199 and waiting…

Posted by Harry Bishop on Aug 20th, 2011
Aug 20

For all of 2011 to date, I’ve been sitting at 199 countries who have visited by blog. I’m waiting for number 200! :-)

Seriously though, that would be kind of cool. It’s always amazed me the people from all over the globe who visit a site like mine. It’s also humbling, thank you.

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GMT+9 watch blog hacked

Posted by Harry Bishop on Feb 23rd, 2011
Feb 23

Yes, it can happen to you…

Too bad, a very good site and I had a few Seiko articles to mention from it this week.

Timmys, Seagrams, Rwanda & A Father’s Life

Posted by Harry Bishop on Feb 22nd, 2011
Feb 22

This article is actually about how to communicate complex data with pictures and graphics instead of words.

I’ve posted about the first site before – recently ChartsBin added an update to an interesting graphical representation of data I’ve seen before, which is coffee consumption by country (thanks again to speedmaster for the specific post).

Here in Canada we’re not the highest, but thanks to Tim’s we’re definitely up there. So, do you ever wonder how that relates to not drinking alcohol in Canada?

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NameBench – DNS Speed-Up

Posted by Harry Bishop on Feb 14th, 2011
Feb 14

Take the “speed up by 50%” claim with a HUGE grain of salt, but even so this Google tool is quite interesting. Thanks to speedmaster for noting this Google Code application.

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Google Calendar

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jan 24th, 2011
Jan 24

One more nail in the coffin of desktop applications has been the increasing use of Google systems – services or online apps instead of the old familiar loading of CDs.

I just updated a local NFP site to use Google Calendar for an online schedule. Easy, standard, sharable – what’s not to like? It was straightforward to include both an external link as well as to embed the calendar on the site.

There are a few negatives – it is off-site so you lose some tracking and analytics, and of course Google gains those. As well you have given up control and ongoing changes to another firm. Mind you, given the update frequency of most website apps, that’s probably a good thing!

Creating a site in WordPress

Posted by Harry Bishop on Dec 31st, 2010
Dec 31

Here are the obligatory before and after pictures…

Just a little bit better, I hope!

So yes, WordPress and other blogging platforms can be, and are being, used an alternatives to traditional programmer-centric CMS systems to create non-blog websites. This site happens to be one I just did personally for an organization, but I’ve been seeing the trend with business sites for a while also.

It does force you to think of your site as a live and updated communication vehicle, with editorial content, rather than just a brochure-ware static couple of pages. All good!

WPtouch – Seiko Champion for iPhone

Posted by Harry Bishop on Sep 22nd, 2009
Sep 22

If you are reading this blog on an iPhone it should look a little different now.


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Google acquires reCaptcha

Posted by Harry Bishop on Sep 16th, 2009
Sep 16

I don’t have a captcha currently in use on this blog (other security measures are installed instead), but I’m sure you’ve seen them, the “please type in these characters as you see them” box that tries to prevent robots and other phishing/spam engines from pretending to be people online. Captchas can really help prevent improper online contest entries, document downloads, database access, blog comments … well, you get the idea.


Well, one of the larger players in that industry sub-segment, reCAPTCHA, has just been purchased by Google (aka the “non-evil empire”).

One of the problems with Captcha systems is that hackers have learnt how to handle the simpler ones. That’s the reason you now see more complex ones in a lot of places (animation, gray scale, and other techniques being used). I never thought of the flip side of that though, and found it very interesting to read in the Google Blog that they are using these “learned lessons” of captcha validation as a way to improve OCR (Optical Character Recognition). And why would they be doing this?

Image from Wikipedia

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