YouTube Flaw

I found a flaw on the YouTube embed code. Not my fault but YouTubes. So here is the ecollege Video as a link Ahh Technology a,

Sigh

Crashed three times in the middle of recording a video, sigh. Updated my eCollege dot me site . Crashed another couple of times. Sigh. Then I looked at the clock and it was two minutes to six, I had forgotten to pick up my meds ( don’t worry I have a stash). Sigh. A nice cup of coffee will help but shit remembered I had bought the cheap stuff to save money which I don’t like, stupid! Sigh. Then sent my daughter out to get cream for the christmas pudding that was on sale. The cream cracked in her rucksack and went everywhere. Sigh. So to cheer myself up I updated my eCollege site.Do have a look. I’ve included the post here for my subscribers to this blog.

Been having a troublesome day so……..

I thought I would cheer myself up with some Art. I am more ignorant of Art than I care to mention but I know what I like. Perhaps the most famous paintings I have seen were in the Uffizi gallery in Florence my favourite city in Europe. Of note there is Botticelli’s Venus on a Half Shell:

Botticelli's Birth of Venus reworked on the website annautopiagiordano.it Florence is so beautiful, the square with the statue of David ie wonderful. To sit in the square in an outdoor café, a little stoned, sipping Campari Sodas. Yes sipping because the point is to be with the ambiance without breaking the bank. to be smartly dressed is a must otherwise you will be given a table inside. You have to look cool. You should look like one of The Beautiful People, aging perhaps but aging gracefully. The fact we were camping on the side of hill 5 miles outside town need not be mentioned. The thing is wherever you go you have to blend in. Myself with my 25 year old slim, leggy Japanese wife (well she won’t read this but one of the reasons I married her not because her dad was a millionaire, nor that she had an IQ off the scale but because John Lennon had a Japanese wife; the coolest man ever. ) blended.

Oh dear aren’t I awful. Ooops. Back to Art. You do realise that all Art is generally available on the ‘net? So there is no excuse. Of course, if you must and the fact you are technophiles, you can make it a technology. So I love Kandinsky and below is a slider of his work.

 

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Unfortunately HiSlider only works on a self hosted WordPress site. So here is a promo video of the site. I have just learned to use annotations. What do you think?

 

I love the colours and the integrity. Above should be for reference only – i just love moving pictures.

Nota Bene

I know how to be buy a computer. Probably I got used to people ignoring the box that did all the work but calling the monitor the computer, anyway I bought my first proper computer in 1994. It cost a fortune because i spent half the total price on a 17 inch monitor. You see you spend all your time in front of your monitor, the fastest and biggest computer need not be viewed through a 15 inch monitor. I have a 22 inch wide screen monitor and I run at resolution of 1920 x 1080. Makes sense to me. I live in front of my computer as my environment is not conducive to perambulations. You might find my graphics a tad large but to me they are normal. For example my signature is 36pt.

 

philipBut to me its ok. A signature should be a tad flamboyant. I have said in Essential Free Graphics how important it is to have a good graphics program without spending months or years on Adobe Photoshop. All my stuff comes from Expression Design from Microsoft. The studio was selling a good few hundred euro but I don’t know why they stopped selling it but now its free. It does the job.

I created :

pennypedestalsign

I did it all except for photoshopping the background of Penny the cat. you can get the rest of the story Not Another Kitten dot com. ” Tails from The Kitten Shop” a damn good read.

Thanks

philipsm

See? (I can do small!!!!)

Thats the end of a very trying day!! Thanks for your time!

Statistics

My friend Seren (her blog is here) She has 35k readers,  She blogs about Second Life. I have a few thousand across all my blogs.  She celebrated her three years of blogging and I realised that I had been blogging for four years. There are some 71 million WordPress blogs . You can look at the stats here  All my links open a new page. Over 384 million people view more than 13.3 billion pages each month. This is just WordPress. Tumblr have 101 million with 44 billion blog posts.  The blogosphere is vast and very healthy. There are 62 million comments made each month on WordPress so this is by no means a passive medium. I am amazed at this. Never in the history of humankind has there been such vociferousness.

People blog about everything and anything. It is an easy communications medium; some specialise and some, like this blog, are general. All my main blogs are self hosted and the most popular set up earlier this year is eCollege.me people want to learn, especially online.  The statistics below refer to the USA which only represents a proportion of blogging. Other stats show a much higher proportion of women blogging.

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Below is a report on Social Media 2012. Clicking on the link will take you to my scribd site, perhaps my most successful contribution to the vast library that is the Internet with over 80k reads. As you can see the link below is not an embed but just a link. This is a serious drawback of a free site rather than a self hosted WordPress site.

