Archive | December, 2009

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Programmer Competency Matrix

Posted on 30 December 2009 by Demian Turner

A very nice matrix exploring programmer aptitude.

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Mobile workers can discover best places to work

Posted on 28 December 2009 by Demian Turner

Thanks to Pam for the heads up about this new app in the app store, WorkSnug.

WorkSnug uses Augmented Reality to connect mobile workers to the nearest and best places to work in the city. We’ve visited and rated hundreds of workspaces, assessing noise levels, power provision, community feel, even the quality of the coffee. London has been launched first. San Francisco, New York, Berlin, Madrid and several other cities are on the way in the coming weeks

Covered recently in Web Worker Daily, check out the video to see the app in action.

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Factors affecting Google Search position

Posted on 22 December 2009 by Demian Turner

I thought it was strange when I noticed that the search result position of a customer’s site, Eureka Financial, varies depending on whether the customer was logged in or not to their Google account. It should be noted the customer is running Adwords campaigns for their site.

But it gets even stranger – can you believe that what browser you’re using affects the result position?

Here are the variations I’ve seen so far on searches for the phrase “financial training uk”:

  • customer logged in, result position #2
  • customer not logged in, result position #40
  • me logged in (different Google acct), Safari: #37
  • me logged in (different Google acct), Firefox: #40

When you’re using a Safari browser, Google adds a client param to the url, ie, client=safari, however for firefox the param is not added.

Go figure.

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Making the web more readable – in one click

Posted on 20 December 2009 by Demian Turner

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The Readability bookmarklet is by far the most useful bookmarklet I’ve used. A must try for anyone who spends an inordinate amount of time reading stuff on the web 🙂

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How to Block Flash

Posted on 20 December 2009 by Demian Turner

ClickToFlash IconI wish I hadn’t waited so long to install the ClickToFlash plugin, it totally improves the web experience. The idea is simple, all flash animations are paralyzed by default 😉 To view flash, including videos like youtube, etc, you have to click to play. A lot healthier for the laptop, no more CPU running at 100% nor mindless distractions when you’re trying to absorb valuable content.

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