Moving your Contacts and Calendar Away from Google

For the past few years I have used Google Contacts to store my contacts and Google Calendar to store my calendars. These services really are excellent, particularly because they allow me to keep my data synchronized between my Android phone and numerous instances of Thunderbird on PCs and Laptops. Unfortunately, I have had issues with my contacts becoming duplicated and even disappearing altogether. I figure that out of roughly 500 contacts I have lost around 200. This really got me…

How to install Django on JustHost (and maybe other shared hosts)

If you search Google for "how to install Django on JustHost" you may be surprised to find tens of thousands of articles claiming that it can't be done and none claiming that it can. Well, it can and here's how: Log in using SSH access In the Security section of your control panel click "SSH/Shell Access" -> "Manage SSH Keys." Click "Generate a new key", enter a password and click "Generate Key." After the key is generated click…

How well does your browser protect your privacy?

Having downsized my home a couple of times in the last year it is no understatement to say I have urgent space issues. I have power tools, large kitchen devices and surplus everything else. I looked online for a new shed, comparing reviews and investigating the UK's top shed building companies in my typically obsessive way. Having found "the one", I paid the company and am currently waiting for the timber that I will use to make the concrete base…

What is SOPA and why should you care?

I have received a flood of emails today from people asking about what SOPA is and was surprised when I looked online and didn't see any places that explains why SOPA would be a very bad thing. The idea behind SOPA is to stop online piracy and this is a good thing but there are some very, very serious consequences meaning the end of the internet as you know it. Things that break SOPA's rules Any site that allows users…