Archive for October, 2006

The best digital photo software

October 28th, 2006 Comments off

Everyone has a digital camera these days and you need good software to manage the thousands of photos that sit on your PC.  Usually you get software with the digital camera.  I have a Canon Ixus 5 and I got the Canon software.  While it is ok,  Google Picasa blows it away.  If you aren’t using it already I would really recommend you try it out.

Have you used Google Picasa and what do you think ? 

What is your favourite software for managing your digital photos? 


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Sitepoint launches video tutorials for web professionals

October 26th, 2006 Comments off

Sitepoint have launched a series of video tutorials for web professionals.  There are three free video tutorials to get you started. 

  • An Introduction to AJAX
  • Photoshop Starburst Effect
  • Set Up Ruby on Rails for Windows

You have to give your email address to get the URLs to the free videos.  I took a look at the AJAX introduction and it is quite professionally done.  If you know what AJAX is all about then you probably won’t learn anything new but if you want to find out what AJAX is all about then I would recommend checking it out.  The videos are performed by Kevin Yank who has been at Sitepoint for many years now and who is the author of many books on web development technologies.

Apart from the three free ones mentioned above you will find more on the site but you have to pay for them.  $7.95 per video or three for $14.95, not a bad price.


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Windows Vista Team Blog

October 26th, 2006 Comments off

I came across this blog from the Microsoft Vista team, Windows Vista Team Blog.  I am looking forward to the release of Vista. I am impressed by the screenshots and videos that I have seen.  I’ll probably have to upgrade my hardware though. The specs for Windows Vista state that you only need 512MB.  I take these specs with a grain of salt and would imagine that you should be looking at 1GB to 1.5GB.

Are you looking forward to the release of Windows Vista or do you think it is too hyped ?

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What are the Best Blogging Tools ?

October 26th, 2006 Comments off

I have started this blog recently and have been searching for the ultimate blogging tools.  I have been blogging on other blogs for over a year now so I had some experience of the different tools available.  Up to a few weeks ago my main blogging tools were RSSBandit for reading all my feeds and wbloggar for posting blog entries. wbloggar integrates nicely into RSS Bandit which a right click on the item to post about it.  So why am I still searching for the ultimate blogging tools ?

Well the main disadvantage I find is that they both are Windows applications (offline tools).  RSS Bandit has a synchronisation feature so that when I installed it in many locations I could use my ftp space to store synchronisation information.  Still, though what I was really after is some online solution where I only need a web browser to run my blogs.

 In the last few weeks I have been using Google Reader  Google have updated it recently and I must say that I am very impressed.  Ok, so this solved my reading online but what about posting to blogs.  Currently I am using the Firefox Performancing plugin to post to some of my blogs.  Strictly speaking the plugin is still installed locally on my pc but at least it allows to read and post all from within my browser.

I am still on the look out for the ultimate solution, whereby I could read/blog from any internet enabled computer in the world without having to install any tools.

What tools do you use now for blogging ? 

Share some of your suggestions here 




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Error after Squible installation with comments and tag

October 16th, 2006 Comments off

So you have just finished installing the Squible WordPress theme and you keep getting the following error when using the tags or comments feature:

 Fatal error: Call to undefined function: show_tags() in #######/wp-content/themes/squible/single.php on line 153

The easiest way to fix this issue is to install the Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin for WordPress.  You can find it at 

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