Thursday, 17 September 2020

NEW: The VirtualBox Networking Primer

My first technical book is available now in paperback and Kindle Ebook format on Amazon.

The VirtualBox Networking Primer is a no-nonsense guide for the VirtualBox user taking their next steps into virtual networks.

Saturday, 5 September 2020

When the Guide Becomes the Gatekeeper

Hard on the heels of the US congressional hearings questioning four of the tech giants, Google's latest 'feature' releases beg the question 'what happens when the guide becomes the gatekeeper? 

Monday, 24 August 2020

Living with a Linx 1010

Linx 1010 LE tablet

I received a hand-me-down Windows 10 tablet a couple of years ago. As a form-factor and software combo, it didn't initially thrill me with joy. So, more than two years later, what's it like living with a Linx 1010? The TL;DR conclusion is down below.

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Scroll to Text Contradicts Google's Aims

Google on Chrome
As a 'new' feature in Chrome and Edge browsers, Scroll to Text contradicts Google's aims.

Tested using AMP for some time now, Scroll to Text is a new way of deep-linking to search results.

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

The Self-Publishing Revolution Evolves

Proactvity Press covers
While the initial 'Kindle gold rush' may be history, the self-publishing revolution evolves.

Self-publishing was never a guaranteed path to traditional publishing and many of those who 'made it' have disappeared or moved on. Some have gone back to self publishing. The trad publishing business model continues to chew up and spit out authors in an increasingly dog-eat-dog arena dominated by five big players.

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Rant: SEO Readability Indexing

Having tried various SEO plugins over the years, they all irritate me in one common way.

All of them employ some BS, Mickey Mouse readability analysis that implies that I don't know how to write.

Thursday, 23 July 2020

Skype: the Bastard Child of Malware and the Terminator

Terminator Endoskull - build by Kramstaar
I swear if I have to uninstall Skype from a Windows 10 machine again I'm going to sue somebody.

There used to be an option in the Skype settings to disable 'run automatically on start-up.' It's gone. Like a persistent piece of malware or The Terminator, the bloody thing refuses to go away.

Sunday, 12 July 2020

7-Step SEO Basics for Beginners: Optimise Your Posts and Pages

"Collection of attributes for embroidery and sewing on blue background" by wuestenigel is licensed under CC BY 2.0
The site is up. It has pages and posts with good relevant content. You still need to optimise it to show up in the search results for your target keywords. Here, you tread the fine line between clunking search-bait and beautifully optimised content that will rank highly.