Game Time Expires: How I quit World of Warcraft

60 druid, The Venture Co, EU. (13/33/5 feral tank spec) I quit WoW on 26 August 06 03:32 CEST. I decided to quit on the 25th, and luckily the 26th was when my monthly game time was expiring. I’m not sure that I would have gone through with it had I had a longer run […]

Do you Google? Victims of their own success?

Google thought it was time they offered the rest of the world a quick semantic primer: A trademark is a word, name, symbol or device that identifies a particular company’s products or services. Google is a trademark identifying Google Inc. and our search technology and services. While we’re pleased that so many people think of […]

How Shit Happens

Only recently seen this, explains some management decisions we’ve all experienced. In the beginning was the Plan and then came the Assumption. And the Assumptions were without form, and the Plan was completely without substance, and darkness was upon the faces of the workers. And they spoke amongst themselves saying, “It is a crock of […]

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 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 […]


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 […]