Archive for July, 2006

Adventures in getting online home insurance quotes (in Australia)

Friday, July 21st, 2006

I had interesting time trying to get home and content insurance quotes online. Most of Australia’s major insurance companies and brokers have online applications to provide quotes online. The problem is that of the six I tried, five demanded that I use Internet Explorer. Most required IE 5.0 though one wanted me to upgrade to the latest and greatest Internet Explorer 4.0. …

Link for ?

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

I may link for beer, but will I link for the chance to win an ipod? Simon Collison is offering an ipod Nano to one person who links to Beginning CSS Web Development using an image from his site.

Good copy – Bad Copy

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

I am a fan of good copy writing. I am lousy at copy writing and will spend too long writing and rewriting the same sentence. That is why I subscribe to the RSS feed of copyblogger and you will often find Brian Clark’s posts appearing in my recommended reading section.

Today I read FeedBurner acquires Blogbeat – FAQs and thought what great copy. I then had the misfortune of reading the offical Feedburner press release. Do financial journalists speaking a different language to the rest of us? I do understand how press releases work, I use to share an office with somebody who wrote them, I have even written a few. But the difference in language between the FAQ and the press release, makes it look like there are two people running PR in Feedburner, one very old school and very journalistic and somebody who writes good copy.

Semi-Permanent Perth, the review:

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

The venue, the Bakery was a little crowded, with seating for some 300 people it was tight to say the least. 250 would of been more comfortable, 200 would of been my preference, but it all had to do with being a commercial success. If the only way to bring Semi-Permanent to Perth was to be crammed like sardines in the dark to listen to speakers brought from the other side of the world, I would suffer to be inspired, because that was what I looking for from Semi-Permanent Perth, inspired in what I was not sure, I just needed to be inspired.

The beer economy

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

aka I link for beer

Highly observant regular readers might of notice a new category of links in the homepage sidebar entitled for I link for beer. The new category is the results of fellow port80 member Myles Eftos aka Madpilot Productions bold statement that if enough people linked to his time tracking web application 88 Miles with the term Simple Time Tracking he would buy beers at the next port80 meeting.

What is this about port80 members and beer? …

Oz-IA Conference & Retreat

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

I have always said I want to learn more about Information Architecture and I just happen to be in Sydney on September 30 and October 1 so the Oz-IA Conference & Retreat sounds very interesting. I was supposed to be spending that weekend recovering from Web Directions and exploring Sydney, but the opportunity to learn more is so tempting.

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