First Kindle eBook published

We have published our first ebook!  We took H.G. Wells book, Anticipations, where he makes forecasts about the future and annotated it with illustrations, a glossary and extracts from his autobiography and one of his other books where he discusses it. This book was written primarily as a trial of publishing on Kindle. As most of the content is public domain in the US only it is for sale in and not  We have another book in development. We will update the blog when it is available.

Switching PHP magic quotes off

Having moved to Joomla 3 I have discovered the joy of php magic quotes killing links in articles. Despite this being a shared server, the way to switch them off is simple. Create a file called php.ini and save a copy of it to the root folder (i.e. where you have the Joomla index.php file) and also in the administrator folder. The file should have these contents:

magic_quotes_gpc = Off
magic_quotes_runtime = Off
magic_quotes_sybase = Off

Thanks to Stack Overflow for this 

Migrated to Joomla 2.5

I have just migrated to Joomla 2.5, from 1.5 which was too old to be secure.

If you do have to migrate, I can strongly recommend using sp_upgrade to copy the data over. Also, its worth checking if the template you used has an updated version for the more recent joomla as that does make it a lot easier.

Updating Twitter automatically

In case you want to update Twitter automatically with every new Joomla post, there seem to be many ones you can choose.  I have decided to try AutoTweet to send to my not very loved Twitter account @leonarduk. This is a test post of that update.

Excellent cloud services for the small business

My business wouldnt be the same without 2 cloud services, and

With you can create many projects each with milestones and tasks and assign them to team members who are auto emailed on changes, or when someone adds a comment. I find this feature very useful as keeping track in emails can be quite tricky. It can also host a wiki and allow you to store and edit documents on the site. They seem keen to expand on the site too.

My accounts and book keeping is made much simpler thanks to I use this to track the time I spend on a particular contract and then generate the invoice for it. It also file VAT returns and the PAYE RTI stuff. Very useful time saver.