Archive | December, 2010

Adobe Flash plugin version checker

Apple – stupidly – has removed the Flash plugin from the standard installation of Safari. Not only that, but Apple decided in their wisdom to stop automatically updating the Flash plugin as part of their regular and automated software updates. This has to be one of the dumbest things Apple have ever done, and has only served to endanger users of Safari. I put this post here as I was tired of hunting through Adobe’s website for the version checker. Here is the version that you are running:

Sorry, either Adobe flash is not installed or you do not have it enabled

Check the version reported above, and go to the adobe flash page to see you have the latest – if not, then it’s time to install the newest version. Job done.

Futures Education Services

We worked for marketdriven.co.uk to help rebrand, and create a website that would promote the work of Futures Education.

Futures provide a range of imaginative services for young people who, for one reason or another, are outside the formal education system. We work in partnerships with community, voluntary and statutory agencies, extended school clusters and local schools.

Time was limited, but time was taken to look for a contemporary typeface that struck a friendly note. In the end, a logo was created based around Eric Olson’s Klavika typeface, which was then rounded and tweaked to produce a more soft appearance. Read More…

Do I need to run AntiVirus on my Mac?

For the longest time, Macs seem to have maintained a reputation in the industry for enjoying Fort-Knox like security. In many ways this has been true. The latest version of Apple’s OSX (Snow Leopard) is built on Darwin Linux foundations, and is one of the most secure commercially available desktop operating systems.

However, recently things have changed. Macs are increasingly leaving the confines of the music and graphic arts studios and finding themselves in family settings. So what’s wrong with that you ask. Read More…

Kpslice Uptrack – Review

Keeping your kernel updated is both important, and yet one of the most overlooked jobs of any admin. Linux kernels are one of those areas that instill fear into the hearts of many – and for good reason. Compiling a custom kernel is not for the feint hearted or casual user.

However, most of use use the standard kernel options that ship with our flavour of linux, and the in-built package managers that ship with the popular linux builds Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, CentOS/RedHat etc, all offer an easy way to upgrade your kernel to the latest build. For example, using CentOS it’s just a case of yum update kernel.

However, if you are running a server that needs to be on 24/7, then rebooting everytime there are updates is probably going to annoy your users. Plus, if you have a lot of servers, then keeping them all up to date can become a bit of a chore. Read More…