How to Block the Daily Mail website so you never have to look at it.

I hate it when I accidentally end up on The Daily Mail website. It offends my eyes and thoughts.

I’ve been meaning to block it for a while now. You can too with this guide…

This is how to block dailymail.co.uk on OS X Yosemite.

We are going to edit the hosts file to do this. First you will need to open a terminal window.

Press command+space to do a spotlight search. Type Terminal and press enter.

Once at the terminal type:

sudo nano /private/etc/hosts

You will be asked to enter your password, type it and press enter.

You will then be prompted with the following screen which is your hosts file.

Use the arrows on your keyboard to navigate to a new line and type the following as above:

127.0.0.1 dailymail.co.uk

This will redirect any requests to dailymail.co.uk back to your your localhost (127.0.0.1).

Next press

control + X

Then

Y

to save changes and Enter to write the files.

The changes might not take effect straight away as you may have to flush your DNS cache. To do this type the following at the terminal prompt.

sudo discoveryutil udnsflushcaches

The flush dns command varies in different versions of OS X so you may have to do a quick google for your version.

Then browse to dailymail.co.uk and hopefully it won’t work!

Any problems, let me know in the comments.

A quick RAW fix for Adobe Lightroom and the Panasonic LX100 in OS X

19/11/14
UPDATE: Adobe just released an update for Lightroom with full LX100 support so this post is obsolete! Get the latest version through your Creative Cloud app.
It may still be useful if you can't update.

So the Panasonic Lumix LX100 doesn’t have any Adobe Lightroom support yet. Fortunately there is a workaround though that I spotted on the EOSHD Forums.

Basically you change the EXIF data to trick Lightroom in to thinking you have a Panasonic GX7 which is supported and has the same sensor as the LX100.

First you need to download and install EXIFTOOL from this link, it may seem a little scary but is fine!

Then pull up ‘Terminal’ from the Utilities folder (or spotlight search it).

Browse to your folder containing your RAW LX100 files by using the cd command:

cd your/folder/path/to

Once in the folder type:

exiftool -model=”DMC-GX7″ *.RW2

After a few seconds, they should all be compatible with Lightroom 5.

Any questions, let me know in the comments below.

Junction Works, Digbeth, Birmingham

Close to where I work in Digbeth, there is a building called Junction Works. It sits on the Grand Union Canal just off Fazeley St. It looks like an old industrial building, however i’m not sure what it was ever used for.

As long as I’ve known it, it’s always been empty.  I know there used to be a boxing club there at one point. The front of the building has recently been half heartedly renovated. It’s got a brand new roof on it, and in the second room there is a beautifully renovated double glazed glass roof that lets natural light pour in.

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Autumn Mornings

I woke up really early this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep. The field across the road from my house seems to attract the morning mist. It’s usually empty except for the odd dog walker. It was a beautiful autumn sunrise and i’ve been pretty inspired by some of the free photo’s I found on Unsplash so I thought I’d go and take a few of my own.

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Hacking Casper

Casper is a WordPress theme by Lacy Morrow. When looking around for a new WordPress theme, I came across Ghost. Ghost is an online publishing platform that takes the complexities out of writing and publishing online. There are some really gorgeous themes available. I was really tempted to migrate across but opted not to because of the huge amount of useful plugins and great support from the wordpress community.

I googled around a bit and found Casper, it’s an open source theme that imitates the default theme you get with ghost. It ticked most of the boxes for me as I wanted to take my website back to basics.

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