Archive | October, 2003

Why Google is Saving the Web

Posted on 08 October 2003 by Demian Turner

Found via Simon Willison’s blog.  Yes, another good Google ranking article, not so much original ideas but a good summary of existing tips circulating around.  Beige highlights great for busy readers ๐Ÿ˜‰

Almost everyone searches Google to find information, and Google quickly rewards them by displaying the information they are seeking. Thereby, Google rewards useful sites with the eyes of people who are looking for useful information. This is helping the web recover from being the wasteland of marketing hype, which the dot-come-and-gone explosion forced it to become. Google is saving the web by ultimately forcing site designers to make their sites useful again.

Read the full article about Why Google is Saving the Web.

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Wanna Job at Google?

Posted on 04 October 2003 by Demian Turner

and $10,000 bucks?  check out the Google Codejam 2003 for details.  Take note that PHP does not appear to be a qualifying language for the contest.

Do you have exceptional programming skills? Can you make computers perform like silicon puppets with just a few well-expressed commands? Are you at ease when faced with a hard stop and a group of peers evaluating every line of your code? Hereโ€™s your opportunity to display the grace of the true professional in a reward-rich environment.

Google is looking for engineers with the programming skill to rewrite the world’s information infrastructure. The Google Code Jam 2003 is one way we hope to find them. While we don’t impose arbitrary deadlines on our engineers, we do put a premium on well-implemented code. And we appreciate the thought process required to create it. In fact, we appreciate clear thinking in all its forms, from puzzle solving to chess mastery (one of our interns was an International Grand Master).

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Seagull 0.3.2-beta Released

Posted on 02 October 2003 by Demian Turner

This is mostly a bugfix release, see the changelog for details.  I’m trying to introduce a global approach to user input data cleaning, to contribute your ideas on this basic issue that affects all PHP scripting, see this forum posting.

A Sourceforge account has been applied for last week, apparently the name seagull has been taken by what appears to be a dormant account.  SF admins say they will have feedback on the name’s status by Oct 10th, which means one way or another project members will have access to SF tools fairly soon ๐Ÿ™‚

Download the version 0.3.2 of Seagull here.

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php-con West extends Early Bird to Oct. 10th!

Posted on 01 October 2003 by Demian Turner

You asked and we answered!

php-con West 2003’s early bird deadline has been extended till Friday, October 10th. It’s not too late to sign up tutorial, technical session or full conference packages at reduced fees. Register online at or download and fax one of our registration PDFs.

** Additional Savings and Special Promotions **

Do you work for a non-profit or university? Are you a student or a member of a PHP user group? You may be eligible for additional savings on registration fees.

– Students get 50% off registration when they include a current class schedule and photo ID with their faxed registration
– Employees of Yahoo!, Universities and Non-Profits can take an additional 10% off rates.
– Members of recognized PHP User Groups, and PostNuke are also eligible for additional savings. Want to find out if you qualify? Email for more information.

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Enough with the ‘read more’ links

Posted on 01 October 2003 by Demian Turner

I had a comment in this morning about what a pain in the ass PHPkitchen’s ‘read more’ links are to readers:

I just wanted to give you some feedback. Generally, “Read More” links are used when there is a lot of content that wouldn’t look good on the main page. You seem to use it to force people to make another click just to get a link. For example, the Sharecropper article forces you to make a click to get 5 more words. *5* I think this is a bit ridiculous. I understand that you want as many page views as possible, but seriously, you are sacrificing many, many more page views than you are gaining simply because people like me stop visiting your site when the usability is so poor. So my suggestion would be to stop using the Read More links like this. Please only use them when you have quite a bit more content that shouldn’t be on the main page (like a couple of paragraphs!). Thank you.

Point taken ๐Ÿ™‚ย  As was explained to this reader:

Using the ‘read more’ links are a toss up between tracking user tastes and effectively poor usability, agreed.ย  As you’ve probably gathered, the only reason I use this as it increments the number of times read, and helps give me an idea which types of articles go over better with readers.ย  In other words, poor usability with the goal of improving content in mind ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyways, with that in mind, I will find a workaround for the problem.ย  All reader feedback is welcomed, and I’m always pleasantly surprised with the amount of interesting people that introduce themselves through this weblog.

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