Archive for the “web” Category

    Be a good person, save the Internet

    Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

    There’s still a few days left to take advantage of Microsoft’s offer to provide free meals to the charity Feeding America if you download Internet Explorer 8 though their Browse for the Better campaign. Helping out those in need is all well and good, so if it makes you feel like a decent person then get the download to help out. But please if you are using Internet Explorer 6 then download this so that my web designs don’t look like they’ve been kicked in the face by your browser. IE6 doesn’t look at web pages and display them in the way a normal browser does, it takes random parts of the site and chooses something it thinks will amuse the reader or does it’s own thing.

    So help to save the Internet and get rid of any old copies of IE6. Even if you don’t use it get rid of it just in case one day, maybe you’ve had too much to drink and accidentally click the blue E icon instead of the Firefox or Chrome (or I suppose Opera if you have a Linux/Unix beard). Then you break the Internet and a kitten dies.

    So please save the internet and the kittens and upgrade from IE6. Then use Firefox or Chrome because they are much faster.

    For a more in-depth look at why the world is a better place without Internet Explorer 6 check out the article on Mashable – IE6 must die.

    That’s no moon…

    Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

    There’s a new World of Warcraft Star Wars game out next year, Star Wars The Old Republic. And it’s a lot like World of Warcraft, a lot of people playing in the same world going on quests together and dancing, etc. I’ve never found enough time to get into one of those kind of games, in fact I rarely find enough time to drive around running people down in Grand Theft Auto these days – I should get back to that. Anyway, I’m sure there will be a whole host of Star Wars Kid type memes next year when the game comes out but in the meantime if this is the kind of game that ticks your boxes then check out

    Blue Harvest

    It’s full of news about the game along with screenshots, videos and interviews and has a forum to discuss all the rumours. It’s kind of a niche market but seeing as a lot of people tend to stumble onto this site via google from places like Bulgaria, Brazil and Hungary (and hello to the Guatemalans following my tales) I thought I’d post this up and send you all over there.

    Personally, I’ve always found the dancing in these games rather amusing, I’d be interested to see Darth Vader’s dance in the game.

    For full disclosure I can’t use my huge influence over the internet without admitting that the site is run by my brother Owen. And what a fine job he has done with it. Check it out now.

    Somewhere new to spend your evenings

    Sunday, September 6th, 2009

    Fit-Pig-Logo-200pxI have been away from here for some time while I’ve been concentrating on another website I’ve been working on. I decided it was time to brush off the cobwebs, or whatever web pages accumulate over time (perhaps instead of finding dead flies on an unvisited website you’d come across tiny dead google bots?) .

    Fit Pig Recipes is the name of the site and can be found at the eponymous dot com address (or the link at the start of this sentence). The idea is it’s a place to go and find recipes for dinner, snacks etc. The recipes are user submitted so if you have one you like then you can submit it on the site and it will be posted along with all the others for people all over the world to enjoy. Traffic is going to take a long time to build up, so far I got quite a few visitors from and a few from the recent announcement on Facebook. Thanks to Paul for his inspiration in getting into the blogging (outside of this one) game. It took some time but I got there!

    I’m going to be trying a few more sites, still considering which topic to go with next – I have a few I’m considering but will be updating here more often too. Something that has been said far too many times already on this site but this time will be different….

    rcrd lbl

    Sunday, December 7th, 2008 is a music blog I stumbled across the other day and have grown to like. It was started a year ago by Peter Rojas, who also co-founded Engadget.

    I really like the original track by Justice and who doesn’t like Mos Def? – a fresh new look

    Monday, December 1st, 2008

    I’ve been working on and off on the site design for some time now and it’s finally got to the point where I’m happy with it. There may be more to come down the line, there’s a few other things I have in mind but I wanted to start using this new site.

    It is the first site with the full design crafted by my own fair hand and I’m pretty pleased with it. I found a few useful design sites that showcase site designs as well as link to fonts, brushes, textures, etc. I’ve learned a huge amount in the last year about web design as well as dabbling in what has turned out to be the very interesting world of graphical design.

