(That’s enough blogging for one day – time for some downtime)
No need to tell me the right answer, I’ve heard it on TV relating to UK 5G deal with Huawei.
But when I first saw the name on a phone in the phone shop … well … I tried to guess :
“Who are we”
“Who a wee”
And then I’m joking with a friend, and I’m like
“Who the hell are we ?”
(It’s funnier if you try to pronounce it in English out loud)
Kind of ironic though, with the controversy surrounding the company, and then the UK government striking a deal with them, whilst the rest of the world don’t want to touch them with a barge pole.
Comments invited 🙂
Continue reading “Huawei – How To Pronounce ?”
ffmpeg is one of the most powerful video/audio enoding/decoding/etc tools out there. It’s been around for donkey’s years, and used by amateurs and pros alike.
The main downside is that it’s a command line only tool, so if you’re not willing or able to “get your hands dirty” then probably just do a next on this post. If you want to to try it out, there’s plenty of guides accessible via Google et al which will shine a light on the path for you.
ffmpeg is available for Windows, Linux and Mac. ffmpeg has codecs included for just about every photo/audio/video imaginable. As one comment I spotted online eluded – ffmpeg is very very smart, more than people give it credit for.
Continue reading “ffmpeg One Liner – Still Photo + Music File = Video File”
One thing I’ve started to find a minor annoyance is the adverts that YouTube inject into my watching and listening experience on their site. Frustratingly, the adverts here are in Thai language, so not really relevant to me.
After a little research and some geek magic and I came across something really very useful. It’s called “youtube-dl”, and basically it’s a Linux (and Windows) tool to download YouTube videos so one can watch them locally. AND YES WITHOUT THOSE DAMN ADVERTS.
Continue reading How To Download YouTube Videos Using youtube-dl
My business partner called me a few months ago. “We’ve been hacked” he said, and “the hosting company has shut down our hosting account”. Wow I thought, it can happen to us … Hackers can really make you have a bad day !
Continue reading “How To Survive A Denial Of Service (DDOS) Attack On A WordPress Site”
I “inherited” a hosting account with Greengeeks via my business partner. Our sites used to be hosted with them, but we’re currently moving away from them, because, to be blunt, they are awful in so many ways.
Robert Lee had this to say, which pretty much sums up how I feel about them :
“Poor customer service. Slow Servers. DDoS Attacks. Customer Support SUCKS” – Robert Lee @ trustpilot.com
Continue reading “Greengeeks are … Crap, Rubbish, Awful, Terrible, Horrible, Slow, Waste Of Money”
For those who haven’t tried out Google’s version of the old classic Pacman game, check out a great layout from the streets of Hong Kong. Would love to try out your favourite Pacman streets…Post them in the comments so we … Continue reading Pacman eats Hong Kong
Simple answer – Microsoft are predominantly and historically a software manufacturer, whilst Apple are both a hardware and software manufacturer. Apple OSX is propriety software, which is copyrighted (and probably trademarked and patented) by Apple. Apple only support it for … Continue reading Why Microsoft Cannot Run OSX BUT Apple Can Run Microsoft Windows
Some people’s experience of technology is “FaceTube”, that is Facebook and YouTube. Linux, Shmninux, what the hell do I need Linux for ? Pretty much where I’ve been with Linux since it all started a couple of decades ago – … Continue reading Why Linux Will Replace Microsoft Windows And Apple OSX
A little maths problem I posted on my blog became one of my most popular posts, and still draws traffic daily from Google. Here’s something for … Continue reading Maths Trick To Fool Your Friends
I’ve been working on my revamped commercial website DonCharisma.com. We needed some icons for the animated “buttons” on the homepage: One for the building websites page, one for the SEO page and one for “contact us” page. So I came … Continue reading Web/Graphic Design – Icon Preview, DonCharisma.com
As some of you may have noticed I’ve been reorganising my blog. Overall I’m looking for an easier to navigate more professional look and feel to my blog. I closed comments a while back on my about page as it … Continue reading Comments On Pages Reopened – SEO Refit
I downloaded some free software to “accelerate downloads” called “Download Accelerate Plus”. It kind of works, but I uninstalled it as it was causing problems on my machine (Control Panel->Uninstall a program). I now mostly do downloads on Firefox because … Continue reading Remove The Speedbit Virus From Windows 7
Someone called me a geek the other day. Kind of, but kind of not. I’m moving into a more creative phase in my life, but my background and formative years were quite geeky. Why Seagate ? I’ve been using hard … Continue reading Why I Only Buy Seagate (Not Just For Geeks)
I’ve had some discussions recently over authenticity in photographs. What I mean by this is true-to-life representations in photos. It’s a common misconception is that “straight-off-the-camera” equals an exact representation of what the eye would have seen. Not so for … Continue reading Photographic Authenticity – Photoshop – Alchemy Or Evil ?
