Something that isn't included in the standard
setup is a simple way to broadcast your adverts to
the large section of your readers who consume your
and rarely see the
of your content (and hence the all important ads).
To counter this I've written a simple kludgy
solution to take my adverts and in association
with cron post them into my blog once a week.
When I've debugged and cleaned this up a
bit further (there's some big
content assumptions right now) and made it a
little easier to use I'll post it here (under
GPL or Python licence probably) so that other
customers can take advantage of this.
The first output from this can be
I'm considering whether to have a new post every
week so I can maintain a trail of adverts through
time on this blog or whether just to have a single
post that changes every week. I'm opting for the
latter approach right now.
[Wed, 29 Oct 2003 21:25
Teasing the Tiger
I'm just asking for it I know...
I've posted an article on
asking if sales of the
Nokia 6600 are
going to be under pressure from the likes of the
Later today at the
Nokia Mobile Internet Conference
Nokia are expected to announce a raft of new phones, including apparantly
their much rumoured series 90 communicator, maybe they'll announce yet
another series 60 phone, it'd certainly put the mockers on my 6600
Update: and sure enough the
is a cracking device, like the
Nokia are exploring new territory, this time without so much fanfare and
has a great
overview of the 7700 on Mobitopia.
[Tue, 28 Oct 2003 14:53
SVG in Mozilla/Firebird
Tip of the day from
I'd half heartedly tried getting
a while back and failed, however this simple solution
appears to do the trick.
- Install the Adobe
SVG viewer 6 beta.
- Copy the NPSVG6.* files from C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\SVG
to C:\Program Files\mozilla.org\Mozilla\Plugins
(or $GeckoDir$\plugins) and restart the browser.
- Tada! You should have SVG.
Or as Phil said *phew*.
is just so much nicer to use from a proper browser.
[Wed, 22 Oct 2003 22:13
New iBooks look interesting, must resist...
I seem to be joining
unhealthy Apple laptop desires
especially since the
G4 iBooks were announced today.
Still, I've got my bank balance to scare me out of
the lust right now. Anyway I'd be looking at installing
Linux on the device. Sure OS X might look nice, but it's
just another commercial closed source OS, it'd be no
better ethically than using Windows. So I can also
wait for some brave soul to follow
on the new iBook before I really start to need one.
[Wed, 22 Oct 2003 22:11
make your contact information available as
an RSS or RDF (News) feed. Place a button on your
web site so your friends and associates can subscribe
to your contact information. Never again send out
notifications by email, post or fax! Just make a
change to your Kunekt Card and everyone who subscribes
to your Kunekt Card will be automatically notified.
Import your contact details from vCards and Outlook
/ Outlook Express.
Maybe I've missed the point somewhere, but what does
this give you that you can't already do with
And if you really have to have this information in
a feed, Foaf in RSS 1.0 fits the bill quite nicely does it not? Atom
might do this
too if and when they stop running around in circles,
I wonder if they are regretting throwing out RDF yet...
[Tue, 21 Oct 2003 08:57
Not sure what happened last week, plenty of ideas buzzing around the old
head, few/none of which made it here or on
I've got the start of about 3-4 huge rants for Mobi written,
but they're all stalled, maybe it was the full moon, who knows.
Code wise I've got a handful of
scripts for doing "useful things" (tm) that might start emerging
next week if I can beat them into sufficiently sane shape! I'd love to say
they use exceptions
but as they're rather lashed together they're more representative of the
head in the sand approach to exceptions
that some people have been espousing recently...
Blogwise, I know there's a linking problem on here if you play around
with the category stuff, I think there's a problem with one of my
flavour files, no biggie, but it'll take some hunting down.
Off to micro-post on Mobi, wish me luck...
[Sun, 19 Oct 2003 06:30
Monthly blogroll October 2003
[Wed, 15 Oct 2003 22:15
Keeping Blaine Awake
has just been invited to talk on Irish national radio about
a comedy website he's involved with, so far it's been covered in
and he almost got onto the
BBC's Liquid News
what a media whore :-)
Now I'm just waiting for the MP3s of the interview...
[Wed, 15 Oct 2003 13:44
The Stig Unveiled
Maybe I missed this being announced on
but I was always curious about who was playing
"The Stig" their anonymous caricature lunatic racing driver.
