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  • Cool cable tidy using clips | Writing, life and other animals
    flick through Stumbleupon and up popped this little gem of an idea for keeping all your USB cables neatly accessible It s brilliantly simple and a classic I wish I d thought of that idea Hats off to David Rudolf Bakker of the Netherlands for a cheap effective solution to scrambling around under the desk for dropped cables Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 10 40 One Response to Cool cable tidy using clips Jack Kelleher says 31 October 2010 at 9 48 What an elegant solution to my spaghetti workspace issue Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Name required E mail required URI Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email Free online marketing resources from The Launch Coach Save energy and save money this winter Subscribe to feed Get posts in

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  • iPhone or Android | Writing, life and other animals
    my techie contacts and friends recommended the Android phone while non techie business connections and friends came in firmly behind the iPhone In the end I think it was the maturity of Apple s app store compared to the Android marketplace that swung me towards the iPhone There seem to be issues with buying apps from the Android Marketplace in Ireland something that I guess curtails the scope of Android devices at least in the short term So I ve gone for the iPhone on Vodafone and will be picking it up in Clonakilty on Thursday Ultimately there was little separating the two devices and to be honest even with the app store thing I can t really put my finger on why exactly I chose the iPhone over the HTC It was more of a gut feeling an instinct than anything else Getting the iPhone just feels right for some reason Whether it turns out to be the right decision I guess time will tell Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 20 02 Tagged with android HTC iphone mobile smartphone 2 Responses to iPhone or Android Walter Higgins says 20 May 2010 at 8 18 I wrestled with the same decision a couple of weeks ago Eventually I went with the HTC Desire I can completely understand the decision to go with iPhone it has better touch sensitivity and the AppStore is light years ahead of AndroidMarket Enjoy your new iPhone Calvin says 20 May 2010 at 16 45 Thanks Walter I will It s sitting beside me synching with iTunes as I type this It really was a

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/2010/05/18/iphone-or-android/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Android | Writing, life and other animals
    phones have a similar price tag on pretty much the same mobile tariffs on the Irish networks that carry them both and by and large for what I need both will do the same job My inner geek was screaming Android because there s a part of me that loves the open ethos of the Android operating system and rails against the closed corporate policies of Apple Inc Then again there s another part of me that values the polished sleekness of the iPhone s design and the absolutely top notch user interface of the iPhoneOS Both phones were was neck and neck in terms of recommendations most of my techie contacts and friends recommended the Android phone while non techie business connections and friends came in firmly behind the iPhone In the end I think it was the maturity of Apple s app store compared to the Android marketplace that swung me towards the iPhone There seem to be issues with buying apps from the Android Marketplace in Ireland something that I guess curtails the scope of Android devices at least in the short term So I ve gone for the iPhone on Vodafone and will be picking it up in Clonakilty on Thursday Ultimately there was little separating the two devices and to be honest even with the app store thing I can t really put my finger on why exactly I chose the iPhone over the HTC It was more of a gut feeling an instinct than anything else Getting the iPhone just feels right for some reason Whether it turns out to be the right decision I guess time will tell Posted by Calvin at 20 02 Tagged with android HTC iphone mobile smartphone Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging

