12 July 2008

Luddites and landscapes

In the 70s when I was still living at home I opened the door one day to an opportunist salesman who showed my parents an aerial photo of our house, taken the previous week by a plane flying over the Hampshire countryside. My parents were absolutely thrilled with the photo and ordered several copies on the spot. I remember they …

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11 July 2008

How to make your website stand out from the crowd

A lot of websites use stock imagery obtained from sites such as istock photo. But doing this does not guarantee that your website will remain unique, what if someone else comes across an image you have used for a background and decides to do the same? A Simple but effective solution is to create your own images and design elements. …

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11 July 2008

Internet security breach?

Has anyone been noticing the large number of updates thats been circulating throughout your computer lately? They’re not just updates, they’re security patches. Well I have the answer for that. Last week the security expert ,Dan Kaminsky, of IOactive, came across a major flaw in the internet’s spine. The problem was found in the domain name system (DNS),and it allows …

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11 July 2008

MSN search results improve

Well, things could only get better! If you can drag yourself away from Google for a few seconds then check out the search results at MSN as they are actually beginning to look half decent. Now there is still some way to go and I have only scratched the surface with a few of my usual queries but they do …

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10 July 2008

Keeping the web open to all

"The development of the Web will have major social, economic and political implications for our future.  At its core must be a commitment to maintain the principles of openness as a platform for the sharing of information." These influential words were spoken this week by web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and really acted as a plea for everyone to try …

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10 July 2008

Yahoo BOSS

Yahoo have opened their sauce  source a bit more with the introduction of BOSS. Build your own Search Service is an even more open source custom search service. Boss goes further than SearchMonkey did and although I havent looked at BOSS very thoroughly, it sounds very handy, it looks a lot more fleshy than SearchMonkey. Now all I need to …

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10 July 2008

Blog posts…What makes a good one?

It has become one of the most popular ways for people to express themselves and even for companies to get their words out online. The blogsphere is well and truly established and on a rampage. New blogs pop up everywhere and generally don’t last long. (I too am guilty of cluttering up cyberspace with deadspace) So I thought (with a …

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10 July 2008

Charities Not Keeping Up With Web 2.0

According to an article in yesterday’s Guardian newspaper, charities around the country are noting a shift in power from their own tightly-controlled organisations to unofficial brand advocates using social media to spread the word. Some charities are apparently struggling with this new grass-roots revolution, although organisations like JustGiving (subject to a very popular Facebook app) are now recognising the change …

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9 July 2008

The last six months at St. Cyprians school…

  We have had the pleasure of getting to know Simo Sam, our student at St. Cyprians School in Cape Town, in our office today. This is the blog post she wrote when asked what she had learnt at St. Cyprians over the last couple of months – Ed My last six months at St. Cyprians For these last few …

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9 July 2008

Google enters the virtual world.

Google’s latest release is one set to match the hugely popular virtual world – Second Life. It’s a three-dimensional virtual experience website, using a service Google calls “Lively”. It uses real-time virtual world characters known as avatars and three dimensional graphics to congregate in virtual rooms as well as letting users create and customize avatars and worlds and interact with …

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