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Posting from a phone

I wonder how practical it is to use my mobile phone for writing quick notes whilst underway.

So this dear reader is naught but a test.

The dictation system on the phone works quite well so this is another possibility also typing with their slide keyboard is pretty good too.

Okay it is a possibility good to know although I will rarely have the need.

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Blogo – Long time no see

I recently wrote about how nice it was to see Windows Live Writer again, and while it works great in most aspects it fails on a purely cosmetic one. The site themes or at least the simple one I am using renders incorrectly in fact it makes the feature a bug not a bonus.
Today I came across and article on Blogging editors for off-line work and was reminded of one I have had since it was launched Blogo is Mac only and it was nice, it wasn’t perfect but pretty good. Now looking at the latest version I am a little blown away.

One of the features I really need it the ability to choose a Featured Image, without it I am having to post a Draft and choose one online. This is a drag and defeats the whole point of off-line editing in my opinion.
Well long story short Blogo has it I don’t know for how long but it is there and now I will post this to see how it works, if at all.
Worth mentioning Blogo also keeps a nice sidebar of posts for editing something Live Writer didn’t seem to do.

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Moving Day Part II

I spent the afternoon sorting out this site and updating the theme customisation, I didn’t care for the default font, I prefer something easier on the eye.

Also I culled a lot of images from the old gallery on here as they are getting old and I haven’t updated in a very long time. Far too many places that I post to and I can’t keep up with the needy nature of the web so they hit the bin. I still have a bit to do here but it is finally looking tidier.

It is my intention to start posting tips and tutorials again soon this time they will focus on MODO and what I have discovered in the past year or so of using it. All the old Blender ones are about somewhere but I don’t have the time or interest in that program at the moment so they are destined to languish in the dark recesses of the web for a while longer. The BlenderBits YouTube channel is still live for those interested in my old tutorials. The website is long gone and up for offer from the usual vultures that hover around old domain names, I could have kept it but all these little domain renewals add up and I am no Baron of the Interwebs.

For those looking specifically for my 3D work I would point you to the links above and the Artstation one in particular, that and Instagram are the most often updated. In fact I am posting the most to Instagram so follow me there too if you want.

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Moving Day

Today I managed to finally setup HTTPS on this site. It was not as straight forward as I had first thought because it was using Cloudflare and a stray Name Server that took a little tweaking to get working. After a few false starts and a little waiting for the Name Servers to catch up is finally working. Installing the certificates was much easier than I had first thought thanks to the scripts on my Host provider uberspace.

Expect a few issues with images as WordPress were serving them and they seem to be a little slow catching up, I have disabled Photon but it seems it all takes time to sort out.

Today I also moved my Freelance site to a new server and set that up to HTTPS too, all in all a busy yet productive day.

Mark.

I have been Busy

Charlie Chaplin LEGO Minifigure

I haven’t posted on here in a very long time, I have been very busy on other things mostly to do with my 3d work.

Part of that included setting up some new servers and a domain for my Freelance 3d art site mbt3d.com

I have moved things around a few times in the last year and I am finally coming to a solution I like. It has become more and more demanding to have multiple web presences and so I finally decided to use Artstation as my main and only portfolio. I have also re-launched my old Instagram as a quick image posting portal that can feed Facebook and Tumblr.  Doing this allows me to keep more  up to date with my work posting. It isn’t a perfect solution, things rarely are but it is better than I had previously.

Anyway expect a little more from here from now on

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Just moving in

I have just changed hosting company and I am in the process of setting up the site in its new home. As with all moves there are bound to be a few articles that go astray in the moving process, so please bare with me while I tidy up all the loose ends.

This site is available as https but doesn’t have a valid certificate yet, so expect warnings and errors. For the time being at least I would recommend using http.

Thanks for calling by.

Summer is here in force

It seems I haven’t posted on this blog for a long time, I have been busy on my 3d site though http://markbtomlinson.com that and moving my office down to the cellar to avoid the heat.

I have just installed a few apps I had to reinstall after a reintallation of Mac software one of them being Blogo so I though I would take this oportunity to post this.

Change iCloud Date Format

I just checked the iCloud web reminders app and was surprised to see the dates listed in the quaint but uniquely US centric date format; even the US military don’t seem to use it.

At first I couldn’t see how to change it then I found it hidden under the Calendar app. Not very intuitive but there you go.

Here is a screenshot you need
to hit the Red Cog bottom left first though.

New 3d website

I have managed to acquire the domain name markbtomlinson.com which fits in with the handle I use on the web @MarkBTomlinson and so should help finding me easier.

As a consequence of this acquisition I have decided to moved and consolidate all my CG 3D work over on the new website which is called  Mark B Tomlinson

All new work and projects I add related to my 3D work and portfolio will be put on Mark B Tomlinson and this site will revert to its old role as my personal 3D, photography and tech blog.

Mark B Tomlinson will be for work and promotion.