iPhoneography is fun. My iPhone 4s has 8 megapixel camera built in that produces great photos. Here’s a condensed version of what I’ve learned editing a few thousand iPhone 4s photos in Photoshop CS6. Aim – being concise and quick … Continue reading Quickly Edit A Photo In Photoshop
Only kidding I don’t quit that easily, but the thought did cross my mind. I am however more than a bit cheezed off with having had my blog suspended for 24 hours. Also apologies to anyone who has tried to … Continue reading Don Charisma leaving WordPress.com
I have iPhone 4S and iPad 3, and they keep pestering me to “upgrade” to iOS 7, version 7.0.4. I’ve read that some users have experienced problems with iOS 7. I am not desperate to upgrade, everything works OK on … Continue reading iOS 7 – “Upgrade” or Not Upgrade ?
I recently discovered a set of Toshiba Service Manuals for around 200+ laptop models (and download links thereof). I was going to post the links on my blog to share with you. But I thought I’d investigate first, as recent … Continue reading Toshiba Censorship, they don’t want me to repair my own laptop(s)
I’ve just completed a statistical analysis on when people comment on my blog. To be more exact, what times of day and which days of the week. Obviously there are many factors that can skew these types of studies, so … Continue reading What is the best time of day to post on your blog?
I’ve just received an email from Buffer app, their website has been hacked and the hackers have been posting Spam messages on Twitter and Facebook from Buffer app. I thought my readers might want to know. For more information visit … Continue reading Breaking news – “Buffer” app hacked, passwords and credit cards safe
I love to chop things up and then make new things, must be a creative process, I guess. WordPress dot com blogs give us really great tools and widgets already. But I wanted to create a custom Widget to show … Continue reading DIY Widget – Coolest Bloggers – “Fun” with HTML
I bought a generic “Apple AV Component Cable” to connect my Apple iPad and iPhone to my ancient TV, because genuine Apple product isn’t available any more. The TV in my apartment is a Philips 32″ and belongs to my landlord, … Continue reading AV Component Cable Scrambled Picture (Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod)
Link DannyBoyBroderick – How to Create a Graffiti Logo. Link YouTube Video – Thanks Danny, great first video. I have to confess I used the monkey-with-typewriter method at first and when I started to see something I liked, then spent a bit more time and care refining it. Photoshop can do some AMAZING things with text using these effect so well worth having a play with. Cheers Don Charisma Continue reading How to Create a Graffiti Logo
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I’ve flown back and forth from London to Thailand quite a few times now, and I’d like to share some of the things that I’ve learnt in my travels that make things cheaper, more comfortable and more relaxing. I’ve written … Continue reading Flying long haul on a budget in relaxed comfort (well almost!)
It’s only taken them 5 days to tell me, you’d have thought it would be a priority to let their customers know that their personal information had been stolen, Apple are so arrogant and patronising … Anyway, just as a … Continue reading Apple Website Hacked – Customers’ Personal Information Stolen
The Beginning I have a good old friend of more than 20 years back home in London, England. The UK economy according to the politicians is doing great, but ask most people on the street and you’ll hear a different … Continue reading Getting A Failing Website Back On Top
Interestingly, I posted about downgrading my laptop from Windows 8 to Windows 7 because that’s what I wanted and didn’t particularly like Windows 8, and I’ve had a mini-debate going on with my blog readers. It all started because I … Continue reading Windows 8 is … Crap, Rubbish, Awful, Terrible, Horrible, Slow, A Disaster, A Flop?
To interupt booting on my Samsung laptop – F2 key for BIOS, F10 key for boot selection Continue reading Quick Tip – Samsung Laptop Boot/Bios Keys