It's been a few weeks since I really had chance to work on anything for the website. Which is not to say that I have given up with it, just that I have been somewhat busy with other bits and pieces in my life. What I haven't been able to avoid though is the sight of how messy the comments sections now looks.
Well, that was quite a month. Today is a rather wet and cold haloween night and this is the first post I've had a chance to put together this month. Admittedly a lot as happened, both for me and in the wider world.
Unlike the 71 articles that have come before this one, this is the first that has required no manual intervention in the database in order to publish it. In short, I have finished the core development work on CallamMcMillan.com version 6 after a development effort of nearly a year.
While there is still plenty more to do, I can at least see the light at the end of the tunnel and can now focus more on producing new content for it rather than coding the functionality this website needs.
Well, after a frankly pathetic June where I managed to publish just one article through a combination of sheer laziness and being busy with other projects, I'm back! Which is a good thing as today is a special day. Today marks the fifth anniversary of CallamMcMillan.com being launched on July 3rd 2007.
If you stood in the doorway of your house, shouting how you murdered someone, while a TV news crew was standing next door; you would likely have a hard job of arguing you had a right to privacy, although I no doubt there are some lawyers that would try. Likewise, when you go virtually anywhere in the country, you'll be recorded on CCTV at least once. So my question is, why should it be any difference on the internet?
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One of the perennial problems of keeping this website up to date with content is finding the time to write it. Also, an entire article to a single thought or observation seems wasteful of our time.
So, despite my reservations about the value and usefulness of Twitter, CallamMcMillan.com now has its own Twitter feed - @CallamMcMillan. You can follow us, check it out at http://twitter.com/CallamMcMillan, or add that address to your favourite RSS reader to keep up to date.
Also, please note that the reader widget on the homepage can be a little flaky in some versions of IE.
As I promised when I launched this site, I would get guest writers to help me out. Today I would like to introduce the self-proclaimed professional trouble-maker Mitul Patel. Mitul is a few weeks away from completing his masters in Computer Science at Loughborough University where he is completing his thesis project titled "Simulating mobile nodes in ad-hoc systems."
Outside of university Mitul is studying for his CCNA and is looking to become a full time network engineer. Mitul also enjoys lock picking, white-hat security and interesting TV. Mitul's computer setup includes an overclocked Sandy Bridge i7, five monitors, a Cisco 2821 router and a Cisco 1252 Aironet.
In a little over seven months CallamMcMillan.com has published 50 articles on a wide range of topics, ranging from the technical - Cisco discussions and the like, to the bizarre, such as the terminally stupid, via everything in between. Unlike some of the articles which made the previous version of my website, I have tried to make these more considered and more on a single topic! So for the 50th article I thought I'd do a summary of my latest changes and take a look at where the site will go next.
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Today marks a big phase of the development of CallamMcMillan.com in that I have virtually finished all the big outstanding tasks on the public side of the site although there is still quite a lot to do on the private side of the site before I can sit back and say it's done.
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