This is a quick tutorial made to explain how to copy fonts for backup and sharing.

Sharing paid font’s is illegal. Only use the method outlined in this post for sharing free fonts or backing up fonts that you own!

  1. Navigate to C:\Windows\Font or click Start>Control Panel>Fonts
  2. Find the font you wish to send. The name of the file may not necessarily be under the name you might expect and there may be a suffix to the font like “Regular” or “Compressed Light”.
  3. To back these fonts up, slect the fonts for backup and copy them to your backup location. For sharing, copy this to a removable media device or copy into a folder which can then be zipped and emailed to the recipient.
  4. To restore or install the font, you should right click the font file and select “Install”

Screenshot of Rob Twizz's twitter profile showing over 123,000 followers.

The mysterious Robert Twizz profile

Last night chaos erupted on twitter when hundreds of thousands of people started seeing tweets in their time line from a mysterious Rob Twizz. Most people’s initial reaction (including mine after my sister told me about the strange tweets popping up in her time line) was that their accounts had been hacked to start following him, or RTwizz had found an exploit to get people to follow him without permission (similar to a bug twitter had a few years ago) however after some research I found this to be quite different.

Robert Twizz

Robert Twizz

Apparently this Robert Twizz is a “Rapper with a sense of humour”. He already had a moderate on-line presence before this event with YouTube videos and a group of fans following him on his ‘old’ and supposedly hacked twitter account. Apparently for this wannabe rapper, his 2,000 followers on his old profile just wasn’t enough and he needed to do something big to get more followers and he had been planning this for a very long time.

Screenshot of Robert Twizz's old twitter account with just over 2000 followers

@rtwizz's Twitter profile

Despite not being as interesting or as ingenious as finding an exploit to make users follow him or being able to hack into peoples account directly and change make them follow him, what Robert Twizz did was more deceptive, cunning and to be totally honest; simple. Robert Twizz (or a friend of his if you are to take his tweets in defence as truth) had an account under the name of Justin Lee Collins which he created 2 years ago and left dormant for people to start following, in the thought that it was the official Justin Lee Collins. After accumulating 130,000 followers under the name of someone else the account was then totally re-branded to the identity of RTwizz in every way possible. The user name and name on the account were change, the profile picture and background picture, the bio and anything else that could link this account with its previous identity was removed and then last night Robert Twizz sent his first tweet.

Rob Twizz's First Tweet - "S/O to ALL my followers! if im not following you let me know so I can follow back! How is everyones day ?"

Rob Twizz's First Tweet

If you look over all of Rob’s tweets he is trying to come across as genuine in an attempt to keep the followers that he has ‘obtained’ and in some cases is close to begging people not to unfollow however it is these tweets on his feed that allowed me to uncover everything about what Rob was up to. The first clue was thanks to a response which lead me to a tweet sent to him from @CarlyBunny.

First Clue: "@tidygraphic Saw a tweet saying @officialrtwizz was actually the Justin Lee Collins account - he hacked or used the name 2 get followers."

My first clue!

Not only did this tweet make me realise that these people were probably following this user before (as he was not showing in any of the affected users recent follows) but also gave me a name to work with. Despite having this, I was still uncertain on whether on not this was a fake account just re-branded or a famous person’s account hacked or if it was something all together different. What really confirmed that it was not a twitter exploit of some sort was his later tweets to other people accusing him of hacking.

The response to the first clue from Robert Twizz: "@CarlyBunny @tidygraphic no i didnt this account was built and than givin to me"

The response to the first clue from Robert Twizz

Screen shot showing some of the lists that @officialrtwizz was listed in.

Screen shot showing some of the lists that @officialrtwizz was listed in - click to view full size.

In all of his responses he mentions that someone else “built” the twitter account. The way it was phrased was subtle but most certainly suggests that the account was created through deception. Now armed with the method and a possible name for the previous identity of this account I had to find some convincing evidence that this account was previously owned by Justin Lee Collins or was under his name. To do this I thought of something that identifies a twitter account that not only would be impossible for Rob to remove but would actually be something that he would want to keep: the places that the account was listed.

Surely enough this lead to confirmation. The lists were typical of all the sorts of things that Justin Lee Collins would be listed in: “celebs”, “comedians”, “famous”, “tv” and my personal favourite, a list for all the Justin’s of the world, “@justingould/justins“.

After speaking with many people who this has affected they have all confirmed that they may have followed a fake Justin Lee Collins account or even a real Justin Lee Collins account that was hacked. To clear up the arguments I was having on twitter as to whether or not this was the real account of Justin Lee Collins hacked or a fake one built with the intention of re-branding in this way I had a bit more investigation to do. I did a search on the net for the official account of Justin Lee Collins and soon stumbled upon a website confirming that there was a fake twitter account set up in Justin Lee Collins’ name.

