The latest blogs from the UK women in technology blogger.

CMD Tab and CMD Space stopped working on Mac OSX

I find that I mostly use CMD Tab to switch between apps on my Mac and frequently use CMD Space to bring up Spotlight so I can launch apps.  Anyway these both suddenly stopped working.  I Googled this and the common advice is to go into the Activity monitor...

Unable to sync iPhone Unknown error E8000065….

For some reason after upgrading my iPhone to iOS 5.1 I was unable to wirelessly sync with my Mac which is running the latest version of Lion.  I tried Googling the error code and could not find and real solution anywhere.  In the end with a little trial and...

Web Application Security Policy Document: Mozilla Web App

Just a quick post to let you know about an excellent security policy resource I have found.  Mozilla have published a set of  Web Application Security Guidelines.   This is an excellent document.  If you are a developer then you should be familiar with all of these...

Who commits to five nines 99.999% availability?

Who commits to five nines 99.999% availability?

Can anyone point me to a cloud hosting provider who will really commit to 99.999% availability? From what I've seen some offer this but only back it up with meaningless compensation if they fail such as refunding a months hosting fees which for any business which...

Google Web Master Tools site verification with 123-REG.co.uk

If you run a website you should register for Google Web Master Tools (GWT) because they provide a wealth of useful statistics and diagnostic information that you can use to improve your site.  Anyway when you register with GWT you have various options for verifying...

Looking forwards to Apples WWDC 2011

On June 6th we'll finally get to hear Apple's next batch of announcements.  This time it has been a little different.  Normally Apple are very secretive and there is no official word in advance about what is going to be announced but this time we've seen several press...

We’re back…

We've been busy over the last few weeks moving some of our older sites to better hosting platform and this has taken longer than expected.   There are a few lessons that have been learnt along the way. When you are just starting out with a brand new blog you don't...

The essential iPad

Over the last few days I've realised that I'm using my iPad more each day to the extent that it's now an essential tool. I thought it might be useful to share with you how I'm using it and the key Apps I've installed. OmniFocus. This is a great tool for managing your...

My technology wish list for 2011

Rather than try and predict what will happen this year I thought I would instead write my wish list of technical developments I would love to see in 2011. 1. Apple TV to support BBC iPlayer, add BBC radio stations to the radio section and add an app store. 2. The Mac...

WordPress 3.0

Just upgraded to Wordpress 3.0. The upgrade process was straight forwards and painless. First impressions are very good. I'm also trying the latest version of the Wordpress iPod app. With a little luck it will make it easier to blog a little more often.

The art of change management

Working in IT we are probably responsible for introducing more change in the workplace than any other profession.  If a change is to be made succesfully it needs to be carefully communicated and the various stakeholders need to buy into the change, otherwise you'll...

WordPress Tags Cheat Sheet

I just came across this excellent Word Press Tags Cheat Sheet and want to post a link for future reference and to see what you think.

Google Fast Flip

Google has launched their new, News Reader called Fast Flip. This presents the news stories from the news.google.com section as a series of images which you can quickly flip through using the left and right next / previous page buttons.  This means that you can flick...

Google Service Status Page – A great example of best practice.

Following the brief outage of gMail on September 1st I was reminded that Google publish a status page or dashboard showing the status of all their services.  You can find this service at www.google.com/appsstatus.  I mention this because it's an excellent...

Upgrading to Mac OS X Snow Leopard

On Friday the Apple OS X Snow Leopard DVD turned up and I didn't waste anytime installing the upgrade.  This was the first OS X upgrade I've done since switching to a Mac from Windows and I was pleased with how quick and simple the process was.  In total the process...

Urgent WordPress upgrade required

I've been busy today helping a number of clients upgrade their Wordpress sites to 2.8.4 which is the latest release at the time of writing.  In case you haven't heard hackers have discovered a serious security flaw in versions earlier than 2.8.4 which allows them to...

Photoshop tips for web designers

We seem to spend more time than ever these days using Photoshop to either create website page mockups for people, so we're always interested in great tips to save time and make us more efficient in Photoshop.  This article on Think Vitamin has 5 Advanced...

IE8 onload() failing

We've just found that the onload() Javascript event seems to fail to fire from time to time on IE8.  Having done some reasearch there doesn't seem to be an obvious fix so we've decided to reimplement the page but in the meantime to get the page up and running again...

Improve your website by getting to know your log files.

What are log files? When someone visits your website they are making requests on your web server.   The details of these requests are recorded in your web server log files.  Most websites in the World run on Apache web servers and that’s what I’m going to be...

iSeries SQL failing to use an existing index.

Why would a perfectly good SQL based application which has been running well for years suddenly start to run slowly? It's easy for us iSeries users to forget about database administration because the OS/400 or i5/OS does such a good job of managing this for us. From...