The Social Media Report 2012 by Philip Finlay-Bryan

Another site you should be aware of is Hyperconnectivity dot me I love doing research. 🙂 This site has a number of important points and well worth a glance with emphasis on the UK.

The message? You are here reading this blog. If you haven’t got one, get one its free. After you have wet your feet with a free site take the plunge and get a self hosted site it is far more sophisticated while being as easy to use. I will hold your hand if you need it through Personal Domains dot net. You can fill out the form below too.

 

Powerpoint

Below is a PowerPoint presentation, a promo for Personal Domains. It seems WordPress doesn’t embed the presentation but opens PowerPoint.

21st Century Networks

I was going to do a narration but decided to put the whole thing to one of my music favourite tracks then it turned into a music video and promo for Ravens Kiss dot org too. I can make serious PowerPoint presentations and I have my cert from Microsoft. I uploaded the presentation and a video of the presentation to skydrive for sharing. Below is the upload with music on YouTube.

 

I have noticed that ads sometimes appear on this site. Its because I haven’t paid for an upgrade I have two things to say about this:

1. A self hosted WordPress site is a hundred times better than a free one, Personal Domains dot net is a self hosted WordPress site

2. WordPress will offer a premium domain dot com etc and host it. However you will still not get plug ins an essential feature of any WordPress site.

I can register and install WordPress on any of domains registered by me. From start to ready to use takes about 10 minutes. The way I run many of my domains is to have a minimal site then have the blog as a sub domain so there is FamilyBlogs.info and blog.FamilyBlogs.info which is my WordPress blog.

 

 

 

Essential Free Graphics

One of my sites I am developing is called eCollege dot me. I have taken the post from there and duplicated it here as it has a few good points worth mentioning.  I am a wannabe artist. When I was at school many years ago I had a wonderful imagination but couldn’t draw a straight line to save my life. Even my stick men were misshapen. It came as a revelation that computers could draw straight lines for me.  I have said on my RavensKiss dot org  site that my computer is a window on the world where I spend most of my time and this is why I make videos to give others a chance to see what I see. On the eCollege site I will be offering hints and tips like the ones below. i do love playing with graphics I dunno if its art but it is creative. I live on disability so I cannot afford to buy programs but found through my trawling of the Internet that I don’t have to. I now run 46 gTLDS accumulated over the past year and at €10 per year each and my own hosting company………its a great hobby. Not interested in making money but I do like to be of use, I can nearly write whole sentences with my domains so please Useme.biz 🙂

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A good graphics program is essential. Photoshop is used by all professionals and I did a free online course where I learned the essentials. Photoshop CS2 is very old but available free of charge. I use it primarily to make backgrounds transparent. I have a green studio in Second Life (dot) com which makes it easy to make a background transparent. The whole process takes minutes.

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To make a background transparent use the magic wand to highlight the colour range then create a layer. Then go back to the main layer and cut the highlighted background. Save the file as a PNG which preserves the transparency. Once I have the image with the transparency I can add it to any picture I like.

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However for everyday work I use Expression Design because it is so much easier to use. You can produce excellent graphics and manipulate images. You can also import Photoshop. PNG files are great and hold transparency information. I use it to create text logos and signs. It is made by Microsoft as part of the Expression Studio. The latest version is free.

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You can get Expression Design here

If you need icons there is a good site here, Click on picture.

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talk Because I am not very good at Photoshop and Expression Design is so easy to use I import the sheet of icons as a jpgtalk copy then cut out the ones i want. However you may want to get rid of the background so use Photoshop for that. All this takes minutes. It is worth spending time learning both Photoshop and Expression Design. A lot of my learning has taken place through experimentation.

To capture any image on your computer you can use “Print Screen” top right on your keyboard. If you want to be a bit more sophisticated download and install 4 Shared Shot . This enables you to have control over what you capture.

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TIP: Be careful when you download and install some free programs. The only way they make money is to install add ons. These can be toolbars or set your search engine to one they get commission on. Always install using the Advanced option and deselect the add ons or search engine choice.

Of course Microsoft Word is a great graphics program too…..more later.

Next post HTML.

If you need a hand with anything do get in touch…..

