Creating animated gifs from video

Posted on January 5, 2018

I was asked the other day about hosting video for a website, not an uncommon request and normally I would recommend YouTube for hosting video, however in this case my advice was different. When the video was sent to me I discovered that it was only a few seconds long, this particular video which you can see below was an example of how to use the DartSight training aid. With it being such a short video I suggested creating an animated gif, ...

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The Internet

Posted on January 5, 2018

I've been a fan of the IT Crowd since it first came out, while primarily a comedy many of the ideas it portrayed I had experienced in my life working in IT, So when they showed the internet as being a small black box, I of course decided I needed to make my own. At the time it was just a black box with a blinking LED but when Google released their AIY Kit I decided it was time to upgrade mine and make it more functional. https://www.youtube...

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What is UX Design?

Posted on January 1, 2018

You may have heard the term UX design but do you know what it means? and how does it related to websites. Well, UX Stands for User Experience, Why it's not UE I have no idea, probably didn't sound cool enough but I digress. UX design is about understanding your customers requirements and designing a journey that is both easy and pleasurable. The image above serves as a great example of UX design, and one that people frequently get wrong. ...

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How much does a website cost?

Posted on December 29, 2017

The car metaphor The first question most people ask when it comes to purchasing a website is "how much does it cost?" a not entirely unreasonable question but one for which the answer can be quite complicated. The traditional response is "well how much does a car cost" and while it does make sense in a way, the reality is you do not go to a dealer that can provide everything from a Dacia Sandero (£5,995) to a Lamborghini Veneno Roadster ...

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Websites are not for everybody

Posted on December 13, 2017

I had a meeting with a potential client on Monday evening, a client that had been referred to me and was looking to instruct someone to build a website. From a sales point of view it was about as good a lead as you can get. So we had a chat about what he thought he wanted and how his business worked so I could get a proper understanding of his business model and how exactly the website would work for him. The truth is... it wouldn't. Not ...

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Smart Lantern

Posted on December 10, 2017

When we moved into the house there was a rather dated lantern in the porch which you turned on and off from within the house... so about as useful as a chocolate teapot. I decided to put a smart bulb in it to make it a bit more useful, however when I put my bulb of choice a  TP-Link LB110 Smart LED Bulb I discovered by the time you had included the screw in to bayonet adaptor the shade would no longer fit. So off I popped to B&Q to ...

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Adding 2 Buttons to the Divi Slider

Posted on December 10, 2017

Add this code to the text area of your slider <a class="et_pb_more_button et_pb_button slider_button_style" href="#">BUTTON 1</a> <a class="et_pb_more_button et_pb_button slider_button_style" href="#">BUTTON 2</a>   Add the following css to style the buttons .slider_button_style{color:#fff;background-color:#ccc;border-color:#000;}  

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Funded with Food & the Hacker Mindset

Posted on December 9, 2017

About six months ago I attended the launch of Open Future_ North's latest intake "Fair by Design", this intake was for businesses that address the poverty premium, a situation where people on lower incomes tend to end up paying more for goods and services. This was far more inline with what we had been doing and Hack Oldham and while Open Future_ North's funding is very different it got me thinking about my own experience in applying for funding ...

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Higher rankings via competitor analysis

Posted on December 3, 2017

Everybody always want to know how to improve their search engine rankings and while there are loads of little tips I could give out the simplest things to do that will have the longest lasting effect is to learn how to perform competitor analysis and act on what you find learn. The idea of competitor analysis is simple, you take a look at at your competitors website, see how theirs differs from your, and make changes to make yours similar, ...

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Ignite Oldham – November 2017

Posted on November 22, 2017

https://youtu.be/S_yl3sVMJTE

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