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Connected to the internet [at home] again

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Life, Technology

The past couple of weeks have been terrible for me. 3 months ago I moved into a flat in Camden Town and agreed to sublet a room. For the first 2 months, things went well and there was really no worry. The couple I live with are great and we have nice conversations together. Plus, we do not get in each other’s hair and are generally all quite laid back. Now the person I’m subletting the place from was a complete disaster. She asked us all if she could stay in January for a week, as he had come back from a two-week-long holiday to South Africa. She works as a nanny, or so she says, and she stated that her nanny job would not start until a week into the month. So we were kind and let her...

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Social Media & the Workplace

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Random, Technology

Social Media has been a highly contested issue as to whether it’s a waste of time or something that opens the mind up to new ideas. In my opinion, coming from a workplace that was only connected to a local intranet, I feel that Social Media is a waste of time – but the internet as a whole is not. Working in a restricted environment does do damage to your work force as they are humans and from time to time people do need small two minute breaks to look at what their friends are doing or to have a look at their email for anything important they’ve been waiting on — just to stay sane.  Social Media also includes websites like Reddit, which offers a vast array of help and information on nearly every subject you can think...

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First month review of giffgaff

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Technology

A month has almost gone by while using giffgaff’s service and I thought I’d share my thoughts and views on their service thus far. The one month giffgaff review To start off with, I thought it might be pertinent to first state which package I chose.  I chose the £12.00 “Goodybag”, which provides the following: 250 minutes Unlimited texts Unlimited internet usage (Fair use applies) I mainly chose this package for the “Unlimited internet” and for the “Unlimited texts”. Both have fared quite well, and I’ll first share my experiences with the 3G/internet usage below. 3G speeds and usage giffgaff offer these packages using the backbone of 02’s signal network, so the 3G connection in London is quite well connected and strong. I’ve made use of the “unlimited internet” by having hours and hours of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol)...

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“Not found” issue when accessing wp-admin for WordPress

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Technology

I recently started a few new blogs and I used an automated installer to install WordPress via cPanel. However, when I created the site I noticed a few issues had arisen and that had made it impossible for me to login to “wp-admin” and “wp-login.php”, so I wondered what could have gone wrong, as every time when I tried to access those URLs, I encountered “Not found”, even though the directory does indeed exist. I knew it was a .htaccess issue, so I looked at one of my older blogs where I have none of these issues and copied my .htaccess file into the directory of my new site. I copied this .htaccess: # BEGIN WordPress <IfModule mod_rewrite.c> RewriteEngine On RewriteBase / RewriteRule ^index\.php$ – [L] RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d RewriteRule . /index.php [L] </IfModule>\ # END...

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Wix affiliate update

Posted by on Apr 27, 2013 in Technology

Wix is a free web service, similar to what Geocities was, and that provides people the methods and means to open up websites using one of their pre-made templates. Last week I gave my first impressions of their affiliate service. Today, I’ll be sharing my progress with their affiliate service that I’ve been using on my Simple Templates website. I thought I’d give an update on the Wix affiliate program that I recently signed up with for one of my sites. It’s been under a week or so since I’ve been using Wix’s affiliate program. Have I struck any gold with them? Not yet. I’m still working on that. Currently, I’ve only signed up 7 people, out of the 36 people who have clicked on the Wix affiliate ads. Obviously, to gain any affiliate sales, I need those 7...

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Wix’s affiliate program first impressions review

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Technology

I recently signed up for Wix.com’s affiliate program, and you can see it in action on my Simple Templates website. I’ll go ahead by saying that the program does not seem to be setup well. Why? Well, for starters you have to host their advertisements [images], and unlike AdSense or Commission Junction (I think), you don’t get a generated piece of code to insert into your website. While that wasn’t a problem, it was a little troublesome. I’m also not enjoying the affiliate control panel, as it looks horrendous and you really have to trust their data is in order. I’m thinking of testing this affiliate system for a month or so, and if I see NO sign ups at-all, then I’m switching back to Google Ads. We shall see how this goes. Onto the details… They will pay via PayPal...

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Review of Stable Host

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Technology

I haven’t done a review of a hosting company in a while now and I remember when I used to use dedicated servers and VPSs that I used to do periodical reviews of them to ensure that they’d keep their quality.  Ever since becoming a shared hosted user, I’ve never really done a review for shared hosts as I didn’t consider them that important. That is, of course,  far from the truth. However, I’ve got to give my current host credit as they have recently, or especially this year have been very good. Last year, however, I had a few bad experiences and I very nearly switched web hosts. Those bad experiences included my entire web directory being exposed for a brief period on an aggregate directory. I was, however, compensated for that and I actually haven’t had to pay any hosting bills, for...

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WordPress’ Photon slowing my site down

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Technology

WordPress has a content delivery network called “Photon” and what this content delivery does in WordPress’ own words: Give your site a boost by loading images in posts from the WordPress.com content delivery network. We cache your images and serve them from our super-fast network, reducing the burden on your Web host with the click of a button. I’m not sure what the issue is. However, on the site that is having the issue with Jetpack’s Photon module, well, it only has 600+ images and that’s including generated thumbnails. So, I’m really not sure what the problem is. Also, after scouring Google to find out if others are having issues, I found results suggesting that I was not alone. From what I gathered the WordPress staff or people who’ve worked on WordPress plugins were saying the issues could range...

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New trainers and webcam

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Blog, Technology

I haven’t really bought anything nice lately and that’s due to me, well, not having much money… actually, more than anything I don’t want to cut into my savings until I can find a job when I go back to the UK. I bought a nice pair of shoes as my old shoes weren’t in the best condition. My old pair had really worn down. First of all there’s a hole located on the front of my left side shoe. Secondly, on both of the inner-heels of my shoes the material has worn away, which means that every time I walk, the back part of my foot keeps rubbing against the plastic-type material where padding and material should be. – It causes minor discomfort and to get around this issue I simply lodged a sock in the round-hole type...

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Need inspiration to code? Code.org

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in Technology

I just came across this brilliant video about getting people to learn how to code. It’s amazing. It features a handful of creators in the past century who have created something with code and who have become successful. The Code.org website is about teaching people to program and to encourage those who may have had a slight interest to have an even bigger interest. It has certainly got me excited. Perhaps, I won’t have to go to university after-all, and I can learn how to program completely free – this I think is the premise behind Code.org. Featuring: Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi. Directed by Lesley Chilcott. “What most schools don’t teach” I’ve always dreamed of being involved with programming and creating something...

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