By |2016-11-29T20:12:41+10:00July 7th, 2008|Categories: blogging, software discussion|Tags: , , , , , |

My other blog, my photoblog, runs on Pixelpost v 1.7. I've been using Pixelpost for nearly two years now, but have only recently upgraded to the newest version. As far as photoblogging applications go, I think it's the best one out there (certainly the best one I've found.) It's free, there are a lot of templates to change the design, and there's a great community of users. But that's not to say I don't have issues with it. I do. I simply don't understand why it has to be so difficult. The answer to that may simply be 'because it's free', and if so, then fine. But maybe that's not the entire answer... I have been dabbling in web design for a few years now, and while I'm not a born coder (never will be) I can write html and have a decent understanding of css. I've even managed to [...]

Net Neutrality

By |2016-10-22T09:42:31+10:00April 29th, 2008|Categories: internet|Tags: , , , |

Net neutrality is on the agenda. BIG TIME! ISPs are already making decisions in their daily practices that completely go against the principle of net neutrality. For a couple of years now they have been throttling torrent and other P2P traffic. And I can almost understand their point of view. Internet piracy is rampant, and the amount of traffic from P2P apps must be very large indeed and overloading their networks. But ISPs generally charge people for a fixed amount of data per month, and why should they interfere in how we as use that data? Why do they think they have a right to control our use of the Internet. It’s not really their job is it… The basis principle of net neutrality is that ‘Internet users should be in control of what content they view and what applications they use on the Internet.’ It’s the [...]


By |2016-10-22T09:42:33+10:00April 1st, 2008|Categories: internet|Tags: , , , , |

Joomla is a CMS (Content Management System) that I've known about for over a year but never really explored. Until the weekend. I downloaded the latest version (1.5) and within an hour or so had installed all the neccesary components for an offline installation and got my first web site up and running. Cool. Configuring the design seems to be the part that's not straight forward, but I'm sure I'll get my head around it in time. I love the basic idea, although coming from a guy whose first introduction to web design was hand coding a html document, this is taking things a long way from home. But productivity is king, and this collection of technologies (Joomla, MySQL, Php etc) serves up one amazing little database driven website in a hurry. AND it's open source! It's not for absolute amateurs, but for anyone with a grounding in web design, [...]

Stumble Upon

By |2016-10-22T09:42:33+10:00March 21st, 2008|Categories: internet|Tags: , , , , , , |

In the last two days I have discovered more cool web sites than I have in the previous six months. If you haven't already stumbled upon it, stumble upon is a great way to discover new sites. I am a regular net user, and I spend a lot of time trawling the web, but it's easy to get bogged down in habit and routine. Stumble Upon breaks the habit, and throws you out into the universe to discover sites that fit with your specified interests. User rankings also strengthen the system. Of course you also get sent to some sites that are less than amazing, but with a few hours of stumbling, you'll have enough interesting sites bookmarked to spend the next month looking at. Truly inspiring stuff.

Photoblog Awards

By |2016-10-22T09:42:34+10:00July 15th, 2007|Categories: internet|Tags: , , , , |

Not that I have any chance at all, but if you stumble across this post and have a kind heart, could you consider voting for me at the current Photoblog Awards? You need to register, but as long as you are not a total technophobe, it takes about 1 minute. Recognition of having a good blog is one thing, but more importantly for me at this stage is the encouragement to keep it going. I get lots of visits, but hardly any comments on my blog, which is at times quite discouraging. I could have used Flickr instead I suppose if comments was everything for me, but if you know my opinion of Flickr, you understand why. The idea that people are keeping an eye on my work is something that motivates me. SO any publicity is good isn't it. It gets more bums on seats and hopefully more comments. [...]