Archive for 2009

Paying for peeping toms?

Thursday, October 8, 2009 7:20 No Comments

A fellow tweeter drew my attention to something a little disturbing t’other day:
Does anyone else find ’s offer of £1K a month reward money for spying disturbing? (via @Placepot)@JamesCousins
What’s this? Being paid £1000 per month to spy on people? So I decided to take a look in a little more detail…
Internet eyes is uniquely [...]

This was posted under category: Media, Oddities

Redbridge: i’s not all i’s cracked up to be?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 7:45 7 Comments

I wasn’t at the digital engagement conference thingummy yesterday but I was keeping an eye on the tweets of people who were talking about it, wondering if anything would strike my eye as being particularly newsworthy, or of significant import.
Having quite a bit of knowledge of accessible web design and in testing against it (feel [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Disability, Public Sector, Standards, Technology

A little bit of politics: if you want my vote…

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 21:15 3 Comments

…you need to have policies supporting tutu wearing space aliens. No, that’s only a joke, and besides which, I don’t think it actually made it as far as becoming a Manifesto commitment for the Liberal Democrats.
It was just that now that we’re towards the end of party conference season, and the major parties have worked [...]

This was posted under category: Politics

EU Accessibility Legislation to go for WCAG 2.0?

Monday, October 5, 2009 7:20 1 Comment

I noticed over on Out-Law that there was a suggestion that legislation for accessible websites could be introduced across the EU:
Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding has for the first time talked of a ‘European Disability Act’ that could compel EU nations to adopt web accessibility rules together so that all of Europe’s websites [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Disability, Public Sector, Standards, Technology

National Novel Writing Month

Sunday, October 4, 2009 7:20 2 Comments

I’m taking part in National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo, which sounds very Mork & Mindy) again this year. Well, I say again. Last year I signed up to it and I think I managed to write a total of approximately no words towards a novel, so this year I am hoping to [...]

This was posted under category: Fiction/Writing

Keegangate: Club Admits Lying To Fans

Saturday, October 3, 2009 7:20 No Comments

I’ve resisted talking about Kevin Keegan’s claim for constructive dismissal against Newcastle United up to now, because up to now it hasn’t been settled. I’ve bit my tongue — on this blog at least — as I’ve seen posts in other pages suggesting that Keegan mustn’t really love the club, not if he’s willing to [...]

This was posted under category: Newcastle United

Taking the sting out of IE6

Friday, October 2, 2009 7:20 5 Comments

There are two problems with Internet Explorer 6. The first is that it is a very standards non-compliant browser and so has a tendency to render stuff differently to more modern, more standards-compliant browsers such as Firefox, Opera, Safari, and even the more recent incarnations of Internet Explorer. This effectively means that any web developers [...]

This was posted under category: Standards, Technology

Understanding WCAG 2.0 Event

Thursday, October 1, 2009 7:20 No Comments

For all of y’all out there who want to know a little bit more about WCAG 2.0, I’m running a workshop type event with PSF in Birmingham looking at precisely that on Wednesday 4th November.
Full details, including booking instructions and so on, are available on the event page at PSF’s site. It looks like we [...]

This was posted under category: Accessibility, Public Sector, Standards, Technology

The Doctor Who DVD Collection (Update)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 7:20 5 Comments

Last september, I made a list of the Doctor Who DVDs I own. This list is now somewhat out of date: new ones since last year are <ins>erted…
William Hartnell

An Unearthly Child (Season 1: 1963)
The Daleks (Season 1: 1963-4)
The Edge of Destruction (Season 1: 1964)
The Aztecs (Season 1: 1964)
The Dalek Invasion of Earth (Season 2: 1964)
The [...]

This was posted under category: Science Fiction

SuperMondays: Databases

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 7:53 5 Comments

Super Mondays is a “strong and vibrant IT community based in the North East Of England”. At least, that’s what it says on the tin. But having not been to a Super Mondays event before, I didn’t know that myself for sure. Which was one of the reasons (the others being networking, and an interest [...]

This was posted under category: Local Interest, Technology