Author: David Artiss

Moving External Scripts 0

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...

It’s, oh, so quiet 0

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...

Creative ZiiO Android 2.2 Update 0

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...

Sony Ericsson Elm Silver 2

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...

Soluto 3D Screenshots 0


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...

Creative Competition – a winner has been picked! 0

Creative Competition – a winner has been picked!

The competition to win a pair of the excellent Creative WP-300 Bluetooth headphones closed on Sunday. And we have a winner… Kristie Shuttleworth from Leeds Congratulations to Kristie – your headphones are on the way!

Dell UltraSharp U2311H 0

Dell UltraSharp U2311H monitor

For a while I’ve been after a new monitor – my 17″ Viewsonic may have been a PC Pro a-listed cutting-edge monitor back in 2005 (when it cost me £187.22!) but now it’s a little small and the colours aren’t quite as vibrant as they were 6 years ago. Now, I was happy to spend a bit more to getter a higher quality monitor and there were  certain things I wanted (in no particular order)… (Ideally) a zero dead pixel...

WordPress 0

Plains laid for WordPress 3.2

WordPress have given some initial details of the plans for WordPress 3.2. Rather than adding lots of new features, this release is going to concentrate on speed improvements and restricting the WordPress minimum requirements (this will allow existing code to be removed and will make adding code in future easier). The requirements changing are… PHP 5.2.4 required – WordPress will simply be dropping support for PHP 4 (i.e. there won’t be very many new PHP 5 features added) MySQL 5...

Creative ZiiO Android 2.2 update 0

Creative ZiiO Android 2.2 update

Creative have announced availability of Android 2.2 on their ZiiO tablets. Current Creative ZiiO 7” owners will be able to enjoy a free upgrade via or at ZiiO Space portal found on their tablets, beginning 25 March 2011. From today onwards, all new 7″ units shipping will have Android 2.2. The Creative ZiiO 10” is expected to ship with Android 2.2 by April 2011. New features of Android 2.2 are: Install apps either using on-board memory or external...