No finer word can be said of a man than; he was loved, and he loved all. It is with a heavy heart this month I have said goodbye to my father and my friend. I embed for you the poem “The Dash” by Linda Ellis. This was read through my fathers eulogy and it seems fitting to life lived…

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A child’s mind…

I love the latest tech and try to keep up on current technology/gadget news. It excites me! I am constantly amazed at the advancements in my life time. It astounds me that my mums family were the only one in their street that had a TV! I am now a product of my (technological) generation, though as a child nothing could be further from the truth.
Growing up, our household couldn’t afford much – my parents made enough to get by, and we could afford little luxuries. What luxuries we did have – family holiday abroad – were saved for and counterbalanced by the use of cheaper Scandinavian supermarkets, and no-brand “members” only clothing shops. When it came to technology (computers or above basic mountain bikes) if I wanted it, I had to earn it.…

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Unsync Facebook Events (birthdays and events) from my iPhone/iPad

Unsync Facebook Events (birthdays and events) from my iPhone/iPad

Following the success of my previous posts Sync Facebook Events and Birthdays to iPhone Calendar (for FREE!) and Sync Facebook Events (Birthdays and Events) to iPhone/iPad (Free) – Revisited, I’ve had a number of requests on how to unsync Facebook from your iPhone/iPad.

It’s a fairly easy process to follow, all you need for this is your iPhone/iPad.

Within the Calendar app, click on calendars located at the bottom of the screen. When the list of All calendars appears, scroll down until you see Subscribed or in my case (I am using iOS7), FACEBOOK. Simply uncheck the calendars you wish to unsync.

They will now no longer appear within the calendar app.



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A New Page

A New Page

Look Back

Picture the scene: You’ve just spent over £9.00 on a new sketch book. You can’t wait to get it home and put your trusty Stabilo 189/46 Sensor Pen Fineliner 0.3mm (black of course) to paper. The satisfaction of the smooth lines on the crisp off white, textured paper. No marks from overleaf drawings, seeped through. No bends, no indentations… just crisp, simple paper perfection. At university, nothing would give me greater pleasure or satisfaction than the (often overzealous and unconsidered) actions of sketch book initiation. How life has changed…

It’s been well over a year and a half (1 year 7 months, 6 days, to be exact) since my last blog post, and I feel I ought to show face.…

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Productivity and how to go about it (the 10 laws)

Midway through my workday, as I was tucking into my last remaining Iced Mince Pie – I stumbled upon this wonderful blog post on the “10 Laws of Productivity”.

What are the rules I hear you think…

  1. Break the seal of hesitation.
  2. Start small.
  3. Protoype, prototype, prototype.
  4. Create simple objectives for projects, and revisit them regularly.
  5. Work on your project a little bit each day.
  6. Develop a routine.
  7. Break big, long-term projects into smaller chunks or “phases.”
  8. Prune away superfluous meetings (and their attendees).
  9. Practice saying “No.”
  10. Remember that rules – even productivity rules – are made to be broken.

I would recommend taking a look at the actual blog post: provided for your view pleasure by…

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What to do: If your tech gets stolen

Loosing your Tech

It not something we like to think about, but sadly there are a lot of people out who prefer to make a dishonest “quick buck” from your tech. They want what’s yours and may get it by any means. And with street crime (and Pick Pocketing) on the up it’s best to know how you can best protect your virtual, financial and home life.

Gizmodo UK, One of the websites I follow had a feature story about one of the authors Chris Mills, who was recently mugged. Chris had the unenviable task of securing his personal life before he could start getting over the ordeal itself. Part of this, Chris wrote a comprehensive list of what he had to do following the mugging to ensure normality could resume as quick as possible.…

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Sync Facebook Events (Birthdays and Events) to iPhone/iPad (Free) – Revisited

Sync Facebook Events (Birthdays and Events) to iPhone/iPad (Free) – Revisited

Further to my previous post on how to SyncFacebook Events (Birthdays and Events) to iPhone/iPad  : Sync Facebook Events and Birthdays to iPhone Calendar (for FREE!) Facebook reformatted the layout, hence the need for a revised “how to”.

The Solution…

The following solution works on mysetup: iPhone 4S, iOS 6.0 (woe is me for the maps). PC and Google Chrome browser.

First of all, you need to find the Facebook Events iCal url (using my laptop and iPhone separately).

To do this:
Using a web browser navigate to Facebook and load the events page (Events is located in the left hand menu)

  • Once the page has loaded, click the “gear icon” located in the top right of the page (actual location is directly under home button).

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Silverstripe 3 – New ORM

Silverstripe 3 – New ORM

People who know me and my clients know I love SilverStripe. Find below the latest from Sam Minnée – CEO SilverStripe.

Sam Minnée, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of SilverStripe, has shaped the SilverStripe Suite and is part of its success story as an internationally respected Open Source CMS.

One of the parts of SilverStripe 3 that I was most heavily involved with was the development of the new ORM. ORM stands for “Object-relational mapper” and it’s the part of the system that turns your DataObject::get() calls into SQL queries, and constructs relevant DataObjects with the results. In other words, it maps our PHP objects to a relational database for storage.

The biggest change we’ve made to the ORM in SilverStripe 3 is how it fetches sets of records.…

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Top 10 Free Online Storage Apps

Article I found on Freelance Switch:

Cloud computing oppens new opportunities for freelancers. One of them is free online file synchronization and storage. Nowadays you can sync your PC files and manage your documents on the go. Share files with your employer or other freelancers. Make an online backup or roll back to previous file version. All these actions are possible with modern online file sharing applications.

Here are the top ten online storage and file sync services that are suitable for freelancing document needs:



Dropbox is a leading folder sync tool. Dropbox gives 2GB free online file storage, which may be increased up to 8GB. Install Dropbox software on PC, Mac, Linux, or mobile devices. Put files you want to store in your Dropbox folder, share a folder with someone, or sync files with other device.…

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Freebie: Facebook Fan Page GUI PSD

A wonderful article I found… take a look:

Today we are glad to release a yet another freebie: a Facebook Fan Page GUI PSD, designed by Hike and released for Smashing Magazine and its readers. The PSD will speed up the process of creating previews, thus sparing you from drawing all the comps and letting you customize all the texts, buttons and data as you need. All layers are vectorized, allowing you to scale up the GUI without loss of quality. The mock-up is 100% pixel-accurate, it has 4 viewing modes (default wall, wireframe wall, default tab, wireframe tab), all layers labeled and grouped. Smart guides are included. The PSD is compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS3+.

With every update Facebook performs to its fan page design, Hike reproduces it 24 hours later and updates its download link with the latest version.…

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