Preparing for Mumsnet Blogfest


As regular readers will know, I’ve attended Mumsnet Blogfest for the last two years to talk about the technical side of blogging – hosting, platforms, domain names, BACKUPS, that sort of thing. I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be attending again this year, as part of the round table discussion Techie tips and tricks. As […]

Year of code? Please no.

hello world in c

So, I was on twitter last night, as I oh so often am. And I saw a link to a guardian article about the year of code initiative. My response? RT @anghelides Why every child should learn to code <no no and thrice no. Need to let people think not make them code — […]

And just like that, I could vanish.

beware of the leopard and esoteric material

Well, not me. My blog. And not so much vanish as get filed in the bottom drawer of a locked filing cabinet in a disused laboratory with a sign on the door… Wondering what I’m talking about? It’s the government’s latest wheeze to protect the children. Won’t you think of the children, they cry, while […]

Home education on

quibly logo

A new kid in town? There’s a new parenting website in town, but this one is a bit different to the mum focussed networks that seem to be all over the place. (Not that I’m saying mum focussed networks or bad, but does mean that there is room for alternatives!) is a membership site […]

Shades of grey.

Now that I’ve found the back button, which is cunningly hidden by virtue of not being illuminated unless you use it, and discovered something that seems very much like swype but is called connected keyboard usage, I’m very happy with the note 2. And as for the above picture, that’s done with a pre installed […]

That was the weekend that was Mumsnet Blogfest.

I started this post, some hours agoyesterday… sitting in the car outside Big’s bassoon lesson. Tigerboy is sleeping in his carseat next to me. The laptop is perched precariously on my knee, just enough room to tilt the screen back, and I’m tethered to the wifi hotspot on my phone. And I’ve got 28 minutes […]

Oxpwr One review – with added discount code.

I think I may have mentioned in passing recently that I’ve been camping for two weeks without any access to power to recharge my much loved Smartphone. As you can imagine, this is a bit stressful for me. While I fully understand the idea that disconnecting from the internet can be good for you, it’s […]

Saturday snippets 26 May 2012

{reading} Carole Matthews: Summer Daydreams, and ico guidelines on cookies. {listening} how to lose your baby fat, thinking slimmer (review). {failing} with cloth nappies (how many changes of clothes today??) {succeeding} with running, fifth run, another 0.83 miles notched up. {watching} fantastic Mr fox (and thinking seriously odd film). {starting} bedroom excavation. {sewing} still sewing! […]

That little annoying pop up thing in the corner…

is my attempt to comply with a new law. I’ve written about it over on Technology Solved, but I thought I’d better put something up here too. Basically, on Saturday 26th May this year, a new law comes into force in the UK. It says that before a website sets cookies, it must ask the […]

Is Google really the only game in town?

Tonight on twitter I caught the buzz about someone losing their google pagerank, due to having had normal links (ie not no follow) in sponsored posts. Hard on the heels of that discussion there was a groundswell of questions. What is pagerank? Why does it matter? What’s a nofollow link anyway*? And so on. And […]

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