Pledge Request: Fax Your TD
John Handelaar is looking for some people to support his efforts to develop an Irish equivalent of the hugely successful UK site WriteToThem.com for contacting UK politicians. The Irish version of the site would allow people to contact their councillors, TDs and MEPs for free. If you are interested in helping out, visit www.pledgebank.com/faxyourtd BEFORE 1ST FEBRUARY.
Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationBlog Awards Nomination (6.2.2006, 12:43 UTC)
So my own blog is listed in the Technology sector of the Irish Blog Awards as one of the initial nominations. Following a public vote, each of the categories for the Blog Awards will be whittled down to five entrants in each one. Thanks for continuing to take the time on reading Creative Imagination and, [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationDaft.ie worth €15 million? (6.2.2006, 09:13 UTC)
If you happened to read the Irish Independant on Saturday (don’t ask me how I was reading the Irish Independant on Saturday, but I was!) and turned to page 3, there was a very nice writeup on Daft.ie. Set up by Brian and Eamonn Fallon as a spin of a project of Brian’s going through the [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationBad Internet Habits (3.2.2006, 19:50 UTC)
At the end of what has been a very busy week I’ve got to ask a question… My family have got bad internet habits. Well, I view them as bad. Immediate family, distant family, friends - the whole nine yards. If you know the URL of a website, why do you insist on going to [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationLock Up Your Documents… (3.2.2006, 06:37 UTC)
…and hope you’ve not caught the Nyxem virus which is supposed to hit today, February 3rd. Via BBC… Computer security firms are bracing themselves as the moment approaches when the Nyxem virus will strike. On 3 February the bug will start erasing Word documents, spreadsheets and other common files on infected PCs. Compromised machines will [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationPixellance - a Scam? (3.2.2006, 01:37 UTC)
Following up on yesterday’s post it seems Mel Rogers isn’t the only one that’s been had… Mel’s also just set up a Pixellance blog over at blogspot covering and commenting on the whole issue, stop by and take a read. tags: pixel+advertising, pixellance, rentpixalads.com
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationPixel Robbery (2.2.2006, 09:49 UTC)
A couple of weeks ago I was reading a post on David O’Neill’s blog concerning ‘missing the boat’ on the pixelad business. Still subscribed to the comments, I was amazed to read the case of one reply this morning. “I purchased a “large ad” at an agreed rental of $5 per month. It was stated that [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationTagvertising on new levels (31.1.2006, 16:22 UTC)
So we got another form of advertising, along the lines of 1000tags. I took a look at ZoomTags in the office this morning, bit of a shaky start as I couldn’t get registered for the program to start out with due to an error on the registration form (a matter which was later fixed in [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationFor You AdSense Heads (31.1.2006, 14:21 UTC)
For those of you about to rock…. we salute you. For those of you using AdSense, you might want to check this article out. Seems to be the same stuff cropping up the more I research it, but this one, just fresh from Google, is relevant all the same. tags: adsense, adsense+optimization, blogging, blogtimize, google+ads, monetize
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationBloggers Be Banned! (30.1.2006, 22:10 UTC)
The Japanese team taking part in the Winter Olympics in Italy have been pretty much warned ‘blog - and you’re on the next plane home‘. Bad news for the Japanese, but good news for bloggers in a sense. The JOC are instructed their teams not to start blogging the Winter Games as the Olympic [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationTake 2 in hot… coffee… (30.1.2006, 21:54 UTC)
I’d safely say that almost anyone who has owned a Playstation 2 or used one, has at some stage, tried their hand at the Grand Theft Auto series. I’ve been a fan ever since the top-down first version, and even that one was given a 15/18 cert when it was released in certain areas. Having [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationHacker Tricked Into Jail (30.1.2006, 09:16 UTC)
If you’re going to steal software, or download software - for the love of God don’t start selling the stuff as well! Microsoft just sent the US hacker behind IllMob.org to jail for a two year period, followed by a three-year supervised release which will be monitored by special software set up on his own [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationGoogle Has A New Rival - Kosmix (27.1.2006, 21:32 UTC)
$7.4 million in venture capital funding and a bet that they can finally crack the “meaning” of a webpage based on its content sees two Stanford graduates (same college as the Google boys) launching Kosmix, currently alpha, as a new search engine with a different approach to results. Kosmix, like Google and Yahoo, is crawling [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationLandmark Ruling for UK Filesharing (27.1.2006, 18:32 UTC)
Via BBC… High Court judges ordered two men to pay the British Phonographic Industry between £1,500 and £5,000 for making thousands of songs available online. One of the men said he did not know he was acting illegally, the other said there was no evidence against him. The BPI has launched 139 similar cases since [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationBlogBeat Followup (27.1.2006, 12:38 UTC)
I have to commend Jeff at BlogBeat for his quick turnaround in answering my few questions on the service, namely about installing blocking cookies on your machine in order to prevent tracking your own visits from your own computer. He has thankfully allowed me to make the trick public as well, with announcement to follow [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationThe Power Of Blogs (27.1.2006, 10:48 UTC)
