Panda and Vince – Googles latest updates

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

And… there was also a caffeine update.  Well, mid October there was an update to Panda – somewhere in there was a Vince update and then caffeine saw an update in early November.  Did you notice a change in the search results?  Do you feel like they’re better or worse? I’ve had several sites that [...]

Criminal Background Check

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

When you are hiring someone for most positions a criminal background check is a high priority. Especially if the person you are hiring will interact with your family or with children. The internet has made criminal background checks commonplace and easy to conduct. There are many services that make this an easy and quick process. [...]

Want to memorize foreign language vocabulary? memrise.com

Friday, July 15th, 2011

I have been absolutely addicted. A week ago Thursday I discovered a new site. It was an article over at the makezine blog talking about the benefits of learning mandarin for what they do. I’ve always been intrigued by mandarin – I remember learning a bit of cantonese in Hong Kong and have a short [...]

Drupal 7 and E-Commerce

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Drupal 7 has become the flagship version of the content management platform. Last year I was setting up a couple of webstores with Drupal 6 and e-commerce modules (addons) for it collectively called ubercart. Ubercart was somewhat complex but things worked. For the rough edges there were other modules to smooth the edges. Recently I’ve [...]

Postgrey and the power of Greylisting to fight Spam

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Wow…. Let me just say that I have typically been inundated with junk mail on my primary address. It’s associated with this domain and has been hosted in an older sendmail setup for quite some time (not really by choice, but because that’s what was installed on the old vps.) I’m currently migrating to postfix [...]

Kindle Buyers Remorse? Do I regret buying a Kindle?

Monday, March 7th, 2011

For the record…. no. Not in the least. I bought a Kindle 3 in December and have been using it quite a bit since then. Of course, the first few weeks I used it an awful lot. (It was around the Christmas holidays of course.) I haven’t had as much time in the last month [...]

Is it a Hardware Problem or a Software Problem?

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Last night I was working with an older HP laptop and things hit the fan very quickly. I discovered I couldn’t write a file to disk and before I knew it the system had thrown up to a black screen and needed the power cut to reboot. I immediately realized that there was a serious [...]

The REAL Physics of Possibly REAL Time Travel

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Time Travel has been one of those science fiction themes that has been the MOST captivating. Not just for me, but for millions of people. I think the “what if”s are probably the most intriguing. What if I could get a message to someone… what if I could find out what happened …. Would those [...]

Out of Cycle Windows Update – Patch Today

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Yesterday news broke of an out of cycle security patch for Windows. The bulletin is available from Microsoft. Apparently the vulnerability was in the Windows Server service (XP, 2003, 2000, 2008, Vista ALL affected though regardless of server/workstation/client/desktop/etc…). The RPC handling (remote procedure call) is the achilles heel this time around. It sounds as though [...]

Is 10:04PM the most creative time of day?

Monday, October 20th, 2008

The telegraph brings us this survey which claims that 10:04 PM is the most creative time of day. To contrast that 4:33PM is the least creative time. It’s not clear HOW exactly the survey was conducted, but apparently I would be among the 25% of people that burn the midnight oil working on their ideas… [...]

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