November 30, 2005

1.5 Release of Firefox

For the past year I have been 'taking back the web' and using Firefox, and today it got an important upgrade to 1.5. Firefox is now faster rendering, more secure and features a new update service to apply important patches automatically. Just after I installed it and the tried to load the default page ( - seemed to be getting hit hard) I witnessed another good feature, helpful error messages. Now when you get a 404 error or a timed out message you get information to help explain the problem and a Try Again button.

So if you browse the web you should be downloading and installing this right now.

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August 30, 2005

Help learn HTML with a real-time editor

When creating a website manually in HTML without a WYSIWYG editor you have to save your file then view it in a browser to see what you have done, but now with some clever scripting you can type HTML in one pane and view the result in another. Real-time HTML Editor is a great site that shows you the output of your HTML code in the lower half of the browser window. This is a perfect tool for beginners so they can quickly see how HTML pages are built and also errors can be stopped quickly.

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July 15, 2005

System Administrators Day - 29th July

You have two weeks notice to go to your local card shop and get your SysAdmin a 'System Administrators Day' card. Friday 29th July is our day, when we expect to be showered with gifts and presents or at the very least donuts with sprinkes and frosting (icing).

Until then check out this video and this song and worship the 'great power' that is your System Administrator.

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July 09, 2005

Feed the IT Guy - Game

Anyone knows that being an IT Guy is all about the next snack or caffeine fix and fixing problems on the network. MSN have a great flash game based around ‘our’ work lives. Give it a try, I only lasted till Thursday. MSN Tech & Gadgets - Feed the IT Guy

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June 16, 2005

Dedicated Microsoft Search Engine

A dedicated Microsoft search site has been created to help users find information about Microsoft products and technology. I never seem able to quickly find the information I want when searching on the Microsoft site and hopefully this search engine will produce better results. Microsoft Search Engine for Microsoft Server Content

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May 24, 2005

CNet launches UK site

For years has been the site for tech news, reviews and product write ups, but it was targeted to the US audience. Recently CNet launched especially for the UK, with write ups of products available in the UK and most importantly prices in Pounds Sterling. Reviews, Prices, News & Features at

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May 22, 2005

Understanding Subnets and IP's

At the moment I am frantically studying for a CCNA course I will be attending at the begining of June. As part of my revision I am going over information about Subnets and IP addresses. I found a good site that explains subnets in a simple and easy to follow manner. If you are interested in CCNA courses check the Cisco site for details.

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May 17, 2005

Configuring Squid Proxy To Authenticate With Active Directory

A few months ago I looked into using Squid at our school instead of the ISP proxy. But I was not sure how to intergrate it into our Active Directory and control access. Today while checking for updates for our great print quota software I found this how to article explaining exactly what to do. PaperCut Software Knowledge Base - Main.ConfiguringSquidProxyToAuthenticateWithActiveDirectory

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April 25, 2005

DIY Web Server guide

When I got always on internet via DSL back in 2000 the first thing I set up was a website hosted on my own computer. This is one of those 'Why? Because I can!' things that you just have to do. Here is a detailed how to with all the information you need to set up website hosting on your own computer. DIYwebserver - build and run your own webserver from home dsl broadband connection using windows, apache, IIS, FTP, email server and more

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April 19, 2005

Great day for Podcasts

Today was a busy podcast day with the release of two new podcasts by some very famous tech people.

First the old ‘The ScreenSavers’ crew created a reunion podcast which ended in discussions of reviving TSS online in some form maybe with video conferencing software being introduced with OS X Tiger. It was great to hear them all together again and to catch up on what they have been doing since TechTV ended. TROTSS.COM - The Revenge of The *Beeeep*

Also Phil Torrone who first started podcasting with is now podcasting with Make magazine. I have not listened to this podcast yet but his Engadget podcasts inspired discussion and creativity with technology, so I know it will be good. MAKE: Blog: MAKE:DIYcast- our new audio/podcast experiment!

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March 19, 2005

WinXP and WiFi explained

This was certainly a 'Wireless Weekend' as I found two good sites for information about 'Going Wireless with Windows XP' and 'How To Create A Wireless Network'.

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March 05, 2005

Browser Keyboard Shortcuts

When possible I prefer to navigate around software with keyboard shortcuts as I can work quicker than using a mouse. There are lots of browser shortcuts that you can use to help speed up your browsing experience. Firefox Help: Keyboard Shortcuts Make sure you use the 'Ctrl + I' shortcut to bookmark this site.

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February 04, 2005

Check your internet connection speed

Use this flash application from - Time Warner Cable Kansas City to test your internet connection speed. Our connection at work varies from +2MB to as low as 600K when all the students are online. Post your best results in the comments.

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Computer Security FAQ

One mans computer security FAQ is another mans hack FAQ. Learn and decide here for yourself.

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February 03, 2005

How to spoof emails

Hack This Site! have an easy to follow "How to" on sending convincing spoof emails using Telent. I used to do this all the time when I worked for CompuServe back in 97-98. Go send your friend an email from Bill Gates right now.

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