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The Challenge 2011 with Ed Dale

It is that time of year again when The Challenge starts. Now The Challenge has been running every year since 2005 and has seen over 173,000 people take the plunge. You have nothing to loose as the course is totally free. That is right – There is no charge for awesomeness. What is the challenge? The original idea was simple.…

What people searched for in 2010

Every year Google release Zeitgeist which highlights the most popular searches carried out over the year. This year Google have split the data into different categories like Fastest Rising, Entertainment, Sports, People, Health and the Fastest falling… The results are a like a snapshot of the year 2010. With the fastest falling being Swine Flu, The fastest rising iPad and…

Google Instant Previews blocking your advert

In the last 24 hours Google have introduced Google Instant Previews to the Google interface and user experience which allows you to preview the website prior to clicking on the actually link. It is a very nice AJAX effect and perhaps useful to a searcher who can tell from the preview the type of page they are about to click.…

Video on The Challenge

Watching this year’s Challenge has been different to previous years, OK I will re-phrase that! “radically different!” It used to be called The Thirty Day Challenge. It is no longer called that and is simply called The Challenge. Ed Dale who presents the opening video for each module this year he has recorded all his videos outside. Now previously Ed…

Google Scribe evolves from Google doodles

The mystery around Google Doodle deepens. Today we are faced with a blank grey silhouette of its famous colourful logo. However once a user starts typing in to the search box, the logo letters return to their full colour one by one………. Today’s doodle follows yesterdays interactive doodle, which used a collection of coloured balls bounce around the screen in…

Google Doodle Mystery Solved

People woke up to see an unusual Google home page. This time it was animated! Animated bouncing colourful balls, depending on mouse movement. We usually see this effect carried out using Adobe Flash however this effect is carried out using JavaScript. (Yes JavaScript! ) Most people only associate this language for validating forms not for animations. Most of the news…

Apple goes social with Ping

Apple have introduced a social element to the latest version of iTunes called Ping, now the idea sounds fine see what your friends are downloading or listening to all in one place but that has upset a few people at Facebook. After introducing Ping on Wednesday 1st September 2010. Apple’s CEO  Steven P. Jobs was asked why Apple built its…

Twitter shorten and check url

Twitter can now shorten and check the link before you click it! In the coming weeks, Twitter will start to see the rollout of our Twitters new link wrapping service t.co which wraps links in Tweets with a new, simplified link. Wrapped links are displayed in a way that is easier to read, with the actual domain and part of…

The day Facebook went down.

In the last couple of hours, Facebook has been unstable, for many users including myself. I only noticed this when viewing an Activity Feed on a blog and noticed a blank box, so I tried to login to Facebook and got the Sorry page could not be found. While downtime happens far more rarely. It is the world’s largest social…

Meeting with a graphic designer

Well today I have a meeting with graphic designer Adele Tolladay from Gablelake. We are going through re design issues for a clients website the website is The Mohair Sock Company site. We are wanting to bring the branding up to date and in line with the current brochure that has just gone to print, so the style of the…