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Holiday Checklist

Wednesday 10 March, 2004 ( 1:11PM GMT)

RIGHT THEN! I'm off. Like an old banana.

Here's a brief checklist for web designers who won't be behind their computers for any length of time, for those who might be going on holiday for example:

Unsubscribe from mailing lists

You're going to have your hands full as it is wiping out spam and catching up on legitimate emails on your return. You don't want to have to deal with a billion extra emails. I've already unsubscribed from CSS-D, Web Design-L and Evolt's The List. On a side note, as helpful and interesting as these lists have been, I don't see myself re-subscribing. I have spent too much time deleting emails that I haven't had time to read already.

Turn off blog comments

If you've got a web log, don't open your website to weeks of potential unchecked abuse. The Dog Blog has already had its fair share of idiots trying to promote their porn sites. When I'm behind the computer it's okay - I can deal with the nuisance straight away.

Check your webmail

If you can't do it yourself, get someone else to check your Hotmail so the bastards don't delete everything after x number of days. I have learned a very important lesson from this in the past. In fact, the lesson I learned was not to use Hotmail at all.

Don't think about computers

Empty that part of your brain into a jar, put it in the fridge and shove it back into your head when you get back.


Don't wear Speedos.

Have fun. Expect the next post at the start of April.


Comment 1

A good tip for those who like me live in a dodgy neighbourhood: make sure your computer is safe. Arrange storage if necessary or leave it with someone you trust. Also back up important files.

A couple of years ago I went on holidays and came back to no computer. Trust me, you really don't need the hassle!

So said Patricia on Friday 14 May, 2004 at 9:04PM GMT.

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