Monthly Archive: January 2010

HTC Hero – my early thoughts 0

HTC Hero – my early thoughts

I’ve now had my HTC Hero (AKA T-Mobile G2 Touch) since yesterday, so thought I’d give an update on my initial impressions and thoughts. There were a few initial issues but these were all related to my network provider, rather than the fault of the phone – my data connection didn’t work (T-Mobile had to resend my settings) and I couldn’t access the Android Marketplace (this is because it may contain content for over 18’s so you have to override...

Steve Jobs with iPad 0

The Apple iPad – my views

So, the Apple iPad has been announced after months – and months – of speculation. Many people were expecting some exciting name, with it often being referred to as a “slate”. In the end it’s the underwhelmingly named iPad. You see, it sounds like iPod. How they must have chuckled at their own ingenuity. The thing is, nobody was really talking beforehand about the software – that’s the one thing that Apple are good at and with the iPhone and...

I Need A Hero.. a day earlier 0

I Need A Hero.. a day earlier

My plan WAS to order the Hero tomorrow for delivery on Friday at work. However, I had a nagging feeling that I should check this assumption first. And I was right to – T-Mobile will only deliver to your home address. A quick phone call revealed that they delivery next day before 1am if they receive the order before 16:451. At this point it was 16:40 and I realised my wife would be home until 1am tomorrow but not on...

T-Mobile G2 Touch 0

3 days to go…

Anybody who follows me on Twitter (or Facebook) will know that I’ve been counting down since yesterday. Today is 3 days to go. To what? Yes, it’s finally come around. My contract with Carphone Warehouse and O2 has been cancelled and expires in a couple of weeks – time to get a new one. And the HTC Hero it will be. Or, rather, the G2 Touch, which is T-Mobiles name for it. T-Mobile it is simply because of the cost....

How to get incompatible Firefox add-ons to work 0

How to get incompatible Firefox add-ons to work

Firefox 3.6 has been released and that means, once again, that you might find some of your add-ons don’t work. Now, this isn’t Firefox just wanting to cause problems for us all, but for genuine security and stability reasons. None-the-less, if you need to get an add-on working, then there is a (relatively) simple way to do it. Download the .XPI add-on file Change the file extension from .XPI to .ZIP (because that is what they really are) Double click...

Daily Fail 0

Daily Fail

It’s easy to poke fun at the Daily Mail. And just as easy to get angry at it. It’s for these reasons that I usually leave it up to many other blogs to pick over its rotting carcass and shriek hysterically at it. One such blog highlighted one of those “light” show business pieces where they were, well, insulting the ex-cast of Friends by pointing out the fact that they’d aged. After coming across the original Daily Mail article today...

Another satisfied customer! 0

Another satisfied customer!

After a mild rant back in December about some of the support queries I get (with regard to my WordPress plugins), I’m happy to say that I’ve had the pleasure to work with someone who has actually been helpful, responsive and, more importantly, replied to his emails 😉 A Dutch gentleman named Bas de Meijer reported a couple of problems via a comment on one of my plugin pages. One I was able to resolve quite quickly and update the...

Elvaston Castle 0

Elvaston Castle

Elvaston Castle, just outside Derby, is a fantastic 19th century house set in 200 acres of woodlands, parkland and gardens. It’s open to the public and I’ve been going there since my eldest daughter was young. Unfortunately, it’s under threat. Derbyshire County Council, who own it, are threatening to sell it to a private company to be made into a hotel with much of the grounds to be used as a golf course. Naturally, as soon as I heard I...

Secure Gmail & how to get Notifier to work 0

Secure Gmail & how to get Notifier to work

For some time Gmail has offered the ability to default to using HTTPS, for more secure access. However, they have now announced that it is to be made the default. One thing this will lead to, assuming you use it, is Gmail Notifier to stop working. Google themselves, hidden away in a help screen1, offer a solution to this in the way of a downloadable registry change that will force Notifier to use HTTPS too. Simply download the zip file,...

Displaying WordPress short codes 0

Displaying WordPress short codes

I’m in the process of writing some instructions for a new plugin – one which uses WordPress short codes. They’re the useful codes that you put in square brackets and are replaced by something else. The problem is then documenting, because your plugin then wants to convert your text to the appropriate output. Thankfully, my solution is quick and simple – and it involves another short code! Open up your themes function.php file and add the following lines of code...

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