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Common Sense Rules for UK Cookie Law

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Disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer… get legal advice if you need it. Back in January I penned a rather annoyed article about the ridiculous EU cookie law, which required website owners to get permission before storing non-essential cookies. I also implemented the letter of law on my own website, albeit rather sarcastically by asking whether […]

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Swinging the Balance in Favour of What You Know

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We have all heard the phrase “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”. It seems to have came about in 1914 in “The Electrical Worker” and has become more and more common ever since. Quite often, this statement is made in frustration by people who feel that their skills or knowledge are being overlooked […]

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Automatic Deep Focal Range Photography

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If you own a digital SLR camera, you have probably heard of High Dynamic Range photography, which is where you combine several photographs taken with different apertures to create a single picture with high detail in all of the light and dark areas. Here is an example of HDR in action – normally, you would […]

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Stop Passing Laws About Things You Dont Understand

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With all the fuss over SOPA and PIPA recently, I had almost forgotten the ridiculous law passed by the EU in respect of cookies, and “other similar technologies” such as local storage. Cookies are used by websites for many reasons. Most commonly, they are used by statistics applications to make sure they only count a […]

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Why Do We Love Arbitrary Arguments

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We seem to be great fans of getting into really deep discussions, and sometimes arguments, over what appears to be unnecessary detail. Immaterial things that actually don’t result in anything getting better. We like to argue about stuff that cannot be proven, except by personal taste. This is okay to a point, so long as […]

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Blog Comments

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Why can’t you leave comments on my blogs? The software I’m using has the feature to allow comments, with a switch that even lets me approve them before they are added to the page, but I’ve switched them off. Why? My main reason for not bothering with comments is my experience with comments on other […]

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Tickets Please Joke Burgled by Copyright Claimants

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You may have heard this joke before, but it is worth re-capping on the subject of some ridiculous copyright-claims. Tickets Please Joke A developer/tester convention was being held. On the train to the convention, there were a group of developers and a group of testers. Each of the developers had their train ticket. The group […]

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Hayfever Allergy Relief Test

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With the onset of what has so far been a rather fantastic bit of Summer weather, hay-fever victims everywhere are locking their doors and windows to prevent pollen infestation. Surely, though, we don’t all need to hide indoors every time the weather perks up a bit? The answer, of course, comes courtesy of the equally […]

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Steve Fenton and Stephen Fenton Roll Call

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This is just a brief article to give a who’s who of people named Steve or Stephen Fenton the world over and gives you an idea of where to find some other sources of Steve Fenton genius. If you are another Steve or Stephen Fenton who would like a shout on this page, just get […]