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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Ofcom: we need action not research on broadband speeds
July 28, 2009 – 9:35 am | One Comment
Ofcom: we need action not research on broadband speeds

Ofcom has revealed that people don't get the broadband speeds they pay for. Well, duh. Here's a timeline of how we already know that. Their research isn't groundbreaking or new or revealing something for the first time, as is being claimed. What we need is action: ISPs should be forced to publish a typical range of speeds rather than an upto speed that no one can get.

9 sites who don’t know that www.domain.com ISN’T THE SAME as domain.com
July 23, 2009 – 7:40 pm | 7 Comments
9 sites who don’t know that www.domain.com ISN’T THE SAME as domain.com

You may not know it, but the www version of your website is not the same as the non-www version.: yourdomain.com/page is NOT THE SAME PAGE as www.yourdomain.com/page. It's treated as a different URL by search engines, for instance. And if someone leaves off the www (on a link or when they type a URL), they may not get any page at all unless you've set your server up right.

New design trend: Logos that change to show you they’re a ‘home’ link
July 3, 2009 – 1:30 pm | 8 Comments
New design trend: Logos that change to show you they’re a ‘home’ link

Three's a trend. And five's a default. Four examples of sites whose logo is a link to the homepage - and who make this abundantly clear by changing the image on mouseover.

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.

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).

On the usability of taps and the lessons for web design
May 20, 2009 – 8:51 pm | 12 Comments
On the usability of taps and the lessons for web design

A review of the usability of taps - avoiding arrest for getting my camera out in public toilets and showers - in order to see what lessons the design of everyday objects can tell us about web design.

I’ve already found the Wolfram Alpha killer: a librarian in Slough
May 19, 2009 – 6:58 pm | 3 Comments
I’ve already found the Wolfram Alpha killer: a librarian in Slough

Wolfram Alpha - the new search engine that gives access to systematic knowledge (ie it's a big database of curated facts) - has been variously hailed as a google and wikipedia killer. I've found the Wolfram|Alpha killer - the UK Ask A Librarian site.

Content carousels reviewed: Yahoo loses, Sky wins
April 30, 2009 – 11:31 pm | 5 Comments
Content carousels reviewed: Yahoo loses, Sky wins

Carousels (sliders as they're sometimes known) are a good way to promote several items of content without using up too much space on your homepage.

Here's a roundup of sites using them - and how successful I think they are. Having studies several, I think the best ones.

Do blogs make reporting restrictions pointless?
March 31, 2009 – 9:17 am | 7 Comments
Do blogs make reporting restrictions pointless?

The case of the leaked DNA test on 13-year-old alleged dad Alfie Patten has revealed a big problem with court-ordered reporting restrictions in the internet age: there is nothing to stop websites repeating the information unless they know about the court order banning this. And under the terms of the order itself, there's no way to find out about the order.

URL shorteners reviewed
March 25, 2009 – 12:46 am | 21 Comments

URL shorteners reviewed for length, statistics and custom names.

Google street view: which news sites linked?,
March 20, 2009 – 12:56 am | No Comment

Newspaper sites did very badly at linking to google's new street view service.

Maxi Cosi Priorifix isofix car seat review
January 29, 2009 – 10:16 pm | No Comment
Maxi Cosi Priorifix isofix car seat review

The Maxi Cosi Priorifix is the sherman tank of child car seats. Built like a tank, weighs as much as a tank, protects a child like a tank.

Intempo idab review: an ipod digital radio
December 3, 2008 – 11:22 pm | No Comment
Intempo idab review: an ipod digital radio

Intempo idab review: how to turn your ipod into a digital radio - and why you need an elastic band as well.

Samsung Omnia i900 review
October 22, 2008 – 10:53 pm | 2 Comments
Samsung Omnia i900 review

Review of the Samsung Omnia i900 - good points, bad points, and that silly stylus.

Pushchairs for tall people: bugaboo cameleon review
September 11, 2008 – 10:28 pm | 25 Comments

How the Bugaboo Cameleon is the only choice if you are a tall person and need a pushchair that won't give you back ache.

Spinvox voicemail review
September 11, 2008 – 10:14 pm | No Comment

A review of the Spinvox voicemail service - how converting voicemail to text messages is brilliant.

Bloom fresco high chair review
July 26, 2008 – 2:48 pm | 4 Comments

A review of the Bloom Fresco highchair (hint - it looks good, but it's not wipe clean ...)

Event tyres review: buying tyres online
May 21, 2008 – 10:41 am | 11 Comments
Event tyres review: buying tyres online

Review of Event tyres, an online tyre company.