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Internet Safety for kids in today’s world

I have been  reminded  over the past few days of a post that I wrote almost 5 years ago now on Internet safety for kids (http://david.baldaro.me.uk/2008/12/parental-control-across-a-home-network-made-easy/) and how I was using a company called OpenDNS – but I thought that I needed to revamp and re-educate. So many kids are now receiving tablets, iPads, iPhone and other Internet connected devices, and so very few have any level of protection for the kids in regards to online pornography and other dubious content. Do you know what you child is looking at, or even possibly exposed to?

Yes you can install software locally, but as one parent recalled to me the other day, that wasn’t fool-proof! My recommendation still stands after 5 years, and I have been using it since I first blogged about it. For the safety of your kids, if you have done nothing then start now, if you are using something then consider this as well.

Why do I recommend OpenDNS? Because it simple and without any bells-and-whistle blocks access before it even enters your house via your Internet router. Therefore it cannot be side stepped or gotten around. ANYONE or ANYTHING connected to your home broadband is then also protected, WITHOUT you having to do anything. Even if your child’s friend comes over, asks to connect to your WIFI, they are protected – regardless of what they are using. For me, it doesn’t get any better. Of course there is no 100% guaranteed way that you can protect them from it all of the time, but this goes A LONG way.

OpenDNS is free and they offer a service called FamilyShield which is straight-forward and simple to set up. The hardest thing is that you will […]

Adding Social Share Buttons to WooCommerce Product Pages

As I wanted to govern where and how the social share buttons appeared with my WooCommerce store I opted to inject them by hand opposed to purchasing a plugin or paying someone else. Again this is something that can easily be added to your theme’s functions.php (preferably within you child theme and not your main theme, so changes are persistent)
add_action('woocommerce_share','wooshare');
function wooshare(){
echo'
<div class="fb-like" data-href="'.get_permalink().'" data-layout="box_count" data-send="false" data-width="100" data-show-faces="true" style="display:inline"></div>
<a href="https://twitter.com/share" class="twitter-share-button">Tweet</a>
<g:plusone size="tall"></g:plusone>
<script>!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s);if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");</script>
<a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url='. urlencode(get_permalink()).'&media='.urlencode(wp_get_attachment_url( get_post_thumbnail_id() )).'&description='.apply_filters( 'woocommerce_short_description', $post->post_excerpt ).'" class="pin-it-button" count-layout="horizontal"><img border="0" src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/PinExt.png" title="Pin It" /></a>
<script type="text/javascript" src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script>';?>
<script type="text/javascript">
(function() {
var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true;
po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js';
var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script'); s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s);
})();
</script>
<div id="fb-root"></div>
<script>(function(d, s, id) {
var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s);
if (d.getElementById(id)) return;
js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;
js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1&appId=281787978603249";
fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);
}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script>
<?php
}

This adds Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest buttons underneath the ‘Add to cart’ button on each page

Creating Addition Tabs in WooCommerce

I started working with WooCommerce just recently – so now delving into the depths of that little beauty as I look at get everything up and working. However I had the necessity to add an additional (static content) tab to the product pages, and refused to fork out for a plugin to do this simple task, so this is what I did.

Within my child theme’s functions.php file I added the following code.
add_filter( 'woocommerce_product_tabs', 'db_woo_delivery_tab');
function db_woo_delivery_tab_content() {
echo '<h2>Delivery Information</h2>';
echo '<p>Some static text</p>';
}

function db_woo_delivery_tab($tabs) {
$tabs = array(
'title' => __( 'Delivery Information', 'woocommerce' ),
'priority' => 30,
'callback' => 'db_woo_delivery_tab_content'
);
return $tabs;
}
The priority tag on line 10 sets the order of the tabs – so you can adjust this one to suit your needs.

