Monthly Archives: June 2008

Weekend WWW Wanderings

Here is a little bit of light relief for you to help you relax. Smores keyboard – for when you have published something you regret and need to eat your words perhaps? phonemyphone calls your phone for you on schedule. Think of the possibilities: You can tee up a call as an excuse for: Rushing off to the computer when you have an irresistible urge to blog. Keeping the kids quiet – "shhh, you know you shouldn’t be noisy when I’m on the phone" – it works sometimes. Escaping from a boring meeting/date Your ideas? For those of you who […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Humor, Off Topic

New Rules for Domain Names

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ) has just approved key proposals to relax the rules on domain names which opens the way for more customization and flexibility. Domain names will now be allowed to use any combination of letters and numbers, including non-Latin characters. Top level domain (TLD) names (the 2 or 3 letters after the dot) will not have to conform to the existing name conventions. So instead of .com we may be seeing .blog, .xxx or .sex to identify a site. Second level domain names (the bit before the dot) could use a TLD as […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Blogging News, Tutorials

Excellent Free Online Image Editing Tools

Following my tutorial on adding borders to images I have been researching current online image editing applications which will allow you to do this and much more. Because of my web design activities I use Photoshop for image creation but the newer online editors are impressive and provide most of the editing functions I would require: they are much easier to use too. Image Editors with extensive features As well as allowing for upload of images from your computer, these applications allow you to import/export from other sites such as Flickr, Photobucket, Picasa, Facebook and MySpace. Common Features include: cropping […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Design and Coding, Images

Zac Browser for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

ZAC is a web browser specifically designed for children with autism, and autism spectrum disorders such as Asperger syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, (PDD), and PDD-NOS. ZAC is for "for their enjoyment, enrichment, and freedom. Children touch it, use it, play it, interact with it, and experience independence through ZAC….. ZAC is the zone that will permit your child to interact directly with games (a LOT of games) and activities (focused on MANY interests) that cater specifically to kids who display the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders, like impairments in social interaction, impairments in communication, restricted interests and repetitive behavior. ZAC […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Tools and Resources

Blog Contest With + $3000 Prizes

Feeling particularly generous I recently offered some prizes for inclusion in the Life is Colorful Anniversary Contest. My contribution is a 125×125 ad on my site and 2,000 entrecard credits. I would be delighted if they were won by one of you. There are various ways to enter the contest, the simplest being to subscribe to Life is Colorful. Visit the contest post for more details of entry requirements and the long list of prizes available. I decided to follow the Life is Colorful blog after I read the post “Earnings Crossed $10,000 this year on May 7th” as I […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Blog Promotion, Promotion and SEO

Best Backup and Synchronization Software

bobbigmac Using a good backup and synchronization program has been a priority for me since a glitch reformatted my data drive as well as my C drive. I thought I had all bases covered in this eventuality but the backups I had created on another computer, using windows scheduled backup, did not like my long folder structures and contained no files. Restoring image files I had burned to DVD, created using Acronis True Image software, was successful for the most part but, for reasons unknown, it could not restore around 50 of my photos. Despite over 20 years experience of […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Tools and Resources

Add Borders to Images

Inbuilt blog editors make it relatively easy to insert and position images in posts but you can add some additional styling elements and make them more interesting. The WordPress insert image screen (Appearance tab) allows you to add inline styling for individual images In Blogger you have to enter the CSS styling manually. If you have a particular style that you are going to use regularly it is simpler to add the a class to your CSS styling. I will explain this more as I go along. WordPress Insert Image Screen Firstly I will show you how to just add […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Design and Coding, Images