Technology

Bloggers unite

I've just watched a news report on the BBC web site about an important day for bloggers, happening on 17th October.  Historians at www.historymatters.org.uk have decided to create an enormous electronic time capsule, inviting anyone and everyone to write about their day on their web site, contributing to a blog that will chart the history of just one insignificant day from the point of view of potentially millions.(more…)

By Matthew, ago
Technology

Going green

Yes, I know I gave my blog a face-lift not long ago, but I quickly grew tired of it and felt it just didn't reflect who I was.  So here is a completely new design, completely my own work and totally different to anything I've done before.  I've used a picture of a Fender Stratacoustic, which is what my own guitar is, and used a funky green colour scheme.  It's actually been quite a challenge, design-wise, since it's so different from anything I've designed in the past, so at the moment I'm reasonably pleased with it.  That said, if you've got any opinions on the new design, do feel free to leave a comment!(more…)

By Matthew, ago
Technology

All the best things come in small packages

The postman came and knocked on the door this morning, at which point I was expecting to receive a nice big package inside which would be Logic Express 7, which I'd bought on the internet a few days ago. I was somewhat surprised to see how small the package actually was, and upon opening the package I realised why - Apple had packaged the CDs in a box no bigger than the CDs themselves! That makes a difference from most commercial software, where you buy a box the size of a reem of A4 paper, only to find one small CD inside. So I'm pretty impressed with this product already, and I haven't finished installing it yet! But I guess that really does sum up Apple though, doesn't it - the packaging deserves just as much attention as what's inside. In this case, an economically sized recyclable cardboard box with a built in sliding drawer housing two data DVDs and minimal documentation (it's all on the DVDs).(more…)

By Matthew, ago
Technology

Look mama, no wires!

My new toy arrived in the post today. A wireless adsl router. Nice.For some time now (about a year) we've had various cables strewn across our lounge and dining room in an effort to connect all our computers to the internet. Which was pretty unnecessary really, considering we don't have a huge number of computers! But due to the failure of my ADSL modem a while back I've had to have another ADSL router plugged into my PC, which was then sharing the internet connection across the network. It was all a bit of a mess, both in terms of cables and network architecture.(more…)

By Matthew, ago
Technology

A bit on the side

Further to my rant about web browsers a few days ago, I have been downloading and trying out a variety of different web browsers available for the Mac, most of which I guess most people won't have heard of. The standard ones I have permanently in my dock are Firefox, Camino, Safari, Internet Explorer and Opera. I also have lying around OmniWeb, Flock and Shiira. Interestingly each have their own quirks and attractions. (more…)

By Matthew, ago
Technology

Time to eat my words

I've just been doing some research into the next generation of web browsers, and from reading one report I've been very much surprised at how the three leading browsers match up. I remember reading through the technical specifications of Internet Explorer 7 some time ago, and not being particularly impressed by it, and as a result continued to cling to my claim that Firefox was the best you could get. This review suggests otherwise.(more…)

By Matthew, ago
Minis

Exhausted

This morning I had a meeting about another web site I’m redesigning, and that went well. I’ve certainly got plenty to be getting on with now, in terms of creating some initial designs. I also did some research last night into the latest web trends, this year’s fashions in the Read more…

By Matthew, ago