# Friday, March 30, 2007

It’s easy to assume when shopping with a well known company that your credit card details are kept safe. However the theft of 46 million credit card details from TK Maxx shows that even large companies may not keep your details secure. Personally when shopping online I prefer to use my Paypal account, if I am using a website for the first time, so that I don’t actually have to expose my card details. Like many people though I don’t think twice about using my credit card when shopping on the high street. It makes me wonder whether I should go back to withdrawing cash and avoid paying with my card altogether, or perhaps I am just getting paranoid about the whole thing?

posted on Friday, March 30, 2007 10:56:44 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Poor Willow didn’t stand a chance against the power of the monkey.

posted on Friday, March 30, 2007 10:38:47 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

We have now successfully fitted two of ours cats with a small tracking device which attaches to their collars. Whilst it is not actually meant specifically for cats it enables you to quickly track down a cat that does not want to be found. For more information on this see Rory’s blog.

posted on Friday, March 30, 2007 10:37:04 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, March 29, 2007

 

Oscar being attacked by the cat killing monkey.

posted on Thursday, March 29, 2007 10:41:27 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

There is nothing more frustrating than to have a perfect layout only for items to be accidentally moved and thus appear misaligned when it goes to print. A simple shortcut can help prevent this. To lock the items on a page simply select them and press F6. A black padlock icon will appear when you hover over the items to indicate that they are locked and no amount of dragging will move them. The only way to unlock them is to press F6 again to reverse the process or choose unlock from the item menu.

posted on Thursday, March 29, 2007 10:16:43 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, March 28, 2007

I read a humorous post on Owens blog today about the importance of choosing the right name for your website. He highlights a few examples where companies have got it wrong with hilarious consequences. I think my favourite was www.penisland.net which may sound like a porn site but is in fact a site called Pen Island offering custom made pens.

posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 5:28:24 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback

One of my cats Oscar was not very well yesterday. Unfortunately he had some sickness and diarrhoea and although he quickly recovered he was unable to clean himself properly ending up with poo all over his rear end, so we had to give him a bath. Bathing Oscar is not an easy task as he hates being picked up and is a very large strong cat. With this is mind we devised a plan that we thought would keep us safe from flying claws. First Rory prepared a washing up bowl of warm water with a generous amount of Herbal Essences 2 in 1 Shampoo added to it. I then fetched a very thick towel and we both put on gloves for added protection. After chasing Oscar around the living room for about half an hour I was finally able to throw the towel over him covering his head and front paws. I quickly picked Oscar up and keeping his head covered to avoid being bitten dunked the whole back end of the cat into the washing up bowl. Then holding him tightly Rory proceeded to rub the shampoo into his coat before rinsing him off with warm water. At this point Oscar was growling very loudly. Next I moved the towel from his head to wrap the back claws whilst Rory sponged soapy water onto the front part of the cat. One more rinse and Oscar was clean although very wet and not very happy. A day later and I am amazed at how soft and fluffy his coat is. Now that we have perfected the technique perhaps we will bath him more often…. Or maybe not.

posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 9:53:28 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Ollie seems unaware that there is a cat eating monkey behind him waiting to strike.

posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 1:20:20 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

The find and replace option in Quark (Apple key and F) can help save a lot of time. I use it primarily for removing double spacing from documents or for making changes to font size and style.

To remove double spacing make sure the text option is ticked and also tick the document option at the bottom of the box. In the first text box type two spaces by pressing the space bar twice. In the second text box type one space. Then click “find next” to locate the first double space. To change all the double spaces in the document at once just click the “change all” button.

You can also use the find and replace option to change styles within the document. Instead of ticking the text option instead tick the style option. Select the style you want to change in the first box and in the second box select the new style that you want to apply. Then click the “find next” button or the “change all” button as before.

Other options available with find and replace are searching by font, font size, colour and type style. These are also very useful: for example you may wish to change the fonts in the document from Ariel to Times New Roman or change all the fonts that are 16pt to 12pt. It is also possible to change font attributes such as making something bold or italic or underlining it by using the type style option. These options allow you to do this just once rather than manually going through the whole document.

