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New Website Creation Stage 1

My new website design process has begun. Trying to reorganize my internet presence seems to be a very time consuming exercise. So at the beginning of the year I wanted to have a website and a blog up and running. This has taken a bit more time and a little bit of delay, mainly due to my changing of jobs and the lack of time I had with handing over the one and getting all the paperwork completed for the other. But that is all behind me now.

So bought my URL (my third actual) a few years ago now, www.nosam.co.za, this was going to be the start of my personalized online adventure. This was also a way for me to develop my HTML skills and design ability, as working with data mainly I tended to forget about how things look and just focus on the numbers. So the website remained a little dormant for a while, just had a cover page which I whipped up in an afternoon. Then at the beginning of this year, 2014, I decided a blog would be a great idea as well. After a lot of research settled on WordPress, vaughanmason.wordpress.com. This was not suiting my ultimate design as it was disconnected from my actual domain.

So back to the virtual drawing board.

Then a little bit more research, I decided to adjust my Afrihost account from a windows based hosting environment to a Linux based one. This resulted in wordpress being able to be installed onto the website and run from my domain. That was very easy and shocked me with the simplest of the whole exercise. The next part was moving all the content from WordPress to my own domain. Luckily this was easy as well as there is an export button on the wordpress admin site.

So very painless.

Now to begin the re-branding of my actual website. I choose to scrap the entire content of the previous website as it was all over the place and I lacked the enthusiasm to go through and figure out what I did previous. New plan put a website launch date on a development page so that I get the kick up the ass I need and launch a page. This has been done and come out pretty well.

Continuing with my goal of building an HTML5 page, I got my folder structure working first. Creating the folders for the CSS, images and JavaScript (might need a bit of code later). Then I proceeded to design a logo, which symbolize my development in Africa (which has a nice ring website is developed by me who was developed in Africa). Used a bit of CSS to get the layout working correctly and then a bit of JavaScript to calculate the date.

All and all pretty satisfied with the result.
Now just to complete the actual website.

First Snorkel Trip of 2014

So good first snorkel trip of the year, went to Fish Trap and Hairy Gardens (names of spots given by POMSAC). Best part of the weekend, waking up snorkeling and then relaxing for the rest of the day. Had about 8 people on the trip. Just being able to jump off the boat and swim in any directions and discover new things is great. Need to get my free-diving time under water up, think I’ll add a new resolution.

Visibility: Not bad about 10m
Location: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Spots: Hairy Gardens and Fish Trap

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Creating Windows out of Apples

(This is not an instruction guide but my own experience)20140106_084608540_iOS

So I began my process of converting my humble 11 inch MacBook Air into a dual OS machine of purpose. All started with doing a bit of research, which Windows operating system to install, how to get it done and how much it would cost.

I decided on the latest Windows operating system 8.1, which can be bought online for $119 for Windows 8.1 and $199 for the Pro. This is a little excessive for just testing out a process and unsure if it will work. Thanks to CNET, I uncovered the possibility to Evaluate Windows 8.1 for 90 days, which will give me enough time to determine if I want to fork over the cash. So after a little bit of personal information I was able to download my operating system (3.8 GBs).

So now for the process, there are tons of people who have done this before me so I just followed the instructions (after a first failed attempt in which I just downloaded the Apple Software/Drivers for Windows) Back to my process and steps:

First, get a USB with a size greater than 5 Gb as it has to hold the Windows operating system and the Apple Driver information. Then using Apple Bootcamp (5.0.5033), I created the USB installation drive.(Have to create a USB drive as my Air does not have a disk drive.) Once the Bootcamp had created the USB, it did all work of partitioning the drive and restarting the machine for the installation. The installation took a bit of time but was all successful, mostly.

Second step, was only necessary because the current version of Bootcamp has a few limitations as it was designed for Windows 8 and not 8.1. This only became apparent when I was unable to connect to a WiFi network, which was caused by a lack of driver as the new Air uses 802.11 AC and this was not installed successfully in the BootCamp process. After some more research, lots of forums going in the wrong way and websites with little to no information but did provide direction to the correct answer. All I had to do was access the USB and go to the folder BootCampDriversBroadcom(64x file), double clicking and installing the driver worked successfully and the Windows 8.1 was online.

So all in all pretty easy and successfully process.

Things learnt:

  • If you want to right-click just use 2 finger click on MacBook Touchpad.
  • A lot of information is on the web, you have to go through a lot and put little pieces together to get the correct answer.

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New Year —-> New toy —-> New possibilities

So 2014 has started, after an interesting 2013 (I’ll cover PNG and our adventure at a later time). I am looking forward to this year as I am settled in my work and routine and I am looking to carve my name into the world. So to get things rolling just acquired a mid 2013 MacBook Air. Very sweet little machine. This machine is going to be converted into a OS/Windows hybrid and will be the instrument of my future creations.
So let the fun begin!