Tuesday, September 30, 2008


What's your learning style?

Learning styles refer to the ways you prefer to approach new information. Each of us learns and processes information in our own special ways, though we share some learning patterns, preferences, and approaches. Knowing your own style also can help you to realize that other people may approach the same situation in a different way from your own.

Take a few minutes to complete the following questionnaire to assess your preferred learning style. Begin by reading the words in the left-hand column. Of the three responses to the right, circle the one that best characterizes you, answering as honestly as possible with the description that applies to you right now. Count the number of circled items and write your total at the bottom of each column. The questions you prefer will offer insight into how you learn.


Saturday, September 20, 2008


Learning Gmail's Web Clips

GMail has recently introduced a new service called "Web Clips". With web clips you can know get your own favorite messages shown at the top of the Gmail screen. You know the one that I mean? Where the advertisements usually are?

Watch this video to see how it works.

Monday, September 15, 2008


How to set file permissions in Windows XP/2003

I was recently asked a question on how to set file persmissions and I came cross this article on ehow.com -> http://www.ehow.com/how_2383435_set-permissions-windows-xp.html

Setting file permissions is a great way to keep your documents secure, especially in a small business, but it can sometimes be tricky to figure out, so I created this video to help explain things and put it all together.


How to setup your own microblog with Laconica

Leslie Michael Orchard over at 0xDECAFBAD created a great article entitled Getting Laconica up and running"

In this article, he provides excellent set of instructions for creating your own 'twitter like' microblog.

I have setup my own following his instructions, and you can now follow me at laconica.bwebcentral.com

Why would you want to do this? - Well the main reason is because as twitter grows and grows it is continuing to run into scalability problems. It is being used for a lot of reasons, and is taking a lot of resources.

Laconica solves this problem by creating a distributed set of microblogs. You can still follow others (just like on twitter), but you can follow people on their own microblog.

So adding to Leslie's idea, I have packaged his instructions in a set of 3 scripts which you can run on your Ubuntu box and get up an running in just moments.

Download the tarball of the scripts here

Script #1 -> Installs the main laconica program on your box, and ensures all the necessary pre-resiquotes are installed

Script #2 -> Installs the extras needed for OpenID, and XMPPHP

Script #3 -> Sets up the mysql database for storing information

You will still have to modify the config.php as noted on Leslie's blog, and tweak it a bit to get it working. I have not double tested these scripts, so please use them at your own risk, but they should give you a bit of a headstart!

Enjoy !

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