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Politics is a tough job, and politicians are a strange bunch. Douglas Adams put it best: To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should […]

I’ve been an ardent fanboy of WordPress for many years now. I was initially less enamored by WooCommerce. In essence, WooThemes wanted to acquire the JigoShop copyright and rebrand it as their own eCommerce platform. The owners felt the offer wasn’t reasonable and rejected it. So WooThemes simply forked the project as WooCommerce and presented […]

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My computer is the tool I use to do business. It allows me to write code, test it, create graphics and move tested websites from my computer to a web host. It allows me to communicate with clients and manage many other aspects of my business. But it also plays a huge role in my […]

I’ve been working on a web app lately that involves pulling in XML data via an API through PHP. I’ve come to the conclusion that XML is a pig to work with. First of all, the format sucks. It’s neither fish nor foul – not particularly human-readable and also difficult to parse with PHP. The […]

The folks who read this blog (both of them) know that I’m very taken with my android phone. I love the way it allows me to capture images, video and sound for later use. I also love the way I can share the files in so many ways – e-mails, Dropbox, Twitter, Evernote, etc. Last […]

Happy new year to my millions of fans. 2010 is over, and it was a heck of a year for me. Our Mallow web design business, Spiralli, moved to new premises which allowed us to expand our services into training, and office space rentals. I took 3 days off all year, and felt well justified […]

Today I spent 10 minutes trying to solve a technical problem – how to turn on a mobile phone. Getting to grips with android is part adventure, part headache. I’m marvelling at the GPS and the apps that use it, but also failing to figure out reasonably simple tasks.

I’ve just chucked out a box of floppies that I doggedly held onto despite not owning a PC with a floppy drive since 2006. I purchased my first floppy disc in 1988 ( a 5 1/4 inch true “floppy” ) and my first 3 1/2 inch floppy disc a year later. The floppy disc had […]

It occurred to me lately that I need a part-time sysadmin for my home computer setup. Over the years it has grown in complexity, to rival the network of a typical small business.