Forbes.com have an interesting article on the power of blogs and bloggers in helping a company drive a product to the masses. One interesting point that was raised… To get noticed by bloggers, companies should appoint internal bloggers and start them blogging,” said Wyman. “Of course, the blogs must be authentic. Also, companies can sponsor blogging events [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationBlogbeat Your Blog (26.1.2006, 09:42 UTC)
BlogBeat has launched recently enough and is offering 30 day trials to users to help you track statistics across both your blog and RSS feed. I’m already tracking with StatCounter which is throwing up some useful statistics, Google Analytics is in there too in the background so whats the harm in trying a third one? “Bogbeat [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationIIA Blogging Seminar (26.1.2006, 00:19 UTC)
March 8th (2-5pm):One of Ireland’s most respected and active bloggers, Michele Neylon will present a ½ day seminar, at the Hilton Hotel Charlemont Place, on everything you need to know about blogging. If you are a novice, a regular blogger wanting to improve what you do or interested in adding blogs to [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationDeviantART Kicking Out U18s (26.1.2006, 00:06 UTC)
Interesting points are being raised in relation to DeviantART’s recently published “Terms of Service”. I know that myself, John, Rob, and other ‘Deviants’ will recall the uproar over their last range of legal documents published. But now, they’re kicking out the under 18’s which I think makes up the mainstay of DA’s userbase…. “To register [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationMySpace, MySpace, My Space! (25.1.2006, 22:58 UTC)
MySpace! Its the word on everyone’s lips at the moment. What’s so bloody great about MySpace? I’ve taken a gander at it a few times and most recently last week found more of my friends on it than I cared to find. Is there some secret about MySpace that has everyone crawling there or is [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationYahoo’s Fighting Words (25.1.2006, 13:19 UTC)
In a follow up to yesterday’s post about Yahoo giving up the race against Google, they’ve come along and issued this response to address the issue and the blogstorm that rained down yesterday…. tags: blogstorm, google, search+engine, yahoo, yahoo+vs+google
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationCamera Phone Crazy (24.1.2006, 23:49 UTC)
Samsung’s latest offering in the cameraphone market is more of a camera with a phone stuck on the tail end as opposed to what we’re used to seeing in the shops. And guess what…. they’ve only gone and upped the resolution on the camera to 7.7 megapixel! It’s supposed to be a phone for god’s sake! [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationIE7 - Leaked and Loaded (24.1.2006, 18:15 UTC)
Although Internet Explorer was only due to be unveiled during the first quarter of 2006, a build of the new browser and several screenshots has leaked online. The link to the code of the IE7 build (version 5299) was posted on the Windows tech forum JCXP.net on Friday. I managed to get myself a copy [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationYahoo hold their hands up (24.1.2006, 09:27 UTC)
Yahoo are holding their hands up and finally conceding the search engine race to Google “We don’t think it’s reasonable to assume we’re going to gain a lot of share from Google,” [Yahoo] Chief Financial Officer Susan Decker said in an interview. “It’s not our goal to be No. 1 in Internet search. We would be [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationGoogle On The Radio? (18.1.2006, 14:04 UTC)
Flick on 2FM and you’ll hear a bunch of Google adword adverts. Actually, you won’t. But I could be telling you that in a few months time, given Googles hugh presence in Dublin. CNET reports that Google have just purchased a radio advertising company and are looking to integrate the technology which helps “sell, schedule, [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationIrish VOIP Statistics (18.1.2006, 12:29 UTC)
I was reading a post yesterday, the link escapes me, stating that there’s approximately 450K households in the Netherlands that are VOIP active, roughly accounting for 6% of the population. Has anyone any idea of a place to get accurate statistics on VOIP usage in Ireland? tags: internet+telephony, ireland, netherlands, skype, statistics, voip
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative Imagination10 Reasons Why Nobody Reads Your Blog (17.1.2006, 18:37 UTC)
I think I’ve read this before, but its still funny all the same. I used to work for AOL myself in a past life and if nobody reads my blog then its because I haven’t recently sold them my company for $25 million. Of course, when I do that, people might start posting here [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationGeotagging Kenmc.com (17.1.2006, 10:25 UTC)
For those of you interested, here’s a good web tutorial on Geotagging, particularly handy when it comes to your blog as you can indentify the content of your blog to a specific country, or region, including your RSS feeds. It’s been around a small age already on the web and I have it active on [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationPageRank Followup (17.1.2006, 09:47 UTC)
Having been speaking about Google PageRank last week, I came across this paper which should be of interest to those of you worried about how your site or blog is performing. It is a quite detailed breakdown of how the PageRank algorithm works and what it does. The paper was written by Ian Rogers and [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationNew blog of interest (16.1.2006, 21:19 UTC)
Speaking from a designer’s point of view, its nice to hear people’s thoughts on a product from the other side of the fence, the side that matters most to be honest. What I’m talking about is usability, and Keith Bohanna has just set up a new blog focussing on matters of usability or “what makes [...]
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Ken McGuire Blog :: Creative ImaginationHome telephony (16.1.2006, 14:36 UTC)
I reckon that I’ll be a homeowner within the next year to 18 months or so thanks to the fact that my parents are leaving the family home to move to Sligo, what with both my parents establishing new businesses up the country. So I got to thinking… whats the first thing I’d change about [...]
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