Dunans Charitable Trust

We’ve revised and revived dunans.org using the simplest theme from plaintxt.org. We had so much information to trawl through, and a very tight budget, that we decided to use an extant theme and then customise its functionality rather than its look. We changed the sidebar a little, and created a page template for sub-pages (explore About Dunans to get a feel for the magnitude of information we have included). We’ll continue customising the structure and the funciton of the site over the next weeks as more information is added, in the meantime here’s a full page grab –- a benefit of using the awesome Flock browser.

The built-in gallery feature of the latest iterations of WordPress is truly impessive.


I’m given an 96dpi photo from a digital camera. The shot is too blue (I would say under-exposed but this ain’t film), composition is good but it looks like this is a 2 megapixel piece of once-was-state-of-the-art camera and asked to produce a logo. Love not money is the motivation here as we’re under the kosh for a deadline, and the project is one that involves the Walking Theatre Company. Further wrinkles are that the logo should scale infinitely and I am running Leopard and upgraded to CS before I heard that there were issues. In other words, photoshop is out. Back to illustrator 10. Sheesh.

And what happens? A pure alchemic reaction. Something you just can’t mitigate for. I turn the uncorrected image into a vector graphic, get rid of the word wood background and find myself looking at an immediate logo. Saturate the colour a little, adjust cyan and magenta, sample the colour for the text and then place the oyster over the ‘e’ and the ‘f’. Immediate “that’s it!”. No tinkering. Up on AFC2 and I’ll send off the logo for approval after the fact tomorrow. Here it is.

Pearl of a composition eh?

Vista vs. Leopard

Yesterday while at a ForArgyll.com training day we were using card readers and USB connections to transfer around 3GB of sound (.wav) and video files (.mp4) to a couple of laptops. One was a brand-spanking new Dell (I think) with Vista Home Premium (or Premium Home Vista … or Home Vista Premium … ??) and the other was a three-and-a-half year-old PowerBook G4 running Leopard 10.5. Don’t even know what RAM or processor speeds the PC had on board, but it was quick. The G4 was 1.67 Ghz and 1GB of RAM.

The G4 outperformed the PC not by virtue of having a quicker data-transfer, nor by having a brighter screen (in fact it is a bit grubby) but because the card reader (brought by an independent third party) plugged in and transferred the 500MB in a snap, and then as the next SD card was emptied, it played the contents of the first from a double-click within finder (both .mp4s and .wavs). The Vista machine, had to install a driver, install quicktime, install iTunes and was then able to play that which it downloaded. Where were the crowds standing to watch the rushes? In front of the Mac of course!

OK so the operator of the G4 might have been me, and the computer has been configured to my specs, but I was only using finder for this (well, and quicktime to play the files). I was just struck by the hoops Vista and PC users jump through, and wonder whether this offers an insight as to why Vista is (apparently) under-performing. Certainly there was plenty of support for the new OS on new PCs because it “just worked” and was “pretty”, but for those who were using it on their old PC, and there were two of them, they found the upgrade, confusing, frustrating and above all unnecessary. “Why did I get rid of that lovely XP, it just worked?” one asked.

Having used em all, give me Leopard everytime!