Saturday, 6 February 2016

Full Circle Magazine Issue 105 out now


The team at Full Circle Magazine is proud to announce the release of Issue 105.

This month:
  • Command & Conquer
  • How-To : Python in the Real World, LibreOffice, Migrating From VAX and Using GnuCash
  • Graphics : Inkscape and Creating A Valentines Card In LaTeX.
  • Chrome Cult: Cloud Distros
  • Linux Labs: Building A 3D Printer
  • Ubuntu Phones: OTA-9
  • Review: MyGica ATV582 TV Box
  • Book Review: Python Playground
  • Ubuntu Games: DIRT Showdown

Friday, 29 January 2016

How-to: Get Free Web-Hosting [Guest Post]


Image credit: Maitre'd / cameraro carta by unknown, via Google ImagesIf you want a conventional website, you’ll need space on a web-server somewhere to run it. That usually costs money. The more space, better bandwidth, better facilities you want, the more it’s likely to cost you. But the Internet is also inundated with offers of free web hosting. And like ‘free lunches’, there are many definitions of ‘free hosting’. Someone has to pay for it in some way.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Opinion: Fair use, mate


The current client produces publications, webinars, videos and other resources for use by authorised members under a set of Terms and Conditions and mediated by the principles of fair use. Klaxon number one: fair use doesn't have a legislated definition in UK Law, although it does in other territories, certainly the US. So we have an issue here.

What does or doesn't qualify as "fair use" in the case of published materials supplied to a 'customer' or subscriber?

Friday, 15 January 2016

Opinion: Ad Blocking and why you're not a pirate


Web user: I hate ads. They're annoying, intrusive, distracting, they suck up bandwidth, delay my page loads, scam me with fake content and click-bait, and show me and my kids offensive and inappropriate content that is NSFW or home and bypass my privacy and parental rights.

Advertiser: That's my revenue stream you're talking about. That's how I can afford to serve your content and pay my bills.

Impasse.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Humour: The Hilarity of Spam


We all know some ridiculous percentage of email is actually unwanted spam that clutters the world's mailservers. Normally you don't see most of it, don't give it a second thought; it's straight in the junk folder and deleted.

The quarantine server at the current client, however, sends you a list of the junk mail in quarantine, just in case there's anything mis-diagnosed. Some of the subject lines are unintentionally hilarious...

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

How-to: Resolve PayPal card rejections


We have PayPal as our payment processor for both our web shopping carts. It wasn't my choice, but the sites are not their own legal entity, therefore we use the PayPal account belonging to the parent organisation.

Where we get calls from folks having trouble with PayPal processing debit and credit card transactions, there are some common causes. Un/fortunately these days, PayPal seldom gives the reason for the rejection (as that helps the fraudsters circumvent the anti-fraud measures)...

Monday, 4 January 2016

How-to: Change Your Browser’s User Agent Without Installing Extensions


Every web browser presents a user-agent string, to identify the browser, version number and usually the platform it's on, whenever it connects to a web server. It's a shorthand route to match the versions of web pages to the device requesting them.

For various reasons of compatibility, feature sets and bandwidth usage, you might prefer your browser to identify itself as something other than it's true identity, in which case you might want to change the user agent string.