The problem with ads – why ad blockers prevail

As a publisher that relies on ad revenue it seems strange to admit that I’m no stranger to ad blockers. I’m not alone either – using ad blocking software to block advertisements on websites is increasing dramatically. I try to limit using an ad blocker, but find it necessary when working […]

How to decrud a fresh install of Windows 10

Crud Noun A substance which is considered unpleasant or disgusting, typically because of its dirtiness. Windows 10 has a unique ability to provide an over the top experience for a fresh install. In previous versions of Windows only a small number of changes were required to make the user experience […]

Windows 10 gets pushy with Edge

Microsoft are a long time players in the browser wars with the Internet Explorer browser – but it has a problem, a branding problem – no matter how much they improve Internet Explorer it will always be remembered for it’s poor performance and inability to stick to web standards – […]

Why the Active Directory Users and Computers tool sucks

As an IT support worker it’s hard to go a day without using Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC). And yet even as a key tool to managing an Active Directory environment it has massive usability issues. “Advanced Features” option In the ‘view’ menu you’ll find a “Advanced Features” option […]

Free vs premium WordPress plugins

There are a huge number of WordPress plugins available to extend WordPress – this has contributed to the success of WordPress bringing it to power 27% of the internet’s websites. Almost 50,000 free plugins are available from the WordPress plugin directory – as well as paid or “premium” plugins from third-parties. […]

The curiously grey market of GPL licensing

What is the GPL? When WordPress plugins and themes are released they’re typically licensed under the GPL (General Public License) – this spells out the rights and limitations to using the software. Whilst licensing under the GPL isn’t a requirement, it is the preferred license as it used for software […]

Buying on the Envato Market is WAY harder than it should be

Having recently purchased an item off the Envato Market I was surprised at just how hard they make the whole process. The expectation of consumers is a few clicks to select, pay for and download an item – but the Envato Market is nowhere near this simple. Before looking at […]

10 things everyone must know about email

1. Email is insecure. Even secure email programs only encrypt messages as they travel between the sender’s computer and the sender’s email server. Email transmitted from the sender’s email server to the recipient over the Internet passes unencrypted through any number of server, this happens regardless of any security configured […]

Beware WordPress developers that rely on third-party plugins

When engaging a WordPress developer there’s one very simple but important question you must ask – do they develop or implement. With hundreds of thousands of free plugins and many more premium plugins there’s an alarming trend of people claiming to be ‘WordPress developers’ but when it comes to the development […]