Posts Categorised: Web Technologies

0HTML5 LogoHTML5 spec finished and published!

At long last, the W3C has pub­lished the final HTML5 spe­cific­a­tionDIY Media Home is already writ­ten coded in HTML5, but the final­isa­tion of the spe­cific­a­tion means that HTML5 com­pli­ance is no longer a mov­ing tar­get for either us, or the browser makers.  Hope­fully all the main play­ers will provide fully HTML5 com­pli­ant browsers soon.  In the mean­time we’ll be work­ing to ensure our site is fully com­pli­ant with the final spec.

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0Tin full of spamHow to reduce spam with SPF, DKIM & DMARC

Since I set up con­tact forms on vari­ous web­sites I’ve had a slowly increas­ing volume of spam.  Not dir­ect spam sent to me, but bounces from non-exist­ent addresses that were being spamme, appar­ently from my address.  Unfor­tu­nately the spam wasn’t ori­gin­at­ing from my address, but my address was some­how picked up (prob­ably from before I secured the con­tact forms on the site) and was being used as the “reply to” address.  After some invest­ig­a­tion I heard about SPF which is an e-mail anti-for­gery sys­tem.

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32sickbeardDownload TV episodes automatically with SickBeard

As TV and movie con­tent gradu­ally moves, kick­ing and scream­ing, onto the Inter­net, the demand for ways to man­age all the media we con­sume con­tin­ues to grow. Whilst the major­ity of TV is still not avail­able from legit­im­ate sources online, there are now some series which are, includ­ing Pion­eer One — a Bit­Tor­rent only TV series. Good lists of leg­al tor­rent pro­viders are avail­able from gigaom here and here. Pub­lic Domain Movie Tor­rents also provides links to movies which are now free of copy­right. In some jur­is­dic­tions it may also be con­sidered legit­im­ate to down­load con­tent you already own in anoth­er format, or to down­load con­tent instead of record­ing it on a set-top box. Either way, the time for improved auto­mat­ic down­load ser­vices is now here. Below I detail the easi­est way to auto­mat­ic­ally down­load TV epis­odes that I’ve dis­covered so far.… Read Full Art­icle

0DIY Media Home logoFew new articles, lots of new design work

For the last 2–3 months I’ve been too busy to write much new con­tent for the site.  This hasn’t been helped by a drop in things to write about  — most of my art­icles are about tech­no­logy fixes or excit­ing new HTPC related devel­op­ments.  There haven’t been too many new devel­op­ments, and I haven’t fixed much tech­no­logy because I’ve been too busy.  That doesn’t mean the site has been entirely ignored how­ever…

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0Google+Google+ for Apps Accounts

Google have finally enabled Google+ for apps accounts (as of the 27th Oct)!  Now those of us with an apps account can finally get an account and +1 pages etc.  Google have also enabled “pages” on Google+ for organ­isa­tions.  For the DIY Media Home Google+ Page just click on the Google+ icon at the top right of the page.  If you need to migrate a tem­por­ary non-apps account Google prom­ise there will be a migra­tion tool com­ing very soon.  Happy +ing

0Google MapsExtra Google Maps Icons

I fre­quently use google maps, and have cre­ated quite a few cus­tom maps.  I par­tic­u­larly like using the place­mark icons with the stand­ard col­ours, rather than the cus­tom shape icons.  How­ever, there are only 2 types, in 7 col­ours, for a total of 14, which is fre­quently insuf­fi­cient.… Read Full Art­icle