Posted on December 10, 2011

I have been using Teamviewer  for years to support friends and family, I love the program, its simple, effective, and best off all for non comercial use its free! This year I put it in my business to allow staff to remotely interact with clients and it works well, I had no qualms in paying in excess of £900 for a "Lifetime license" that in all fairness offers us no benefit over the free version except for the warm fuzzy feeling you get ...

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Hack to the Future

Posted on December 9, 2011

I have just booked me and the eldest Minion on to Hack to the Future being held in Febuary 2012 at Our Lady's High School in Preston, Think of it like a Barcamp for kids, discovered it on twitter following the fascinating @teknoteacher For more information visit and booking

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What’s in a name?

Posted on December 8, 2011

Being someone who has grown up with the internet I have always played around with having my own website. It has gone through several changes of domain up to the most recent Now there are a couple of things I don't like about this domain, it goes against the advice I give people about choosing a domain name that being go for the .com where available and avoid hypens. Some time ago I discovered that was available ...

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Facebook timeline

Posted on October 24, 2011

  Facebook's latest change time line is now available to developers if you want to get access early you can follow the instructions found here. While it looks impressive there isn't really a lot to tell as only developers can use it and we don't tent to interact with each other that much ;-) So far it seems to be purely a cosmetic makeover with no new features but only time will tell.

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Get more space on Dropbox for Free

Posted on October 23, 2011

I'm a big fan of dropbox the free online file sharing service, I use it to keep my documents in sync across multiple computers and access them while out and about with my Ipad. With the Free service you are entitled to 2gb of space which isn't bad, but doesn't really cut it long term, you can upgrade to the paid service but there is another way of increasing the amount of space available to you and that is to refer new users to the drop ...

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Stop Google translating pages.

Posted on October 22, 2011

I'm working on a Directory at the moment which covers he whole of the UK, coding went fine but once I put the data in I discovered a problem, a problem with Wales. It turns out if a page contains a list of Welsh town names Google want to translate it into English, and while that maybe helpful in some circumstances its not to good when you are trying to find a service in that welsh town. So how do you stop Google offering to translate a ...

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switch it off and back on again

Posted on October 4, 2011

Sometime I feel like a magician, there is no other way to explain it. Today I had to drive a 120 mile round trip to reboot a switch that had crashed that had apparently already been rebooted to no effect, yet amazingly when I rebooted it everything started working again. Clearly I have magic fingers! When someone in IT tells you to reboot something, its not a trick, there is no voodoo behind it, more often than not it works. The reason it ...

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This one almost had me…

Posted on September 24, 2011

I was wondering if you ever considered changing the page layout of your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two images. Maybe you could space it out better? Nice bit of blog spam here, almost had me replying when it came through on my blackberry, its only when I noticed the ...

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MySql find & replace

Posted on September 13, 2011

Having recently moved the blog from to I discovered that the images within the posts were now broken, I could manually go through each post and reattach the images but performing a find and replace on the MySql database would be a much quicker way of getting things back on track.   update [table_name] set [field_name] = replace([field_name], '[string_to_find]','[string_to_replace]');

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Contacting Technical Support

Posted on August 30, 2011

A few simple rules to get the most out of a technical support operator. 1. Do not start with an accusation. When asking technical support for help, do not start with an accusation, simply state what your problem is, starting by asking if I am doing something with the server and therefore implying that your problems accessing Facebook are a result of me doing "something" to the "server" is going to put me on the defensive. 2. Check and ...

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