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Thursday
Nov132008

Destroying Mobile Opera's Bookmarks

One of the problems I've found frustrating recently with my Samsung Omnia i900 mobile phone is the Opera mobile browser bookmarks. The browser has been preloaded by my operator with a number of bookmarks that I have no use for.

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Saturday
Nov082008

Using VCF to transfer contacts

I recently changed my mobile phone to a Samsung Omnia i900.  Whilst there are several issues with it at the moment - mainly due to Vodafone being way behind on tweaking any of the Samsung firmware releases, I've found it to be a good phone, but it hasn't been great at getting the contact data off of my previous phone; a Sony Ericsson K800i.

After trying a few options I managed to get a neat transfer of data that worked well.

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Sunday
Nov022008

When I rule the web...

Rather than my usual trial and error binomial approach to positioning, I decided to try some Windows compatible on screen rulers.  One ruler stood out from the others of being able to do everything I seemed to want  to and in the easiest way.

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Saturday
Oct182008

The Algebra of Martial Arts Recruitment

I've been training in martial pursuits for my whole adult life and I am now facing a publicity problem.  What makes people want to join a martial arts club?

I understand the different sorts of drivers that bring people to a point where they wish to try a martial art, but what is it that makes them choose a particular art.  More specifically when presented with a choice of martial arts and with no preconception what do you have to say or show someone to make them choose a particular art?

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Thursday
Oct092008

Look - No Pens

Last week I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit Old Billingsgate in London for the MISCO Expo '08.

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Thursday
Sep182008

Drupal 6: Maintaining your style offline

I've been migrating some web site content over the last few days onto a new installation of Drupal.  The original site is still in place but in order for the Drupal site to run properly I needed to install it to the site root and set it offline.  Originally I'd redirected the domain URL to the old index.html page, but this caused a few problems for Drupal saving settings.

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Sunday
Sep142008

Flaming registered globals

I run a number of web sites on a relatively cheap hosting service called Dataflame.  My current bandwidth doesn't let me run sites particularly well from home (just yet anyway), and the technical issues I've had sometimes have been infuriating, but for the price, I think the service is probably quite reasonable.

I use a lot of PHP based systems on the sites and they typically complain about the register_globals configuration being set on.  Now from a compatibility point of view for some of the older PHP applications this is great, but for security this isn't so hot.

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Wednesday
Sep102008

On-line Photo Albums

There are lots of different photo albums out there available to upload your photos to.  I've looked before at flickr and I even have a photobucket account somewhere.

After a bit of a mix up at my wedding I wanted to find some way of setting up an on-line album that I could let friends and family upload to and also provide somewhere to upload photos to when my wife and I were on honeymoon to let everyone know what a wonderful time we were both having.

In my search I came across myphotoalbum...

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Wednesday
Sep102008

Divide and Conquer the DVD

I had a martial arts instructional DVD and I was looking at converting it into some small DIVX files I could chuck onto a memory stick and take with me to a seminar to watch on the train.  The DVD primarily comprised of techniques I wanted to revise, but on the DVD the chapters lumped these together into groups and I wanted a more accessible way to pick out the techniques I wanted to look at.

I also wanted to put this together without spending any money on expensive video editing software.   The freeware and open source community for the Windows OS' did not disappoint....

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Wednesday
Jul302008

Mark my words

As an IT addict I have far too many computers.  I won't even begin to go into just how many and the various states of repair, but the point is I have more than one computer and from my other posts you may also have noted that I like to have my IT on the move.

One thing I've struggled with is managing my favourite web site links

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