How to create your own blog or website

Now that I’m experimenting with Google AdWords I should get some traffic directed to this page. You will find all the basic information to build your own website or blog, like this one, in a few easy steps. Please leave some comments below if you have any questions or need more detail and I will reply as soon as I can with some answers.

I have been creating all sorts of personal websites over the last 10 or more years of my life. To me it is more about knowing and understanding all the aspects of how to create a website, although I have made some good money with some of the websites. Its only a hobby and helps me understand the OS and systems side of IT web development and design.

If you think it difficult to start your own blog or create a personal website (like mine), you might be surprised how easy it actually is and you don’t even have to know HTML. I know all the basics to get started and I would like to share this with you. If you are looking for a easy way to get started you are on the correct webpage. More advance topics, and believe me you can go into a lot of detail and customization of your website, I might cover in a later posts. This post will give you a good idea what is required and how much it will cost you to setup a basic and affordable website.

The first thing you will need is a place to keep your website, which is call your hosting provider. This is where you will upload your files and webpages so everyone on the internet can access the files at any time of the day. You could technically host your files on your home PC, but very complicated and not always available or reliable when you decide to reboot your home PC or if the power goes out, so we’ll skip this option. Hosting your content (files and webpages) with a hosting service provider is the only time you will pay a small fee per month to get your site up and running.

A few things you’ll need to think about before you signup to a hosting service provider: Continue reading


American Trip Photos

I went to the US at the end of 2010 and visited a few of the most popular cities:

  • San Francisco
  • Las Vegas
  • Grand Canyon
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
Yosemite Valley from Inspiration Point

I arrive by plane in San Francisco and hired a car to drive down to Las Vegas, onward pass the Grand Canyon and then all the way to Los Angeles. Then a quick flight to go see New York.

This is some of the top photos I shot on my trip. I have printed some of them on a large canvas, hanged them up in the living room and really looks great. I even used the famous Yosemite Valley from Inspiration Point photo for my default website header image.


Managing your Personal Budget On-line

To take control of your personal finances you need to have a clear view of what you get in and what you spend.

Online budget by ZAllison.com

Online budget

So I have always been keeping track of my income vs. my monthly expenses to make sure I don’t fall into a big hole of debt that I can’t get out of. I started out using a excel spreadsheet and works great, but the last year I have converted my personal budget to google docs and changed a lot to make it easy understand and update. So with my iPhone I can connect to this google docs spreadsheet and update my spending as and when it happens. This allows me to understand what I spend my money on and where I can change my habits to save more each month.

I have consolidated all my accounts into 1 account which I use to receive my income into and do all my spending from. This make is very simple to keep track of my current balance and wont stugle to see if I have a possible problem with overspending via multiple cards and accounts.

This spreadsheet is so useful to me I thought I publish it online for anyone to copy (File -> Make a copy…) and use for yourself, for free!! If you have any good change suggestion that might make it easier to use or just a bit better, please leave comments and I will add the changes into my published spreadsheet. Some things to help you get started: Continue reading


Henning Karlsen UTFT Library update

I received and email from Henning Karlsen with details of the new UTFT library :

June 3, 2012 at 1:00 AM Updated UTFT…

A couple of updates today.

Updated UTFT to v1.3:
• added support for more display modules
• fixed a bug in the ITDB02-25H init

Updated tinyFAT to v3.0:
• added Arduino 1.0 support
• rewritten all the low-level functions
• fixed a bug making it possible to read past the first 32MB

Added UTFT_tinyFAT v1.0 which means that ITDB02_tinyFAT and ITDB02_tinyFAT16 has been discontinued as of today.

Sadly there is no updates on the problem with using the Mega 2560 ADK and LCD 2.8″ TFT TOUCH DISPLAY . It only adds support for 2 additional displays. So we still have a problem with very slow refresh rate on the screen. So please find the details to get them working on my previous post.