Website

The website took a break. Presumably it took a low cost airline to somewhere warm for sun, sea and sangria.

I found out on Friday afternoon, when I wanted to pick up a link to insert into a tweet. I typed in the site name and nothing happened. This is not usually cause for panic, as our internet can be a bit patchy here at the mountain eyrie. I tried some other sites. Hmmm….I typed the address into the phone. Still, nothing. When I say nothing, I mean nothing. Just a plain white screen. Perturbed, I did a search and discovered that I was seeing a WordPress server error. The website was down.

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IT Giants. Grow Up!

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(Image taken from MacWorld)

I love IT. I love technology. I love gadgets.

The problem is, that generally I only have a vague idea of how to use any of them.

To my wife’s constant annoyance, the house is littered with IT kit that is rarely or poorly used.

We have thousands of TV channels in multiple languages, On Demand, and a very swish Blueray player. All completely unnecessary to watch the BBC News.

I am writing this post on my IPad mini. Later, I might revisit it on my MacBook Air, or possibly on my IMac. Should any of you call me, I will answer on my IPhone 6.

Really.

I need to find a support group.

It turns out that there is one. There are more of us. IT ‘early adopters’ with the technical know-how of a turnip.

We are the main readership of several prominent blogs like LifeHacker, T3 and Imore to name a few of my favourites.

We voraciously consume post after post on how to be more efficient, or on what fantastic new app is going to revolutionise our workflow (whatever a workflow might be).

We read in awe as proper ‘techies’ exchange views on the relative merits of IFTTT versus Pushbullet.

In the tech world, there are three IT Giants that control pretty much everything. Apple, Google and Microsoft.

In a gross over-simplification, Apple make amazing hardware, Google is king of the Internet and Microsoft keeps big business running.

About five years ago, I became an Apple ‘Fanboi’. The IPhone was my gateway hardware, and apart from a brief dalliance with a Dell – I have been an Apple junkie ever since.

Then I discovered that for email – the real deal comes from the mighty Google. I can get all of the amazing functionality of G-mail but in my own imaginatively named domain (stuartlennon.com).

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The drawback of Gmail is that really smart people at Google cannot, for the life of them, work out why I would want to keep my email anywhere, other than on their servers.

So, Gmail doesn’t play nice with email clients that look to organise email on your own machine. Clients like Outlook for example.

Microsoft have done OK with software.

There’s a thing called Windows that has kind of done OK and their office suite (including Outlook) is almost universal.

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So, right now – my dream team would be G-mail integrated with Outlook on Apple Hardware.

Microsoft have now released a Microsoft Outlook that plays nice with Apple.

Hurrah!

But Microsoft and Google?

No. We are not playing nice with them on computers. On tablets, Yes. On phones, Yes.

But on computers?

No.

Outlook won’t play nice with Gmail on a Mac and I want something that works across all my devices.

I still can’t have it.

The IT company that comes out on top is not going to be the smartest or the most aggressive.

It is going to be the one that listens to consumers.

 

 

 

Blogging From A to Z Challenge

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That’s it.

I have completed the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

26 posts, a post for each week day and Saturday in April.

I have visited in excess of 200 blogs. Some that I have enjoyed, some that have completely mystified me and one or two that have shocked me.

I have got a little more comfortable with the ‘craft’ of blogging, how to post, how to make a post attractive to search engines and how to comment. I think that this will be useful.

Annoyingly, I have also learned that I will need to change my theme (again). The one that I am using here is a free theme and thus a little limited.

There are some blogs out there that are stunning to look at.

Should you require highly unusual features, such as words not splitting over the end of a line, then you need to ‘add some code’ or purchase a theme that automatically does this. I concede that I find it difficult to believe that there is much of a blogging market that intentionally uses a theme incapable of justifying text, but perhaps I am old fashioned that way.

Last time that I attempted a theme change – I bombarded my Facebook wall and twitter account with hundreds of automated messages.

Brace yourselves.

A lesson has been how easy it is to find myself doing a million and one things. In fact ANY thing that is NOT writing a novel.

But that is for another post.

Time for a lie down.

A New Blogging Home for the budding author

Here we are – my first post on a shiny new website. I have transferred from a Go Daddy ‘Website Builder’ to a WordPress site. I am now trying to learn how to use it. If anyone is reading this – then I have successfully learned how to publish a blog post. Hurrah!
Now, off to work out what should be soon a Meta tag.