Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Fixing Photoshop Miniscule Menu Problem on High DPI Display

Last year I got a brand new Microsoft Surface Book laptop. It's a thing of beauty and I love it.

However, the high resolution screen (3000x2000) caused some problems with my non-CC version of Photoshop. It installed, sure - but the menus and dialog boxes were so small I couldn't actually read them.

Of course, Adobe's recommendation is to upgrade to CC, which I refuse to do on account of already paying a LOT of money for the entire Master Collection a few years ago, which does everything I need it to do and way, way more.

Anyway, I found this solution via Dan Antonielli which works perfectly:
http://www.danantonielli.com/adobe-app-scaling-on-high-dpi-displays-fix

Thanks Dan! I can see again!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Joomla! User Group Melbourne

Last night I hosted my first ever Joomla! User Group meeting. For those who have known me a long time, public speaking in front of strangers is not my thing - when I was a teenager at uni I had a sleepless night and almost fainted/vomited when I had to get up and deliver a presentation to 70 classmates - which is why I'm trying to get better at it now.

I love the fact that my kids are taught and encouraged to do this at school, they're already far more confident than I ever was - we never had any focus on public speaking at school at all. I've managed to put on a confident face and bluff my way through ever since, and many people who I've met in recent times have no idea of the fear this used to inspire, but I never felt I was much good at it.

But I'm only mildly horrified watching myself on this video so I guess that's a win and things can only get better. Next month I'm even standing up and doing a presentation! Not daunted, not daunted at all... #okalittledaunted #butanyway #introvert 😬😂

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Free Wi-Fi in public places

This article about free wi-fi in public places, and how it is used by the providers, appeared on Choice.com.au today:

https://www.choice.com.au/electronics-and-technology/internet/internet-privacy-and-safety/articles/free-public-wifi-security

A very basic free VPN that can be installed on Android/iPhone is OperaVPN (www.opera.com/apps/vpn). The Opera browser for Windows/Mac/Linux also includes free VPN, good for travel (www.opera.com). There are much bigger and better paid VPN options (links in the article), but a free one is better than nothing at all.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Joomla! World Conference 2016 #JWC16

On 11-13 November 2016, I attended the 5th annual Joomla! World Conference (#JWC16), in Vancouver, Canada.

After a 17 year IT career and much playing with HTML/CSS, I started using Joomla! around 2005/2006, but never really had time to get involved in the community. I attended an Australian Joomla!Day in 2013, and the Melbourne JUG a few times, but that was about it.

I couldn't get to a JWC in previous years so I set my sights on #JWC16. I decided on 2 main goals - to network and meet some of the international community and learn a bit more about it (with a view to possibly becoming involved), and also attempt to gain the new Joomla! Administrator certification.

The first goal was simple - the #JWC16 crowd were a wonderful bunch of people who were very welcoming and keen to network. As an open source community, everybody is a volunteer and without question, everybody I met was happy to answer questions and explain their own involvement. It certainly made walking in without knowing a soul, far less scary than I'd anticipated.

The second goal was a little more difficult. The certification exam wasn't easy - it requires an 80% pass mark. So no matter how much you think you know - it requires study. I heard stories on the first 2 days that only 1 person passed the last time the exam was offered. I also heard there would be questions on implementing a multilingual site which, being an Aussie and living in a country with only one official language and no neighbours, is not something I've ever had to do before!

Happily, the study paid off and I passed! (Along with these 3 other lovely ladies). This means I'm officially the first person in Australia to gain this accreditation, which I'm quite proud of. :)



At the final keynote, we were encouraged to blog about our #JWC16 experience, and consider our biggest takeaway. I make the following observations:
  • The #JWC16 had a nice balance of "business" and "technical" - I was mildly concerned it would be more technical than I was capable of / interested in but this was certainly not the case.
  • There was a good range of sponsors supporting the event.
  • The location, venue and food was fantastic (although I'm not sure I'll be able to face "breakfast potato" again anytime soon :/ ).
  • The workshops I attended were all excellent, conducted by people clearly knowledgeable in more ways than just technical geekdom (and now all available on YouTube).
I guess my main takeaway is that I haven't really been very involved to date, and don't know many Joomlers from my part of the world. (To be fair, I've spent the last 6 years studying part-time, working part-time, and raising 2 kids so I've had other priorities). But now I've completed my degree and my kids are a bit older, I've signed up to attend the next Melbourne JUG meetup, and made contact via social media with some of the Sydney JUG. And I've spoken with a couple of people I met at #JWC16 about areas I could volunteer in, and signed up at Joomla's Volunteer Portal. Who knows where this will lead?!

I really enjoyed the whole #JWC16 experience and got a lot out of it, and will definitely be back for #JWC17 in Rome next year. If anybody reading this is on the fence about attending - just do it! And I'll see you there. :)

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Graduation!

In 2010, I enrolled in WEB101 - Web Communications, via Open Universities Australia. From the beginning I'd decided that if I ever finished this degree, I'd go to Perth to do the whole "graduation" thing properly at Curtin, because I'd never done it before - third time lucky! I started my 1st degree at 17 straight out of high school, but had to defer for 12 months due to a bout of glandular fever that only lasted 2, and never went back. I started my 2nd degree when the first IT degrees started to appeared in the 90's, but it was more programming than IT back then so I left and never went back.

And so I found myself in Perth last weekend. :)

We arranged to take the kids out of school for 3 days, and flew to Perth on Friday. The first thing we did was get our hire car and drive to the Bentley Campus, to pick up my graduation regalia and tickets.

Quite surreal, studying here for 6 years without ever setting foot in the place until today!
Finally Sunday arrived. I got dressed and we drove to the Perth Convention Entertainment Centre. I left the family and was directed into a big "holding pen" with all the other graduating students, and we were put into lines. This is when I met some fellow students for the first time!

After a small hiccup (where I'd been given the wrong sash, which was quickly replaced), we were shown a short video which included instrutions on how to "doff" at the Chancellor, walk towards him, shake with right hand, turn to face the photographers and then continue across the stage, down the stairs and back around to our seats.

We were then led into the main hall, where all the friends and family were already seated, and down to our seats. I was lucky to spot my family in the crowd on the way in so I knew where to look for them! And we were off!

Welcome to Country / Official Welcome
It's fair to say that the production line of students filing out of their seats, around to the stage, up, across, down, back to seats, wasn't that thrilling. And there's that deep-down fear that YOU'LL be the one who trips over on stage (thankfully not!). But when it was my turn, I heard my kids shouting and cheering which made it all worthwhile.

Crunch time!
Honestly, it was one of the best things I've done and I can't recommend it enough. Being an online student has many, many perks, but the downside is you tend to not really feel a part of anything significant. After 6 years of study, I'd never met a teacher in person, only met 1-2 fellow students and never set foot on campus. The pomp and ceremony added a nice full-stop to my whole study experience and somehow made it all feel a bit more worthwhile. If you're thinking about going and aren't sure - go for it! You won't regret it. :)


Thursday, 28 July 2016

Is netball a feminist triumph? Let’s discuss (via theconversation.com)

Combining 2 of my worlds - Netball as seen by academia:

Is netball a feminist triumph? Let’s discuss


Monday, 18 July 2016

Rockup Netball with Karyn Bailey

Awesome fun at Doncaster #rockupnetball with the lovely @karynlbailey

And via the Doncaster & Districts Netball Association:

Karyn Bailey led a fantastic Rock Up Netball program this morning with some hard working and committed participants. The program continues for the next three weeks, from 10am-11am on Monday mornings. We hope to see some more people there next week!