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Free lance web designer, IT support consultant at Blackdog Media. ← Older posts

Yes I know I need to update my website

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Yes I know I need to update my website, but I’m incredibly busy building amazing sites for some other lovely people! Here are a few from the last few weeks!

Just Jude

Production House


ESC Productions



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New Hosting Packages

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I’m now providing split server hosting for optimal site performance and space requirements for £50 per annum.

What Does That Even Mean?

Well I’ll tell you.  Previously blackdog media hosting server was a single space for both website and e-mails.  However, most clients use multiple devices (smart phones, tablets etc) to access their e-mail using IMAP.  This means that, with the passage of time, the space would fill up with e-mails.

The other problem is that with this amount of continuous connection to the web server, you can affect your website performance.

New Server Configuration

So we’re now providing multiple server solution which gives you the following:

For only £50 per year (no VAT)

Each additional GB is £10 per annum, although for most sites this is more than adequate.

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Using facebook lists to control what you see

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Quick tip – if you’re not already aware, Facebook uses an algorithm to  decide what it thinks you want to see.  So if you haven’t interacted with your great Uncle Quebert in some time, it will probably auto-decide that you no longer like him, and choose to filter anything he does from your timeline.


This takes about 10 mins to set up, so it depends on how much you actually care as to whether or not you want to do it.  What you need to do is create a list. On the website version create a new custom list:

  1. From your home page, scroll down to the Friends section and click More
  2. Click Create List
  3. Write in the list’s name
  4. Enter the names of friends you want to add to this list in the Members section
  5. Click Create

Once the list is created, add everyone to it that you want to see (I have one called ‘everyone’).

Then go back to the left bar and hover over the list, you’ll see a little pencil icon appear. Click it and choose ‘add to favourites’ which causes it to appear with the news feed shortcuts at the top left.

Final step, click the list itself then at the top right click manage list then choose what you want to see (I chose status updates & photos).

One caveat is that Facebook are likely to change everything at some point so this process may get a sudden irrevocable makeover.

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Make your iPhone battery last longer

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Lots of complaints from people saying their battery doesn’t last well on iOS, here are 4 tips that should help it last more than a day.

1. Be selective about your push notifications

They run in the background all the time, and seem to be added by some apps despite you saying no.

Here’s how:

Turn notifications off in Settings > Notifications – press Edit (top right) then drag apps you don’t want to hear from to the ‘not in notification center’ section.

2. Turn down your screen brightness

This is big battery saver, for obvious reasons.

Here’s how:

Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper – adjust the slider to a level where it’s as low as you can handle.

3. Turn off location services

Here’s how:

Turning off location services in apps that don’t require it.  Lots of apps use location services and I can only assume it’s for some sort of marketing information (I’m looking at you facebook).

Here’s how:

To turn off location services, Settings > Privacy > Location Services – change any apps to off if you wish to disable them.

4. Turn off your push data

If you’re relaxed about your mail, then you don’t need to read every e-mail  the very moment it’s sent, you can turn off push.  For me this has been a great battery life saver.  You can set your phone to ‘Fetch’ email periodically, the less frequently it checks for mail then the less battery your phone will use.  You will always have the option to manually go to your mail and pull down to refresh.

Here’s how:

Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar > Fetch New Data – slide push to Off,

If you really want a phone with an epic battery, you can always change to a Nokia 3310 which, along with cockroaches, will survive the nuclear apocalypse, become self aware and one day rule the planet.

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Google tips for more effective searches

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Google is capable of lots more than standard searches.  You can use operators to great effect which will give you more accurate results and help you in your mission to syphon through the dirge.

Here are some of the most useful:

Search a specific website hello

Adding site: followed by a website (without the www. or http://) will give you search results from that particular site.

Using a minus sign to exclude results


Using a – (hypen, minus sign, dash) will exclude a particular key word from the google result.

Quote marks to search for an exact phrase

For example, “the quick brown fox”.  This is apparently a handy one for cheating in pub quizzes…someone told me.

Other Tips

There are lots of handy google uses.  For example, google can do maths 5*7/34 (5 x 7 divided by 34).  Or unit conversion, by typing 100 kilograms in pounds you’ll discover the answer is 220.462262.

You can search for specific file types by typing filetype:pdf (returns PDF documents only) or filetype:doc blackdog tab will return word documents with blackdog tab from the Led Zeppelin song (no relation to the name of my company).

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Merry Christmas

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Well it’s finally here – have an amazing Christmas and new year. Here’s to an amazing 2011 & even better 2012.


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