron for some time now, but now I fear it's already too late.

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Genuine Advantage

Remove OGA Notifier

1 minute read

I had a call today about Microsoft OGA (Office Genuine Advantage) Notifier becoming an annoyance for a client.

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OGA

Remove OGA Notifier

1 minute read

I had a call today about Microsoft OGA (Office Genuine Advantage) Notifier becoming an annoyance for a client.

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disassembler

W32Dasm

1 minute read

W32Dasm (or Win32DASM) doesn't seem to exist on the map any more, but it's still a very useful programmers tool, especially if you like reverse engineerin...

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w32dasm

W32Dasm

1 minute read

W32Dasm (or Win32DASM) doesn't seem to exist on the map any more, but it's still a very useful programmers tool, especially if you like reverse engineerin...

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win32dasm

W32Dasm

1 minute read

W32Dasm (or Win32DASM) doesn't seem to exist on the map any more, but it's still a very useful programmers tool, especially if you like reverse engineerin...

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ident

Ident Spoofing

1 minute read

Today I wrote about Oidentd on Wikipedia. Ident as per RFC 1413 is used for a few different services, in particular IRC. A feature of oidentd that my user...

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oidentd

Ident Spoofing

1 minute read

Today I wrote about Oidentd on Wikipedia. Ident as per RFC 1413 is used for a few different services, in particular IRC. A feature of oidentd that my user...

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rfc1413

Ident Spoofing

1 minute read

Today I wrote about Oidentd on Wikipedia. Ident as per RFC 1413 is used for a few different services, in particular IRC. A feature of oidentd that my user...

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spoofing

Ident Spoofing

1 minute read

Today I wrote about Oidentd on Wikipedia. Ident as per RFC 1413 is used for a few different services, in particular IRC. A feature of oidentd that my user...

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robocopy

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mydigitallife.info

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oga

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removeoga

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removeoga.bat

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accountancy

Scan to Excel

5 minute read

This week I've mostly been trying to figure out a way to digitalise some of my bank statements to make accountancy and archiving easier.

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document scanner

Scan to Excel

5 minute read

This week I've mostly been trying to figure out a way to digitalise some of my bank statements to make accountancy and archiving easier.

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ocr

Scan to Excel

5 minute read

This week I've mostly been trying to figure out a way to digitalise some of my bank statements to make accountancy and archiving easier.

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scan

Scan to Excel

5 minute read

This week I've mostly been trying to figure out a way to digitalise some of my bank statements to make accountancy and archiving easier.

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tif

Scan to Excel

5 minute read

This week I've mostly been trying to figure out a way to digitalise some of my bank statements to make accountancy and archiving easier.

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tiff

Scan to Excel

5 minute read

This week I've mostly been trying to figure out a way to digitalise some of my bank statements to make accountancy and archiving easier.

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smb

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eggtcl

weather.tcl

1 minute read

Update: This script is now part of the eggtcl project.

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weather

weather.tcl

1 minute read

Update: This script is now part of the eggtcl project.

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weather.tcl

weather.tcl

1 minute read

Update: This script is now part of the eggtcl project.

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removewga

RemoveWGA

1 minute read

Back in 2007 I briefly wrote about Windows Genuine Advantage Removal.

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removewga.exe

RemoveWGA

1 minute read

Back in 2007 I briefly wrote about Windows Genuine Advantage Removal.

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wga

RemoveWGA

1 minute read

Back in 2007 I briefly wrote about Windows Genuine Advantage Removal.

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audioscrobbler

PlusFM Track Feed

1 minute read

Recently an online radio station I listen to called PlusFM stopped displaying track titles on their stream. This was a pain for quickly displaying the cur...

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foobar2000

PlusFM Track Feed

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Recently an online radio station I listen to called PlusFM stopped displaying track titles on their stream. This was a pain for quickly displaying the cur...

