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: […]


Dilbert goes all widgety

By Mark O’Neill If, like me, you enjoy your daily dose of Dilbert, then you’ll be pleased to hear that he has gone all widgety on us. Dilbert’s daddy, Scott Adams, has produced free widgets of varying sizes which show the current Dilbert strip (in color!) and you can put the widget on your website […]

Botnets: When your computer falls in the wrong hands

What is a botnet, how do botnets work, and how can you protect yourself against them? If more people asked themselves these questions, botnets wouldn’t be a problem in the first place. Interested in seeing first-hand what kind of attacks botnets can perpetrate, and want to know how to defend against them? Here is a […]

Google Earth lets you feel the need for speed!

By Mark O’Neill The hidden flight simulator in Google Earth is not a new feature. But I had to delay trying it out as my computer last year was as fast as a constipated rabbit. However I now have a new computer so with the soundtrack of Top Gun playing in my head, I decided […]

Wikis for Dummies

Wiki this, Wiki that, Wiki here, Wiki there. You’ve heard about them, seen them around, but do you really know what they’re all about? The folks at CommonCraft recently produced this interesting video explaning what Wikis really are and how everybody can profit from them. Enjoy!

Help to proof-read books with Project Gutenberg

By Mark O’Neill One of the reasons I like the internet so much is the instant access to whatever information you need. Whether you immediately want to get in touch with a friend on the other side of the world, conduct international business transactions, watch the news in another country or simply find a recipe […]

How to create your own online chat bot

By Mark O’Neill I am going through a big instant messaging phase at the moment (Google Talk and Twitter being my two favourite programs) and I have become a little obsessed recently with how IM programs work and in particular how chat bots work. Bots are simply small programs (with a sprinkling of artificial intelligence) […]

Using your computer to process signals from outer-space

By Mark O’Neill One of my little quirks (some would say “signs of insanity”) is that I believe in the existence of extra-terrestrial life. I cried my eyes out at E.T, I’ve seen all the episodes countless times of the X Files and Star Trek, and I am a firm believer that we are not […]