My First SWCMS Modules Released

SWCMS stands for Social Web Content Management System, and it is the social news software that powers JapanSoc.com. SWCMS is open source, meaning anybody can contribute to its development, and I’ve been busy doing just that. I’m not a professional developer by any means so I usually report bugs and suggest improvements. Recently, I’ve tried my hand at making modules (the equivalent of WordPress plugins) and I’ve come up with […]

Tempted by Commufa, a Cheap Alternative to NTT Flets

If you live in the Chubu region, you’ve probably seen the TV commercials for Commufa Hikari, a product of Chubu Telecommunications. They run a pretty aggressive marketing campaign with door-to-door and telephone sales reps, and since I was not opposed to saving 2,000 yen on my phone bill, I agreed to take them up on their offer. A no-hassle changeover? At least I did at first. The problem is, although […]

Tony D. Puddlespuddle Reviews JapanSoc

I’m running a contest over on the JapanSoc Community Blog, with a grand prize of $50! All you have to do is make a promo video for JapanSoc, about 2 minutes long, post it to YouTube and send me the url via the JCB contact form The first entry into the contest is this video by Mike from Japan Is Doomed. Here’s Tony D. Puddlespuddle, Internet Expert… Mike is urging […]

So Much for 99.9% Uptime

Originally, all my sites were hosted with Host A. For a couple of months at the start of this year, my sites suffered so much downtime I moved them all across to Host B. Host A, for the most part, has been good, and I can forgive them for suspending my account every time I write a script with an accidental infinite loop. Anyway, for complicated reasons, I had to […]

Goodbye AVG, Hello Windows Live OneCare

I’ve always been frustrated with anti-virus software. Reducing your computer to a sloth as it scans for viruses, delaying your system’s start-up while it checks for updates, and then blocking you from opening various applications, email or websites because of potential risks. This pre-emptive “war on viruses”, is enough to drive you mad. Third-party access to Vista When Vista launched, I was hoping Microsoft had gotten their way and blocked […]

VTC Review – Online Software Tutorial Videos

A few days ago I found the Virtual Training Company, a website with 70,000 video tutorials on how to use different kinds of software. How can you watch 70,000 videos? I can’t, but you don’t need to. There are over 650 courses to choose from covering everything from C++ and MySQL to Adobe Photoshop and Windows Vista. Right now, I’m going through one of the PHP courses which has 9.5 […]

Put Code Snippets in a WordPress Blog

I’ve installed WP-Syntax, a great plugin for WordPress that lets you add code snippets to your blog posts without losing all the formatting. You can use all manner of languages and even include line numbers if you want. Here’s a snippet from one of my math worksheet makers written in Perl: 5 use List::Util shuffle; # Use the Shuffle moduleuse List::Util shuffle; # Use the Shuffle module 166 167 168 […]