2008: the Open Source year

Open Source Living is a great site for open source software. Open Source – especially operating systems like Ubuntu – provide a real alternative to the endless PC/Mac debate. Sod Microsoft’s Office – go with Open...

2008: Year of the Spud!

The UN has designated 2008 The Year of The Potato. Spud’s my middle name, so I’m pleased, but am also looking for Years of my other favourite foods. Namely The Year of The Onion, the Year of the Banana, or even the Year of the Toastie.
Google Earth & Dominica

Google Earth & Dominica

Melville Hall Airport, copyright Google Earth Google Earth’s imagery of Dominica has (finally) been updated. It used to be that the north & east of the island was poor. Now, though there still are a few clouds over Diablotin (so what’s new?!), the resolution elsewhere is awesome! UPDATE: I upgraded to v4.2 and it would always freeze just after starting. I downgraded – same problem. The only solution was to snooze my anti-virus application. So it’s worth mentioning you don’t have to upgrade to see the better resolution images of...

Will buying Google keywords boost my organic listing?

From the Delphis e-marketing blog: Will buying Google keywords boost my organic listing? Simple answer: no, Google doesn’t give your ‘organic’ (natural) listings a nudge just because you’re spending money with them. The better answer though is that if you’re spending money on Adwords, it should be a prerequisite that you look long and hard at your site content… read...
On Gutsy Gibbons, Feisty Fawns and duelling pythons: Ubuntu for beginners

On Gutsy Gibbons, Feisty Fawns and duelling pythons: Ubuntu for beginners

Gibberish? No, versions of the Ubuntu operating system I’m getting to grips with, as part of my quest for the ultimate backup/fileserver solution. And I am taken with the Gusty Gibbon (= version 7 of Ubuntu). The wonderful thing is that you can run an evaluation version on your PC right from the install CD. The graphical interface is awesome and the online documentation is great too: https://help.ubuntu.com/ A couple of pointers for others who may follow in my footsteps: 1) If you want PHP and MySQL, go with the Ubuntu server version of the install – it’s all bundled, as opposed to installing the desktop version and then having to install the above components separately. Downside is that you then have to install GNOME, which is the graphical interface. But it’s pwetty! 2) Software install is done by command line or via the Package Manager. 3) Filesharing with Windows PCs on your LAN is done via...