Author: David Artiss

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PS3 on its way!

Yep, I’m late to the party but I’ve finally bought a PS3. It was my birthday at the weekend and I requested money or Amazon vouchers – these were then put towards the PS3 purchase. That was ordered Saturday night and should be arriving today or tomorrow. I’ve already made a space on the shelf under the TV 😉 I’ve also ordered an assortment of games and accessories – more on that in another post. Now, one limitation I have...

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Still busy…

A week ago I mentioned how I’m rather quiet, mainly working on a massive update to my YouTube Embed plugin. Well, my original excuse of looking at moving house is still valid – mine goes on the market this week, so I’m busy painting, cleaning and anything else I can think of (oh, how my knees hurt!). And it’s my birthday this weekend, so there’s some preparation around that (lots of people coming to the house for a day-long party)....

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How to make Windows 7 look a little more like Windows 8

Early preview versions of Windows 8 have been available to select people and, as per usual, details have leaked out – mainly a few screenshots and details of some of the added functionality. And that means some people have already been busy creating ways of getting that functionality on existing Windows 7 builds. First up, courtesy of Windows 8 Center, you can download the Windows 8 wallpaper. Secondly, if you look at the screenshot carefully, you’ll notice a user tile...

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Nintendo 3DS, Windows 7 Mobile and Microsoft Surface

It’s been a week of trying out tech, with a recent visit from Microsoft promoting their business “goodies” particularly giving me a chance to try some new products out! Microsoft surface The highlight, for me, was trying out Microsoft Surface, the tabletop multi-gesture surface (or, probably more accurately, it’s a smoked glass touch sensitive coffee table). The one I tried was their original £10 model but with Samsung now manufacturing these the price has already come down to £5k. Once...

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Moving External Scripts

One of the problems with having external scripts on your site is that you have little control over them – caching and the like are out of your hands. The solution I’m using, via , is a weekly job that copies external scripts to a folder on my own server. And it will only do this if the script has only changed, as well. I’m no Linux expert (or probably even amateur, if I’m honest) so it took a while...

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It’s, oh, so quiet

I know there’s been a lack of content recently. However, this is due to a number of factors… I’m very busy on version 2 of my YouTube Embed plugin – a huge change and my most complex plugin yet – this is taking a big chunk of my time. I’m using the excellent new Google Page Speed Online to look at various improvements to site speed. I’ve also been, and will continue to, making changes to this site. Spent far...

Designing WordPress & How to Build a Better Blog 0

Designing WordPress & How to Build a Better Blog

I recently came across John O’Nolan, a UK based core member of WordPress specialising in the UI, because of a plugin that he’s released, named UI Labs. This offers experimental WordPress admin UI features and is a great way for John to try out and get feedback for his ideas. I have it installed and am already benefiting from coloured tabs on my post and page screens, easily indicating the post types. If you’re a WP developer I’d recommend following...

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Creative ZiiO Android 2.2 Update

The day has finally arrived and Android 2.2 (Froyo) is now available for download for the Creative ZiiO 7″! Downloadable from the Creative website, it’s a 119MB file which is installed like any other app – this download includes both the Android update plus ZiiO firmware updates. Download links are at the bottom of this post. According to Creative the changes are as follows… Upgrades the OS from Android 2.1 (Eclair) to Android 2.2 (Froyo). Adds support for Text-To-Speech. Adds the new Recovery...

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Sony Ericsson Elm

It’s been a good few years now since I bought my Sony Ericsson K800i. It really was an excellent phone – easy to use, basic functionality and a superb camera – and when it came to give it up (for my Nokia N95), I chose to give it to my wife. And, believe it or not, it was only until recently that she has decided to upgrade – she too liked the simple functionality (she’s not a smartphone or touchscreen...

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Soluto

Soluto calls itself “anti-frustration software”. A free program for Windows, and still in Beta, Soluto analyses your PC’s startup process and recommends solutions. It’s been out for a few months now and I’ve been trying it on a number of computers, running XP and Windows 7 64-bit. All work without an issue. You install it and it runs during each boot up, timing it and looking at the various startup processes. Simply go into the software for a breakdown of...

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