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Monday, December 14th, 2009

Dell 2209WA Screen

I’ve had an LG 19″ LCD monitor for a few years now, and with the slow march of progress, it was time to think about a replacement.  Cue list of desirable features: Larger screen size than previous, around 21″ or 22″ Widescreen aspect, either 16:9 or 16:10 Lower energy consumption, both in operation and especially […]

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Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Zenphoto Widget

I’ve recently switched my Gallery to use the excellent Zen Photo web gallery. This is simpler than Coppermine, but retains enough of smart navigation to be very usable. The presentation is very slick too, with lots of interchangeable themes to choose from. In making the change, that meant I also had to create a new […]

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Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Synology DiskStation

There are an increasing number of network attached storage (NAS) devices, each of which offers at the minimum access to a hard disk drive in an external enclosure. Some devices also offer additional facilities such as active data redundancy (see the earlier post on the Drobo storage robot), but with the Synology DS207+ device, you […]

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Thursday, December 13th, 2007

CMS Matrix

This site has been hosted using the popular blog publishing system from WordPress. It’s very easy to use, the themes can be customised easily, and it doesn’t try to be all things to all people. However, in the interest of keeping all things fresh, I have been looking at alternate CMS systems, including XOOPS, Drupal […]

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Friday, November 16th, 2007

OpenDNS – an alternate to the net nanny

I have been looking to install a net nanny type application for sometime on my home network, mainly to provide some protection for the kids against the less salubrious websites that are out there. Received wisdom (mainly from the local ISP) is that I should install a dedicated nanny application onto each PC that I […]

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

ScribeFire and WordPress

I have been using WordPress for the past couple of years, and I’m pretty happy. It certainly makes writing new articles for this site nice and easy. To make life even easier, as I’m scouring the web for useful bits of information, I often want to blog some interesting site there and then. To do […]

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Monday, October 8th, 2007

RoundCube Webmail

After many years of decent service out of the Horde webmail application, I’ve found an alternative.  The RoundCube webmail project attempts to bring all the convenience of AJAX to the web application – an email was always the application in need of this treatment. The GUI is quite simple, clean and clear.  In fact you […]

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Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

Web Word Processor

Need to edit a file but don’t have a copy of Word handy – then try this web based WP…. ajaxWrite – AJAX for Everyone

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Monday, June 19th, 2006


Every so often a truly useful website appears – and this is one.  Not much use if you spend all day every day in Putney, but if you travel alot, or if you phone people abroad, then this is an invaluable tool…. Time Zone Check – Travel Help

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Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Explorer XP

XP FileManager not as flexible or as useful as it could be?  Then try this lightweight freeware alternative – what have you got to loose? ExplorerXP – Freeware file manager for Win2K/XP

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