I was a very loyal customer to Mesh computers up until a week ago. My previous computer, which I've had for 5 years, my parents old computer and my current server have all been Mesh purchases. I usually go with them for a few reasons: firstly, they offer various systems at different price levels and … Continue reading MESH: Worst customer service ever?
I've finally finished the first draft of my thesis, I now have a week and a few days to edit and finish it- which is plenty of time since I'm fairly happy with it as it stands. Another of Webscavator's visualisations is a word cloud for search engine query terms. The more a term has … Continue reading Visualising data: Search Terms
I only saw 4 Fringe acts this year, two the same as last year and two new ones. Here is a quick round up of the shows. First off I saw Laura Solon: the Owl of Steven. I saw her perform Rabbit Faced Story Soup last year which I really enjoyed. Laura does an hour of story … Continue reading Fringe Festival round-up
Whilst filling in the form to get a yearly subscription of New Scientist, I did something I don't normally do: I read the small print. This is what it said: Reed Business Information Limited will use the contact information you provide to communicate with you on behalf of New Scientist. We may also use this information … Continue reading Subscribe to New Scientist: get Junk Mail for free!
Recently I discovered that Word can show you readability statistics about your documents. In Word 2007 onwards, go to the top left home button, and click on 'Word Options' like in Screenshot 1. Then go to the 'Proofing' option and check the box labelled 'Show readability statistics', like in Screenshot 2. You'll then need to … Continue reading Readability of your Word documents
Some index.dat files record not only websites visited, but also the files on the computer (and any other devices) which have been opened. This gives an accurate account of what files have been viewed and possibly edited. Using the registry, any files accessed that are not on the C: drive can be linked to a USB stick … Continue reading Visualising data: File Directories
In user interface design it is often thought that creating metaphors and analogies to real life items helps users translate these concepts to computer versions more easily. For example the idea of a computer desktop with files and folders is directly analogous to real life desks with filing cabinets. The idea is that a user … Continue reading HCI metaphors – the Windows Recycle Bin