ComputerScope

ComputerScope (them of the free monthly magazine that somehow I’ve never been able to subscribe to) have a nice directory of Irish Web links.

The useful people that they link to include:

Computerscope (for Business) are part of the same stable as PC Live (consumer) and Smart Company (Small Business).

On the Web, only 1 million people can hear you scream …

As if to prove what a subversive medium blogging is, famed Irish blogger Bernie Goldbach is celebrating his millionth visitor to his site.

I’m not sure of the cost to revenue ratio is for traditional newspapers online, but I’m sure that Bernie is doing very well by most measures (thanks to Google Adwords).

Your Software – Unsafe at any Speed?

In the 60’s, the Auto industry used to say ‘safety doesn’t sell’ – the thinking was that buyers were more interested in new features like whitewall tyres or the latest radio. That begun to change with Ralph Naders Unsafe at any speed and manufacturers became liable for their safety defects. Now any car that doesn’t do well in the Safety rankings won’t do well in the salesroom.

When it comes to Security, are your business applications still stuck in the 60’s? Until recently it was thought that ‘Security doesn’t sell’. That has begun to change as buyers become aware of the possible threats that are out there. One such initive aimed at end users is Make It Secure (it’s run by the Irish Government, so excuse the photo’s). Once users are aware of the risks they are going to demand that providers of software solutions , do much much better.

Phishing Security Image Hook

The Irish Times doesn't get blogging …

Dear Paul,

You can place a link from your website to ours, but we request that you
include a credit to ireland.com/The Irish Times and a link to our home
page at: http://www.ireland.com/
Further information on copyright is available at
http://www.ireland.com/about/copyright/
We do not currently provide a page from which we link to other sites.
Thank you for your interest in ireland.com

Please do not hesitate in contacting us with any further queries.

Kind regards,
(Name and address supplied)

The Perfect Gift – choose any frontpage
from The Irish Times dating back to 1859
http://www.ireland.com/frontpage/

Google Analytics

Developer.ie have blogged about the new Google Analytics tool.

Google Analytics answer the question of ‘why do people come to my site’ and ‘where do they come from’ and ‘what do they do when they get here?’

Previously , your options were (a) Spend a lot of money on an analytic tools (b) use the tools (if any) that come with your webhost. Google has know made this technology available for free, with reports like the one below.

Google Analytics report

More information at: www.google.com/analytics

Moving blogs is hard to do…

Another Irish Blogger (Damien Mulley) writes about his recent experience in moving Blogs – he seems to have a similarly difficult time as I did.

Reminds me of an Ad one of the ‘Big 4’ consultants used to have – the one about a ‘sticky website’. It’s ironic that the ultimate in Sticky websites (both in terms of hard-to-move and keep-people-coming-back) ends being created by the users themselves.

How supermarket store cards could save your life

The BBC are running an article on how Store cards (the sort that give you bonus points with your shopping) could save your life.

The basic idea is that information that the supermarkets are already gathering (to profile area’s so they know what products to put on shelves, and to profile you as a customer) can be used to predict health risks.

I used to do similar work (not for any of the Major Supermarkets) and it is amazing/slightly worrying how much information can be ‘bought’ off the shelf like this. It’s good to see the technology being put to a good use.

What everybody can learn from Ryanair

Fellow Louth Man Gerry McGovern has just published his latest monthly newsletter.

Gerry is very strong on web site usability. Some items that are obvious when you see them (but you could spend years trying to figure out through trial and error) are:

  • Have your web site do one thing and one thing well.
  • Cheap is good on the web (but few people will admit it).
  • Customers will put up with a bad web site if they can still get what they want

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MSC Masters in Advanced Software Engineering

First week of masters course in software engineering.

This weeks training was on refactoring – Notes to follow , but broadly using fowlers book on refactoring (http://www.martinfowler.com). Fairly industry standard stuff , but might give you pause for thought before diving in and copying/pasting left right and centre.

On a practical side , the course uses a lot of Java / J2EE , Eclipse and Tomcat, with quite a high level expected in these (e.g. the refactoring group assignment expected these to be built on a bare machine before the refactoring proper could begin – easy enough if you’ve done it before , but not really the object of the course!!)

The course itself is on UCD’s Belfield campus , and is run for 3 weeks a year (part time) with exams in June.