Why So Siri-us?
Mar04

Why So Siri-us?

Siri has been around for ages. Apple keep plugging Siri as this really useful personal assistant, but in all the time Siri has been living in my iPhone, I have found exactly 1 use for her/it. In the morning, when my alarm goes off, if I shout Hey Siri! across the room, she will silence my alarm without me having to get out of bed. That is it. That is the one use that Siri has for me. I think Siri could be great. Siri could be the best...

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Facebook Locked Me Out
Nov29

Facebook Locked Me Out

On the 28th of November 2013, Facebook locked me out of my own account. They gave no warning, they gave no satisfactory reason; they just locked me out. Upon logging in, I am presented with this:             Apropos of nothing, Facebook has had the audacity to tell me, not ask me, to tell me that I am not who I say I am. Furthermore, they refuse to tell me what it was that made this happen; was it a link...

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The University of Common Sense – Part 1
Oct04

The University of Common Sense – Part 1

As part of my community service university degree, I find myself being directed to create a blog! Unnamed university thinks that this is a good and reasonable use of my time and money – yes, social media is a big deal, and yes knowing how to use technology is also a big deal, but I find myself wondering how something quite so basic worms its way into the second year of a degree level course. Many of the people in this room were born...

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AJAX Compatible WordPress Plugins
Dec02

AJAX Compatible WordPress Plugins

Up until 25/08/13, I used the Gleam theme from Elegant Themes, well worth the money if you ask me, but this theme does use a lot of AJAX, whatever that is. All I know is that the Hashbang you sometimes see in the URL (#!) can be a source of great sadness when it comes to WordPress Plugins. To that end, here is a list of all the plugins I use that either work well with AJAX, or work well with AJAX after a bit of tweaking.  ...

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OCJ Update November ’12

So I’ve been super busy these last few weeks. I started a 3-year degree course, still haven’t finished my part-time course, started 2 new secret projects which you’ll find out about later, and I spent literally 25 hours perfecting this new WordPress theme, and even now I’ve still got stuff to do. Soon I’ll have amassed all the header pictures I need for all the existing posts and the ones I’ve been...

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Dealing with Pneumothorax
Aug12

Dealing with Pneumothorax

Having had to deal with a number of spontaneous pneumothoraces over the years, I have spent a good deal of time online looking for information about procedure and pain. There are many articles online that detail exactly what a pneumothorax is, who is prone to it, why it happens and, indeed, what can be done about it, but there is very little that actually explains, in clear, laymen’s terms, what happens during the procedure, how...

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Thinking of Leaving Facebook

There are lots of people on the Internet who have posted similar articles about their desire to leave the social networking monolith, probably because they are looking for some kind of legacy; a kind of “look at me! I did this years ago, look at the post date!” But not me, I am not looking for a legacy of any kind, nor am I posting this for your benefit. When I am trying to work something out, I write. The only reason I am posting it...

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Was Instagram Worth $1 Billion Dollars?
May20

Was Instagram Worth $1 Billion Dollars?

Shortly after Facebook announced that it had purchased new-media-re-working-of-old-media start up company Instagram, myself and Sunny Kotak (and with contributions from Abdiaziz Muse) wrote the following paper, submitting to BPP Business School, London, for which we received distinction.   Was Instagram Worth $1 Billion Dollars? By Daniel Barker and Sunny Kotak (contributions from Abdiaziz Muse) In 2004, Facebook unveiled itself...

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The Writer’s Block
May20

The Writer’s Block

By it’s very nature, it is an incredibly difficult thing to describe, but I shall try: Of sturdy construction, and seemingly immovable, it presses down on my in-brain keyboard, stopping me from accessing it properly. My brain’s word processing software is spewing out thousands of errors, and there are lines and lines of squiggly red and green highlights, all because the block is pressing down on all the keys at once. It’s...

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