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last.fm

PlusFM Track Feed

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Recently an online radio station I listen to called PlusFM stopped displaying track titles on their stream. This was a pain for quickly displaying the cur...

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lastfm

PlusFM Track Feed

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Recently an online radio station I listen to called PlusFM stopped displaying track titles on their stream. This was a pain for quickly displaying the cur...

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plusfm

PlusFM Track Feed

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Recently an online radio station I listen to called PlusFM stopped displaying track titles on their stream. This was a pain for quickly displaying the cur...

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winamp

PlusFM Track Feed

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Recently an online radio station I listen to called PlusFM stopped displaying track titles on their stream. This was a pain for quickly displaying the cur...

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google mail

Gmail needs an API

2 minute read

Yesterday I spent some time investigating Google Wave. A very interesting new product from Google. Not only that but an interesting protocol.

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wave

Gmail needs an API

2 minute read

Yesterday I spent some time investigating Google Wave. A very interesting new product from Google. Not only that but an interesting protocol.

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timezones

worldtime.tcl

1 minute read

Sometimes you need to know the time somewhere else in the world. I find it useful to get my eggdrop to return the time of another timezone…

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worldtime

worldtime.tcl

1 minute read

Sometimes you need to know the time somewhere else in the world. I find it useful to get my eggdrop to return the time of another timezone…

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zoneinfo

worldtime.tcl

1 minute read

Sometimes you need to know the time somewhere else in the world. I find it useful to get my eggdrop to return the time of another timezone…

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client

PHP OpenSRS Client

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This is only a quick message to say that I am now developing the PHP OpenSRS Client project.

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conver

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gray

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grayscale

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grey

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greyscale

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image

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imagefilter

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IMG_FILTER_GRAYSCALE

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4.2.2.1

Alternative name servers

2 minute read

If you’ve ever had a problem with your ISPs DNS name servers then you’ll probably find this very useful.

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4.2.2.2

Alternative name servers

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If you’ve ever had a problem with your ISPs DNS name servers then you’ll probably find this very useful.

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dns servers

Alternative name servers

2 minute read

If you’ve ever had a problem with your ISPs DNS name servers then you’ll probably find this very useful.

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name servers

Alternative name servers

2 minute read

If you’ve ever had a problem with your ISPs DNS name servers then you’ll probably find this very useful.

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nameserver

Alternative name servers

2 minute read

If you’ve ever had a problem with your ISPs DNS name servers then you’ll probably find this very useful.

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opendns

Alternative name servers

2 minute read

If you’ve ever had a problem with your ISPs DNS name servers then you’ll probably find this very useful.

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public nameservers

Alternative name servers

2 minute read

If you’ve ever had a problem with your ISPs DNS name servers then you’ll probably find this very useful.

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converter

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currency

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ucc

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xe.com

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0x800CCC0F

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forward

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forward as an attachment

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outbox

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smtplf

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windows mail

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hoax

Don`t forward virus warnings, delete them

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If you’ve ever received a virus warning from your friends, family or co-workers, you’ll know what I’m talking about. These virus warnings are hoaxes and are ...

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olympic torch

Don`t forward virus warnings, delete them

1 minute read

If you’ve ever received a virus warning from your friends, family or co-workers, you’ll know what I’m talking about. These virus warnings are hoaxes and are ...

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warning

Don`t forward virus warnings, delete them

1 minute read

If you’ve ever received a virus warning from your friends, family or co-workers, you’ll know what I’m talking about. These virus warnings are hoaxes and are ...

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gae

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google app engine

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java

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quercus

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dell

upgrade.co.uk sucks

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I've been trying to get a quote for a part for a Dell laptop, when I contacted Dell UK, they told me to contact “Upgrade Options”. They offere...

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Hardware

upgrade.co.uk sucks

2 minute read

I've been trying to get a quote for a part for a Dell laptop, when I contacted Dell UK, they told me to contact “Upgrade Options”. They offere...

