Sunday, 3 January 2016

2016 has 366 days

Frustrating as it may seem, 366 simply does not divide easily into 2016. It won't be until 2196 that the hexagonal factor relationship will be meaninglessly true yet significant to some. There is to be an election in Scotland this year which will impact on operations directly and indirectly, purely on a resource basis, but this should pass after May to allow some reasonable outputs. In saying that, future predictions seldom factor in the giveashitometer effect (copyright R Allen some time ago?). By now it is becoming clear that this post is self-referential.

Monday, 24 March 2014

NextGen $base-url

Wordpress gallery plugin NextGen has an odd feature if you're using the lightbox option in that URLs are stored mysteriously even after migrating a site to a new domain and updating any stored reference in the database (e.g. using the Serialized PHP Search Replace script)

There is a fix from 2013 by deltafactory on GitHub Gist but this specific issue has popped up on a few forums where the $base_url doesn't change readily.

The only obvious sign that something is awry are the missing images on the lightbox frame:


Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Another Bank Email Scam

And while you're at it...

An attachment stuck to a message like this:

Check attached form.

Portfolio Manager
Commercial Banking Support
Thames Gateway Commercial Office
2nd Floor, Riverbridge House, Anchor Boulevard,
Crossways, Dartford, Kent  DA2 6SL
Depot Code 023

Tel:  01322 969595
Fax: 01322 521264
Supporting your business ambitions –

This information is classified as Confidential unless otherwise stated.

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, Registered in Scotland No. 90312. Registered Office: 36 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2YB

Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.


Companies House - Scam email 2013

Be on the lookout for messages like this (from 3rd September 2013)...

"This message has been generated in response to the company complaint submitted to Companies House WebFiling service.

(CC01) Company Complaint for the above company was accepted on 03/09/2013.

The submission number is P91LS8OK22UZJW0

Please quote this number in any communications with Companies House. 
All WebFiled documents are available to view / download for 10 days after their original submission. However it is not possible to view copies of accounts that were downloaded as templates.

Not yet filing your accounts online? See how easy it is..."

There is a message on the Companies House website with their official warning

We have been made aware that random emails claiming to be from Companies House with a zipfile mail attachment are being sent. These mails have not been generated by Companies House and we strongly advise you not to open the attachment. Our customers should be assured that the details we hold have not been compromised.

Companies House

    Sunday, 18 August 2013

    Big Bang and Balls

    Assisting Dumfries Rugby Club with their transition to a new website so that the secretary and club members charged with keeping the information up to date have a more streamlined system (wordpress, typically) to make things easier. The nature of sport clubs means there are considerations on how scheduled future information is managed ('fixtures') but it also has to be easy for ordinary users to enter and update the information as required.

    One of the longer term time-savers is the built in wordpress media library which removes multi-stage media upload processes from earlier content management systems.

    Incidentally, what's the latest on the webmaker movement as it is happening in Scotland (North West) as per

    Tuesday, 30 July 2013

    Dodgy emails to look out for July 2013

    If you get one of these email messages from Dun and BradStreet about your business credit rating - don't open it just delete it.

    More advice from the REAL company can be found here:

    Monday, 8 April 2013

    From Minis to Volkswagens

    Callisti is happy to promote Dumfries and Galloway based Ross Wylie, the racing driver who is gathering momentum as he achieves on-track success. The website started out when he was transitioning from Karts to the Mini Cooper competition in 2012 and now he has attracted interest from Volkswagen with whom he is competing in the VW Scirocco R-Cup for the 2013 season.