Sunday, 23 August 2009

Oh the irony - Amazon sneak in and Delete 1984 from Kindle owners

Ha, this is hilarious. Turns out you don't own what you pay for anymore.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Bad design gets you more traffic...

...but perhaps annoyed traffic.

If anyone out there is like me (perhaps they are not, it is entirely possible) then they will have, at some point, gone on the search for and found a great tutorial/article about something they need to do.

They'll then, perhaps, read it through & think they've got it sussed, only to find themselves 5 minutes later re-googling the same thing to get back to that self same page because they've forgotten a vital detail.

Imagine that the pertinent information is on page 5/5, imagine the navigation is so ill-considered and non-re-factored (pre-factored?) that there is no way to go from page 1 to page 5 without clicking next 4 times.

This is highly annoying, but the content is strong, so you do it. Perhaps not 10 times, but then again, perhaps you are that forgetful.

What does this do for the developer of the site you're using? Piss you off with them ...for sure. Make their boss 5 x more happy with the analytics figures? sure that too. grrrrr.

UPDATE: yes, I am aware of the existence of back buttons, browser history, bookmarks and having a short term memory.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

PDO lastInsertId issue

OK, so i may be dimmer than most, but I spent over an hour pulling my hair out over this.
To get the correct id back from PDO::lastInsertId(), you have to call it before the commit.
e.g. somthing like...

$dbh = new PDO();
$stmt = $dbh->prepare($sql);
$return = $dbh->lastInsertId();

...will work nicely

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

David Cameron has it large!

Is this David Cameron at a rave in 1988?

For the full video, check out youtube (although this is about all you get of "probably not" David Cameron)

Saturday, 7 February 2009

The Lonely Island - Jizz in my pants

Keep an eye out for these guys, this is "Jizz in my pants" from the forthcoming album "Incredibad". Just brilliant!

Monday, 19 January 2009

Timewaster Phone Calls

Phone calls from Robin Cooper - the chap behind The Timewaster letters.
Great stuff. What is the number for 118 118?

Thursday, 8 January 2009