Holy Jumping WordPress Themes Batman!

By Mark O’Neill After reading Kiltak’s recent post on backing up and restoring a WordPress blog, I thought I would chip in with a WordPress issue of my very own. For the past few days, my WordPress blog, which is hosted by Yahoo Webhosting, has been “playing silly buggers” (as we Brits like to say). […]

How to: Backup and Restore your WordPress Blog

In the past few weeks, I’ve tested a few disaster recovery procedures for [GAS], and I thought that sharing those with the blogosphere could be of value to a lot of bloggers out there. If you’re among those who’ve been religiously backing up their WordPress blog since day one, let me ask you a question: […]

When all that’s left is to re-boot your day

By Mark O’Neill Today has been a particularly rotten day. I sometimes have these kinds of days in which nothing ever goes right and everyone irritates me. Clients make unreasonable demands, I drop everything I hold, I am constantly banging into walls, poking myself in the eye… I’m sure you have these days yourself. The […]

Five tips to nailing down that speech or audio presentation

By Mark O’Neill If you ever hear anyone tell you that reading and recording audio files is childs play then I can assure you that you are safe in calling them a liar. I’ve contributed 90 minutes of my life recording three audio chapters of War & Peace 3 by Leo Tolstoy for Librivox. The […]

How to: Punch your index finger through a bottle cap

The following video will teach you how to punch through a bottle cap with your index finger, Kung-Fu style. It’s a sure way to impress your friends and family. Enjoy!

Listen to podcasts and other audio files using Gmail

By Mark O’Neill One of the most overlooked features in Gmail, in my opinion, is the built-in MP3 player. It’s a stripped down version of the Google video player and it actually works extremely well. I have started to listen to a lot of podcasts on the net, mainly news and German learning courses, and […]

How to defeat automated phone solicitors

By Ilya Kochanov Contributing Writer, [GAS] If you’ve ever signed up for a credit card or magazine subscription, chances are you now receive unwanted phone calls from annoying automated response systems. As any phone phreak knows, a large portion of the telephone system still functions via tones, such as those you hear after each digit […]

Working in a zen-like paper-free office

By Mark O’Neill Back in 1999, I created a bit of a mini-uprising when I was working for the Scottish Civil Service. We were drowning in paper and so I proposed that the Scottish Executive buy scanners to digitially copy everything onto the computer, and then revert to a paper-free office. Although I had a […]