Jan 26 2012


Category: PersonalChrisM @ 10:18 pm

I finished working on a few mini-projects here and there, during which I was digging through some options pages within WordPress. I noticed that somehow the Tagline Rotator plugin had duplicated data. Each time you visit this site, a random tagline is displayed at the top. These now include…

    Before My Head Explodes…
    Bits And Bites
    Can I Kick It?
    Come Into My World
    Feels Like Home
    Full On Kazakh Hysteria
    Halfway Up The Downs
    Hello And Good Morning
    Hit F5
    I Never Could Get The Hang Of Thursdays…
    If You Think It’s Easy
    In Bits
    Innocent Smile, Wicked Eyes
    Keep It Rolling
    Long Way Home
    Mars, The Bringer Of Calories
    Maybe Definitely
    Me Myself And I
    Mental Blocks
    More Than A Name
    Novocaine For The Soul
    One Nation Under Dog
    One Step Sideways
    PCs And Vodka
    R To The K
    Something To Do…
    Step Into My World
    That’s Me
    The Good, The Bad & The Techy
    There’s No Other Way
    This Is Made Of Memories
    Utter Diskhead
    Virtual Sanity
    Wednesdays In My Bed
    What’s My Age Again?
    Your Age Ah

If SEO was more important to me right now, it would make sense to use just one tagline that was related to the subjects covered on this site. As you may have guessed though, on this personal site, I like playing around with things occasionally. Right, now I need to catch up with a backlog of e-mails and finish writing a few posts for this site. We had a great time with Dad over in Evesham, but I did get very lax with staying on top of digital things.

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Nov 20 2011

Really must learn solution for…

Category: Pictures,TweetsChrisM @ 4:46 am

Really must learn solution for “Yes To All” combo in a GUI with Puppy linux. Low tech approach for constant Alt+Y 🙂 http://t.co/CxllEJ0Z

Orange On Alt, MP3 Player On Y

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Jun 24 2010

Looking At A Kinect

Category: PersonalChrisM @ 11:11 pm

Most times I don’t find myself wanting an add-on for a console or gaming device for a PC very strongly. Microsoft’s Kinect (formally codenamed Natal) is starting to tempt me already though. Hopefully it will be available by Christmas, at least in Britain.

Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images

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Jun 24 2010

Multiple Sites, One Interface?

Category: WordPressChrisM @ 10:24 pm

I have yet to play with the multi-site abilities of WordPress 3.0 (porting over WordPress MultiUser main characteristic). I want to see if I can have all of my blogs looked after by one super admin interface, so when the time came to upgrade to WordPress 3.1, or one of the plugins, I could go through the process just once instead of twenty odd times. I’m not sure how the process would work when some plugins are only installed on some sites. If have a plugin that pulls in news from various RSS feeds on one site, but that plugin isn’t used elsewhere, what happens? I also think I’ll need to still use an extra plugin and fiddle with some CNAME records, as all the sites except one are on totally different domains, not subdomains or folders of one master site. Anyway, that is all a project for another day – I don’t have the time to dedicate to repairing any potential problems I may cause right now.

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Jun 07 2010

Live TV Glasses?

Category: PersonalChrisM @ 7:47 pm

Although still void of any real content, and a lot more investigation of the theme’s option are needed, I’ve just put a new web site. Is it about 3D TV? No (though a friend is helping with one, so when it is live I’ll try to remember to publish a link).
This new site is an area for me to embed any live streams we create. Whether it be Qik (the system I use for live video feeds from my phone), wCapture (a VERY old webcam broadcasting program which displays on almost all browsers and devices) or WebcamXP (another feature-rich webcam stream program I occasionally use), they will all be available at Merriman Live.
It looks as though the Qik code to display any live streams reverts to the latest archived one if no live feed exists. On a side note, I also discovered that I CAN use higher resolutions that 320×240 for Qik, however they need to be recorded first. As 99.9% of the videos viewed (especially by friends and family) are done so through this blog, and not in real time, this shouldn’t be a problem.

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Jun 03 2010

Step By Step New Hotmail Account Guide

Category: PersonalChrisM @ 12:41 am

If you are Roger (Dad’s next door neighbour), this post if for YOU! If you aren’t him, and are just reading this blog post because it is on the front page, feel free to keep reading if you need a step by step guide to starting a new Hotmail account. If I was in Evesham right now, I’d probably try and convince Roger that a GMail address might be a better idea, but that would take too long using Dad as a message relayer 🙂

Anyway, onto the guide.

1) Turn on the PC. Start your preferred internet browser (likely to be Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome)

Start Your Internet Browser

Start Your Internet Browser

2) Enter www.hotmail.co.uk in the address bar, and press Return or Enter on the keyboard

Enter The Address

Enter The Address

Press Return Or Enter (Thanks Wikimedia)

Press Return Or Enter

3) Click the Sign Up button located in the lower left of the screen
(Hoping a screen shot isn’t necessary here 🙂 )

4) Decide whether you want a @hotmail.co.uk or a @live.co.uk address. It makes NO differences, other than personal preference. If hotmail is your choice, proceed to step 5. If you want live.co.uk, click the first drop down box and click on live.co.uk

5) Pick an address you want to use. It makes sense to choose something that is difficult to mis-spell, easy to remember, and finally, something someone else will not have already registered. Bad choice examples: amateurastrologer@hotmail.co.uk , committed_drunkenness@live.co.uk , john.smith@hotmail.co.uk . All of those are either easy for other people to spell incorrectly, or will most likely have been registered already.