 

posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 1:17:44 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, March 26, 2007

Have you ever wanted to ski down an escalator? No me neither but this guy did at Angel tube station.

posted on Monday, March 26, 2007 1:08:12 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

To make a new colour in Quark, choose colours from the edit menu or the shift key and F12. Then select new from the options. Give your colour a name and select the type of colour from the “model” drop down list, this will usually be CMYK when typesetting a job for print. Uncheck the spot colour option and then select your colour either by clicking on the colour wheel, using the colour sliders or entering the percentages of colour in the CYMK boxes. Then click OK and your new colour will appear in the colours palette. If you need to make a colour from another document for example a PDF you can always open it in Photoshop and use the colours from the CMYK hex values to get a good match in Quark.

posted on Monday, March 26, 2007 10:31:49 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Lucy meets the cat eating monkey.

posted on Monday, March 26, 2007 10:30:08 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, March 25, 2007

We all know that here in the UK it is very difficult to find a river or ditch that does not include a supermarket trolley. Well now it’s possible to see just how many abandoned trolleys there actually are out there. I found this bizarre website called trolley spotting. Basically it’s devoted to tracking abandoned trolleys in various locations. It includes maps to show the trolleys location and how far it is from its originating supermarket. 

posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007 3:51:28 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

We went to a housewarming party this weekend at Brads, Richards and Neil’s new house. Despite the fact that it was cold and raining someone had the great idea of having a Braai (BBQ). With the help of a few strategically placed umbrellas the meat stayed dry which is more than I can say for most of the guests.

 

posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007 1:15:46 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, March 24, 2007

I found this interesting article on The Independents website. A new mobile phone company called Blyk is going to offer free voice and text services to customers who sign up to receive adverts on their phones. I can see how this service may appeal to people wanting to cut their monthly phone bill. Personally I rarely use my mobile phone and have it on a “pay as you go” contract so for me large bills are not a problem. I have noticed that recently I am receiving frequent text messages advertising services that are of no interest to me. There is nothing more irritating than reading through your texts thinking they might be important and finding they are what I have started to refer to as phone spam. I get enough spam through email without starting to get it on my phone.

posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 12:01:53 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

In many layouts it is necessary to link text so that it flows from one text box to another. This can be done by using the linking tool (shown below). Simply choose the tool from the toolbox, then click on the first box to be linked, followed by the box you wish the text to flow into. You will now see an arrow linking the two boxes to show the direction that the text will flow. You can link any number of text boxes as well as linking text boxes across several pages. If you need to unlink boxes you can do this by choosing the unlink tool, which is found in the toolbox right underneath the linking tool. Simply select the unlink tool and click on the base of the grey arrow which links the boxes to unlink them.

posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 11:29:43 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, March 23, 2007

I found an interesting article about what goes into a McDonalds Chicken Nugget. Apparently it contains 56% corn as well as another 38 different ingredients one of which is obviously chicken but disturbingly it also contains TBHQ which is an antioxidant derived from petroleum.

posted on Friday, March 23, 2007 3:13:10 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I saw this article in The Metro about a pillow that apparently helps prevent hangovers. The pillow is stuffed with various plant extracts including fennel, juniper, mustard and peppermint, all of which are meant to counter the effects of a hangover. Personally I frequently sprinkle lavender oil on my pillow when I am having trouble sleeping and use peppermint or eucalyptus if I have a blocked up nose. I find that when doing this I awake felling much more rested the following morning. At only £7.50 even if it doesn’t cure your hangover this pillow is likely to help you have a restful nights sleep.

posted on Friday, March 23, 2007 3:04:12 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Often layouts require several different text or picture boxes to be aligned along the page. For a long time I used to do this manually, either by eye or by typing the values into the measurements palette. A quicker way is to use Quarks Space/Align items command under the item menu (Apple key and ,). Just select the items that you wish to line up and use Apple , to bring up the dialogue box. Here you can align items either horizontally or vertically and specify how much space appears between each item thus saving you quite a lot of time and creating a neater looking layout.

posted on Friday, March 23, 2007 2:23:14 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback