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February 4, 2013

vbulletin 5 and SEO

vbulletin 5 is coming, but so far on the demos the mod_rewrite has been quite limited. That should have been bad, but we’re now told any configuration options have been dropped.
That in itself should be pretty bad, but sometimes it’s hard to tell a coder that what users actually want is actually best. :)
In the [...]



October 9, 2012

Dear Google: the iPod is not an iPhone

For some time now I’ve noticed general grumbles about Google Search becoming less relevant and more frustrating.
As a user, I often find myself having to do deeper and deeper queries if I’m looking for specific, detailed information, on a particular topic.
Because Google keeps trying to send me to less and less relevant pages.
It’s almost [...]



September 13, 2012

The challenge of moving into ecommerce

I’ve been running various rock night events in Inverness over the past few years - that’s rock music, not rock climbing, btw. :)
Added to this my love of alternative fashion and gothic clothing, and after many months of preparation I’ve now opened up my long planned venture into gothic clothing.
Developing the ecommerce site proved an [...]



December 20, 2011

Making tough decisions

This year has been the worse for tough decisions.
For a few years I ran an online news publishing arm of my business, but from April this year Google effectively killed it, along with all the other small news publishers.
All because Google wanted to send Google News visitors to brand websites for news.
While I do have [...]



August 25, 2011

Jail for the poor, not for the rich

It’s depressing to see that our legal system ultimately reserves prison for the poor, while the rich can get away with most anything except violent crimes without anything more than a slap on the wrist.
Remember the recent London Riots? Terrible stuff. Damage estimated to be around £200 million.
And then I read this on the BBC [...]



February 17, 2011

Google Adsense warns on comment spam

I was surprised this week to receive a notification from Google Adsense, claiming my account was in policy violation.
There was no personalised address, just “Hello,” which made me immediately think it was spam.
However, it was sent to an email address I only use for managing Adsense, and the email specifically referenced the URL of one [...]



January 18, 2011

World will not end in 2012

According to a Mayan elder, the world will not end in 2012:
2012 is not the end of the world, Mayan elder insists
And a nice quote pointing out that it’s just the end of a calendar date:

Its Long Count calendar begins in 3,114 BC, marking time in roughly 394-year periods known as Baktuns. Thirteen was a [...]



December 22, 2010

Cold weather chaos continues

The travel chaos caused by the cold weather continues: Cold weather causes travel chaos
While Gatwick airport only closed temporarily, Heathrow was closed much of the weekend, motorways were closed or subjected to major delays.
The half-mile queue (8 hours waiting) around St Pancras station for rail tickets to Europe was astonishing to watch on the Telegraph [...]





Swine Flu on the rise

A disturbing report on the BBC website about a surge in Swine Flu problems - deaths and critical illnesses - apparently occurring at present:
Over 300 people in intensive care with flu

There’s been a dramatic rise in the numbers of people admitted to intensive care with flu, officials say.
Government figures show that 302 beds are now [...]



November 3, 2010

Learning from failure

Now here’s a really nice section on a website - gaming developers detailing their successes anf failures when developing games.
Generally it reveals a lot about the planning process, setting up goals, and trying to meet them - even still there are some interesting stories on how different companies appraised their success or failure.
GamaSutra: Postmortem



September 28, 2010

vbulletin affiliate plugin

Now that I’ve started selling a lot of my websites/domains, or simply killing the ones I see as having no future value, I’m getting more involved with affiliate work in order to try and raise the % revenue from affiliate income.
So far, an interesting start as I’ve already been dabbling - the big challenge, as [...]



April 12, 2010

Murdering my darlings

Writers are sometimes faced with the task of having to remove sections of their work and characters from a book. No matter how much they love these sections, they must be removed or changed as demanded by the publisher, to make it ready for publishing.
The process is called “murdering your darlings”.
I’m going through a similar [...]



November 17, 2009

Keeping up with emails

I’ve always had a problem keeping up with my emails - it’s an organisational problem that’s being building up for a long time.
I prioritise client emails to respond to and always deal with those - but then there are all the other, non-client, emails I receive.
I usually end up opening a string of these other [...]



November 14, 2009

vbulletin 4.0: CMS but new URLs

Good news and bad news about vbulletin 4.0:
Good news! They finally built an official CMS around it!
Bad news! They’ve rewritten URLs!
The first is a very positive development - I’ve been using vbulletin for forums, but usually had to use Wordpress as a front end CMS. It would be great to be able to integrate both.
However, [...]



October 30, 2009

Naked scanner

This is just such a stupid idea:
‘Naked’ scanner in airport trial

A trial of a scanner that produces “naked” images of passengers has begun at Manchester Airport.
The authorities say it will speed up security checks by quickly revealing any concealed weapons or explosives.
But the full body scans will also show up breast enlargements, body piercings [...]





WPP predicts LUV economic recovery

One of the more astute observations that I very much agree with from Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP:

Market commentators have talked of V-, U- and W-shaped recoveries, but Sir Martin said it was more likely that economies would emerge in different ways.
“A ‘LUV’-shaped world economic recovery seems the most acute description in the [...]



October 27, 2009

The Value of Local Blogging

Originally when I started blogging I went straight into business blogging here at iBrian - not because I wanted to gain business attention, but because I just wanted to share some of the things I was doing or thinking.
The problem is, blogging about business is irrelevant if there’s no goal or return, so while it [...]



September 1, 2009

Firefox 3.5 doesn’t accept target=”new”?

Let’s get back to blogging…
Just noticed something strange while updating an affiliate link - Firefox 3.5 would not open a new window using the command target=”new”.
Had to go and change all of the links to target=”_blank” instead.
Strange - I would have thought that target=”new” would be a more common sense protocol to support, instead of [...]



May 15, 2009

Aviva gets silly over rebranding

Aviva are getting aggressive with the big rebranding of Norwich Union to Aviva in the UK.
I’ve just received an email asking me to change all and any previous references of Norwich Union on any website I run to Aviva.
Yeah, right.
And the email also included a copy of the logo, with an attached terms and [...]



May 13, 2009

Google’s screwy spelling filter

C’mon, Google - your spelling filters are getting silly!
I’m trying to do historical research on the “Picts”, an early Gaelic people of Scotland, but look what happens when I search for “Inverness Picts”:

It looks like Google thinks “Picts” is the same as “Pictures” and “Pics”!
Let’s not see Google dumbed-down in this way, please, thanks? :)



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