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upgrade.co.uk

upgrade.co.uk sucks

2 minute read

I've been trying to get a quote for a part for a Dell laptop, when I contacted Dell UK, they told me to contact “Upgrade Options”. They offere...

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avast

Report a virus

1 minute read

I’m always coming across new viruses that haven’t even been added to the latest anti-virus software.

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report

Report a virus

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I’m always coming across new viruses that haven’t even been added to the latest anti-virus software.

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report a virus

Report a virus

1 minute read

I’m always coming across new viruses that haven’t even been added to the latest anti-virus software.

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submit

Report a virus

1 minute read

I’m always coming across new viruses that haven’t even been added to the latest anti-virus software.

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virustotal

Report a virus

1 minute read

I’m always coming across new viruses that haven’t even been added to the latest anti-virus software.

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relaunch

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whoisx

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grooveshark

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tinysong

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microsoft excel

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spreadsheet

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doc

Open docx, xlsx, and pptx files

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If you’ve been sent a file with the extension .docx, .xlsx or .pptx and you don’t have the latest version of Office then you’ll share the frustration that ma...

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docx

Open docx, xlsx, and pptx files

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If you’ve been sent a file with the extension .docx, .xlsx or .pptx and you don’t have the latest version of Office then you’ll share the frustration that ma...

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powerpoint

Open docx, xlsx, and pptx files

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If you’ve been sent a file with the extension .docx, .xlsx or .pptx and you don’t have the latest version of Office then you’ll share the frustration that ma...

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ppt

Open docx, xlsx, and pptx files

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If you’ve been sent a file with the extension .docx, .xlsx or .pptx and you don’t have the latest version of Office then you’ll share the frustration that ma...

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pptx

Open docx, xlsx, and pptx files

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If you’ve been sent a file with the extension .docx, .xlsx or .pptx and you don’t have the latest version of Office then you’ll share the frustration that ma...

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word

Open docx, xlsx, and pptx files

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If you’ve been sent a file with the extension .docx, .xlsx or .pptx and you don’t have the latest version of Office then you’ll share the frustration that ma...

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xls

Open docx, xlsx, and pptx files

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If you’ve been sent a file with the extension .docx, .xlsx or .pptx and you don’t have the latest version of Office then you’ll share the frustration that ma...

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xlsx

Open docx, xlsx, and pptx files

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If you’ve been sent a file with the extension .docx, .xlsx or .pptx and you don’t have the latest version of Office then you’ll share the frustration that ma...

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keepass

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passwords

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safesex

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bcc

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hotmail

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license

UK Business License

1 minute read

We recently had an issue with a US based company who asked us for the following:

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25

exim on another port for smtp

1 minute read

When a business I know had trouble with their broadband I was fortunately able to get them back online by using the redundant mobile broadband on the rout...

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587

exim on another port for smtp

1 minute read

When a business I know had trouble with their broadband I was fortunately able to get them back online by using the redundant mobile broadband on the rout...

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exim

exim on another port for smtp

1 minute read

When a business I know had trouble with their broadband I was fortunately able to get them back online by using the redundant mobile broadband on the rout...

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three

exim on another port for smtp

1 minute read

When a business I know had trouble with their broadband I was fortunately able to get them back online by using the redundant mobile broadband on the rout...

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homeplug

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mains

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networking

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openvz

error: no dbpath has been set

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I've recently been having trouble with a OpenVZ VPS upgraded from CentOS4 to CentOS5, here's what I'm seeing when trying to rum a yum install of mod_pytho...

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rpmdb

error: no dbpath has been set

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I've recently been having trouble with a OpenVZ VPS upgraded from CentOS4 to CentOS5, here's what I'm seeing when trying to rum a yum install of mod_pytho...

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trac

error: no dbpath has been set

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I've recently been having trouble with a OpenVZ VPS upgraded from CentOS4 to CentOS5, here's what I'm seeing when trying to rum a yum install of mod_pytho...

