is the logo I use on web sites I design.




This is new, being a site of various topics. Still being added to ….

Designing web sites is one interest, see Design below.

Open Source software, another of my interests, is used in my design work. See Open source below.

Open Source software is a big topic but a few pages here should give a few pointers. If you are using a tablet, the web setting may be better.

I like the background picture which suggests open spaces, appropriate for discussing Open Source software. I may even enlarge on my designing a bit more.



Designing a web site can be done in a variety of ways from paying a commercial designer , through using companies who provide such a service (such as this one) but what if you would like to design your own?

Again there are many ways to do so with much software available that will build a site for you, once you have mastered the essential basics. Some such software is mention elsewhere in these pages.

Young people are fortunate in that a program was specially built for them called Scratch. This has become very popular with its own online community across the world. It is now used by older people as a medium to learn the basics and to get into coding, so that must be a plus in itself. Click here to know more about Scratch. 

When I started it was a case of opening up a text editor and writing all the code manually. Progression occurred and now I use WordPress and Joomla with other Open Source software.

Also there is the internet where you can learn much about the subject.

Open source


Open source

There are many changes taking place affecting computing and the internet. Open source is becoming more popular.
Open source is quite a big subject and possibly the best way to finding out more is by using the links below, or watch the animated video from the Free Software Foundation.

The reason for my interest is that I have been using Open source software for several years, and all my serious computing is done with it. My current operating system is Linux Mint, but I do have other flavours of Linux installed alongside.

I have an interest in building web sites and most of those are open source.


Links –

Discover Opensource
Opensource Initiative
Open source software on Wikipedia
Linux and open-source
Free Software Foundation



Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi

A much more recent development has been the dramatic increase in interest in the Raspberry Pi, an extremely powerful but small computer.
It is an amazing small computer, not much larger that a credit card, that is now being used in many ways, so many it is too much to describe here.

Extract from their site

The Making of Pi The idea behind a tiny and affordable computer for kids came in 2006, when Eben Upton, Rob Mullins, Jack Lang and Alan Mycroft, based at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory, became concerned about the year-on-year decline in the numbers and skills levels of the A Level students applying to read Computer Science. From a situation in the 1990s where most of the kids applying were coming to interview as experienced hobbyist programmers, the landscape in the 2000s was very different; a typical applicant might only have done a little web design.

The web site is here. http://www.raspberrypi.org/
Wikipedia is here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pie

Every day I read of new things they are doing with the Raspberry and here is an article about building a super computer with 32 of these.


In addition there are other small and cheap computers out there with a resemblance to Raspberry Pi which I will include details of, within these pages shortly. 

School coding


Coding in school

Computer science has been added to the curriculum in schools in England. there are many supporting this but also many opposing.
News item here.

Previously there had been facilities run by volunteers
such as CoderDojo (World) and Code Club (UK).

Another item in the recent news, March 2015, is that an astronaut has volunteered to take a couple of RaspberryPi’s and leave them in a satalite so that children can communicate using the satalite.

To be added to…


The three images below show uses of open source.

Content Management Systems

Content management systems are widely used on the internet as aPicturepresentation of interactive web sites. 

Some of the popular ones are WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Xoops, and Plone but there are many others including lightweight ones.

Some samples of content management systems.

Accrington Movie Makers.  A site built using WordPress.
Ribble Valley Remembrance  A site built using Joomla.
Clitheroe Youth Forum. Another site with Joomla.

Samples of Drupal sites are her. http://www.drupalshowcase.com/
WordPress themes are here. https://wordpress.org/themes/
Joomla! which I use frequently. Joomla!/
Joomla sites.http://community.joomla.org/showcase/sites.html

To be added to..

Open Source Software samples

Just a few samples of open source software….

Libreoffice  A powerful office suite.        libre
Picasa or Shotwell to organise or share photographs.

Scratch was mentioned above.
ImageMagick – create, edit, compose, or convert bitmap images.
Gimp  A very powerful image manipulation application. Used to make the logo at the top.
Gramps  Powerful genealogy application. 
Blender  as used to make the Big Buck Bunny film.

or watch the Demo film

or this one 2016 Demo film.

The list just goes on and on.

More to be added….



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