WARNING – CREATIVE WRITING AHEAD
Without freedom of speech, we no longer have freedom of thought. Without freedom of thought, how the hell are we supposed to be creative?
– Source – Someone cleverer than me, probably JP.
Continue reading “The Wrong Thinker’s Guide To Being A Successful Novelist (Or Any Kind Of Creative)”
Naomi Wu’s channel popped up in my YouTube feed a while back. At the time I was watching a lot of electronic, science, engineering and technical channels, so probably her channel is watched by those with similar interests. I follow … Continue reading Children’s Charity Rejects $3000 Raised By Female STEM YouTuber
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”
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
Still exploring whilst waiting for my pizza … There’s a table with leaflets, flyers etc … Some antique looking wine casks underneath. The table itself did … Continue reading Presentation Table – Toscana Restaurant
Another lovely sunset, with beach lighting and pagoda 😀 Enjoy 😀 Our fantastic photos are available to buy at Photos.DonCharisma.com. For our blog readers we’re currently offering a 15% promotional discount – use code dc1406 at checkout. Taken in Thailand, Asia © Don Charisma Continue reading Beach Sunset Panorama
Not all of you will be able to see these ads which is why I’ve included the screenshot. Basically WordPress.com are trial’ing ads from a company called “Luminate”. Luminate put their ads over the top over images. The ads can … Continue reading Your Opinion – Luminate Ads On WordPress.com
I’ve had a few computer issues over the course of the last week. First the cooling fan packed up on my computer. Got a new fan and fixed that. Then I started having some data loss issues on my hard drives. … Continue reading Removing the SPD.EXE virus from Windows 7
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)
It’s been two months since I wrote what’s been lovingly nicknamed “Virgin’s guide to SEO”. It’s probably been the most popular post that I’ve done with more than 250 likes. It’s a really hard act to follow, and I hope … Continue reading Virgin’s Guide to Promoting a Blog or Website (Ethos – Part 2)
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
So you’ve started your new blog on “Jimothy’s witty little witticisms” or “Mary’s cake bakery” or “Annie’s Arts and Farts”. You’ve crafted the pages, blood sweat and tears to get it up and running. Toiled for hours, days, weeks, over … Continue reading Virgin’s guide to promoting a blog or website on Google
Back in July, I wrote about my experiences Cartooning myself, because I wanted to show myself I could do it and I wanted to share with others my experiences. With a little free time on my hands I decided to … Continue reading Miss Charisma – Cartoonize my girlfriend, another two days of cartoonification !
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?
My ageing Core2Duo Toshiba 17″ laptop was OK whilst it lasted but I was starting to find it a bit sluggish even with an SSD and 2GB memory. At the time when I bought it, I thought I’d got a … Continue reading Samsung Laptop Windows 7 Drivers for NP350E7C-S02UK (and Windows XP drivers !)
Just a snippet, but I’ve tried multiple times to download Adobe CS6 Master Collection (6.2GB) (see link below) and also the Adobe CS6 Design & Web Prem (4.5GB). It’s not very often I need to download files this size direct from the … Continue reading Google Chrome Download File Size Limit
How I Cartooned myself, by Don Charisma I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, finally managed to find the right time and space to get it done. And this is what I came up with : I … Continue reading How to Cartoon Yourself (or Myself or Whatever) – Two Days of Cartoonification
Getting a reliable wifi connection can be a paid in the backside. A solution is a Ubiquiti Nanostation M2, for the unenlightened that’s one of these – http://www.ubnt.com/airmax#nanostationm Ubiquiti make stuff that works for outdoor wifi, expect to pay around 70-100£ … Continue reading How to get @TRUEWIFI working with a Ubiquiti Nanostation M2
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