Blog post from 2009

  • The Multipack Presents

    "Emerging Standards" is the first of a series of Mulitpack talks under the newly launched "Presents" series. Join us on Saturday 21st February, at the One Black Bear offices, to hear Bruce Lawson, Stuart Langridge and Matt Machell…

  • 81st Academy Awards Nominations

    Unlike my Oscar review in 2007, and last year I have seen every movie up for the coveted Best Picture. The movies up for Best Picture in the 81st Academy Awards are; Slumdog Millionaire Milk The Reader The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Frost/Nixon…

  • Breaking the Web

    Large social websites, such as MySpace.com and Facebook, who attract a broad range of users, some often largely inexperienced with the web as a whole, and web-based desktop applications such as the iTunes Store and Spotify are breaking the web. Here…

  • Site-Wrapping Frames

    Yesterday saw the release of a new feature on the social news suggestion website Digg, titled "DiggBar". Every URL posted on the Digg system now incorporates this DiggBar feature. This feature works by creating a short Digg-specific URL for…

  • The Problems of URL Shorteners

    After my two recent articles, firstly about internet-protocols for desktop applications and how I feel they are breaking the web and my views on the recent re-insurgence of site-wrapping iframe behaviour seen in the newly released DiggBar and on Face…

  • Solutions to URL Shorteners

    Since writing my entry about the problems of URL shorteners, where I linked to two articles I read on the subject, I found some other opinions, suggestions and potential solutions on the subject. The most obvious risk associated with URL shortening i…

  • The DiggBar Controversy

    It seems that the DiggBar has been on a lot of people's minds recently, since I wrote a brief JavaScript solution to break free from site-wrapping frames, such that the DiggBar, a lot of other people have offered their opinions and solutions. Faruk A…

  • Implementing URL Shorteners

    When all the talk about the problems with URL shorteners, started, a few people, such as Jeremy Keith and Kellan Elliott-McCrea suggested the use of rev="canonical" as solutions to URL shorteners. Kellan quickly whipped up a working solutio…

  • Birmingham: The Forgotten City

    There seems to be a lot of noise recently about how Birmingham, the UK's second city, is lacking "respect" from event organisers in numerous disciplines; notably for me – web and movies. Also, it seems Birmingham isn't able to cultivate thr…