6) Enter your chosen e-mail address in the first text entry box. Click the check availability button. Swear loudly as you discover someone else already has the exact address you want. If it isn’t free, Microsoft will ask for your name and some relevant interests and suggest available e-mail addresses you might like. Either follow their steps, or click on the little X in the Windows Live ID advanced search box and type in a new e-mail address. Again click the check availability button. Repeat these step until you are informed that your chosen address is available. (If possible, try not to select an alternative address they offer that has a number on the end. Again, easy for other people to mis-type/remember it).

7) Select a password that you want to use to sign into this e-mail account. If possible, choose something you do NOT use anywhere else online. It needs to be six characters long, and if you use a mixture of lower and UPPER case letters, numbers and special characters (£${ etc. etc.) it will be harder for other people to guess your password and hack in. It will also make it more difficult for you to remember, so try and find a balance 🙂 Type this same password into the retype password box.

8) If you have now selected an e-mail address and password that Microsoft isn’t complaining about WRITE THEM DOWN NOW. TWICE. Keep each piece of paper in a different room, so if you ever forget your address or password, and can’t find the 1st piece of paper with the details recorded on, you have a second chance.

9) If you already have a different e-mail address that you can still access, enter it in the Alternate e-mail address box. This is the address that Microsoft will use if you ever ask to reset your password if you’ve forgotten it (and lost both pieces of paper). If you don’t already have an e-mail account, click the “Or choose a security question for password reset” link. If you clicked the link, select a question you won’t ever forget the answer to, and enter that answer in the Secret Answer box.

10) Fill in the rest of the boxes down to Birth Year with your relevant information.

Fill In Other Boxes. ZIP=Post Code

Fill In Other Boxes. ZIP=Post Code

11) In the text box below Birth Year, you need to type the eight characters shown in the image just above it. This is Microsoft’s attempt to make sure you are a real human asking for an e-mail address. They apparently had problems with hamsters and motorbikes pretending to be humanoid and asking for addresses. Or it could have been people using automatic systems for spamming. I can never remember which.

Capcha Code

Capcha Code

12) Untick the “Send me e-mail with promotional … ….” box. Double check all the boxes on the page are correctly filled in.

13) Click I accept. If all information has been entered correctly, you will now be logged into your e-mail account. The first time you send an e-mail, you may be asked to enter another eight letters from a strange looking image. Again, another anti-spam step.

14) In the future, visit hotmail.co.uk, and if you see your e-mail account on the right hand side, click sign in. Then enter your password, and click sign in. If you are on a different computer or internet browser, you will also need to enter your e-mail address.

15) Ideally, repeat steps 1-13 and create a second e-mail address that you will use when signing up for other accounts online. Why? Your first e-mail address is for friends, family and people who you trust to send you real e-mails. The second account you create can be given to anyone/any company online. This way, if these companies spam you, it won’t interfere with your personal e-mail account, and if the spam ever gets too bad, you can just create a new second account, and not have to tell all your friends to use a new e-mail address.

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May 10 2007

2010: Odyssey Two

Category: BooksChrisM @ 12:31 am

2010: Odyssey Two – Arthur C. Clarke

Somewhat obviously carrying on from 2001: A Space Odyssey, this book was written almost 15 years after the original, which had seen a lot of Clarke’s visions of space travel and computing come true already. This time around, the book came first, then the film, though in the edition I read, Arthur does refer to the fact that where the book and film of 2001 split ways in terms of events and facts, 2010 was written more closely as a sequel to the film of 2001, rather than the book.
This book sees the American (especially Heywood Floyd) and Soviet forces join together, in an effort to discover just what went wrong with their previous mission, and although there are a few cultural differences, for the most part, they manage to work together, without too much suspicion on the parts of the astronauts, if not their respective governments. A 3rd party has secretly joined the melee however, and they arrive at the planet first. There appears to be some sort of tragic accident/attack with none of the crew members surviving, which only acts to spur on the USA/USSR teams to discover just what has, and maybe still is, going on.
David Bowman, a major character from the last book, returns in a less than physical sense, and as he now works for/with the alien life forces who originally planted the slabs on the moon and planet earth. He discovers basic life forms, with some hope of evolution, both below the ice of Europa, and also in the atmosphere. This isn’t covered by the film, if I remember correctly, and I was also slightly disappointed with the film’s treatment of the scene where Bowman attempts to make contact with Floyd in a more physical sense, using dust particles to conjure up a mirage like representation of the astronaut’s face.
The book goes on to describe the transformation of the planet Jupiter into a star, via the slabs exponential replication, and how the Moon Europa is allowed to survive, meaning the basic life forms under the ice have the opportunity to progress.
If you read 2001 and weren’t overly impressed, feel free to skip this book, otherwise, if you’re able to skip over little inconsistencies with the previous book, I’d read it for sure.

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