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Wordpress 5.0 - Ideology Trumps Usability

, posted: 14-Dec-2018 20:32

As some people in GZ know I can present as a grumpy old man (GOM) and I've certainly been accused of berating new technologies. This post certainly shouldn't disappoint them. However I will state my cause for this post - usability, specifically Jo(e) Average's ability to use a technology - in this case Wordpress. And so on behalf of Joe Average, let me unleash my inner GOM.
For those who are unaware: Version 5.0 of Wordpress changed the face of Wordpress, literally. Instead of the classic (read the entire post)...

Cloud services = bad for business

, posted: 28-Jul-2018 14:05

Looking back at some old blog posts I find myself revisiting some of the things I said about cloud services being dangerous or potentially bad for business. A few years later I am more convinced of this than ever. Here is why:
When I talk about cloud services in this article I am generally looking at Hosted Software (e.g. Xero, Google apps, Dropbox, Microsoft Online etc).
1 - Dumbing Down: Using cloud services means you have to dumb down your environment. Why? Most cloud services are (read the entire post)...

Modern Web Trends = Bad business

, posted: 23-Jan-2016 12:36

As someone who develops sites for clients, I am always keeping an eye out for new trends, where is the market going, what new features are available that will benefit my clients - and also what new trends are happening that wont benefit my clients. One of the negative trends I am seeing is a growing number of product driven web sites (for example selling password management software, selling hosted software, open source products) which do nothing to promote their product, and in many cases are (read the entire post)...

Penny wise, Pound Foolish - The Google Trap.

, posted: 27-May-2015 15:58

I've been thinking - which is never a safe thing to do if you are me, about the saying, "Penny wise - pound foolish." and it's applicability to business. I've mostly been thinking about this in relation to software and cloud services. Over the last few years the growing awareness of Open Source Software by the general populous and the impact of free services from the Internet has changed peoples' expectations of pricing for services. For example when trying to talk to clients about online backup (read the entire post)...

Blacklists, black holes and and staying in the black

A customer called - they couldn't get emails from their ISP provided email (hmm lets call the the ISP Catapult ) to another ISP (lets call them VulcanPhones) On investigation it turns out VulcanPhones subscribe to the Spamhaus Black List and the IP address of Catapults mail servers have eneded up on the black list again. Based on that entry VulcanPhones are bouncing / dropping all email from anybody who uses Catapults SMTP server into a big black hole. OK - We now have the connection between bl (read the entire post)...

Independence in a corporate age

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Independence in a corporate age....

As a neutral provider of IT support and help we get to see IT life from all perspectives. We work with Linux, Mac, Windows, Novell, IBM, Acer, HP, Dell etc etc ... providing the best possible support and help for our customer - vendor neutral - best fit solutions. Along the way we get to talk to most of the IT vendors / providers in the process of trying t (read the entire post)...

Knitting with tinfoil.

, posted: 20-Dec-2008 14:57

I have decided to get out a roll of tin foil and start knitting myself a tinfoil hat - mostly to wear while sitting in my Faraday cage, with the window vibrators on, speaking via voice changer and using anonymous proxy to surf the net via my wireless internet access in an ever moving van. Oh yes - Pink Floyd's, 'The Wall', is screaming in the foreground to stop people overhearing what I say. So what pushed me (further?) over the edge you ask? Mozilla Firefox 3. Two days ago I decided to lo (read the entire post)...

Would you trust these people with your money?

Tonight I set down with a simple goal in mind - to fill out a couple of forms on line to see if my money and I can be seperated in the noble persuit of getting a bank loan to increase my business. Does my current business need a loan? No. But I am hoping to take some of the spare cash we have and put it to good use by purchasing a new (non IT geek type) business.

All good, right up to the point that I visited the online banking sites this great nation of ours boasts. Now - please not (read the entire post)...

Burn all books - out with free thought.

, posted: 28-Nov-2008 01:20


>write a sci-fi book, please =)

I thought about it but the only people who would read it would be other geeks and we all know that p2p is the best way to get books we like - no money in it for me though Sigh!!! I even had the art laid out ready to go:

Looks like a series of smileys but dont run it in linux command line :)

>Heard of a guy in America who wrote an article on
how to hack systems, but never actually hacked anyt (read the entire post)...

I'm glad I'm mad - it is better than being dperessed.....

, posted: 27-Nov-2008 22:34

Some one once said depression is just suppressed rage so for me better angry than depressed.

To answer a comment or two:


>It's got to be better to them than the
alternative of people switching to truly free software like GNU/Linux.
If >you're sick of security software, cd keys, and product activation
sucking your life away, I'd highly encourage you >to give a Live CD from
one of the popular distributions a spin.

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Shane Hollis
New Zealand

Shane started Virusbusters twelve years ago to provide fixed price IT support for home users.

Daily battles through the world of viruses, spammers and other malware has left an indelible impression on him so he decided to try to give back some of the help he has received over time.

Hopefully crazy ideas, virus removal tips and other help can be found in this new blog. who knows, it might even be worth reading one day.