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“Rants and Grumbles” Category

22 May 2012 The Puzzling Thing About Microsoft’s…
Why choose a super-short domain then make it longer?
16 May 2012 Please Learn To Code… If You Feel Like It
Some thoughts on programming initiatives.
21 Feb 2012 Online Creativity Is Dead! Long Live Online Creativity!
People still have the urge to make things.
25 Oct 2011 Wedding Photography Copyright Revisited
Attitudes are changing, but slowly.
13 Oct 2011 Virtualised Advertising
Marketing via device drivers.
15 Apr 2011 If This Blog Post Is Received In Error…
Pointless email disclaimers.
31 Mar 2011 March Link Dump
Climbing, linking, timing, debt collecting, scaling and placeholding.
01 Feb 2011 Bolt-on Editing With CushyCMS
Sometimes it pays to nag (politely).
06 Jan 2011 It’s Complicated
Tricky details when putting things online.
01 Dec 2010 November Link Dump
Murder, hashes, PSDs, quotes, awards, errors and more.
23 Sep 2010 September Link Dump
Topiary, games, cookies, comics and more.
17 Aug 2010 AOL Keywords 2.0
Back to the ’90s with Facebook.
17 May 2010 Still Happy With Facebook..?
A matter of trust.
07 Apr 2010 Early April Link Dump
Downloads, zombies, pub lunches, planes, envelopes and more.
22 Mar 2010 Twittering On
@mattround Waffles for lunch
17 Mar 2010 Login/Log In, Logout/Log Out
“Pedants Corner”/“Pedants’ Corner”
20 Jan 2010 Point and Shoot
First-person shooter game controllers.
10 Dec 2009 Why I Deleted My Facebook Account
Anti-social networking.
30 Nov 2009 Still Licensed To Phish
More clueless behaviour from banks.
16 Nov 2009 Warring Factions
Design by (squabbling) committee.
04 Nov 2009 Early November Link Dump
Killjoys, 3D, Drupal, SMS, toilet rolls and more.
22 Oct 2009 The Cynical Web Developer’s Manifesto
Three simple tenets.
22 Sep 2009 September Link Dump
Demos, tech support, Welsh Jedi, IE6, dating and more.
02 Jun 2009 Early June Link Dump
Movies, ads, spiders, accessibility, games and more.
22 Apr 2009 “We don’t serve your type here”
The fuss over font embedding.
14 Oct 2008 A House of Cards
The perils of dependencies.
23 Sep 2008 Bad Ideas That Refuse To Die
Persistent web site mistakes.
19 Sep 2008 For Fax Sake
Print now, pay later.
17 Sep 2008 Postal Primate
The chimp is dead; long live the chimp.
07 Aug 2008 Early-August Link Dump
Idiots, 3D, nonsense, gender, physics and more.
17 Jul 2008 Mid-July Link Dump
Patterns, Flash, comics, words, toilets and more.
01 Mar 2008 I Love Fan Mail
You just can’t please some people.
26 Feb 2008 The Downside of Uploads
Another extra burden imposed by IE.
19 Feb 2008 This Is Not A Blog
Bear with me.
14 Dec 2007 iPlayer Goes To Eleven
“Why don’t you make ten a little louder?”
20 Nov 2007 Subscribophobia
Sites I can’t face reading every day.
19 Nov 2007 World of LOLcraft
By popular demand.
26 Oct 2007 In Defence of PHP Short Tags
Questioning the conventional wisdom.
27 Aug 2007 The Cheque’s Not In The Post
A business milestone of sorts.
20 Jul 2007 Scanning Sanity
Getting it working when Canon can’t.
11 Jul 2007 Project/Account Management For Dummies
Repeat after me…
04 Jul 2007 The Uncomfortable Truth About PHP
PHP6 isn’t necessarily the best successor to PHP5.
20 Jun 2007 The Language of Business
Eyes down for a full house…
18 May 2007 In a Zen State
Just a brief e-commerce grumble.
14 Apr 2007 A Framework For Discussion (Of Frameworks)
Acknowledging the difference between applications and sites.
08 Mar 2007 License to Phish
Companies that confuse users are helping fraudsters.
31 Jan 2007 End-o’-January Link Dump
The new year produced a bumper crop.
12 Jan 2007 Microsoft Kills Off CSS In Emails
A backwards step for developers and email marketers.
08 Dec 2006 Link Maintenance
Diverting some of the ‘Google juice’.
23 Nov 2006 Taking the Blog Out of Blogging
Blogging about bloggers blogging about blogging. Ugh.
20 Oct 2006 Vulnerability
Sloppy coding and head-in-the-sand attitudes.
18 Oct 2006 Humble Pie Not On Apple’s Menu
There’s a time and a place for gloating.
13 Oct 2006 Telephone Number Usability
Death to (0) !
10 Oct 2006 ISP DNS RIP
Something to try if your surfing slows.
09 Oct 2006 They’re in my base killing my d00d
Not exactly quaking (sorry) in their boots.
04 Oct 2006 Odd One Out
“One of these things is not like the others…”
21 Sep 2006 XHTML Rules, OK?
More misguided markup advice.
18 Sep 2006 Selling Jobs
Niche recruitment and job ads with personality.
17 Aug 2006 Development Developments
I’ve switched, but I promise not to be a smug fanboy.
05 Aug 2006 Perplexing Multiplex
A usability horror movie.
