Time is running out to secure your .uk domain

Dot UK Domain

The .UK top level domain became available for general purchase from 10 June 2014 by Nominet. Nominet is responsible for all UK domain name registrations and had up until that date only provided second-level domains such as .co.uk or .org.uk. In fact the original intention for the UK sub domains was .co.uk for businesses and .org.uk for charities/non-profits before .me.uk was introduced for personal use. They also run .net.uk, .plc.uk and .ltd.uk for specialist use. The .uk domain is general purpose but they needed to make sure that previous owners of the second-level were allowed to purchase the general purchase version. Note that for ease of reading, I will refer

Dodgy WordPress new user registrations

Site Registration

Over the last 6 months or so, I’ve been getting a few new user registrations on my WordPress blog every day or so. When I got a few on the same day, I got suspicious. So, I checked them out and found they were all suspicious. The username caught my attention as I thought, “Why would anyone add numbers to their name when they don’t need to”. It’s not like I have a lot of users and all names have gone. I figured that they must have been automated. I remembered that the default account on my site is a Subscriber and you can’t do anything harmful with that so

Using area maps within images in HTML5 web pages

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One of the features of HTML5 that interested me is the area maps that you can plot on an image. This allows you to include functionality that you would normally find within a hyperlink. Such as clicking or mouse-over to produce previously difficult to achieve effects. This article covers the basics of HTML5 image area maps and the different type of areas that you can have within an image. It also walks through an example usage of area maps to find locations on an image map and give feedback on the web page. What is an area map? An image embedded within a web page will cover a rectangular area

Consolidating many Excel sheets into one master sheet

Excel Data Consolidation

A while back we had a situation where we had collected a set of information from various sources and wanted to get all of it into the same Excel Worksheet and I was asked if I could help. There were about 60 spreadsheets all with the same columns but with a variable number of rows and of course, different data. The requester had linked all 60-odd spreadsheets to a master Workbook and wanted to know how to get the information from each transferred to a single master sheet that he could share as a consolidated list. This process needed to be repeatable as the authors of the 60-odd different worksheets

How to hide the keyboard on return for Swift Xcode apps

Xcode with Swift

Today, I will look at hiding the soft keyboard from the screen when entering information into a text field. It’s not a problem if you have a hardware keyboard which is the default for the Xcode simulator on the Mac or when you run on a device with a Bluetooth keyboard as the soft keyboard does not show. The issue is that once you are in a UITextField, the keyboard does not get dismissed by default and takes up the bottom section of the viewing area which quite often hides other controls. When I have finished with the form and select “Return” I expect the keyboard to vanish until I

Getting started with HTML5 offline web applications

HTML5 Offline

This article explains the HTML 5 “offline” feature, which gives website creators an easy method to dictate what a browser should store for use when internet (network) connectivity is unavailable. It explains the default HTTP caching method that browsers use and then how to use the HTML 5’s application cache, with a short example web application that shows an offline mode image if there is no network connection. In this article, I’ll use “application” to mean any website, game or other type of product that is delivered via the internet to your browser. I will use “network” to mean a connection to the server that hosts the application (which would

What does business strategy mean to you?

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Over the years I’ve heard many things described as strategy. The word seems to have become symbolic of anything to do with a business achievement. That’s not what I have a problem with; it’s the “anything” rather than “everything”. The “anything” more often than not, includes one thing. For example, the company goal or the project plans. I have also heard budget setting or a margin percentage increase target described as “our strategy”. In this article, I will attempt to give a clear picture of what I believe a business strategy is and the sort of questions you need to ask yourself when defining it. What is in a business

Convert or flip data between rows and columns in Excel

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One of the things that I have to do periodically and always forget how to do is converting rows of data to columns or columns of data to rows. This quite often occurs when I’m collecting data from different sources and want to put them all in the same format in Microsoft Excel. From the 2007 version of MS Excel (I think), there has been a neat feature to enable you to do this. The reason that I always forget how to convert from columns of data to rows and vice-versa is because I expect it to be on the ribbon as a commonly used function but it is not.

Catering for colour blindness in Windows 10

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I came across a neat feature of Windows 10 quite by accident this weekend that will help me with my colour blindness. However, before I found it, I had a lot of frustration trying to “fix” the problem. I was typing away on my computer Friday night and it was just before 3AM when suddenly my screen turned black and white (greyscale). I looked in Windows Color Settings but that was greyed out as it is controlled by my GeForce graphics card software. I had a quick look in the Nvidia Control Panel but couldn’t see anything that would have any effect. I figured maybe a restart would sort it

Switching from HTTP to HTTPS in WordPress

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This short article goes through the simple steps to move your WordPress website from HTTP to HTTPS yourself without using plug-ins or other tools. With the increased pressure from internet browser manufacturers to move content to a secure web, the switch is important for those wanting a higher search ranking or performing any action other than basic information. There’s no magic involved in this move and I don’t go into details of all the things that you can do, I just show you how to get your website up and running after you have a secured certificate installed. Getting started Make sure you take a site backup and that includes