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Browser

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Chrome

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Google

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centos4

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el4

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rpmforge

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subversion

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svn

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glob

rglob.php

less than 1 minute read

Today I was having a look on PHP.net and noticed a PHP contest so I decided to submit one of my functions.

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recursive

rglob.php

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Today I was having a look on PHP.net and noticed a PHP contest so I decided to submit one of my functions.

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rglob

rglob.php

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Today I was having a look on PHP.net and noticed a PHP contest so I decided to submit one of my functions.

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cache

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Donald Knuth

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Premature optimization

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xdebug

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favicon

get_favicon() php function

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I was after a php function that would get the favicon for a supplied domain, I did attempt to write my own but it proved more complex than I had first ant...

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function

get_favicon() php function

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I was after a php function that would get the favicon for a supplied domain, I did attempt to write my own but it proved more complex than I had first ant...

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drupal

Replace strings MySQL

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If you ever need to make big changes to your site, such as moving directory or changing the domain name you'll know that you'll have to make changes to th...

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mysql

Replace strings MySQL

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If you ever need to make big changes to your site, such as moving directory or changing the domain name you'll know that you'll have to make changes to th...

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replace

Replace strings MySQL

1 minute read

If you ever need to make big changes to your site, such as moving directory or changing the domain name you'll know that you'll have to make changes to th...

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dmoz

XSS: Get linked from Dmoz instantly

1 minute read

Recently, like many of you, I've had some trouble getting websites listed on the AOL owned “Open Directory Project” known as Dmoz.

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xss

XSS: Get linked from Dmoz instantly

1 minute read

Recently, like many of you, I've had some trouble getting websites listed on the AOL owned “Open Directory Project” known as Dmoz.

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csup

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cvsup

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ports

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obfuscate

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outlook express

Replacing Outlook Express

1 minute read

Recently Microsoft have been running a campaign to get rid of their 10-year-old web browser, Internet Explorer 6. This got me thinking…

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ascii

Converting your logo to ASCII art

1 minute read

If you're a geek like me or you've just  seen Iron Man 2 you'll probably like the idea of having a custom motd display something cool when you login to yo...

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ascii art

Converting your logo to ASCII art

1 minute read

If you're a geek like me or you've just  seen Iron Man 2 you'll probably like the idea of having a custom motd display something cool when you login to yo...

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figlet

Converting your logo to ASCII art

1 minute read

If you're a geek like me or you've just  seen Iron Man 2 you'll probably like the idea of having a custom motd display something cool when you login to yo...

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jpg

Converting your logo to ASCII art

1 minute read

If you're a geek like me or you've just  seen Iron Man 2 you'll probably like the idea of having a custom motd display something cool when you login to yo...

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pablodraw

Converting your logo to ASCII art

1 minute read

If you're a geek like me or you've just  seen Iron Man 2 you'll probably like the idea of having a custom motd display something cool when you login to yo...

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putty

Converting your logo to ASCII art

1 minute read

If you're a geek like me or you've just  seen Iron Man 2 you'll probably like the idea of having a custom motd display something cool when you login to yo...

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friendster

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hacked

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anti-malware

Ways to speed up your PC

1 minute read

I get lots of people asking me how to speed up their computer, more often than not, they don’t need to buy a new computer, there are things they can do to sp...

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computer

Ways to speed up your PC

1 minute read

I get lots of people asking me how to speed up their computer, more often than not, they don’t need to buy a new computer, there are things they can do to sp...

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slow computer

Ways to speed up your PC

1 minute read

I get lots of people asking me how to speed up their computer, more often than not, they don’t need to buy a new computer, there are things they can do to sp...

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slow pc

Ways to speed up your PC

1 minute read

I get lots of people asking me how to speed up their computer, more often than not, they don’t need to buy a new computer, there are things they can do to sp...

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speed up

Ways to speed up your PC

1 minute read

I get lots of people asking me how to speed up their computer, more often than not, they don’t need to buy a new computer, there are things they can do to sp...

