I’ve known Renita for a while now. Originally from America, Renita now lives in Wigtown, which the book town in Scotland, with the most stunning views across the estuary. When I’ve performed at the festival, the children have all been whipped up to a frenzy by Renita, who welcomes them in and “settles them down” [...]
I’ve had couple of suspicious goings on on my website this year then, on Monday, Damian Harvey emailed me to let me know my site had been hacked. The homepage showed some juvenile nonsense obviously put togehter by some spotty youth with nothing better to do with his life.
I sorted it out, but soon he was back even though I had changed passwords, which meant that he had to have a backdoor into my site. I feel I can’t trust anything on my site, so I’ve wiped it clean and I’m rebuilding it with new clean files.
If he gets in easly again, then I suspecvt my ISP has a back door to my site and I’ll be very cheesed off.
It’s such a waste of time and makes me realise how vulnerable the net really is. We are putting the whole of western civilisation into a monoculture that will eventually be so prone to a virus thaat will spread through the net wiping out site after site – a sort of swine flu of the net. If it happens, we are stuffed! I give it two years.
About this time last year, I moved my website to another ISP. My old one was driving me mad and the new one offered lots more for much less. This involved a whole load of cleaning up not only of my site site but also the database that runs various parts of it.
There had to be a drawback. Sometimes the new ISP was very slow. You could wait ten seconds or more for my website to appear sometimes. That probably sounds okay, but kids going to my website would get bored and move on to something else in that time.
In the last year, my old ISP seems to have pulled its socks up and is now offering what the new ISP was offering. They cost more, but not as much as they did a year ago, but the speed is much improved. It will be really interesting to see if my stats go up now that people will get to see what they have requested.
Writing this blog is certainly better. I think I’d got a bit bored of waiting for pages while trying to write new things on my blog. Lets see if I write some new stuff on here now…
I was watching a friend of mine drawing recently, and I realised that there’s a lot to be learned by seeing how other people draw.
So, I’ve decided to ad a new section to my website – Drawing School. I’m hoping it will grow in the direction that my visitors want. I’m hoping that people will email me with suggestions for things to draw and talk about.
My video set up is very cranky at the moment, but it works so far – barring an accident with the lights at the end of lesson two! I can hardly see what I’m drawing as I have to peer over the top of the tripod while squeezing my hands underneath it. Can’t find much help online for recording this sort of video.
I’ve learned a lot about white balance and manual focus already. If it becomes popular, I may see about upgrading the camera.
It’s good fun doing it and I hope it proves to be useful. Enjoy! Click here to go to the page.