An account of Justin Lee Collins, Confirmed fake by Justins agent. (16/02/09)

A fake account on an interesting date!

Unfortunately the site didn’t mention the user name of this account or give a link to it but what it did give was some dates. The post shown above was published on the 4th of February 2009 with the confirmation from Justin’s Agent on the 16th. Looking at these dates I notice something. Earlier in my investigations I was interested to see when the account was set up to see if that would give any clues. As soon as I saw the date on this article I instantly realised!

@officialrtwizz joined twitter on January 27, 2009

@officialrtwizz joined twitter on January 27, 2009

If this wasn’t confirmation enough then I don’t know what is. In the fast moving world of twitter and the internet, if a mildly convincing fake twitter account was set up for a relatively famous person, it would not have taken long from the date of creation to the date when the fake was uncovered and confirmed. The dates here line up perfectly and with the other facts (especially that all affected users seem to know who Justin Lee Collins is and think they may have followed him some time in the past) there is no arguing that Rob Twizz (or someone he knew) set up the account in 2009 with this outcome in mind.

In conclusion, whether you are now following @officialrtwizz or not we need to show Mr. Twizz that deception is not the way to get followers – you need to do it the hard way like everyone else. Please block and report that account for spam. When enough people have done this, the account will flag up for twitter as suspicious activity and will then hopefully get deleted as in my opinion this is just as bad as spamming these people, who don’t want to read his tweets or even be following him! Oh and if you really don’t like R. Twizz’s audacity, feel free to block his old account too: @rtwizz!

UPDATE: He has now named himself @newforyou321 and once again attempted to delete all identifying features of his account, including tweets and profile picture and name! Think he is waiting for the heat to die down to make ANOTHER attempt! Will this guy ever give up?

UPDATE: He changed to @MatthewKader for a bit and now he is @Shallowking! I don’t quite know what he is up to? Is this another fake identity he is taking to try and boost his following again? Does he not realise that as tweeting as Matthew Kline Kader he is still going to loose followers that wanted to follow Justin Lee Collins? Has it now been sold on to someone else?

YouTube showing a HTML5 drag and drop box for file uploads

YouTube showing a HTML5 drag and drop box for file uploads

YouTube has just increased their use of HTML5 by integrating the drag and drop features for uploading video files. When you click upload you can now just drag and drop a video file onto the page and the upload for those video files will automatically be initiated! This is a nifty little feature and can save you navigating around a bunch of folders in the file explorer if you already have the folder with the file open!

Congratulations! Your account is now enabled for uploads of longer than 15 minutes. Click the Upload button below to select a video.

Congratulations! Your account is now enabled for uploads of longer than 15 minutes. Click the Upload button below to select a video.

A few weeks ago when uploading a video I noticed this message. After some internet research I discovered that this was not just for me but that a lot of users were getting this. It appears that Google is rolling out upload larger than 15 minutes for those people who’s accounts are in good standing in terms of following community guidlines and copyright. This come just shortly after they raised the standard upload length to 15 minutes from 10!

This is a great feature and something I have been trying to do for years. When registering I was told that being a Director got you access to the longer video sizes but this did nothing! This should bring the end to the mess of Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, etc. on longer youtube videos! On feature that might now be needed on YouTube is a way of setting chapters for scene selection in large videos so  someone can leave a video and quickly jump back to where they left off before!

Just so you know. THIS will be the start of the next decade. It WAS NOT last year!

New Decade Tweet

On the 31st December I caused chaos, uproar and great discussion on twitter with this one tweet! I got over 50 ReTweets (when you combine new style with the old style) and had deep discussions and arguments with about 15 people over this issue so I thought with such a controversial issue it is only fair to blog about it now and explain why 2011 is the start of ‘the next decade’ and not 2010!

Before I start I am going to clarify that there is no doubt that the 70s run from 1970 to 1979, the 80s from 1980 to 1989, the 90s from 1990 to 1999, and so forth however this naming of decades is what causes the confusion. Any 10 years are a decade, so in theory what is stated before is perfectly correct and is what is understood in common culture. I, however want to look at the technicalities and the decades in accordance with our calendar.

In most countries nowadays we use the Gregorian Calendar which is based upon the Julian Calendar. Both the Gregorian and Julian Calendar have no Year 0. This means that the first year in these calendars is 1AD and that 1BC is followed by 1AD. If the first year is 1AD then the 10th year is 10AD and so the second decade begins on 11AD. The simplest way to think about this is to think about counting to 10 – you start from 1 and stop at 10.

This in turn also means that the centuries and mileniums start in on years enidng with a 1 and not a 0 – as the common perception would have you beleive so the celebrations for the new Millenium, should have been in the year 2001!