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how we built

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launch

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made

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acrobat reader

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adobe reader

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ip address

What is my IP?

1 minute read

An IP address is a unique number which identifies a machine on a network.

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regex

What is my IP?

1 minute read

An IP address is a unique number which identifies a machine on a network.

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what is my ip

What is my IP?

1 minute read

An IP address is a unique number which identifies a machine on a network.

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bad words

Google’s Official Profanity API

2 minute read

Recently a list of “bad words” were made available through Google's new website which asks: “What do you love?” (wdyl.com).

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json

Google’s Official Profanity API

2 minute read

Recently a list of “bad words” were made available through Google's new website which asks: “What do you love?” (wdyl.com).

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profanity

Google’s Official Profanity API

2 minute read

Recently a list of “bad words” were made available through Google's new website which asks: “What do you love?” (wdyl.com).

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printer

(Not so) Sharp printer stuck offline

1 minute read

A client called explaining to me that they were unable to print to their Sharp MX-1800N network printer. Upon inspection it said that the printer was “Offlin...

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problems

(Not so) Sharp printer stuck offline

1 minute read

A client called explaining to me that they were unable to print to their Sharp MX-1800N network printer. Upon inspection it said that the printer was “Offlin...

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sharp

(Not so) Sharp printer stuck offline

1 minute read

A client called explaining to me that they were unable to print to their Sharp MX-1800N network printer. Upon inspection it said that the printer was “Offlin...

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enhanced

Enhanced: Randles Website Layout

less than 1 minute read

A couple of days ago we launched the new look Randles website. To the untrained eye the site may not look that different. The main purpose for introducing...

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layout

Enhanced: Randles Website Layout

less than 1 minute read

A couple of days ago we launched the new look Randles website. To the untrained eye the site may not look that different. The main purpose for introducing...

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randles

Enhanced: Randles Website Layout

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A couple of days ago we launched the new look Randles website. To the untrained eye the site may not look that different. The main purpose for introducing...

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mailing lists

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mailman

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real estate

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2007

Microsoft Office 2007 Downloads

1 minute read

One of my customers has specialist database software built on the FileMaker Pro database engine. The unfortunate downside to this is that certain legacy plug...

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digitalriver

Microsoft Office 2007 Downloads

1 minute read

One of my customers has specialist database software built on the FileMaker Pro database engine. The unfortunate downside to this is that certain legacy plug...

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download

Microsoft Office 2007 Downloads

1 minute read

One of my customers has specialist database software built on the FileMaker Pro database engine. The unfortunate downside to this is that certain legacy plug...

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mlk

Microsoft Office 2007 Downloads

1 minute read

One of my customers has specialist database software built on the FileMaker Pro database engine. The unfortunate downside to this is that certain legacy plug...

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add/remove programs

Change or remove programs is blank

1 minute read

Windows 2000 is a pain, especially these days when something goes wrong because none of the information or tools that we used to use are around any more.

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ie6

Change or remove programs is blank

1 minute read

Windows 2000 is a pain, especially these days when something goes wrong because none of the information or tools that we used to use are around any more.

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windows 2000

Change or remove programs is blank

1 minute read

Windows 2000 is a pain, especially these days when something goes wrong because none of the information or tools that we used to use are around any more.

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cpanel

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imap

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imapsync

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migration

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paperless office

Paperless office

6 minute read

The “paperless office“: a concept that dates back to the 1970s (before I was even born) with promises of the “office of the future” where record-handling wou...

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scanner

Paperless office

6 minute read

The “paperless office“: a concept that dates back to the 1970s (before I was even born) with promises of the “office of the future” where record-handling wou...

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scansnap

Paperless office

6 minute read

The “paperless office“: a concept that dates back to the 1970s (before I was even born) with promises of the “office of the future” where record-handling wou...

