Archive for the ‘Things You Find’ Category

Blocking Adverts

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

I read an interesting article on The Register about the Firefox Plugin AdBlock Plus, the article covers a bit about the current favourable relationship between Firefox and Google which could be threatened by the increased usage of products that block adverts from being displayed.

I am no fan of adverts on websites, as you can see; this site is devoid of adverts for the conscious reason that I find them distracting. Many adverts can not be controlled, if I add adverts to a page then I am leaving some of my screen space open to be used by another company, doubtlessly this company will have different views on what is appropriate, perhaps they promote content I would find objectionable (betting or breaking of game rules for example).

This of course doesn’t mean that you can’t make any money out of blogs and other user generated content, my personal preferences is contextual links, not the automatically generated JavaScript kind but the ones that the author puts in his or herself. For example affiliate links to Amazon or Barnes and Noble for books and music, Eclipse Internet to recommend as an ISP or EVE Online to encourage people to join you in-game. So many companies run successful affiliate programs why do so many people still invest so much time and clunky and unappealing design constraints just so that they can include an advert?

I would be really interested in the thoughts of readers, does anyone else use AdBlock? do adverts on sites annoy you? or do you see them as a fact of life, after all they do pay for the free content we are consuming?


Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

We had some friends down at the end of last week, and they both have [[Wikipedia:FaceBook]] accounts (or is that FaceBooks, or Faces, or FaceBook Profile pages. They use FaceBook in other words) so Catherine signed up, then I signed up, then I spent an hour deciding what I wanted my permissions to be. I have finally settled on a partiuar group of settings that I like to call “Totally Paranoid”, everything is set to only be visible to “My Friends” including search, you will have to contact me outside FaceBook unless you are entirely better at [[Wikipedia:Social Networking]] than I am and can still send me a Friend Request. On a lighter note this post should be published on FaceBook via Flog.

Back to work tomorrow, so both Blogging and FaceBook activity will low, all good fun though!

Well now that is cool!

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

A friend of mine from EVE, Planetside and OcPS has managed to get some of his photo graphs on his local BBC website, you can see the gallery here and more photographs on his website here

Welcome Back Old Friend

Friday, February 24th, 2006

I have recently rediscovered a old friend, Digiguide I used to use it all the time before I went to university to remind me of when stuff I want to watch is on TV, however lack of TV meant that I wasn’t quite so enthralled by the possability of having it back. However if you want an electronic TV guide that reminds you of what you want to watch then it is about as good as it gets.

Seriously tempted to re-subscribe to this service, and just in case you were wondering yes you can have support for Video+ in digiguide, here’s a link :

Crash Reporting Crashed

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Yeah you got to love it, when you are reporting a crash to Sun because crashed, the crash reporting program crashed!

Crash Report Crashing

Inteligent Bears in Croatia

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

Pete and Elkanah better be watching out, it seems that bears in Croatia (where they have gone for their honeymoon) have become “Brighter than the average bear”:
The Loknar family from Gerovo in western Croatia said the bear had knocked at their door three times and they were now refusing to answer the door.

people actually read this!

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

I can’t believe it, people out there actually read my blog, I am fairly impressed I thought I was blogging to myself… not a necessaraly a bad thing that.


Thursday, May 5th, 2005

I should mention to my faithful readers, I am not the only amature web developer in the family! My father seems to have a flair for imparting information through HTML. – chessproblems, countdown calculator and photo graphs! – my fathers next door neighbours website, with, strangely enough, images of jazz! #450301

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

#450301 +(602)- [X]

<@buo> A byte walks into a bar and orders a pint. Bartender asks him “What’s wrong?” Byte says “Parity error.” Bartender nods and says “Yeah, I thought you looked a bit off.”

Yeah its one of those stupid geek jokes but i liked it.

Fonts Site

Tuesday, June 1st, 2004

If you are looking for free fonts then you cant go far wrong with DaFont, they have a huge number of free and commercial fonts, I have not looked into the licences for the free fonts but for personal publications they are free to use 🙂