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@flungo's Twitter profile

@flungo's Twitter profile

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I primarily created this blog post for my followers who want to know what I am up to and read my tweets but don’t want the annoyance of my famous #RTTime, however the details outlined in this guide will work for any twitter user who ReTweets more than you can handle! It is a very simple little trick that I am surprised is so unheard of but to bulk what would be a very quick blog post I will also explain how to disable/enable mobile notifications for a user.

@flungo's Twitter profile with icons highlighted

@flungo's Twitter profile with icons highlighted

In the photo to the right I have highlighted (with coloured circles in an orange box) the two tiny buttons that so easily go unnoticed. These buttons will only appear if you are following the user (if you are not following them the “Following” will say “Follow” – click that to start following the user and get these options shown).

The icon with the red ring is the one you need to make sure is greyed out if you don’t want to see the ReTweets of the user who’s profile you are viewing. If this is green (and it is by default after following a user) then this means that their ReTweets will appear in your time line!

The icon with the blue ring enables or disables mobile notifications. If this icon is green (enabled) and you have your mobile phone set up to receive twitter updates, then you will be alerted by sms whenever this user tweets! this can get quite annoying if the person who you are following sends a lot of tweets. To disable (as with the ReTweets option) click the icon so that it becomes greyed out  (disabled).

Note that although this will stop new style ReTweets from appearing on your time line, where classic ReTweets are used they will still be displayed.

Also note that if you disable my ReTweets you may miss when I ReTweet blog updates. To make sure you get instant notification of new blog posts, follow @FlungoBlog.

iPhone Clock App Icon

iPhone Clock App Icon

The clock that fails!

Over this weekend there were two problems at this New Year that stopped iPhone users from being able to successfully wake themselves up! The first of the two issues is with the actual clock on the iPhone. Any non-recurring alarms set to go off on the 1st or 2nd of January  on an iPhone will not have done so! The exact cause of the bug is not known but Apple’s failure to be able to write an App as simple as a clock/alarm has been noted in the past when a similar problem was experienced due to the DST change! The worst part about the whole scenario is Apples response to the bug:

We’re aware of an issue related to non repeating alarms set for January 1 or 2. Customers can set recurring alarms for those dates and all alarms will work properly beginning January 3.

Apple’s way of responding to a bug that can in cases where the alarm is used for critical purposes, have a major impact on the life of the user is for users to just put up with the bug until it fixes itself on the 3rd of January (we’ll have to wait and see if that’s true) and use a ‘workaround’ in the meantime! Maybe one day Apple will be able to sort themselves out; but probably not!

The second problem that poor iPhone users who expect to be woken up in the morning come to the risk of their house burning down if they try to! This is because of a defective charger provided with the WakeMate. Admittedly this affects all phone platforms that can run WakeMate as this is a hardware issue with the charger that makes the actual WakeMate device set on fire, however this is another blow to using an iPhone in order to wake you up in the morning!

I suppose until Apple sort themselves out their users will just have to endure an extended sleep!

Read the full story on the iPhone Alarm Bug on engadget

Read the full story on the WakeMate problems on engadet

UPDATE: It may be a shock to some of you but on January 3rd, the iPhone clock still was not working! Read more on Mobile Crunch.

Cake with candles on-top representing "100"

Celebrating my 100th Post!

Without even realising I have passed my 100th post here on my blog! Most of that came over the last year where my blogging really increased in terms of volume however 100 posts is actually quite small for a blog and this is due to my limited time constraints. I have really started to enjoy blogging which is something I wasn’t sure would catch on for me! I remember my very first attempts at blogging years ago on my MySpace Blog but I just couldn’t think what to blog about! I now have the problem I have too much to blog about and not enough time to write and put together the blogs!

I think the major reason for my interest in blogging since I got this blog is the fact it is my own brand/identity with my own domain and even my own short-urls! It is also thanks to WordPress which make blogging such an easy and enjoyable experience while also bringing out the web developer in me with plugins that I have started designing.

I would just like to thank all my readers over the years and to let you know that in 2011 I hope to REALLY start blogging on a regular basis with hopefully interesting and up to date content! Happy Reading!

I just ran a speedtest on the site, to discover that even though I only pay for 50Mbps, I am getting an amazing 61.34Mbps. Usually is the most reliable speed testing service their is with a great choice of server but this really shocked me:

Is it possible I actually got 61.34Mbps or was this a little blip? Maybe Virgin Media is starting to roll out their 100Mbps Scheme which should be coming next year! Have you ever got MORE speed than your paying for?

Xbox 360 Live Gold Membership Card for PlayStation 3 that looks like MotoGP 08

So what exactly are you selling?

Xbox 360 Live Gold Membership Card for PlayStation 3 that looks like MotoGP 08. Something is not right on this Amazon fail; the title says “Xbox 360 Live Gold Membership Card (12 Month) (12 Month)” but the photo shows MotoGP 08 and even more confusing, the platform for this product is PlayStation 3!