I have been busy.
The re-occurring theme here is inappropriate embraces. I think I’m all out of places to see on Brick Lane now, I’ll have to look further afield.
Not to anthropomise the weather but this Summer has it in for me. No Sun till after 6? Shocking.
I forgot that Fridays are food stall day at Truman’s, so looking for things to photograph around there caused my stomach to do belly flops.
I wonder if I can find things to photograph where I live on the weekend?
When you’re not eating or drinking anything between dawn and dusk, when you sit at a computer all day the smart thing to do is to get out when you can and take a look around. Maintaining the discipline to that everyday, shouldn’t be as hard as not eating or drinking for 16 hours. I hope.
I’m a creature of habit, I just got a twitter account and I’ve probably been late to every faceparty ever. Occasionally though I’ll find something really useful that actually makes my life easier. I’ve been using Dropbox since December and I can’t live without it.
Dropbox installs on your computer without hassle and then you need to sign up for an account. Again that’s done quickly. After this you’re given 2GB of disk space to put files in to. You can split up the functionality like this:
- Private files are placed directly in the Dropbox, these get uploaded to secure webspace on the internet so you can access them from the Dropbox Web Interface or any other machine you install Dropbox on. It’s the fastest and easiest way to synchronise lots of small files on multiple machines, I have it working on three.
- Photos are placed in the photo folder, Dropbox will automatically put them in to an online photo gallery for you and make smaller versions that you can view quickly online. It also lets you view the full size versions if you want. Oh and it also copies these images to any other machines you may have Dropbox installed on.
- Public files go in to a public directory, then you can right click on them and get a public link to share with people and did I mention the files also get copied to each machine you have Dropbox on..?
- Dropbox also keeps a history of file versions. If you update a Word Document for example, then realise you want the previous version back, log in to the web interface and restore the previous version:
- Finally, Dropbox lets you share folders with other Dropbox users, so if everyone you want to share files with has it installed, as long as they have an Internet connection they’ll be able to get the files you ‘Dropbox’ for them.
Of course like the best things on the internet it’s free but there are premium options if you go wild and manage to fill the whole 2GB (like that could ever happen!). Enjoy.
The economy trips and takes a grand fall to a messy faceplant. Little people get crushed and have their houses repossesed. I was going to have a whinge about how the rubbish exchange rate has forced me to re-locate my websites but already i’m losing the will to begin a rip off Britain tirade. It wouldn’t be accurate anyway, i’m actually moving my sites from Denmark to London. A nice discount on a dedicated (if bottom of range) server had me convinced.
It comes with the benefits of access to some tasty VPS nodes: http://vps.net/
The benefit is that as the server runs a type of software that (relatively) painlessly synchronises DNS records across 4 nameservers, 2 on this machine and 2 virtual machines acting as a nameserver each in different data centres, in theory, the email which is now outsourced to gmail, should never go down. The server may well go down as it’s just a simple dual core box but the vps nodes are hosted on two ‘clouds’ of machines. Collections of processing power and storage that share the load of all the little systems they’re split up in to. In theory, if one part of the cloud goes down, the load is shifted to the other machines in the cloud and there is no downtime. It’s definitely the future. More access to the vps could mean I enable some sort of back up regime to deposit archives there nightly.
Moving to a cheaper platform has meant standardising and Cpanel is pretty much the standard for shared hosting these days. I was on plesk previously which is fine on a dedicated server but as I was on a fully managed VPS updates where few and far between.
This also explains why I’ve moved to WordPress, something in my old e107 install needs to be checked for compatibility because I seem to have broke it, which is a shame as I really enjoy coding and themeing for e107. Something I have no time for at all any more, as I spend all my time messing around in bash prompts now, learning the Linux command line. Fingers crossed, I will fix my e107 install and still dev or theme for it. Themes are definitely lacking for it and I think that’s a shame. Finding a good WordPress theme is difficult because there is too much choice, finding a good e107 theme, the opposite.
So now it’s time to see what WP can do, digg, youtube, flickr, last.fm and facebook integration? I expect to see it all.