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Permanent Tourist

A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

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Saving time with a Time Machine

Setting up a new Mac to be just like your old one is easy with Apple’s Time Machine software.

The Best Camera

…is, according to Chase Jarvis, the one you have with you. By that, he means that if you don’t have your beautiful Leica or professional Nikon with you, but you have your iPhone, then the iPhone is the best camera to grab the shot that you would otherwise have missed. There’s always been a lot… (Read More)

Cutting out the chaff

In order to help me retain focus on project work, documentation and online authoring, I have found iA Writer, a text editor by Information Architects, really useful. As creator Oliver Reichenstein said in a recent article, authors – especially those writing for online publication – often spend far too much time formatting their text instead of just writing.

On another scale

I recount my first experiences with the open source panoramic image stitching software Hugin, after a tip-off from my friend Habi.

Categorization bug in WordPress

I’ve been using WordPress for years and in the main, it’s a fantastic piece of collaborative software. However, the fact that the standalone version which is installed on one’s own server is supported mainly by community effort instead of a dedicated team means that when a particularly unusual bug crops up, it’s difficult to get… (Read More)

Newspaper publishing in today’s online world

I joined a newspaper company in 2001 to help maintain and develop a newspaper CMS system, which the development manager began creating on his own in 1994. In the past seven years, we’ve brought in web browser interfaces, RSS feeds, AJAX data handling, online publishing tools which allow the output to be sent direct to… (Read More)