The Restart Page

This is just brilliant, a page that brings together all the restarts of the major operating systems. This includes several flavours of Windows and Mac complete with start-up BIOS screens and chimes.

Accessing Amazon RDS Instance from Remote phpMyAdmin

One of the great services offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) stack is Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS). This is a properly managed database server that you can run alongside your existing application server instances allowing the load to be spread. This all works well but management can be a little tedious especially if you have […]

3 Things Evernote is Missing

I an a keen and active user of Evernote paying for the service not just to gain access to the “pro” features but also because I want to repay Evernote for the use I derive from it. That’s not to say that it is perfect though so here are three things that I would add […]

What I learnt from my 2013 side project

In 2013 I worked on a side project, The Chubby Challenge, which I continue to develop and move forward. This was built in response to another goal of mine – to lose some weight. I have found in the past that like so many other things in life it is far easier to reach a […]

The Easiest T&Cs to Accept

So I signed up for a trial of Adobe’s eSignature service Echosign today and was initially presented with the following screen asking me to accept their terms and conditions. I assume that the huge white space is where they were supposed to have been displayed. So I went right on and accepted. The question now […]

Adverts used to Publicise AdPlus Service

Really interesting advert in today’s Metro newspaper for the AdPlus service encouraging you to download their browser plugin that “optimises your web browsing so you see better, fewer ads.”. There are a few things that are interesting about this service. Firstly it is highly ironic that they have to resort to advertising to promote a service […]

Want an Outliner with Evernote Support? Today’s your Day!

If, like me, you want to use an outliner that is available across multiple platforms and syncs with Evernote then Xwavesoft’s Cloud Outliner could be for you. Especially as for today only it is available for free on iOS. Available on Mac, iPhone and iPad the apps allow you to create structured lists which are […]

Odd Favicon appearing in Google Apps

Something odd has happened to my Google Apps favicon. It is no longer the familiar Gmail envelope but some gear and spanner (wrench) combination. The image above shows the new and old icons and you can see the new icon better below. This has only appeared in the last week and only seems to affect […]

Font from Your Own Handwriting

Here’s a great one for all narcissists – a website that turns your handwriting into a font that you can use on your computer such as in Word documents. Simply head over to, download and print the template. Then with a marker pen write out the alphabet in both upper and lower case where shown (see […]

Solving Bad Request Errors on Google’s Gmail

If, like me, you have been seeing a lot of “Bad Request Error 400” messages or perhaps the yellow bad to the top of Gmail saying “Oops… the system encountered a problem (#400) – Retrying in” then, like me, you will be similarly frustrated. This only seems to have been an issue in the last […]