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Write-up of “Classic 20th Century Design” Bathcamp talk

April 3, 2010
Write-up of “Classic 20th Century Design” Bathcamp talk

I finally got around to writing up the talk I gave at Bathcamp a few weeks ago, Classic Geeky Objects of the 20th Century, though I actually decided to remove two of the original objects I mentioned, including the Atari CX40 joystick (pictured above). Before you ask, I purposefully chose not to include any Apple...
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Penolo – Updates

March 30, 2010

It’s been about a week since Penolo launched. This evening, I’m uploading some changes that I’ve made over the weekend: You can now login without tweeting/saving a sketch. You can save a sketch without tweeting (still requires you to login via Twitter though, so that the system can save a sketch against a name/username)....
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The Advocate / Enemy Conundrum: What a Smart Company Would Do

March 25, 2010
The Advocate / Enemy Conundrum: What a Smart Company Would Do

My last couple of blog posts have been complaints about a certain company. I don’t make a habit of complaining in my blog and on Twitter. I believe that people should add value, and this rarely involves trivial complaints: my usual approach is to try to provide useful and interesting links. But when a...
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Dear PayPal: You May Be Unknowingly Laundering Money for 123-Reg

March 25, 2010

“To run illegally acquired money through a legitimate business to make it more difficult to track” – Launder definition. I’m going to quote other people who have experienced a similar issue to mine with 123-reg (‘auto renewing’ without consent), to prove that it was not a one-off, and that the company has practiced this –...
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Between a Rock and a Hard Place: 123-Reg Must Really Need My £11

March 24, 2010
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: 123-Reg Must Really Need My £11

UPDATE: Just discovered lots of other people having their services ‘auto’-renewed without permission, and awful customer support, from the same company. It’s coming up to 2 weeks since I submitted a seemingly straight-forward support item to 123-Reg, who I have used in the past to register domain names. I’d like to open up this support...
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Buy a part of my life

March 23, 2010
Buy a part of my life

On May 1st, I’m leaving the UK. So I’ve decided to sell everything I own. Here’s the first batch of items (the first of many) on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spxdcz/sets/72157623680573418/ I’ll actually be in Cardiff (where most of this stuff currently is) with a van this Friday and Saturday (26th/27th March 2010), so I can also...
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Penolo – Launched!

March 22, 2010

I’ve been a bit quiet on Twitter over the last few weeks, because every bit of spare time (every evening and weekend) has been spent trying to get Penolo up and running – and now it is! There are still some issues, but it’s always worth releasing early, so there you go. Thanks to...
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The End Of The Kindle Affiliate Experiment

March 14, 2010

Those who follow my blog will know that, a few weeks ago, I started experimenting with selling Amazon Kindles via their affiliate scheme. Well, the experiment has now finished. Although I learned a lot about refining AdWord campaigns to increase CTR and match user intent, the main thing I’ve learnt is not to register...
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Using Advanced Segments to Guess Amazon aStore Performance

March 9, 2010
Using Advanced Segments to Guess Amazon aStore Performance

UPDATE: As of 14th March 2010, due to copyright infringement, I’ve changed the original uk-kindle domain name in this article to a new domain: cheap-find.com/kindle-uk/ This is the third post about my ongoing ‘affiliate’ experiment. I’ve set up a very simple Amazon aStore to allow people to buy the Kindle in the UK (see...
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Penolo – New Side Project

March 5, 2010
Penolo – New Side Project

I’m working on a new side-project this weekend, called “Penolo”. I’ve had to change the tag-line in the logo for the time being (it’s such a simple idea, it can be summed up in two words!), but just thought I’d share this with you for now. The lovely – free! – typefaces are from...
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