Open Hack Day

Well, I’m off to Yahoo! London’s (and The BBC’s) first Open Hack Day. I’m writing this on the tube, rain’s streaming down outside, and I couldn’t be happier.

Inspired by last year’s Open Hack Day in the states, this year’s is taking place in The BBC’s Alexandra Palace, a marvelous old building in the north east of London. As a Yahoo myself, I can’t go up for any of the prizes on offer, but that means I can concentrate on helping out anyone who needs it with the Yahoo APIs. Which will be fun. I’m staying overnight, and I’m expecting a raft of games of Werewolf to occur, and a lot of fun to be had all round.

As part of my preparations for hack day, I’ve been doing a lot with TheTenWordReview.com - I’ve got 200 moo cards printed to hand out with 25 different fantastic reviews on them, I’ve got a t-shirt printed to wear today which reads “I write reviews in exactly ten words, ask me how”, but perhaps most importantly I’ve released a first version of a public API for the site. I go into more detail in my post over at TheTenWordReview.com, but basically it allows you to pull out lists of reviews in a whole bunch of ways in either JSON, serialised PHP or RSS format. Pretty groovy.

Just as groovy is the fact that lovely lovely Steve Webster has promised that he will take that API and run together a flash badge that anyone will be able to put on their own site. Hopefully this will help to get the site spread about the world a little bit more, which can only be a good thing.

My train’s pulling into my station now, so I guess this would be a good place to stop for now. See you all at Hack Day!

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Moo.com - Marvelously speedy service

I’ve used moo.com a couple of times in the past. I got a free set of ten cards when they first launched, I did the same when they had a ten free cards promotion with Skype, and I bought myself…

Continue reading “Moo.com - Marvelously speedy service” | 26 May 2007

Win an iPod Shuffle!

Since I launched TheTenWordReview.com two months ago, it’s been doing really quite well for itself. Since launch more than 2000 reviews have been written, by more than 130 different users. But I want more. So, this month I’m running a…

Continue reading “Win an iPod Shuffle!” | 2 March 2007

TheTenWordReview.com

I’m a few days late to the party, but here’s my Christmas Present for the world this year - TheTenWordReview.com. The concept of the site is simple - you write reviews that are exactly ten words long.

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comments (2) | write a comment | permalink | 27 December 2006

Technorati - Gaming the System (unintentionally!)

A little while ago, it came to my attention that my little site is ranked quite highly on Technorati. At the time of writing, it’s apparently ranked 1753 out of god only knows how many blogs in the world…

Continue reading “Technorati - Gaming the System (unintentionally!)” | 26 November 2006

I’ve got a brand going on here…

Yesterday was the first ever Web Standards Group meeting in London, wonderfully organised by Stuart Colville and with talks by Andy Budd and Christian Heilmann. Why did I go? Because I’m really trying to get out there and get to…

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comments (3) | write a comment | permalink | 15 July 2006

A little bit of Google goodness

I discovered a couple of things that Google can do today that I’d not come across before, and I’m pretty damn sure that at least one of them is new to Google as well as to me. In my job…

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comments (2) | write a comment | permalink | 24 May 2006

My new Posting Schedule

It’s time for me to get back to basics with this site. The idea behind it was always to help other people by sharing the knowledge that I’d gained. Over the last two years (yup, it’s been two years since…

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comments (2) | write a comment | permalink | 17 May 2006

New Look for del.icio.us URL Page

I’ve just now gone to look at the del.icio.us page for Standardista Table Sorting to see if anyone new has del.icio.us’ed the article today (yes, I am that needy), and to my surprise the URL page has been very nicely…

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comments (1) | write a comment | permalink | 9 March 2006

BookCrossing.com

After hearing yesterday’s interview with Ron Hornbaker, the creator of BookCrossing.com, on BBC Radio 2 I decided that it was about time to release some of my own books into the wild. I first heard about BookCrossing over a…

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comments (2) | write a comment | permalink | 11 August 2005

Using the Right Search Engine for the Job

There is no one perfect Search Engine. There cannot be. If we think about it, we all know this – different people will search in different ways for different types of information, and for a single Search Engine to…

Continue reading “Using the Right Search Engine for the Job” | 23 March 2005

Google-X

As reported in the Google weblog, Google have just given us a cutesy little interface which links to all of Google’s services - Google-X. Based on the design of the Mac OSX dock, it’s a nice, compact, and visually…

Continue reading “Google-X” | 16 March 2005

Email Newsletters

Well, hello there! It seems like yesterday evening a lot more people than normal have been visiting the “Cross Browser Drop Shadows” article, which is really great. The thing is, almost all of them have no referrer assigned, which…

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comments (1) | write a comment | permalink | 11 March 2005

You use what???