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fakes

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nominet

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scams

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web of trust

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forum

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phpbb

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suzuki

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guide

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remote assistance

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antispam

Anti Email Spam in the UK

1 minute read

Many years back I began investigating anti email spam in the UK as a way to defend against the amount amount of email spam we were receiving to certain em...

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concept

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nameservers

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acer

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m1610

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adsl

Choosing a broadband provider

1 minute read

The advise for any services these days is to change provider every 12 months to get the best deal. Your broadband subscription is no different.

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phone

Choosing a broadband provider

1 minute read

The advise for any services these days is to change provider every 12 months to get the best deal. Your broadband subscription is no different.

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autoruns

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soluto

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startup

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hackerspace

Calling all hackers

less than 1 minute read

Are you a technology enthusiast? An engineer? Perhaps you’re a creative mind or just like making things?

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hackspace

Calling all hackers

less than 1 minute read

Are you a technology enthusiast? An engineer? Perhaps you’re a creative mind or just like making things?

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stoke-on-trent

Calling all hackers

less than 1 minute read

Are you a technology enthusiast? An engineer? Perhaps you’re a creative mind or just like making things?

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online

Office

1 minute read

Gone of the days of getting a copy of Microsoft Office from dodgy Dave down the pub.

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open source

Office

1 minute read

Gone of the days of getting a copy of Microsoft Office from dodgy Dave down the pub.

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paperless

Office

1 minute read

Gone of the days of getting a copy of Microsoft Office from dodgy Dave down the pub.

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free

DVD Playback on Windows

1 minute read

One of the biggest annoyances I’ve heard about Windows 8 so far is that there’s no DVD support included.

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media player

DVD Playback on Windows

1 minute read

One of the biggest annoyances I’ve heard about Windows 8 so far is that there’s no DVD support included.

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video

DVD Playback on Windows

1 minute read

One of the biggest annoyances I’ve heard about Windows 8 so far is that there’s no DVD support included.

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vlc

DVD Playback on Windows

1 minute read

One of the biggest annoyances I’ve heard about Windows 8 so far is that there’s no DVD support included.

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vob

DVD Playback on Windows

1 minute read

One of the biggest annoyances I’ve heard about Windows 8 so far is that there’s no DVD support included.

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ipad

The paradigm shift

2 minute read

The next “computer” you buy will be a paradigm shift, a change in the way of thinking.

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paradigm shift

The paradigm shift

2 minute read

The next “computer” you buy will be a paradigm shift, a change in the way of thinking.

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pc

The paradigm shift

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The next “computer” you buy will be a paradigm shift, a change in the way of thinking.

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tablet

The paradigm shift

2 minute read

The next “computer” you buy will be a paradigm shift, a change in the way of thinking.

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house

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house-md

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housemd

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gregory house

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hugh lorry

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happy

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balloon

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flat

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tinyurl

to.je – The Failed TinyURL.com Clone

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Ever since my IRC (Internet Relay Chat) days I'd always wanted to write a TinyURL.com clone, especially since it gained traction on twitter and Facebook. ...

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domain names

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domains

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tlds

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hard disk

Should I upgrade to an SSD hard disk?

3 minute read

It’s always been my opinion that the hard disk is really the crux of your computer because it’s the only mechanical part that affects the speed.

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hdd

Should I upgrade to an SSD hard disk?

3 minute read

It’s always been my opinion that the hard disk is really the crux of your computer because it’s the only mechanical part that affects the speed.

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ssd

Should I upgrade to an SSD hard disk?

3 minute read

It’s always been my opinion that the hard disk is really the crux of your computer because it’s the only mechanical part that affects the speed.

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upgrade

Should I upgrade to an SSD hard disk?

3 minute read

It’s always been my opinion that the hard disk is really the crux of your computer because it’s the only mechanical part that affects the speed.

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trojan

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archive

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windows xp

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black

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issue

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problem

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rdp

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remote

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taskmgr