Technology week in view: 31st March 2008

It is April tomorrow and I’m still wondering where February went? Time is a precious commodity these days and keeping up to date with various interesting web sites can be a challenge in itself and I often recommend that people should look for a feed or subscribe facility on a web site and use a feed reader program such as Google Reader. If you are unsure what a feed is this explanation may help: What you need to know about feeds. This way you can get the information you are interested in, delivered to you, as and when it is written and you don’t have to keep visiting many web sites.

I have been busy with two things this week, the first is to migrate my various Blogs to the new WordPress 2.5 CMS (Content Management System) which is proving really useful and something that is even crossing over from my social activities to business activities. If you have ever felt tempted to start a blog but had doubts or felt it was a waste of time then give this post a read Why Blogging is not a waste of time.

The other thing I have been working on has been looking into the world of Backing Up (and Restoring) XP Drivers after I spent hours trying to find Where I put that driver disc? Gadgets need all sorts of driveRs but faced with a rebuild of your computer do you know where all your drivers are? Are they on disc? Did you download them? I am looking into driver backing up and restore utilities and I will let you know how I get on.

I do like a good gadget (why else would I be here!?) and I got given a really interesting gadgety gift recently. It is a portable solar powered charger that converts into a device about the size of a chunky mobile phone – I am giving it a good test to see if it’s really up to the job and will report my findings in a future post.

On a lighter note, Brother Mouse Matt has been dreaming of working in the city – but is the grass really greener on the other side? And where is the mythical land of ‘ninetofive’. Keep well and don’t get caught out by any of those April Fools Day jokes tomorrow!

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By Jason Slater

Technology journalist and blogger, software developer, ex-IT Manager.

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  1. Ah, RSS/syndicated feeds. Can’t live without them now. My Netvibes page has about a dozen tabs and hundreds of feeds. Yes, I know, how can I possibly read them all? I don’t, but it’s easy to get to them when I think of them or feel like reading them.

    I realized that as much as I depend on them now, so many people don’t even know what or how useful they are. So I went one step further and took some screenshots and put together a brief how-to on subscribing to a feed: http://kjh.com/blog/2007/04/13/subscribing-to-my-rss-feed/

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