"If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail." - Maslow
Wednesday 14th January 2009
This guide aims to show just some of the commands that git lets you use - there are certainly far more than are listed here. It also assumes that you're only going to working locally. Much of git's usefulness becomes apparent when you start working with other people, but even for one-man jobs using git can be tremendously helpful.
Saturday 30th June 2007
QEMU lets you emulate a machine - in other words, you can run a virtual computer on top of your real computer. This makes it perfect for trying the latest release of a distribution, running older operating systems, or just testing.
Wednesday 11th April 2007
Debian is one of the most common distributions in the world. With a possible total of twenty one CDs, it is also one of the biggest. As you may have gathered from the fact that this guide exists, Debian is not the easiest distribution. However, anybody that is relatively competent with computers should be able to use Debian (after all, I am!). This is not a guide to every detail of Debian Etch - instead, it aims to get you going, so you can start tinkering away!
Saturday 25th November 2006
Ever wondered what people meant when they said web feeds? Or RSS? Or Atom? Then read on.
Sunday 14th May 2006
As useful as the CSS for fonts can be, all too often it is misused - fonts are too small, or have poor colour choice, and so on. The aim of this article is to look at the problems, and what I consider the best way to avoid them, while making text more readable and more effective.
Saturday 12th November 2005
When you create a web page, there are various things to bear in mind - design, the underlying code, the tools you use, etc. Hopefully, this guide will help you to produce a better, cleaner web page with less confusion and more efficiency.
Sunday 23rd October 2005
This article is looking at Atom 1.0, which is the latest version of Atom. Atom has its strengths and weaknesses over RSS, but ultimately both are well suited to their purposes, and anybody that can write an RSS feed should easily be able to write an equivalent Atom feed.
Friday 30th September 2005
Debian is one of the most common Linux distributions in the world. With a possible total of fourteen CDs, it is also one of the biggest. As you may have gathered from the fact that this guide exists, Debian is not the easiest Linux distribution. However, anybody that is relatively competent with computers should be able to use Debian (after all, I am!), and this guide is here to help you get started.
Friday 9th September 2005
As you are probably aware, using feeds is increasingly popular on the internet. Almost any site could have a use for a feed, from the latest news to new articles. When we look at the benefits having a feed has, using a feed becomes very attractive. This article will explain how to create an RSS feed, and put it on your website.
Monday 29th August 2005 - Sunday 4th September 2005
Across the internet, there are thousands of websites. In the past, you would have to read each of these websites individually in order to check for updates, which can be laborious and slow. RSS solves this problem by providing the latest information from a website. Rather than providing the entire website, RSS provides summaries so that you can decide what content you want to read.
Friday 26th August 2005
GIFs only support a limited number of colours - far less than is usually used on a standard computer. JPGs have the full range of colours, but make the image blurry. The solution? PNGs. They are lossless, support 24bit colour, as well as different levels of transparency. However, there is, as already said, a problem.
Wednesday 3rd August 2005 - Friday 9th September 2005
When testing (X)HTML files, you can simply open them up in the browser of your choice and check if they work properly. However, if you use PHP or another method of changing the web page server side, you can't test your page locally, or at least not just with a web browser. You need to install a web server that can generate the pages for you - and Apache fits the bill.
Wednesday 22nd June 2005 - Saturday 7th January 2006
If you want to design a website, there are various ways to do it. Although you can get programs to write the pages for you, you can get far more control if you decide to write the page yourself. This part of the guide will look at the bare essentials for building a website, including the structure of the page, headings and paragraphs. All you need is a text editor, such as Notepad or gedit, and you can start writing.
Wednesday 22nd June 2005
The main idea of XHTML is to make HTML cleaner - there are stricter rules, meaning that the look of webpages is more consistant, and the code is easier to edit and understand. The purpose of this guide is to help you learn XHTML and be able to convert existing web pages into XHTML.