    A List Apart

    Outlaw Design Blog

    Six Revisions

    Smashing Magazine

    Now I’ve got to get back to creating that content malarkey to give you a reason to come back. The blog started off as a diary to keep friends and family informed of what I was up to in California – whether it stays like that or expands into a broader beast I’m not too sure. I may add in more sites I find and videos of monkeys ice skating and that kind of shenanigans. Ah, it’s been too long since I last talked about malarkey and shenanigans in the same paragraph.

    Importing the old blog

    Sunday, April 20th, 2008

    I hadn’t even though of importing all the old posts from until Paul misunderstood something I said and mentioned the importing. It was surprisingly easy and now I have everything on this one site so most likely I will be using this going forward.

    Only downside is it imported all the tags as categories so I think I’ll have to manually move them across.

    Blogging about blogging

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

    I have a new website project going on at the moment, a friend of mine is setting up a web presence and I’m part of a team putting together the site. At the moment I’m installing WordPress on there which is a blogging tool, kind of like this one. I saw it on Paul’s site Oz Adventures and I’ve heard quite a bit about it before so I thought I’d give it a go. Looks like rather than just blogging like this you can make it seamlessly into part of your site, as I think Paul also did on Utterly Recipes. The blog there seems to have gone but it’s had a bit of a face lift and is looking nice.

    Anyway I’m learning lots of new stuff about blogs and am looking in to learning flash too to make my sites a bit more useful. I won’t post the new site yet as its all still under development but will post a link once complete, which will hopefully not be too much longer.

    I haven’t had a post this nerdy for a while. I’ll have to come up with some less tech stuff next time.


    Monday, May 14th, 2007

    I’ve been trying a lot of the new Web 2.0 sites recently – this one, lastfm, flickr and now I’ve added twitter, Jaiku and Facebook. Twitter & Jaiku are mini blogs with text message size entries – the twitter one appears on the right here, I’m still trying out Jaiku but it seems cool in that it brings together feeds of the blog, photos, twitter and any other feed you have to get it all in one place. There’s not much on that yet except the first and last posts in the feeds I added.

    I was quite shocked to see that half of the people from my year at school are on Facebook. Even Steve has retracted his 13 year old girl comment to join. No sign of Paul the anti-internet web designer yet though – too busy with his new recipes site. I still need to give some of those a go but my cooking has been put on the back burner, so to speak, as with all the travel time to work I don’t really have a chance. All the more to look forward to with the new home, hopefully not too far away.

    New stuff on the blog

    Friday, April 13th, 2007

    I’ve added a few bits to the right hand column on the blog. There’s the twitter stuff, which is like a mini blog – the idea is to answer ‘what are you doing’ in 140 characters or less. I’ve heard a lot about it so I though I’d try it out, not sure how good it will be yet.

    Then there’s my lastfm charts which show the artists I’ve been listening to on iTunes and my iPod for the week and an overall chart.

    Last of all I finally found something to put in the links section, there’s my flickr account which has photos, but I haven’t taken many recently so I’ll try to get more in there. There’s also a myspace link to my page there.

    I might be playing around and adding/removing bits but it adds a little more information for when I don’t post anything new myself.

    RSS again

    Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

    I just realised that the previous post was included in my RSS feed so it looks like it works. The old posts are still there but hopefully they will gradually be replaced by the newest ones as I enter them. So give it a go if you can work out how. Clicking on the orange button in Firebox will give you the option of how to subscribe and IE7 gives some information on what feeds are. The idea is it lets you know when I post a new, err, post.

    There seems to be a few ways of subscribing other than using the browsers. Thunderbird (Mozilla’s email client) lets you subscribe and it will arrive in a similar way to an email, which to me sounds like a good option, but now that I use gmail I don’t use Thunderbird any more. Sage seems to be a good plugin for Firefox to keep up to date with RSS.

    If you understand any of this and have some better options or can explain it better than me please feel free to reply to this and help out!