My Monthly Photo Challenge

OK so I am 191 days into my 365 Project and have been set a challenge for the next 31 days. This is good because it helps me to focus and give me inspiration for each day. However, it’s also a nightmare as there is some real stinkers in there! So my plan is to work through the list, in any order (to make it slightly easier) posting my photos to my Phooday page (www.phooday.com/u/dbaldaro) and then ticking it off the list on here. Please help and support me, by either doing it with me (!!) or by commenting on my photos.
My 365 Project Month Challenge

Self Portrait – http://www.phooday.com/u/d-baldaro/192365-self-portrait-130/
Rule of Thirds - http://www.phooday.com/u/d-baldaro/210365-1830-rule-of-thirds/
Black & White - http://www.phooday.com/u/d-baldaro/202365-1030-black-and-white/
Texture - http://www.phooday.com/u/d-baldaro/204365-1230-texture/
High Angle – http://www.phooday.com/u/d-baldaro/197365-tilly-from-up-high-630/
Low Angle - http://www.phooday.com/u/d-baldaro/208365-1630-lofi/
Silhouette – http://www.phooday.com/u/d-baldaro/193365-silhouette-230/
Sunset - http://www.phooday.com/u/d-baldaro/203365-1130-sunset/
Bokeh – http://www.phooday.com/u/d-baldaro/196365-bokeh-530/
Lens Flare -
Landscape -
Portrait -
Dynamic Tension- http://www.phooday.com/u/d-baldaro/201365-930-happy-birthday-josh/
Light Painting - http://www.phooday.com/u/d-baldaro/206365-1430-night-time/
Colorful Water Drops -
Balanced - http://www.phooday.com/u/d-baldaro/199365-830-balanced-danbo
Unbalanced – http://www.phooday.com/u/d-baldaro/195365-unbalanced-line-430/
Frame within a Frame - http://www.phooday.com/u/d-baldaro/211365-1930-frame-within-a-frame
Panorama - http://www.phooday.com/u/d-baldaro/205365-1330-thank-you-photoshop-panorama
Depth - http://www.phooday.com/u/d-baldaro/207365-1530-autumnal-depth/
Water Splash - http://www.phooday.com/u/d-baldaro/209365-1730-water-splashing-again/
Slow Sync Flash -
Panning -
Harris Shutter -
Shallow DoF - http://www.phooday.com/u/d-baldaro/198365-730-shallow-depth-of-summer/
Light Graffiti – http://www.phooday.com/u/d-baldaro/194365-light-graffiti-330
Street Photography - http://www.phooday.com/u/d-baldaro/200265-830-watching-the-world-going-past
Architecture -
Night -
Hidden Camera Mirror Photo -

By |September 22nd, 2013|Non-Work|0 Comments

Starting a 365 Project

Starting a 365 Project was one of the best things that I have done over the past few years. A 365 Project is essentially a commitment to take a photograph every day for a whole year. Some people take photos of a single subject (themselves, their child etc.) and others just take whatever comes to hand.

For me I started a 365 Project because I wanted a reason to pick up my camera every day and at the same time try and improve my photography. I’m not the sort of person that will pour over manuals and books, learning all the functions and features of my camera before I start shooting. That doesn’t work for me. I take inspiration from the images that I see and then I like to try and use that within my photography. Sometimes it might be a different way of looking at an object, the way in which lighting has been used or the way in which the photo has been processed afterwards. For me it was just about the photo but also about how photos can be manipulated and processed in PhotoShop.
Starting a 365 Photography Project Tips
So here’s my top tips for starting a 365 Project:
Be Prepared to start a 365 Project
I won’t kid you – completing a 365 project isn’t easy. It sounds easy; take a photo every day and blog about it, but after a while it can?really start to get to you! Some days are better than others, but you have to be prepared for this. If you aren’t then the temptation to give up can easily win.Tell people that you know you are doing it, so that they can get involved.
Set yourself some 365 Project […]

XMPie alone won’t save your business

Whattheythink.com carried an article last week interviewing?Jeroen van Druenen, Director at Jubels and Vice President of the XMPie Users Group which was really powerful. Unlike other videos of customers talking about their software partners Jeroen states (50 seconds in),
If it wasn’t for XMPie I think we wouldn’t be here any more!
This is certainly a bold statement, and a great one at that. Jeroen continues on to say that the economics in Amsterdam are tough, and that XMPie has given him that edge in the marketplace which in turn brings in the high value business.
Did XMPie really save his business?
It’s important, I think to position that XMPie did not save Jeroen’s company – and it’s unlikely to save any company if viewed as a solitary white horse riding into the battle. XMPie have spent years developing a robust set of tools that both enable and stream line the whole process of multi-channel communications. These tools are used by manly, in many different ways, but at the end of the day the technology is only as good as the organisation using it.