Money Myths And The Internet


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1. To register a domain costs a lot of money .
No It costs 10 euros a year for a dot com

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2. When you have a domain it costs a lot of money to host it.
No it costs 7 euro a month
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3. Web design is expensive.
No thousands of web page designs are free. This web page blog is free
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4. It takes ages weeks to set it all up like email and things.
No it takes an hour
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5. I have to employ someone to set it up. That will be expensive.
I charge 10 euros an hour. It takes two hours.
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6. I will need help if I get in a mess.
Yes I charge 8 euros an hour for support
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7. If I want to change it I cannot.
Maybe not. Call me I will do it while you wait. If its easy its free.
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8. Companies want to charge me 700 to 1200 euros to create a domain and web site.
Great.

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My mother said to me : “A fool and their money are soon parted” Not that that is relevant Their mothers told them “A mug is born every minute” Mothers are grand.
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9. It will take months for the search engines to find my site. Or I have to pay a lot of money for it.

No. I set up this site four days a go. Type Bog Of Allen 2010 in to Google : See the total number of hits for the search see what positon this site is.
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10. I need a .ie address because I am Irish .
Like IrishTimes.com and BookOfKells.com and BridgeHouse.com and Tullamore.com and BogOfAllen.com and ItsBiggerOnTheInside.com and LookWhatIFoundInTheAttic.com and IrishSecure.com and Locky.com and pjfbncyl.com and TullamoreChamber.com

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Ok You are right .

Bye bye.

Please do not email philip@irishsecure.com and say

“Philip, I want a web site that looks very modern and I want to be trained to use it. I want 5 email addresses, an auto responder, mail forwarding, webmail, stats, sub domains a personal blog and a company blog. Graphics, a video, I have 100 euros! If after 30 days OI dont like it I want 50 euros back and a DVD of everything you’ve done. I have a car! Can we spend the day together? “

Of course! Monday? Tuesday? Day? Night? Tell me when.

Philip Finlay-Bryan B.Sc (Hons) Psych /Computing MA C.Q.S.W.

 

The Day The Word Fuck Disappeared

by Michael Scully

The day the word fuck disappeared
Every print of Scarface melted.

The day the word fuck disappeared
The Oxford English Dictionary
Became obsolete.

The day the word fuck disappeared
D.I.Y. enthusiasts
Wore black bandages.

The day the word fuck disappeared
The word shit
Went into hiding.

The day the word fuck disappeared
Hiberno-english
Mourned an amputation.

The day the word fuck disappeared
A worrying proportion of the population
Were struck completely dumb.

The day the word fuck disappeared
Docks, building sites, housing estates,
school playgrounds, sports stadiums
and pubs were eerily silent.

The day the word fuck disappeared
The Amalgamated Union of Asterisks
Went on strike for higher wages.

The day the word fuck disappeared
The prim and purse-lipped
Had a weak tea party and an early night.

The day the word fuck disappeared
The Collected Poems of Philip Larkin became
The Selected Poems of Philip Larkin.

The day the word fuck disappeared
A million prayers (what the fuck are you doing to me now)
Drifted a little off course.

The day the word fuck disappeared
Sex was a little more decorous.
Less fun.

mick

Mick

The Internet

Hi Graham, Hi Gill, Hi Inty
Change Your Mind ~ Change The World

Alan Emtage, (born November 27, 1964) conceived and implemented the first version of Archie, a pre-Web internet search engine for locating material in public FTP archives.

  • The author originally wanted to call the program “archives,” but had to shorten it to comply with the Unix world standard of assigning programs and files short, cryptic names such as grep, cat, troff, sed, awk, perl, and so on.

A native of Barbados, and the son of Sir Stephen and Lady Emtage, he attended high school at Harrison College from 1975 to 1983 (and in 1981 becoming the owner of a Sinclair ZX81 with 1K of memory), where he graduated at the top of his class, winning the Barbados Scholarship.

ZX 81

I cycled across London to get 16k of RAM upgrade

In 1983 he entered McGill University in Montreal, Canada studying for an honors Bachelor’s degree in computer science which was followed by a Master’s degree in 1987 from which he graduated in 1991. Emtage was part of the team that brought the first Internet link to eastern Canada (and only the second link in the country) in 1986. In 1989 while a student and working as a systems administrator for the School of Computer Science, Emtage conceived and implemented the original version of the Archie search engine, the world’s first Internet search engine and the start of a line which leads directly to today’s Altavista, Yahoo!, and Google.

45 years old in a couple of weeks.

Some Stats:

  • 105,170,327 active web surfers in the US
  • In Europe 105,096,093
  • Asia 704,213,930 Internet users
  • Latin America and The Caribbean 175,834,439


I make that 2,180,629,578 oh, and I’ve got two computers so 2,180,629,579.


To Get The Ball Rolling……

To Get The Ball Rolling……


C O N I F I G U R A T I O N