Yesterday I remembered that I hadn’t upgraded my local copy of awstats since v6.2 (the current stable version is 6.4). The upgrade from 6.2 contained a few security bug fixes and things like that, but since I run my…

Continue reading “You use what???” | 9 March 2005

Google AutoLink creates an AutoStink

Recently, Google released a new beta of their popular Internet Explorer only Google Toolbar. One new feature in this toolbar has received far more press than any other - AutoLink. The AutoLink’s raison d’etre is to alter web pages…

Continue reading “Google AutoLink creates an AutoStink” | 6 March 2005

Wow - that was a busy month

Well, just wow. I really wasn’t expecting February to be such a busy month for the site, traffic-wise. Last month we had double the traffic that we had in january, and by the end of this month we should…

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comments (2) | write a comment | permalink | 1 March 2005

GoogleBot in form filling shocker?

I just noticed in my logs that the GoogleBot has been using the Style Changer on this site! This is certainly not something which I was expecting to happen. Has anyone else had any experience of the GoogleBot selecting…

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comments (1) | write a comment | permalink | 24 February 2005

del.icio.usly popular

Yup, it’s time for another del.icio.us post. A week ago, on Valentine’s Day, Xabier Vázquez released a new tool for del.icio.us - the enticingly named pop.ulico.us. The way that Xabier looks at the popular pages on del.icio.us is not…

Continue reading “del.icio.usly popular” | 21 February 2005

Price, Quality, Service - Pick any two…

The title of this entry was suggested by the title of the “Internet Services Administration” lecture which I attended last friday. The premise is that while you can never have a low price, high quality product with good service…

Continue reading “Price, Quality, Service - Pick any two…” | 2 February 2005

Google changes definition provider

Just when did google stop using dictionary.com as its definition provider, and start using answers.com? It’s one of the features of google that you hardly ever notice, but once you do it starts to come in handy once in…

Continue reading “Google changes definition provider” | 2 February 2005

Just another update

You know that I’ve been having some problems with Ghoulnet, my web hosts? Well, I decided this morning that I’d had enough of them not getting back to me about the broken log problem, so I rang them up…

Continue reading “Just another update” | 8 January 2005

Another Ghoulnet moan

I’d like to apologise to anyone who’s been viewing the top referers page over the last week or so. If you have been to look at it, you’ll have noticed that there, well, aren’t any referers showing up! This…

Continue reading “Another Ghoulnet moan” | 5 January 2005

State of the Site

I know I’m a little late with doing the roundup of 2004, but bear with me. 2004 was the first year of workingwith.me.uk’s existence, and it’s been a pretty good one. JANUARY The site didn’t exist yet, but I…

Continue reading “State of the Site” | 3 January 2005

Behind the slashdot wave, and am I del.icio.us?

Tarnation! The one time that I could have written about something before it got slashdotted (about a week before in this case, go figure) and I didn’t because I didn’t think that the service in question was, well, good…

Continue reading “Behind the slashdot wave, and am I del.icio.us?” | 27 December 2004

State of the site update…

Well, November was workingwith.me.uk’s best month yet. We’ve broken all records for all the statistics that awstats churns out, except for unique visitors. It’s no surprise that the unique visitors stat wasn’t beaten, since it skyrocketed back in June…

Continue reading “State of the site update…” | 2 December 2004

Now that’s some del.icio.us stuff…

I’ve written about del.icio.us various times before, but I feel it’s worth yet another plug - it really is a great site. I now have it as one of the pages that opens up when I open up Mozilla…

Continue reading “Now that’s some del.icio.us stuff…” | 30 November 2004

Get publicising!

Today’s updates to workingwith.me.uk have been to do with publicity. If you notice, there’s a new box-out at the top-right of the standard display, called “Publicise”. Well, guess what? They’re there to help you tell people about the site!…

Continue reading “Get publicising!” | 26 November 2004

Unexpected Outage

My apologies to everyone for the three hour outage to the website tonight. According to my host (Ghoulnet), the server had “had hung due to an update process”. The upshot of this was that the website was down until…

Continue reading “Unexpected Outage” | 24 November 2004

MSN Search Beta

Following up from this morning’s google entry, I forgot to mention the new MSN Search Beta. Released a couple of days ago, it’s Microsoft’s answer to google. So far, for a beta, if seems pretty decent. It’s got the…

Continue reading “MSN Search Beta” | 12 November 2004

A few google links…

Instead of getting on with a bit of work yesterday afternoon, I decided to take a little bit of time out, and google for stuff about google instead. The first link I came across was actually quite a useful…

Continue reading “A few google links…” | 12 November 2004

about wwm

workingwith.me.uk is a resource for web developers created by Neil Crosby, a web developer who lives and works in London, England. More about the site.

Neil Crosby now blogs at The Code Train and also runs NeilCrosby.com, The Ten Word Review and Everything is Rubbish.