I love the concept, and what is possible with personalised video for example, and I could go out and buy uDirect Video from XMPie and use if with Adobe AfterEffects tomorrow, but it’s not going to make me rich. Why? Because it’s a tool that needs services and skills wrapped around it, and more importantly it needs to be sold into client’s mind before they part with their money. Do I have those skills as well?

XMPie is not going to save any business on it’s own. XMPie combined with a focused set of skills, resources and attitude will give you the best fighting chance that […]

My thoughts and advice on personal branding and privacy

Let’s face it, we all share different amounts in our lives. Depending on the environment we are in, and the people that we are with. What you share with a close friend in the safeness of your own house will be worlds apart from what you would share whilst talking to a stranger in the park.

We have lived like this for decades. Why is it then, with the all consuming Internet, and increase  in social media that people seem to be comfortable walking around the park with mega-phones in their hands and leaflet-bombing the grass with their personal information?

Whilst many people will not care about this, you absolutely should if you care about you reputation. Then again, you might be of the opinion, “what do you care what people know about you?”

Personally, my view as a potential client, or as a potential employee is that I absolutely care! My reputation is important to me and  I want to be seen for the values that I believe in and for who I am. I know full well that when I go to a meeting with a new client that there is a high probability that they would’ve Google’d my name – wanting to know who I am. Why do I know this? Firstly because those that I have met have known more about me than I’ve presented them with, and secondly because it’s what I do myself.
Google is king
If I am meeting someone for the first time, I Google them, and if you have never Googled your own name then I suggest that you stop reading and you do it now!

The Internet, and especially social media is like a forever absorbing sponge, it just keeps soaking […]

Ok – So it looks like I am back for another year!

Yep – it’s either a good thing or a bad thing for you, but I have decided (been bullied) into doing this for another year. So after a month’s?sabbatical?I am back with a new site, and new photos.

I decided to create a separate site for this years project, as one of my biggest grumbles is that this theme doesn’t make the job very easy. So the new theme should back it easier and therefore less of a hassle to get the blog posts done every day. We shall see!

The new site is at http://david.baldaro.me.uk/365

#366 – One for the leap year

Of course this year is a leap year, so although this project finished yesterday I felt that I needed to complete the ‘official’ year and included one for the leap year.

Today has been tough, with the comments of others again hurting those around me – so in times when others threaten those that you care about you keep them close and try and protect them.

#365 – And so it ends

Well, it’s been 365 days since I started this journey and it’s time to wrap up and review.

When I started this, it was all about the photography and the DSLR camera that I was enjoying to use. I wanted to have a focus for using it on a regular basis, learning new techniques and basically getting out there. I think that this was true in the early days, but then looking back things have changed. Most strikingly it has become more of a journal for me and not a showcase of work. Taking a photo every day is not an easy task, and on many days, it was the last thing that I wanted to do, and in some cases it was the last thing I actually did in the day! However, I am a so pleased with how it has turned out.

Several things come to mind as I review this project:

My photography skills might not have of improved drastically (in my opinion), but what has improved is the ability to see a shot in almost any situation. This in itself is a great accomplishment and one that will stay with me. I do think that there are some really good shots that I have taken over the year, and my task now is to get some of those printed and framed.
Looking back at each photo, I can tell you a story of what was happening in that day – which is immensely powerful at times. The past year has had its highs and it’s lows, that is for sure! There have been deaths, funerals, good days, bad days, relationship highs and relationship lows. There are things that I would’ve done differently and things that […]