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So, spring is here (ish).  A lot of sun in Cornwall, accompanied by a lot of wind of the cold and blustery variety.  Eliza Cottage has started receiving visitors though Air BnB  and I’m working with the wonderful Ayshia, editing my book.  Read more about me on my About Me page.

So, I’m back…

After the site’s update at Christmas and following my own security advice, I took the site offline as  I went back to my web developer to get him to bolt on more security.  It means that if you email me the system will check to ‘prove you’re not a robot’ and runs checks to make sure you are not responding from a blacklisted site..  However, it is working in the background so you won’t have to click on all pictures of traffic lights, et al.  Talking of web developers, if you live in or around Cornwall and are thinking of having a website developed, check out Jürgen Koenen.  He’s been really helpful and explains thing clearly and in not-jargon – and if he slips into Jargonese, he is happy to be stopped and asked to re-explain.

Lite-Bites and IT Matters

I’ve got two driving passions.  A love of writing and a need – a compulsion almost – to explain IT in simple terms.  It (or indeed IT) isn’t complicated and you don’t have to ‘remember’ very much.  But if you do want to (need to?) use a computer for any given tasks, you have to do it over and over again.  Practice makes perfect, not ‘remembering’.   Yes, I know, the jargon doesn’t help.  And as an ‘IT techie’ for many years, I want to debunk jargon – hopefully JargonBuster will help.  ‘Tech-speak is totally unnecessary in the vast majority of cases.

So, I hope you enjoy your weekly free stories on the blog called Lite-bites and IT stuff in the IT Matters blog.

IT Fun

Have a go at the IT Trivia Quiz – just for fun – which I’ve included in the IT Matters blog this week.

Writing Competition

I found this site that has on-going writing competitions.  Called Write the World, it has been set up to inspire and help new writers and one of these ways is to sponsor writing competitions.

What is a Blog, anyway?

A truncated expression from the word weblog.  But Wikipedia can tell you far more about blogs than I can, and anyway, why reinvent the wheel? Or you can sit back and listen to a YouTube video on blogging.  To answer the question in English, a blog is basically a web-based article.

Where are my ‘blogs’?

Look on the right of the screen.  Each section is listed, with the blogs underneath.  The current blog is shown in it’s own section and each blog is also archived by month it was written so, look down to the bottom of the right-hand panel to the Archives.   Click on the month and read away.

Newsletter

I hate it when, let’s say, you order a pair of boots for Aunt Sally on the internet and then get bombarded with ‘newsletters’ trying to flog more boots to you.  Sticking with the ‘boot theme’, don’t get me started on online shops where, when you’ve just bought a pair of black boots it displays a page screaming ‘Customers who bought black boots also bought…‘ with pictures of more black boots, some brown boots and sometimes even pink ones.  Why?  I’ve just BOUGHT boots, so go away and leave me alone.

OK, I’m off my soapbox.  The point is, I’d love to keep you personally updated on my writing, what’s been published, what my latest writing project is . So, scroll down to the bottom of this page and sign up for whatever part of the site you are interested in and I promise two things;

  • You can always unsubscribe – there is a link at the bottom of each newsletter to do this
  • I won’t ‘spam’ you, and unless I’ve got amazing news – like my book is being published – you will only get a newsletter once a quarter

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Why pictures of Cornwall?

I live here and I love it  I want to share.  That’s it.

Comments and Questions

Any comments, any questions, please do share.  Each blog section has its own comments.  I will do my best to answer them all personally, but when enough people ask about a topic, especially IT, I’ll write a blog about it.

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