Learning through doing … CSS

Under construction Remember back in the 90s when half the web had the tacky “Under constuction” animated gifs? I sure do. Well anyway, I’ve decided in order to learn CSS properly I’m going to create me a WordPress Theme. Who knows, if I manage to make it half decent I’ll make it available for download. […]

Blogs good, Form replies bad

So I went and did The Right Thing – y’all know what I mean – looking up the almost impossible to find “report a bug” link, submitting a fairly well structured and constructive post. And received the usual brick to the head Form Letter reply. Dear amd, Thank you for contacting PayPal, my name is […]

Paypal – donate button and error message 5302 solved

The Paypal button I created using the code off their site didn’t work – I was getting this Message 5302 that the world was falling apart or something. Whatever it was, the result was I couldn’t be paid and my goldfish would starve and we can’t have that. So here’s how to fix it. To […]

ambatchdotcom seocontest: pointless or educational?

I’m wondering if the ambatchdotcom seocontest is as pointless as it appears. From looking at the google search results for “ambatchdotcom seocontest” it’s obviously that all the well known SEO tactics are out in force. the keywords ambatchdotcom seocontest are spammed all throughout the headings, body and links for relevance bonus. Ok, not quite spammed, […]

PR101: do not threaten potential customers

Fantastic effort here by Switchmedia to ensure their good name is tarnished forever more in Ireland. They decided sending legal threats to boards.ie would ensure their reputation is upheld.Of course, pissing off some 50,000 potential customers is not the best PR strategy. This is an era of communication and data retention – the internet does […]

Aftermath

Wow, Katrina sure did some damage. The pictures from Louisiana and Mississipi are astonishing. And this was the downgraded version. What would a Cat. 5 Katrina have done? Some excerpts from the LA Times-Picayune: Hurricane Katrina struck metropolitan New Orleans on Monday with a staggering blow, far surpassing Hurricane Betsy, the landmark disaster of an […]

What’s happening in NOLA

New Orleans, my favourite US city, is somewhere under this: I visit there back in ‘99 when on a coast-to-coast road trip (LA to DC, 6480 miles). As my friend and I were driving up the east coast of Florida, we turned to each other simultaneously and said “We have to go back”. So we […]

Should we A or B? Yes, we should.

I’m wondering if it’s because I’ve programmed too much, but I find it quite funny to give the correct answer of Yes to A or B questions. “Would you like tea or coffee?” “Yes” (I would like some tea or some coffee) “Should I go left or right?” “Yes” (otherwise you’ll never get there) Too […]

Movie review: Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Revenge of the Sith occupied my time yesterday evening – I went along with some geeks (colleagues) and a Star Wars nut (significant other). Personally, I’m an old school sf fanatic, brought up on a diet of Clarke and Asimov, with plenty of Heinlein, Bradbury and Wells thrown into the mix. For example, I’m dreading […]