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  • Plenty of cheap photo storage options at PixMania | Writing, life and other animals
    won t be long before I need to invest in a bigger drive myself Meanwhile if you re in the market for a bigger hard disk to store all your photos videos and those all important system back ups then check out the range of hard drives on offer at pixmania The prices are the best around and I ve been very happy with the service when I ve bought from them in the past Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 13 25 Tagged with 1TB backup hard drives Iomega pixmania storage Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Name required E mail required URI Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email Fledgling Robin Erithacus rubecula Grey Heron Ardea cinera on the wing Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/2009/07/21/plenty-of-cheap-photo-storage-options-at-pixmania/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Computing | Writing, life and other animals
    worse because while getting your fix online might make you look a bit geeky it doesn t have the same stigma attached to it as hard narcotics At least not yet But it is addictive and if it s suddenly taken away you do go into a kind of withdrawal But wait you cry while it might be an insidious habit unlike a drug addiction it won t lead you down a spiral of deceit and criminal activity to get your next virtual hit will it I m not so sure Hands up how many people out there have casually hooked up to a conveniently unsecured wireless network just to check e mail or a profile page or twitter or whatever It s a slippery slope So I m thinking of starting a new group perhaps on facebook lol welcome to Internet Addicts Anonymous IAA To kick things off I ll go first My name is Calvin Jones and I m a always on internet oholic Admitting it is the hardest part go on try it for yourself in the comments below it s cathartic I feel better already Posted by Calvin at 3 21 Tagged with Addiction broadband Internet Social network Disconnected Comment Computing Evening Echo Column Rant Technology Writing 1 Response Nov 24 2008 Image via Wikipedia I sat watching the depressingly slow advance of the little blue progress bar on my laptop screen Downloading the 150 odd e mails that had accrued in my mailboxes over the last 24 hours was taking an age and as for checking the various websites that help keep me connected and up to date forget it On Friday evening we unexpectedly lost our fixed wireless broadband connection One minute it was there the next it was gone Like most broadband connections in Ireland it was an overpriced and under performing beast but it also put a wonderful world of information and connectivity at our fingertips Now it was gone and we were back to the excruciating crawl of a dial up connection You don t realise how much you ve come to rely on something until it s taken away I can t count how many times a day I d look up a website do a quick Google search to double check a fact go online to communicate with friends family and business contacts and to generally stay connected with the world around me Going back to dial up was like stepping back into the dark ages I had to remind myself that this was in fact still the reality for a rediculously high number of households in rural Ireland No broadband it took a while for the implications to sink in My first instinct was to go online do some research and explore other options but of course I couldn t That s when it hit me how could we run our home based businesses without internet access The answer not very well at all Everything about the businesses depends on the internet the websites e mail payments banking accounts Even the business phone line is delivered online Dial up simply isn t an option for us any more Unfortunately we live in what can only be described as Europe s digital backwater While Ireland has made great strides to improve broadband availability over recent years we typically pay through the nose for much slower connections than our European peers and an unacceptable proportion of Irish households still can t get a broadband connection at all It s curious that we find ourselves in this position as Europe s digital poor relations To listen to our government you d swear we were ahead of the curve in the technology stakes They talk about Ireland leading the charge towards a knowledge based global economy but while they pimp Ireland as the technology hub of Europe on the global stage small businesses at home are struggling to compete because they don t have access to the bandwidth they need It s a shambles And it s not just small businesses that are suffering in this impoverished digital environment The internet and the suite of communication and information technologies it enables is a vital educational resource for our children They re growing up in a technology centric world to thrive and succeed tomorrow they need to engage with that technology today Without a decent internet connection at home and at school they simply can t do that The next day I rang our telephone provider praying that our local exchange had finally been broadband enabled Luckily it had I breathed a huge sigh of relief and signed up straight away It s going to take three long weeks for us to get connected and because we re a long way from the exchange there is no guarantee we ll get the connection speeds we need I guess we ll have to wait and see It s going to be a long three weeks Technorati Tags Evening Echo Broadband Rant Ireland Posted by Calvin at 13 03 Tagged with broadband column evening echo Rant Small talk with a web designer Blog Computing Internet Whimsy No Responses Aug 13 2008 Thanks to Walter at Sxoop for highlighting this priceless flow chart of chit chat with a web designer via Twitter Sums it up nicely really I m a writer not a designer but as soon as anyone finds out I do some website stuff or I m in any way involved in internet related work this is almost invariably the way the conversation pans out Does this resonate with anyone else out there Technorati Tags web design funny internet small talk whimsy Posted by Calvin at 10 00 Technology kids and drawing the virtual line Children Computing Education Evening Echo Column Internet Parenting Technology No Responses Jul 03 2008 Published in the Wow supplement of The Evening Echo Technology does a lot of things to make our lives easier Every day we use our

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  • Feed problems | Writing, life and other animals
    reader apologies everything should be working again now if not please leave a comment below to let me know And of course if you fecked off unsubscribed in the meantime please please please re subscribe by clicking on the big feed icon in the sidebar If you re wondering what an RSS feed is check out this video then subscribe to receive new content direct to your chosen reader Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 10 42 Tagged with CommonCraft feedburner feeds RSS Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Name required E mail required URI Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email Working from home with kids Career Moves Rise of the cyber bully Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature

    Original URL path: http://blog.cjwriting.com/2009/08/06/feed-problems/ (2016-02-15)
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  • CommonCraft | Writing, life and other animals
    2009 Image via Wikipedia I noticed last night that my RSS feeds had stopped working Disaster Well OK not quite but a problem nonetheless Now solved by getting my web host to alter a technical behind the scenes whojamawhatsit If you suddenly stopped getting posts from this blog in your reader apologies everything should be working again now if not please leave a comment below to let me know And of course if you fecked off unsubscribed in the meantime please please please re subscribe by clicking on the big feed icon in the sidebar If you re wondering what an RSS feed is check out this video then subscribe to receive new content direct to your chosen reader Posted by Calvin at 10 42 Tagged with CommonCraft feedburner feeds RSS Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin s writing on Ireland s leading Wildlife and Nature blog Ireland s Wildlife on Facebook Recent Posts Empire it s finally out there Ireland s Wildlife sails past 4 000 likes on Facebook Web content help limited time offer Web Content Review Here comes the rain again West Cork

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  • Feedburner | Writing, life and other animals
    posts from this blog in your reader apologies everything should be working again now if not please leave a comment below to let me know And of course if you fecked off unsubscribed in the meantime please please please re subscribe by clicking on the big feed icon in the sidebar If you re wondering what an RSS feed is check out this video then subscribe to receive new content direct to your chosen reader Posted by Calvin at 10 42 Tagged with CommonCraft feedburner feeds RSS Feed problems now resolved Blog 2 Responses May 21 2009 Image by Joriel Joz Jimenez via Flickr Apologies to anyone who was subscribed to my RSS feed and stopped receiving posts in their feed reader recently or who tried to subscribe from the link on the homepage and got an error Big thanks you to Joe Scanlon who pointed out the problem last night It s sorted now for those who care about the ins and outs of it all the error was caused by an invalid CNAME record for the feed when FeedBurner switched to Google s servers If you re not sure what an RSS reader is or how it could help you check this video out and don t forget to subscribe to this feed once you re done watching Anyway everything seems to be working again now If you re having problems picking up the feed please try re subscribing using the link on the home page If you still have problems please drop me a line and let me know C Posted by Calvin at 10 11 Tagged with Blog feedburner feeds Google Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin s writing on Ireland s

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