12 March 2008

YouTube rival Hulu goes live!

Today sees the YouTube rival Hulu, a joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp, go live. The service will contain programming from Time Warner Inc.’s television group, Lions Gate Entertainment and sports groups. The online service is described as a YouTube rival and will offer full-length episodes from more than 250 television series, including The Simpsons. Visitors will also …

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11 March 2008

All about the detail

While browsing through ‘A list apart,’ a website all designers love, I came across an article based on a topic that is very close to may heart ‘Design is in the detail’. Here is an overview to how to get your design 100% perfect (or near enough!) Experiment – Sketch out a number of designs, throw ideas together and see …

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11 March 2008

Topicle search engine

Topicle is the latest in the line of ‘create your own, human-powered search engines’ and is the brainchild of former Google Product Manager Steffan Mueller. Topicle enables you to build your own vertical search engine, it is simple to use and is has a definite Google custom search feel about it. The process is simple. First you select a ‘search …

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11 March 2008

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who caches fastest of them all?

Which search engine caches sites information the quickest? This is a totally one-off example but a recent relaunch of a site shows that even with site maps in place Yahoo! was the quickest to crawl, index and cache the full information of a site. Google was second and MSN last. Google did manage to pick up the title tags very …

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10 March 2008

Common web design trends

Some common web design trends seen in 2007 were: The increased use of gradients on pages. Turning flat pages into ones that are more engaging and three-dimensional. The widespread use of large fonts for headers and website text. The widespread use of white backgrounds and the use of large white areas/spacing between content. Websites with diagonally-lined backgrounds. Reflective Wet floor …

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10 March 2008

Google to clamp down on slow loading ads.

Google are  going to be penalising web adverts whose landing page takes too long to load.  This following a post on its Inside AdWords blog. It simply states that Google will be incorporating a new factor, landing page load time, into Quality Score. The reason behind the move is that users prefer not having to wait when arriving on a …

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7 March 2008

Packrat Creators Honour SXSW Conference

It looks like the makers of Packrat are celebrating the start of the SXSW (South by South West) conference – March 7th to 16th in Texas, as they have added a new collection to the game this evening. Amongst the cards you can collect is: Internet blogger Dooce, aka Heather Armstrong. According to Wikipedia, Armstrong has written extensively and sometimes …

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6 March 2008

me and Steve Wozniak…

It’s been a while since I updated this blog and if you want to know the truth it’s because I knew I was about to commit sacrilege. You see I have to admit that I am disappointed with the iPhone. There, said it. Like Steve Wozniak who admitted the same in his blog a few days ago, I waited in …

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6 March 2008

IE 8 is here!

Microsoft have not taken Firefox’s intervention in its browsing market lightly and the brand new Internet Explorer 8 proves just that. It comes jam-packed with brand new features, great looks and most surprising , it is available for download! This beta is however only for developers to demonstrate all of the new bells and whistles, and there are some pretty …

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6 March 2008

Google updating on the hour, every hour?

Ten o’clock shuffle becomes an hourly shuffle A post I did last week on the regular changes in the Google rankings at 10 am UK time each morning is already looking outdated. We are now seeing about three to four ‘shuffles’ each day, sometimes more. Typically these will be a few early in the morning and then an update in …

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