14 Jul 2006 Dumpy Digg, Flabby Flickr
High calorie toolkits can weigh sites down.
24 Jun 2006 WordPress and Yahoo! Hosting Gripes
Warnings for fellow web developers.
09 May 2006 Domesday Data
The tricky business of archiving information.
06 Apr 2006 Accept No Imitation
The evils of the ‘splogosphere’.
22 Mar 2006 The Sound of Wales
No, not a male voice choir or heavy rain.
17 Mar 2006 Bodging Trendy Vicar Resources for a Quick Win
Odd search engine traffic imminent.
06 Mar 2006 How Not To Do An Online Presentation
Softest sell ever.
05 Mar 2006 malevole Redesign: Getting Really Real
A plan for planning a project.
23 Feb 2006 Google Page Creator (BETA, of course)
A bit like a web-based FrontPage v1.
10 Feb 2006 The Web Is Rubbish
Go on, get it off your chest.
05 Feb 2006 Banning’s Too Good For ’Em
BMW Germany gets caught trying to game Google.
23 Nov 2005 Alexa and Your WHOIS Info
Keeping domain registration details off the web.
21 Nov 2005 Analysing Analytics
Giving Google’s new web stats a try.
17 Nov 2005 A Slight Snag With Amazon DVD Rentals
We’re supposed to be good at queuing over here.
09 Nov 2005 Splog Generator
TV theme lyrics should be used for good, not evil
06 Nov 2005 Stagnation and Overfeeding
A couple of weblog observations.
02 Nov 2005 Some People Just Won’t Listen to Good Advice
The perils of game development and sequelitis.
01 Oct 2005 Gizmondo Proves Highly Profitable
Well, it’s certainly lucrative for a few people.
27 Sep 2005 Software Development Myths
A few misconceptions about programming.
29 Aug 2005 Coding Isn’t Important
What makes a good developer?
28 Jul 2005 Yahooulator! Yidgets
Yahoo! sneaks onto the desktop with Konfabulator.
26 Jul 2005 “Kids Love Potter, Jerry”
J.K.Rowling demonstrates how not to use Flash.
19 Jul 2005 Daftest Ever Use of a Domain Name?
CNET should know better.
25 Jun 2005 Sagem PVR6240T Review
A cheap hard disk recorder for UK digital terrestrial broadcasts.
29 May 2005 Where the Web Went Right
Ted Nelson v Tim Berners-Lee? The web wins by default.
17 May 2005 Unsettled British Weather
BBC TV forecasts now using newfangled 3D technology.
10 May 2005 To Have and to Withhold
Don’t get screwed by the wedding photographer.
30 Apr 2005 Safari So Goody (Sorry…)
First to pass Acid2; Internet Explorer still struggling with Acid0.0001 .
28 Apr 2005 Mobile Frustrations
Perhaps I’ve been spoilt by the web’s openness?
14 Apr 2005 Gmail Basic HTML View
Not as accessible as it should be.
12 Apr 2005 Amazon DVD Rentals
Initial impressions are mostly positive.
01 Apr 2005 Tinned Meat from WordPress
Search engine spamming’s bad, no matter who’s doing it.
31 Mar 2005 Totally Sucks, Dude
Better products from Sony, same old rubbish web sites.
28 Mar 2005 Time-Wasting Time
Changing clocks twice a year seems a bit odd.
19 Mar 2005 Minimalist Menus
Keeping interactive systems simple.
10 Mar 2005 Yahoo Marketing
Iffy toolbar bundling by Adobe and Macromedia.
26 Feb 2005 Not Viral, Just Rotten
23 Feb 2005 Retro Markup: Just Say No, Kids
XHTML pointless and overhyped? No and yes…
19 Feb 2005 Presenting the News
Wikinews is running a design contest.
07 Feb 2005 Domain Names: The ‘Evil Twin’ Episode
The foreseen hazards of multilingual URLs.
17 Jan 2005 Link Link
Even popular, web-savvy sites do stupid, web-hostile things.
08 Jan 2005 Decentralise
Is Macromedia Central going anywhere?
15 Dec 2004 Mapped Out
For some reason delivery firms still aren’t making full use of map data.
10 Dec 2004 Flash Resurrection
Macromedia’s Flash for ’phones brings an old adversary back to life.
08 Dec 2004 Mistake Number 21?
Hundreds of links to choose from. Great.
30 Nov 2004 Sorry Walkman
Yet another music player lamb to the iPod slaughter?
27 Nov 2004 Yahoo!’s Rather Large Youth Club
No smuggled-in cigarettes or cheap cider though.
26 Nov 2004 Ill-informed Journalists, Bah Humbug
Columnist’s page doesn't work properly. Blames browser.
21 Nov 2004 Viral Advertising
Third-party ad server adds malicious code to The Register.
20 Nov 2004 Focussing on the Reptilian
The perils of using simplistic market research to make decisions.
18 Nov 2004 OS X 10.3.6: Killer App
Apple temporarily downgrades Powerbook to deluxe aluminium doorstop.
17 Nov 2004 Suffering for Their Arts
The controversy over working hours in the games industry.
15 Nov 2004 “Are We Nearly There Yet?”
A minor Firefox usability grumble.
04 Nov 2004 Shop (Someone) Online
“And I would’ve gotten away with it if it wasn’t for that pesky web site”

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