Thursday, 8 October 2015

Review: CSI Cyber Season 1

CSI Cyber poster
Show runners Zuicker, Mendelson and Donahue give up on CSI-cities (they missed CSI Cricklewood) to give themselves free reign with the FBI's glossed-over cyber-crimes team. Two lurid opening episodes fail to produce anything other than another glossy TV franchise behemoth assembled in expensive kit-form. Including yet another theme tune by The Who.

The CSI Cyber team looks to have been pulled from a deck of TV Cop Show Top Trumps cards; Medium's Patricia Arquette, glossed and plastered to the point she looks like someone else (Marg Helgenberg) is the troubled psychologist turned FBI agent; Dawson's Creek lead James Van Der Beek is now the running, jumping, shooting action man.

The rest of the team includes schlubby fat beardy hardware geek, lippy African-American software hacker geek, and oriental hottie forensic geek; all overseen by the ever-watchable, but so far scarce, Peter McNichol (Numbers, Ally McBeal).

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Humour: Alternative Cookie Policy

Reviewing the website 'small print' finally caused us to flip, somewhere around page 80 of the document....

Cookie policy
Please can we replace ALL of this wording with this instead:

How to control and delete cookies
You can’t control cookies – they have no brains and just sit there waiting to be eaten – similarly, the only way to delete them is to eat them.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Opinion: The SEO Snake Oil Salesmen

"Dear X,

Hope you are doing well.

I thought you might like to know some reasons why you are not getting enough website hits/visitors and conversion.

My name is x.x. and I am the SEO and Digital marketing expert of a leading SEO service provider company. As per my analysis, your website is not performing well in the Google, Yahoo and Bing organic searches..."

Oh, really?

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Full Circle Issue 100 is unleashed

At 100 pages this is the biggest issue EVER!

This month:
  • Our Great Ancestor: Warty Warthog
  • Command & Conquer
  • How-To : Python, LibreOffice, Website with Infrastructure, and Programming COBOL
  • Graphics : Inkscape.
  • Survey Results

Monday, 27 July 2015

How-to: Engage or Enrage? Powerpoints to Remember [Guest Post]

Magic Lantern By Andrei Niemimäki (Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsOriginally posted Sep 18, 2014 via LinkedIn Pulse - Engage or Enrage? Powerpoints to Remember.

"Power-Point is only a glorified slide-show; the point of power in the room should be the speaker." Thomas Everchild

Powerpoint for presentations, briefings, speeches, pitches … friend or foe? The pros and cons, and how to get the best out of your slideshows...

Or - how to engage not enrage your audiences.

Any speaker wants more than anything else to capture the audience's attention, keep it, and get that message across.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Opinion: Is the RSS feed Extinct?

RSS: according to which definition you prefer, it's either Rich Site Summary, RDF Site Summary, Really Simple Syndication or Rarely Seems Synchronised (OK,  I made that one up). Essentially it's a family of standard web feed formats to publish frequently updated information: blog entries, news headlines, audio, video.

RSS has been around since 1991, first used for the Netscape Portal, so is coming up for a quarter-century old. The question then, is RSS extinct?

Thursday, 25 June 2015

How-to: Create Accessible Web Tables Part I

Image: wooden table If you look back at the first twenty-five years of HTML mark-up for tables on the web, you will see the original mark-up was quite basic, with little regard for assistive technologies such as screen readers; at the beginning they didn't exist.

Add to this the difficulties of laying out information and graphics on a screen. In the early days before proper styling of HTML, web designers would obsessively render whole sites using tables for every page because that was the only way to consistently reproduce their artistic masterpieces in different web-browsers. Mostly.