How to become a power user of Google

I spotted this infographic today and thought I'd share it with you.  There's a lot more to Google than just typing what you are looking for into the search box. This infographic is worth studying for a few minutes to get an insight into what's possible. This is also...

How to get access to the raw XML when processing XML in Java

I've always felt that XML processing in Java is overly complex. Surely something that so many business applications need to do on a regular basis should be simpler and easier by now. Recently I needed to get access to the raw XML being retrieved in this case from an...

How to improve MySQL 5.7 Performance

We upgraded to MySQL 5.7 and have had numerous problems with performance. We upgraded because we needed the new support for fractional timestamps but we've since learnt that this functionality has been ported back to MySQL v5.6.35.  So in some situations the best way...

AS400 Operating System Introduction

So what makes the AS/400 Operating System so special? The AS400 Operating System is one of the most modern Operating Systems in wide spread use today.  I was at an interesting talk given by Doctor Frank Soltis the chief designer for the IBM AS/400 and the IBM System...

Whatever happened to WordStar?

                    Going through some old box files this afternoon I've just found my copy of the WordStar Reference Card from the 1980's.  I've scanned it as a keepsake now and you can find the PDF below.  It's...

How to watch Channel 4 on Demand (4OD) on Apple TV

Update: December 24th 2018: As a Christmas present for 2018 Channel 4 have just released their brilliant All4 App on the Apple TV.  I've watched a few programmes on it so far. I'm really impressed with the picture and sound quality, ease of use and can't fault it. So...

Do you have any IT Questions?

I'm looking for some good IT Questions covering Windows, Mac, Wordpress, iPhone, Website Development, project management, telecoms etc that I can research and write up as interesting posts on this blog.  If you've got any good questions that you've not really been...

Minutes Template UK?

One of my most popular blogs last year was my UK Minutes Template.  At the time I just wrote about a Minutes Template that I've used a lot over the years but I've got lots more examples that may be more appropriate to different styles of meeting.  Over the coming...

Would you like a working Tricorder?

I love this new xPrize competition to create a real life working Tricorder as inspire by Star Trek.  In many ways of course the iWatch and similar devices are already starting to evolve almost beyond the Star Trek Tricorder, after all in Star Trek these devices were...

Social Media Image Sizes Cheat Sheet and templates

Social Media Image Sizes Cheat Sheet Infographic I spotted this really useful Social Media Image Sizes infographic earlier on twitter. It has all the image dimensions and file size restrictions for all the major social media platforms. I thought I'd post it to...

Our blog now has a Twitter Account.

I've been using Twitter client sites for years now but never got around to setting it up for my own IT blog.  This evening I have finally created a Twitter Account to go with this blog. If you follow ITMAN101 on Twitter I'll let you know...

Watching ITV on Apple TV with the ITV App.

How to watch ITV on your Apple TV Update: Jan 2019: Just revisiting some of my old blog posts to update them.  In 2018 ITV finally released a native app for the Apple TV. This works really well. So now to watch programmes from ITV on Apple TV you just need to go to...

What’s your child up to online?

I get hundreds of press releases and most don't register with me but one this week from  AVG Technologies did catch my eye. It was all about Internet security for toddlers and young children especially where they are using connected toys and services.  ...

Raspberry Pi Weather Station Kit: What a brilliant idea

Long long ago when I was at school I was lucky enough to have a BBC Micro model B (and yes then a Master 128 and a 512), those were all great machines to learn on. I always wanted to use them for monitoring the weather and log the results to floppy disk back then. The...

How can I see what is trending in the iPhone Twitter App?

It's often useful to keep an eye on what's trending on Twitter but in the latest versions of the iPhone Twitter App it's not immediately obvious where to find what's trending. It's actually really simple when you know. At the top of your timeline screen just under...

ITIL Foundation Primer Part 2: Service Composition

  Definitions: Service Assets: Resources & Capabilities Resource: IT equipment / infrastructure, people, money or anything else that helps to deliver the service. Resources are assets of the organisation. Capability: The ability of a service organisation,...

Sir Clive Sinclair is back with a new Spectrum

Nice to see Sir Clive Sinclair is back with a new ZX Spectrum after all these year. See the launch details of the Vega at https://t.co/K3V4mATrDY I know several people who were schoolboys when the first ZX Spectrum was launched who would love in of these for...

When will the iPhone 6 come out?

Friends and colleagues who know I follow Apple developments closely often ask me "When will the iPhone 6 come out?". I thought I'd create a quick summary blog to answer this question as best we can without absolute confirmation from Apple. To answer this question it...