How to interview anybody… now even more easily

Hard to believe it’s over eighteen months since I reviewed Jason Arnopp’s How To Interview Doctor Who, Ozzy Osbourne And Everyone Else. Back in September 2011, I said:

A lot of the time, you’ll read what he says and think, “Of course – that’s just basic common sense.” That’s the hallmark of a well-written instructional book. To get the best out of it, of course, you can reassure yourself that you’re going about things the right way, but also acknowledge where you have bad habits that get in the way of turning your good interview into a great one.

To simplify getting hold of the book, Jason’s now offering an easy-to-buy “triple pack”, which will give you the same book in three formats: Kindle, ePub and PDF. His epistolary horror tale, A Sincere Warning About The Entity In Your Home, is also available in the same triple format.

For more, see Jason’s blog post.

How to add XML elements to your WordPress RSS feed

A while back, I shared a little way of customising the individual title of each item in your WordPress feed. That was based on filtering the existing title, and prepending the requisite content, which in that example was the post type (Gallery, Video, etc.).

I’m now using a variant of that same technique in The Stage’s new RSS feeds. News, Features, and Columns and their respective subcategories are all implemented using WordPress’s built-in categories system. The relevant category (News, Arts 2.0, Obituaries, etc.) precedes the relevant article’s headline. It’s not an ideal solution: if you grab a category feed, e.g., the RSS feed for Shenton’s View, every article will still contain the category name, even though it’s implicit from the context in which you’re requesting the feed.

Recently I’ve had an additional need, though: to add additional XML elements to an RSS feed in a way that gives additional flexibility to custom clients, but doesn’t break any feed readers.

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How to remove expired rental movies from your iPhone or iPad

Something that’s been annoying me over the last few weeks is that a couple of movies I had rented from the iTunes Store were not deleting from my iPad’s storage space. They were not showing up within the iPad’s ‘Sync Movies’ panel in iTunes, which is where you can transfer films from computer to iPad or vice versa. They were still showing up within the iPad’s Videos app, though. Attempting to play them produced an error, as you’d expect – but attempting to delete them via the usual method (hold down for a few seconds then tap the black cross, as works for apps) caused the Videos app to crash with the movies still there.

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What to do if your Twitter account is ‘hacked’ – and how to avoid it in the first place

This morning, I received a direct message to my Twitter account. I was initially pleased, as it was from someone I first met through work but hadn’t spoke to in a long time.

Unfortunately, as soon as I saw the content of the message I realised that it wasn’t from him at all, but a computer-generated message.

You look different in this pic http://tinyurl.com/…

The link itself (which for obvious reasons I’m not about to repeat here) led to a web site that was a carbon copy of the twitter.com homepage, complete with login form.

And it’s that last part which is the crucial one. By impersonating a trusted website, it will trick enough people into entering their username and password. And from that, whoever collects that information can do anything they like with your account, from reading potentially sensitive private messages, to sending out DMs or tweets with malicious intent.They could even change your password so that you can’t access your own account. The key is, they will have total access to your account, and can do anything with it – and not only will they not have your own (impeccably high, I’m sure) moral and ethical standards, but it’ll be next to impossible to prove that anything they do wasn’t done by you.

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