Posts By: Gary

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    More Artic Driver Than Road Warrior

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    First there was the paperless office which was going to free us from the drudgery of sheets of paper. That was first mooted as an idea in 1975 and my desk is still covered in the stuff. Hmm. Then there was wifi which was going to liberate us from wires and turn us all into… Read more »

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    Blosxom “Sticky” Plugin

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    A while back when I was using Blosxom to power my blog I wrote a plugin called sticky which forced given articles to appear as the most recent. When I changed my blog over to WordPress the plugin got temporarily misplaced. The plugin is still referenced online at the Unofficial Blosxom User Group plugin registry… Read more »

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    Look Behind You

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    There used to be a time when, if you were driving on a motorway or dual carriageway, you looked in your rear view mirror and you would see, approaching rapidly, very rapidly, a Bedford Astramax van. You would be safe to make at least one of the following assumptions about this van. It would be… Read more »

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    What’s That Process?

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    When I’m working on a Windows machine I like to keep Task Manager running minimised in my task bar so I’ve got immediate visual feedback on how hard my system’s working. That way, when I think my system’s not running as fast as it should be I can immediately see if the system’s maxed out… Read more »

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    Lists Don’t Need To Be Essential

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    A lot of blogs have lists of essential things and sheep like, I’ve done the same for my take on apps, one list for the Mac and another for Windows. Which is all fine and good. But it’s nice when you see a different take on this sort of list genre and these two lists… Read more »

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    Essential Windows Apps

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    I’ve already written about my choice of essential apps on the Mac and so, in the spirit of cross platform-ness, I thought I’d do the same for Windows. It’s proved a bit of an education. With one exception; the list of apps seems to fall into two distinct categories. Firstly, there’s those apps which are… Read more »

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    My Desk, Part 2

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    My desk(s) at home, in the office. Actually, we’re being polite here and we call it the office so as not to offend it; actually it’s one side of the loft room – hence the 45 degree angle of the ceilings in some of the photos. And so, in a clockwise direction we have an… Read more »

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    Essential Mac Apps

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    What makes an essential app? One that you use every day? One that sits in your Dock and has the open at login flag set? One which will make your life just that little bit less difficult or consume a little bit less time? Probably; and I daresay a lot more besides. An essential app… Read more »

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    My Desk

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    My desk at work. Which merely confirms my suspicion that I’m a hardware hoarder. First off, there’s a Dell Optiplex GX260 (2.4 GHz P4, 1 GB of RAM, Intel 82845G graphics controller), running Windows XP SP2 …

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    Windows RDP and the Network Swiss Army Knife

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    Consider the following scenario for a moment; you have a home network, hooked up to a broadband connection. You’ve done your homework and have a firewall with little or no inbound access. You’re like thousands of other people and have a Windows PC running XP Home or XP Professional. You’d like to be able to… Read more »