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Keeping your passwords secure – a better way?

A thought provoking article via Lifehacker on why a different approach to a random password might be better. I have not done the maths on this so offer no opinion on whether it is better or not, but I shall certainly think about it. One potential downside is that...

Reinstalling OS X

My iMac has a mysterious complaint: it keeps shutting down, about once a day, for no obvious reason. For a computer that is left on 24×7 to record TV and run offsite backup this is a bit of a problem. Yesterday, amongst other things, Apple techs had me wipe the...

One blog or two?

Today I decided to start a new blog … no, not this one, which I intend to keep going but something more specifically linked to the web design work that I am trying to get into. In the past I have decided against posting certain articles here because I thought...

A whole new world

As I mentioned in the previous post a friend recently asked for some help with a club website that she administers, this started a journey that led me into the heart of WordPress and beyond. I tried various plugins that offered the kind of functionality she wanted,...

Nothing to see … move along

I have not posted here for a while. Most my time has been spent working on …. WordPress, and in rather more detail than I feel comfortable with. Recently a friend asked for some help with a club website that she administers: “is it possible to add an event...

Why We Buy: avoid cognitive biases

Thanks for Lifehacker (again) I came across this interesting post in “PsyBlog”. The subject is how various psychological factors influence our purchasing and selling decisions. I studied psychology as part of my degree course so I am familiar with some of...

iPad2

When Apple first announced the iPad I admit that I could not really see the use case but I quickly realised that this was the ideal device for my wife. She is not a major computer user, for example her email goes unread for ages because of the inconvenience of using a...

A tale of two customer service experiences

Calling a helpdesk feels like entering the tenth circle of hell and no one does it for fun. However what happens when you do can have a big impact on your opinion of the company, whether you remain as a customer and what you say to your friends and colleagues. Two...

Get a job that is out of your league

I do not want a job that is out of my league – that would be too stressful and counter-productive – it is more a question of getting a job that appears to be out of my league. How to get through the mass of applicants, to get to interview where my talent...