10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them
July 15, 2012 – 6:44 pm | One Comment

Even more sites that try to bank you from linking to them in the terms. Make it stop.

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10 ZX Spectrum games to play online
April 23, 2012 – 7:25 pm | 2 Comments

Some Spectrum games

Some of the best ZX Spectrum games

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, I've come out of blogging hibernation to write a round up of the top 10 ZX Spectrum games you can play online (well, in my opinion) on the Mirror site.

In tribute to its role in my now working in technology and publishing (although not in fixing my homepage CSS), I enjoyed the HTML title  as you'll see. It just about works (well, in my opinion).

10 print "hello" 20 Goto 10 30 Run

10 print "hello" 20 Goto 10 30 Run

Pedants have already pointed out that Spectrum Basic was all capital letters.

10 ZX Spectrum games to play online
April 23, 2012 – 7:25 pm | 2 Comments
10 ZX Spectrum games to play online

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, I've come out of blogging hibernation to write a round up of the top 10 ZX Spectrum games you can play online (well, in my opinion) on the Mirror site.
In ...

So long, and thanks for all the links
October 14, 2011 – 1:39 pm | 5 Comments

Over the last week, I finally ranked on the first page of Google for a search on "malcolm". Yay. And I finally passed 1,000,000 page views for this blog's posts.
Unrelated to that (or was it ...

Hugely embarrassing: Daily Mail jumps gun on “Amanda Knox guilty” story
October 3, 2011 – 8:47 pm | 70 Comments
Hugely embarrassing: Daily Mail jumps gun on “Amanda Knox guilty” story

I'm not sure it gets more embarrassing than this for a news site. In their attempt to be first with the verdict on Amanda Knox, the Mail Online published its pre-written story the moment the ...

Use Facebook’s activity stream to make friends look like adulterous, job-changing murderers
September 23, 2011 – 10:17 am | 2 Comments
Use Facebook’s activity stream to make friends look like adulterous, job-changing murderers

Trick people's friends into thinking they have an STDs, are leaving their partner or looking for a new job.

Facebook timeline beta screenshots
September 22, 2011 – 10:38 pm | No Comment
Facebook timeline beta screenshots

Here's what Facebook's new timeline beta looks like ... (Update: read about how you exploit the activity stream to make your friends look like murdering, adulterous, job-changing, STD-riddled nerds).
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A unique image that sums you up.
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Rewind Twitter and replay it in real time
September 19, 2011 – 10:34 pm | No Comment
Rewind Twitter and replay it in real time

Ever watched a recorded TV programme and wished you could see what the reaction was on Twitter? Now you can!
Together with the brilliant developers at Raak, I've (beta) launched Tweet Rewinder.
It's a mobile web app ...

Google gives big sites a free pass on author profile pictures
September 16, 2011 – 9:37 am | 3 Comments
Google gives big sites a free pass on author profile pictures

Guardian journalists get author profile pictures in search results without applying the markup. I doubt Google will do that for your site ...

Conference pricing
September 15, 2011 – 10:33 pm | 10 Comments
Conference pricing

Do big conferences have to cost so much - and why can't something be done to help the unemployed attend - or those who don't work for big agencies?

Brighton SEO: Winning at SEO with duplicate content
September 9, 2011 – 8:00 am | 2 Comments
Brighton SEO: Winning at SEO with duplicate content

It turns out that you can dominate Google's search results in the short term via duplicate content - and here's the explanation, based on a talk I'm giving at Brighton SEO.

The ASA rules that the PCC is as independent as it is
September 4, 2011 – 8:00 am | No Comment
The ASA rules that the PCC is as independent as it is

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected my complaint about the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) advertising itself as independent.
I don't consider the PCC to be independent because it is "charged with enforcing the Code of ...

Google makes author profile pics MUCH more prominent in its results
August 30, 2011 – 4:07 pm | No Comment
Google makes author profile pics MUCH more prominent in its results

Google+ links are also much more visible

Google reduces the font size of publication names in its news results
August 16, 2011 – 10:34 am | No Comment
Google reduces the font size of publication names in its news results

This may just be an experiment but Google appears to have reduced the size of the publication name in its news search results.

Nothing: what happens to people caught with stolen goods away from the riots publicity
August 15, 2011 – 7:00 am | 3 Comments
Nothing: what happens to people caught with stolen goods away from the riots publicity

So while police Twitter accounts are busy trumpeting the court decisions after the riots, the people with my stolen computer won't be charged at all.

The Sun buries its Chris Jefferies apology – another nail in the coffin of self regulation
July 31, 2011 – 10:42 pm | 3 Comments
The Sun buries its Chris Jefferies apology – another nail in the coffin of self regulation

The Sun's website search doesn't show its libel apology to Chris Jefferies when you search for his name.

Ten secrets of online magazine success
July 20, 2011 – 3:44 pm | No Comment
Ten secrets of online magazine success

I've neglected my blog lately due to illness and overwork. Sorry. But here's a guest post from James Fryer who launched regional online magazine SoGlos.com, which celebrates its fourth birthday this week. To celebrate, he's sharing ...

Average google analytics bounce rates
July 3, 2011 – 10:54 am | 6 Comments
Average google analytics bounce rates

Google's new analytics benchmarking newsletter has some global stats about bounce rates.

New Google mobile layout
June 28, 2011 – 10:38 pm | 2 Comments
New Google mobile layout

The mobile version of Google seems to have a fancy new layout. It's all go today what with Google Plus and web fonts v2 and a funny black bar across the top ... Here's how the new mobile layout looks.

Fill your boots – the government and Microsoft are running a reciprocal link scheme
June 28, 2011 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Fill your boots – the government and Microsoft are running a reciprocal link scheme

Backed by HSBC, Microsoft, Ofcom as well ...

The most annoying 1,200 pixels on the internet
June 27, 2011 – 11:02 am | No Comment
The most annoying 1,200 pixels  on the internet

The web version of Twitter has a really annoying usability issue.

Can you use schema.org with Facebook Open Graph?
June 8, 2011 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

It's a simple question. What's the answer?