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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Three’s a trend: reviewed hit back against reviewers
July 1, 2009 – 4:08 pm | 2 Comments

Anyway, three's a trend. So here are three people hitting back at bad reviews in the last week.

Newspapers: turn off your RSS feeds
June 30, 2009 – 11:01 pm | 23 Comments
Newspapers: turn off your RSS feeds

The latest subscriber figures (see table below) show that, apart from a couple of exceptions, it's time for newspapers to turn off their RSS feeds - and hand over the server space, technical support and webpage real estate to something else. Like Twitter.

Delia Online relaunch goes sour
June 29, 2009 – 9:09 am | 7 Comments
Delia Online relaunch goes sour

Delia Smith relaunched her site last wednesday and switched hosts to Red. She / they seem to be having problems. Here are some of her biggest issues ...

Google autosuggest: Prince Charles = antichrist. David Cameron = sexy idiot.
June 27, 2009 – 8:16 pm | 5 Comments
Google autosuggest: Prince Charles = antichrist. David Cameron = sexy idiot.

Google's autosuggest feature has some interesting suggestons for Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Prince Charles, Michael Jackson and Jade Goody.

Express.co.uk about to redesign: sneak preview
June 25, 2009 – 9:30 pm | 3 Comments
Express.co.uk about to redesign: sneak preview

The express website is about to have a redesign. You can see it here. Here's a screenshot. They also seem to be moving URL from dailyexpress.co.uk to express.co.uk. It doesn't seem that much better to me ...

ABCe: please sort out your terrible website (again)
June 24, 2009 – 10:36 pm | One Comment
ABCe: please sort out your terrible website (again)

In March, I appealed to the Audit Bureau of Circulations to sort out its terrible ABCe website. It's had a redesign. Here's a list of its latest problems.

Diane Abbott’s expenses exposed by crowd publishing
June 23, 2009 – 10:46 pm | 4 Comments
Diane Abbott’s expenses exposed by crowd publishing

The people of Hackney have taken to crowd publishing the expenses of local MP Diane Abbott - by attaching hand written breakdowns to local newspaper billboards.

ITV shows why websites for mobiles are RUBBISH
June 23, 2009 – 9:42 am | 2 Comments
ITV shows why websites for mobiles are RUBBISH

I hate mobile versions of websites. And ITV's dismal mobile site demonstrates why.

MPs’ expenses: the best tools and resources on the web
June 21, 2009 – 10:59 pm | One Comment
MPs’ expenses: the best tools and resources on the web

Interested in the MPs' expenses scandal? Here's a round up of the best resources and tools.

Is the Times hiding negative comments about its Nightjack story?
June 18, 2009 – 7:43 pm | One Comment
Is the Times hiding negative comments about its Nightjack story?

Condemnation of the Times's Nightjack story appeared to stop today on the paper's own blog. But it just looks that way as the word 'next' that gets you to more comments has vanished.

Login designs: the 9 worst ones and where to find good examples
June 11, 2009 – 6:51 pm | 11 Comments
Login designs: the 9 worst ones and where to find good examples

Here's a round up of bad or hard to use login designs and functions - things to avoid if you ever sort your login out.

6 ways Bing USA insults the British (and 1 the French)
June 10, 2009 – 10:48 pm | 5 Comments
6 ways Bing USA insults the British (and 1 the French)

If you use Bing USA, you don't just get more features - you get to see how Microsoft paints Britain to the Americans. It's not a pretty sight as these screenshots show (they also show that nearly all UK-related terms searched for in Bing USA return wikipedia first or second) .

14 ways Bing UK will get better when it catches up with Bing USA
June 8, 2009 – 6:43 pm | 2 Comments
14 ways Bing UK will get better when it catches up with Bing USA

A rundown of the differences between the UK and USA versions of Bing (presumably we'll be getting the missing stuff soon).

How Google foresaw BNP election wins
June 8, 2009 – 11:21 am | 2 Comments
How Google foresaw BNP election wins

BNP wins were foreseen (predicted is probably an overstrong word) by the data from Google Insights from Search.

Google’s European election predictions based on wrong search terms
June 6, 2009 – 4:30 pm | No Comment
Google’s European election predictions based on wrong search terms

Google puts UKIP 13 points ahead of the Conservatives in the European elections. But Google has used the wrong search term - and the real, and worrying story, is that the BNP is ahead of everyone.

BUSTED: bing defender is Microsoft employee – and have they deleted my post on bing’s usability from bing?
June 6, 2009 – 7:43 am | 6 Comments
BUSTED: bing defender is Microsoft employee – and have they deleted my post on bing’s usability from bing?

Microsoft seem to have reacted badly to my post on the usability of bing - someone left a comment defending it without revealing they were a Microsoft employee (which is illegal in the UK). And they've either manually deleted the post from the bing search results or it's taken them more than 4 days to index it ...!

12 ways bing is an absolute usability disaster
June 2, 2009 – 9:59 pm | 14 Comments
12 ways bing is an absolute usability disaster

bing is a usability disaster - confusing links allied to unusable functionality. And is it called bing or Bing - make your mind up Microsoft.

Proof and implications of javascript passing anchor text and page rank in Google
June 2, 2009 – 8:50 pm | No Comment
Proof and implications of javascript passing anchor text and page rank in Google

An explanation and test of google's treatment of javascript hidden links.

Sites whose appearance sucks in google news!
May 27, 2009 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Sites whose appearance sucks in google news!

More examples of sites that appear in google news with headlines like 'Newsticker requires javascript' and 'Font size A A A'

MPs expenses: Telegraph now 1st in Google’s web results
May 22, 2009 – 10:28 am | One Comment
MPs expenses: Telegraph now 1st in Google’s web results

Maybe Google really does need to get together with Twitter to improve its real-time search. Taking 15 days to recognise the Telegraph as the best current result for MPs expenses is a bit poor.