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Recovery

Some of you may have noticed that most of the images on my blog have been missing for some time.  Actually, if I’m honest, I very much doubt if anyone has noticed.  Let’s face it, who reads blog posts from last year?  Hmm?  Anyone?  No, I thought not.  Nonetheless, the Read more…

By Matthew, ago
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Officially the end of the line

You should read this if you have previously received services from Matthew Dawkins Web Design or ChapterNine Web Design. It’s officially over, and my what a journey it has been!  Way back in 2005 I was approached by the St Albans Diocese Youth Service and asked if would be able Read more…

By Matthew, ago
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Shiny and new (part 2)

Yes, this is my second post today, and with the same title, but on a completely different topic. Some time ago, as some of my faithful readers will know, I got a new job.  That meant getting rid of… I mean, encouraging my old clients to go elsewhere for their Read more…

By Matthew, ago
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Making my blog more personal

Successful bloggers, and indeed writers in most fields, will tell you that the key to success is to pick your target market and stick to it.  No surprise, then, that the most read blogs are ones where their authors talk religiously about their chosen topic, whether that be a blog about programming methods or a blog about one man's journey to become a vintage bus driver.In spite of this well-acknowledged fact, you'll notice that my blog is still littered with a whole plethora of categories, covering all sorts of topics and areas of life.  I have chosen not to focus on one target audience, but to write infrequently about everything instead.Now, finally, I've got round to introducing a way for you, the reader, to take control of my blog and only show the articles you're actually interested in.(more…)

By Matthew, ago
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Is it Chrome? Is it Safari? No, it’s Firefox.

In all honesty I fell in love with Macs back before they were popular, back in the days of System 7.  My Dad used Macs every day, when he worked as a graphic designer for a local newspaper, and even then I could tell that the user interface was just so much 'better' than Microsoft's offering, which back then was Windows 3.1.Times have changed since then, of course.  Now I'm running Mac OS X Leopard on a dual-processor G5 tower.  Not new by any means, but it still beats the pants off Vista on my laptop.  Of course, Google has had its part to play in driving things forward, revolutionising web searches and pretty much anything we do online.  They've even brought out their own web browser, but sadly they didn't think it worth while to port a PPC version of it, so I can't use that.However, I can trick out my Firefox to do some of the same things that make Chrome such a fantastic browser.(more…)

By Matthew, ago
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A few changes

A while back my blog decided, in its infinite wisdom, that allowing access to the control panel was in fact not what I wanted to do, despite my many attempts to do so.  I would go to the login page, enter my details, hit the ‘go’ button, and be instantly Read more…

By Matthew, ago
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The Competition

I remember when I first started blogging.  My friend Phill was responsible for starting me off, back when we were at uni together.  He had a blog, and said that I should have one too.  So I registered a free domain name - www.minipix.cjb.net - and pointed that at some free webspace that came with my Dad's dial-up internet connection (with permission... I think), and wrote my first blog.  If memory serves, it said something along the lines of 'hey, I've got a blog, not sure what to write here, but we'll see how it goes'.  Once the bug had bitten, there was no stopping me.

That first blog was a straight HTML page.  I edited the HTML, probably in Notepad, put the latest post at the top of the page, and re-uploaded the file.  Simple but effective.  But over time it became a little unwieldy.  So Phill got me to beta-test his PHP-MySQL blogging system that he'd been tinkering with, and that opened up a lot more options.  Before long though I felt it necessary to migrate to something more substantial, made the move to WordPress (importing my old blog posts), and have been a blogging sensation ever since.  Well, maybe not the sensation bit.

But now, an ominous cloud hangs on the horizon.  A tiny ripple out at sea that has the potential to grow into a tidal wave that will rip through all that once was safe and secure.  My wife has a blog.

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By Matthew, ago
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In need of some TLC

Just a quick message here to say that my blog isn’t letting me in.  WordPress has failed me.  I can’t log in to add new posts, because when I enter my login details it just redirects me back to the login page rather than taking me to the admin panel.  Read more…

By Matthew, ago
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The intricacies of synchronisation

(Below is a solution for getting iSync to sync iCal's "delegate" calendars from Google Calendar onto a mobile phone.  Feel free to skip all the blurby bit at the top if you're not interested in my life story.)My job means sitting in front of a computer all day, playing with the internet.  There are of course times when I leave my desk, or need to use a different computer, and then it's nice to still have the same tools to hand.  So I've put my diary onto Google Calendar, so that it's available wherever I am.  Nice.Oh no, wait a minute.  I also need that same calendar on my mobile phone.  So far there is no bridge directly between Google Calendar and my Motorola L6, unless I load up Google Calendar on my phone's browser - but that costs me money because I'm on a PAYG tariff and I don't get any free data, so that's out of the question (not least because it's far from instant, even using the incredible Opera Mini browser and its clever servers).  So, that means having the calendars on iCal as well, so that I can use iSync to copy everything across.  And here's where it all gets rather complicated.(more…)

By Matthew, ago