Not the end of the Swiss economy

Here we go again.  It’s time for another woefully inaccurate assessment of a new Apple product.  Bear in mind that I’m not very good at this – some of my past gems included:

  • PowerPC (Not as good as 68000)
  • iPod (Not as good as my MiniDisc player)
  • Mac Mini (Just a poor clone of the Cappuccino PC)
  • Mac Intel (It’ll be a disaster – the end of the Mac is nigh)
  • iPad (Just a scaled up iPod Touch)

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Thursday 3rd July is Charity Day

If you purchase any 45RPMSoftware application on 3rd July 2014 100% of the profits for that day will go to charity. Continue reading

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The Managers Guide to Employee Feedback

The Managers Guide to Employee Feedback by Glenn Devey is essential reading for all managers, no matter how experienced you believe you are. Even as a manager of seven years I found the tips in this book to be useful, backed up as they are by real-life examples. In fact, I’ve been on management training courses that weren’t as well considered or developed as this little book. Continue reading

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Attracting IT Graduates to Your Business

I wish An Coppens all the best, of course, but I’m at a loss as to the purpose of her book ‘Attracting IT Graduates to Your Business‘. Much of the focus, at least in terms of examples given, is on mega-business. Microsoft. Google. Facebook. That’s all very well but, if you’re hiring for a mega-business then these tips are already likely to be ingrained into your company culture – and, if you’re not, then you probably can’t afford to hire in quite the same way that they do. That’s not to say that a small business can’t attract excellent graduates, of course, just that they techniques that they’ll need to use are rather different. Continue reading

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Helping Hands for Tacloban

I don’t normally repost (actually, up to now, I’ve never reposted) other people’s blog posts here – but, in this case, I’m going to make an exception.  You can read the original article here: http://helpinghandsfortacloban.wordpress.com

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Heartbleed – Stay safe

A quick note on Heartbleed. You may have read about Heartbleed. Rest assured that the 45RPMSoftware website has been patched to remove the Heartbleed vulnerability.

Please take a moment though to change your passwords on this, and every other website that you visit, in order to ensure that your personal information remains secure.

It is worth remembering a few simple rules about passwords:

  1. Make them long and complicated. Perhaps use a sentence that you can remember easily, but which cannot be easily guessed.
  2. Don’t use the same password for multiple websites. Best practice should be a different password for all websites but, at the very least, ensure that your passwords for any websites that might store banking information (shopping, banking etc) are different.
  3. Rotate as often as you feel is practicable.
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A rather special website…

The internet is full of oddities and wonders, from the educational to the appalling – and sometimes both educational and appalling at the same time.  Little wonder then that television is feeling the pinch – the internet has sites at least as entertaining, but with interactivity to ensure that the consumer (that’d be all of us) doesn’t become a dribbling moron in the process.  That’s the theory, anyway. Continue reading

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Convert64 now available on the Mac App Store

Have you ever needed to find out what type a file really is? Perhaps the file has lost its extension – and the contents are now a mystery to you. Is it a jpeg? Is it a zip? Is it a Word document? Nobody knows – until now. Convert64, when running on Mac OS X 10.7 ‘Lion’ or newer, can tell you. Continue reading

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The Raspberry Pi case designed by Apple

When my old Apple Mighty mouse got gummed up, I bought an Apple Magic mouse to replace it. It wasn’t that the old mouse was completely useless, it still worked up to a point – it’s just that the scroll functionality didn’t.

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Creative – Bas Vellekoop

What was your first Mac?
I came to the Mac quite recently. My first Mac was a MacBook Pro mid 2009. I had been making music with PCs for many years, sampling and experimenting with music, but I discovered that if I took my PC on stage and one of the USB cables fell out, perhaps because someone tripped over it, the program would crash and I’d have to reboot the entire machine. With the MacBook Pro, just the device that was unplugged stopped working – and if I plugged it back in again it would start working again without having to restart the program, let alone reboot the system.  That’s the only reason I bought the MacBook Pro – I’ve never been in favour of Macs or PCs.  It was a very practical stage reliability reason why I moved to the Macintosh. Continue reading

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