Then I stumbled across
Perry McCarthy's book
Flat Out, Flat Broke
in a bookshop and the front cover has a photo of him as the Stig,
with the bold proclamation
"Perry McCarthy - TV's 'The Stig'"
I've read loads of anecdotes from or about Perry over
the years in the motoring press, I bet the book is a
[Sun, 12 Oct 2003 20:51
Believers in advertising
(who seems to be becoming the Bloggers' cartoonist)
has drawn this ad cartoon for Blogads. Hmm, an advertising
solution advertising itself, I guess they really must believe
in the power of advertising!
[Sat, 11 Oct 2003 07:09
It seems to be a standing joke that you have to look like a
dick whilst making a phone call on the
unfortunately the truth is even worse.
If you see someone making a call on an N-Gage taco style remember one
thing; the guy has actually chosen to look like a dick!
Did you know that a hands-free kit comes as standard equipment with an
N-Gage? Or that
the feature much touted for multi-player gaming, is also rather handy for
use with a headset? Although admittedly a Bluetooth headset can make one
look a little like
from Star Trek!
[Mon, 06 Oct 2003 20:25
ACCU - whoops!
I just renewed my
(the Association of C and C++ Users) subscription,
I'd nearly forgotten about it!
If you're even half serious about C++ you'd be daft not to join
these guys. The website has a huge number of
mentored developers programmes
are great for personal development. Their really good mailing lists
(some open to non members) are a great resource too.
Possibly the best bit is the two magazines every two months,
both written by members, one's a good general magazine
covering all levels of C and C++, book reviews, some Java,
some Python and general ACCU business. The other magazine
is superb, written by some of the top C++ developers in the World
(did I mention that Bjarne was a member?), and is full of
articles on leading C++ usage and design.
[Mon, 06 Oct 2003 13:44
P900 On The Launch Pad
I've written a quick round up of the state of play of the upcoming
replacement for the
the P900 over on
it's a good looking well specified phone, let's hope it's better than the
[Fri, 03 Oct 2003 00:12
Content Is King?
That tired old mantra keeps being rolled out, but is it really so?
A superb article by
Martin Little on
highlights his frustration
walled garden of limited content.
Content is no use at all if it's content you're not interested in,
Three don't seem to have grokked this fact...
[Wed, 01 Oct 2003 22:37
Information for potential advertisers
As I'm touting for business, here's a little background on what this blog
is about, why I blog, how much I blog etc.
I've been blogging for about 18 months, I'd like to think I'm writing
more interesting, more coherant, less navel gazing content than I was 18
months ago, but you guys are the best judges of that!
I'm based in the UK, I'm a software developer who owns/runs a small
consultancy, and as with all small businesses I'll happily turn my
hand to a little bit of everything. This can be reflected in my blogging
which sometimes has a rather scattergun approach to subjects.
I wrote a long post
about why I blog, what I blog about and who I blog for.
At least 99% of this still holds true, although knowing that 1000s
of people read this blog every month makes it a little harder
to maintain the illusion that I'm only writing for myself...
In addition to writing here, I also write for
Some of that content also makes it onto here, some of it doesn't.
There's no hard and fast rules as to when I cross post although
I'm more likely to post content here when it's looking a bit quiet.
Update rate, I aim to post at least 5-6 items a week here, usually
on weekdays. I'd like to say I'm aiming for a quality not quantity
but that's not strictly true, although I do consciously try to
avoid following every latest
Lastly integrity, yeah I've heard of it :-) Actually
I'm unlikely to slag off your product if you're advertising
with me out of politeness if nothing else.
If I really don't like your product I won't
accept your advert in the first place
(one great things about
is that I have this level of control, quite unlike Adsense).
Conversely, I'm not going to spout reams of glowing advertorial
about your product just because you've placed an ad
with me, what do you expect for $18/month? Blood? :-)
[Wed, 01 Oct 2003 21:20
Mamon strikes again
I've added an ad box to this blog, it's run by
and it'll be interesting to see if I get many/any ads!
Why did I choose BlogAds over Google? A few big reasons,
choice, control, and transparency. Choice and control are two
way, both myself and potential advertisers get control and choice
over whether they advertise on this blog; the number of sites I've
seen with inappropriate Google ads is very high. Transparency,
my rate card
is visible to all as are the
so an advertiser doesn't have to worry about alleged
and I as a publisher don't have to worry about trusting whether
a third party will accurately count my click thru's or pay me.
I'm very happy with my choice, especially as everyone I know
with Google ads seems to have suffered a significant downturn in revenue.
Having said that I'm not looking to make a fortune here, and I'll be
keeping the adverts to an unobtrusive level, let's see what happens!
[Wed, 01 Oct 2003 15:21