Internet Censorship – Breaking Through Britain’s Great Wall of Fire

Say 'No' to Internet Censorship in the UK

This article is not a commentary on the rights and wrongs of Internet censorship and the many faces of information control. This article is here to raise awareness of Britain's state enforced censorship of UK Internet access and to help people work around Internet site blacklists. The methods we can use to get around Internet censorship are shown at the bottom of this article. The road to hell is paved with good intentions The past two governments of the United Kingdom have worked hard to restrict access to websites that government ministers and campaign groups deem unfit for viewing in … [Read more...]

The Joys of Testing IE Compatibility..

Market share for mobile web browsers Oct 2013

..and forgetting IE7 and IE8 do not support media queries for responsive design... Agghhhh!!! Internet Explorer is not used on many screens with a width below 980 pixels so responsive design is not my top priority for IE users. For personal sites I do very few Internet Explorer compatibility tests. Why should I waste hours of my time tweaking a site to make it work in IE when a visitor can spend 5 minutes installing Chrome or Firefox? But for my clients, I have to make IE behave A couple of methods can be used to drag IE into the modern world: Javascript & jQuery hacks CSS … [Read more...]

Sooooo Glad we Changed Hosts

We moved to Namecheap from Hostgator a month ago. We moved because the 'new' servers provided by HG had been running very slowly and were causing our websites to go off-line. Not good for business. Not good for our readers. Today, we find all Hostgator servers in the Provo datacenter and ll Bluehost servers hosted in the same datacenter and all Hostmonster servers hosted in -wait for it - the same datacenter have gone on vacation. Yep, the servers are on strike. The hardware has spoke and told EIG to bugger off. Digging into the ashes of what was the excellent web host provider Hostgator, … [Read more...]

PayPal Email Scam Alert

PayPal Phishing Email

Most email scams are easy to spot but there is a new PayPal email scam that's a lot better put together than the usual rubbish. The email looks very official and the stated purpose of the email is plausible. I can see a lot of people being caught out by it. The email subject reads 'Please update your information' and the sender's email address appears to as service@paypal.com, which masks Support@PayPal-banque.com. Here is what it says: We need your help Dear Customer, We need your help resolving an issue with your account. To give us time to work together on this, we've temporarily … [Read more...]

[RANT] TalkTalk Internet Service is Rubbish

This is a personal rant about UK broadband, phone and TV provider TalkTalk. I've been in dispute with TalkTalk since 2010, or 2007 if we include the time TalkTalk has been over-billing me for my Internet service since it took over Tiscali. I understand service prices go up. That's not the problem. What is the problem is that TalkTalk have increased my bill from £9 per month to £25 per month for a below standard ADSL connection. TalkTalk's own website (not listed because I refuse to send any link love) says I can have TalkTalk Plus which includes phone, broadband and TV for £24 per month. … [Read more...]

Is Google Screwing Up?

No one can escape Google's relentless tweaks to catch spam and build search result accuracy. No one! Not even WPMU and JournalXtra. Panda, Penguin, Parrot... Okay, I made the last one up but the point is that Google is screwing up. When Penguin was released, WPMU's traffic dropped from over 8,000 daily visits to under 2,000 daily visits. At around the same time, JournalXtra's traffic dropped from over 1,000 daily visits to around 500 daily visits (still getting around 7000 daily page views though ;) WPMU uses white hat SEO techniques. JournalXtra is white hat. So what is going … [Read more...]